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 Telugu Cinema Dominates the 69th National Film Awards: A Triumph in Tollywood

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Telugu cinema, popularly known as Tollywood, has created a significant impact at the 69th national film awards, clinching an impressive total of 10 accolades across various categories.  Leading the charge were the blockbusters “RRR” and “Pushpa – The Rise,” securing six and three awards respectively, while “Uppena” was recognized as the Best Telugu Feature Film. In this article, we will delve into the remarkable achievements of Telugu cinema, their implications for the industry and its audience.


RRR: A Spectacular Triumph


“RRR,” the magnum opus directed by S.S. Rajamouli, featuring NTR Jr and Ram Charan, is a historical fiction epic that tells the captivating fictional story of two Indian freedom fighters. This film created waves globally, shattering box office records and earning critical acclaim. Notably, it also made history by securing the first-ever Academy Award for Best Original Song for an Indian film, with composer M.M. Keeravani and lyricist Chandrabose receiving the honors earlier this year. At the national film awards, “RRR” was showered with six awards, including Best Feature Film for Providing Wholesome Entertainment, Best Action Choreography, Best Dance Choreography, Best Special Effects, Best Background Score, and Best Male Playback Singer. Rajamouli expressed his gratitude to the jury and the audience for their unwavering support.

Pushpa – The Rise: An Outstanding Achievement

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“Pushpa – The Rise,” an action thriller directed by Sukumar, starring Allu Arjun and Rashmika Mandanna, delivers a gritty narrative of a red sanders smuggler’s rise to power in the forest mafia. The film was lauded for its realistic portrayal of the rural backdrop, the intense performances of the lead actors, and the melodious music by Devi Sri Prasad. Allu Arjun etched his name in history as the first actor from Telugu cinema to win the award for Best Actor (male) at the national film awards[^4^]. In his acceptance speech, he dedicated the award to his fans and his father, producer Allu Aravind. “Pushpa – The Rise” further clinched two more awards for Best Music and Best Lyricist.

Uppena: A Surprise Sensation

The romantic drama “Uppena,” directed by debutant Buchi Babu Sana and featuring newcomers Vaishnav Tej and Krithi Shetty, turned out to be a delightful surprise, shedding light on the sensitive issue of caste-based violence. The film was celebrated for its fresh take on the love story genre, the impressive debut of the lead actors, and the melodious music by Devi Sri Prasad. “Uppena” was acknowledged as the Best Feature Film in Telugu language at the national film awards. Sana expressed his gratitude to his mentor Sukumar and his producers for giving him the opportunity to bring his dream film to life.


Telugu cinema has unquestionably showcased its excellence and diversity at the 69th national film awards, securing a total of 10 awards spanning various categories. Blockbusters like “RRR” and “Pushpa – The Rise” have unequivocally demonstrated that Telugu cinema is a force to be reckoned with, rivaling any other industry in terms of scale, quality, and entertainment. Meanwhile, “Uppena” has proven that Telugu cinema can also produce meaningful and socially relevant films that deeply resonate with the audience. These awards are not just a recognition of the immense talent and hard work of filmmakers and actors but also a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of Telugu cinema.

Article By: Sai Kiran

Published On: 17th, October 2023



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