Telugu films of 2021, ranked from worst to best: Feel-good Cinema Bandi to self-absorbed Vakeel Saab


The Covid-19 pandemic could have hastened the expansion of streaming providers in India, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to cease folks from returning to film theatres down south. The field workplace enterprise within the Telugu states bounced again quickly after cinema halls had been allowed to reopen earlier this 12 months. While the cinema enterprise was nonetheless waking up from the deep slumber of 10-month lockdown, Telugu films had been setting new field workplace information.

However, the devastating second wave once more upended all of the good points that had been made by the Telugu movie business between January and April this 12 months. However, some Telugu films weren’t worthy of the dangers that their patrons took to watch them in cinemas. And there have been a number of that reminded us of the enjoyment and pleasure of the big-screen expertise.



This Ravi Teja starrer started the gold rush to theatres within the Telugu states. The movie opened in cinemas in January, coinciding with the celebrations of Sankranthi. A typical Ravi Teja fare, it supplied nothing new to the viewers however attracted the numbers nonetheless. On the again of high-octane motion and punchlines, it had the audiences enthralled. The solely saving grace of this movie was Shruti Haasan’s efficiency within the movie.

Krack stars Ravi Teja within the lead.


The trailer promised us an clever and edge-of-the-seat thriller. We anticipated this movie to be a take a look at of our mind, as a substitute it examined our persistence. The solely factor that makes this movie tolerable is Nithiin’s efficiency and the chess match sequences, which have been choreographed fairly effectively.

Zombie Reddy

The Prasanth Verma directorial feels as whether it is set on the planet of PUBG, overrun by zombies. Despite its many flaws, the movie’s humour comes as a saving grace. However, Zombie Reddy is sure to offend you in case you are a fan of the style.


Inspired by a real-life rip-off, this movie follows the rags-to-riches story of a twin brother and sister, performed by Vishnu Manchu and Kajal Aggarwal. In addition to performing in it, Vishnu had additionally produced and written this movie, which has no redeeming qualities. Hollywood director Jeffrey Gee Chin is credited because the director of this shambling mess of a movie. It is definitely the worst Telugu movie to have launched this 12 months to date.

Wild Dog

The movie is ready within the aftermath of serial explosions that rocked Hyderabad in 2007. The movie imagines a daring operation by a handful of elite anti-terrorist squad officers, who vow to carry the mastermind answerable for the assault to justice. It begins effectively but it surely quickly loses its grip on the narration with a critical dip in manufacturing high quality.

Vakeel Saab

vakeel saab Vakeel Saab is helmed by Venu Sriram. (Photo: Dil Raju/YouTube)

The movie was the official remake of the Bollywood hit Pink. While the unique movie was about consent and the way no means no, the Telugu remake was all about Pawan Kalyan’s heroism and why folks want him greater than he wants folks. Nonetheless, the movie achieved its major objective, which was to create a field workplace file.


Director Prabhu Solomon as soon as once more professes his love for nature and wildlife via this movie. Only his good intentions weren’t supported by a robust screenplay, which captured the plight of wild animals which are at all times on the dropping aspect in man-animal battle. Even Rana Daggubati’s conviction and his dedication to portraying his position because the guardian of the jungle couldn’t save this movie.

Ek Mini Katha

The movie was supposed to be a sex-positive, grownup comedy. But the movie as a substitute makes use of the insecurities of folks laid low with the dimensions of their genitals to draw a number of laughs. It presents little or no perspective in regards to the gravity of the matter it offers with.



The Vijay Kanakamedala directorial is a spectacular courtroom drama to roll out of the Telugu movie business after a very long time. Allari Naresh was an actual shock. The actor, who is thought for his comedic roles, takes on an intense character and offers us a memorable efficiency.


Uppena movie Vijay Sethupathi in Uppena.

The Buchi Babu Sana directorial is the perfect Telugu romantic movie to launch within the final six months. The movie drastically benefited from Vijay Sethupathi’s presence in it. The chemistry between debut actors Vaishnav Tej and Krithi Shetty was refreshing. The movie displays on how even nowadays, a lady’s chastity is tied to the honour of her household. And it additionally dwells on the evils of poisonous pleasure stemming from the mix of masculinity and caste.

Jathi Ratnalu

Anudeep KV directorial is totally foolish, however in a great way. The director parodies every part beneath the solar, the obsession of middle-class folks with IT jobs as opposed to self-employment, and popular culture’s affect on youth and their worldview.

Rang De

This romantic comedy is a rehash of all widespread films of the style. Familiar relationship issues and the hopelessly romantic heroine counterbalanced with a hero who doesn’t imagine in love. We have seen all of it earlier than. But, it’s the familiarity of this movie that works in its favour. After you take pleasure in a lot of Nithiin and Keerthy Suresh movie, it will be hypocritical of one to complain about it.

Cinema Bandi

The new crop of Telugu filmmakers are taking inspiration from their Malayali counterparts and bringing to us feel-good and hopeful tales from far corners of their states. Cinema Bandi is one such movie, which urges you to repose religion within the innate goodness of human beings and the pleasures of simplicity.


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