Telugu Heroines! They are sometimes haughty like Divya Bharathi
in Bobbili Raja. They are sometimes sober like Anjala Zaveri
in Preminchukundam Raa. They are sometimes naughty like
Sakshi Sivanand in Master. They are sometimes naïve
like Laila in Yegire Paavurama. They are sometimes levelheaded
like Keerthi Reddy in Tholiprema. However different they
are, whatever significance they add (do they?) to the story, they
form a coherent part of Telugu movies. Whether it is running around
the trees or shedding buckets of tears, whether it is playing
pranks with the hero or seducing him, be it enacting the role
of a girl next door or that of a temptress, they do it with élan.
most of the times their roles are inexplicable, heroines never
cease to exist from our movies. And Telugu producers never cease
to import a hoard of them from bay of bombs (pun intended) Bombay,
Mumbai. I wonder if mum (silence) and bhai
were combined to christen Bombay as Mumbai, which I guess, reads
- 'Silence, bhai(s) here!' Anyways, the dough I am kneading
here is about those once-hot-now-not heroines who drizzled their
oomph on the audience, sizzled in their hearts and fizzled into
oblivion with as fast an exit as their entry into the industry.
first and foremost flash that comes in our mind by the mere mention
of Bobbili Raja is Divya Bharathi. She became a
star overnight with the roaring success of that movie. While she
savored success in Assembly Rowdy and Rowdy Alludu
s he also had to taste failure with Chittemma Mogudu, Dharmakshetram
and Toli Muddu. An unfortunate controversial accident took
her away from this world but she carved a niche for herself in
the hearts of not just Telugu movie fans but fans throughout the
country. May her soul rest in peace.
another Bollywood import by Suresh Productions banner was Anjala
Zaveri in Preminchukundam raa! Discussions about her
histrionics apart, she was considered a lucky mascot with successful
films following her debut film like Choodalani Vundi, Samarasimha
Reddy until disasters in the form of Ravoyi Chandamama,
Deviputrudu, Bhalevadivi Basoo and Prema Sandadi happened.
With all her recent films falling like a pack of cards, she is
no longer the queen of hearts.
a vivacious role in Master opposite the Megastar, Sakshi
Sivanand zoomed into the bracket of top heroines of Telugu
cinema. Though she never tasted as big a success as Master
later, she made her presence felt in her successive films like
Nidhi, Yuvaraju, Collector garu, Yamajatakudu, Seetaramraju,
Samudram, Iddaru Mitrulu, Pelli Sambhandam, Maa Pelliki Randi.
Her last Telugu movie - Simharaasi - fared reasonably well
at the box office, but she currently has no offers on hand. Her
sister Silpa Sivanand debuts with a low-key movie called
Bejawada Police Station.
not only mesmerized Srikanth and JD Chakravarthy by being their
bone of contention in Yegire Paavurama, but she also wooed
the audience with tons of smiles and innocent looks. If she was
adept at something then it was flaring smiles and flaunting innocent
looks. Her career failed to take off inspite of getting a chance
to shake a leg with biggies like Venky in Pellichesukundam
and Balakrishna in Pavitra Prema. Films like Subhalekhalu
and Ugadi only added to her woes. Though she sizzled in
a song in Nuvve Kavali she could not ignite any of the
lost flames. Having migrated to Tamil industry, she is currently
one of the most sought after heroines there.
she debuted in a blooper called Gunshot, Keerthi Reddy
was noticed in Pawan Kalyan's runaway hit Tholiprema. She
expected Preminche Manasu and Raavoyi Chandamama
to catapult her to a star status. Having tasted failures she gracefully
migrated to Bollywood. She pinned all her hopes of making it big
in Bollywood like Sreedevi with Vashu Bhagnani's Tera Jadoo
Chal Gaya and Rajiv Rai's Pyaar Ishq aur Mohabbat.
Both the films failed miserably and so did she consequently. She
currently hopes to recreate magic with Hindi remake of Subhakankshalu
- Badhaai Ho Badhaai - where she essays Raasi's role, which
was turned down by Amisha Patel.
very sad to note that the lifespan of a heroine in Telugu film
industry is very short. As long as producers find girls to import
from other places except Andhra Pradesh, who is complaining? As
long as they want to infuse 'freshness' into their movies by raking
in girls, who speak any and every language other than Telugu,
rather than concentrating on the script, who is yelling? Arey
b(h)ai, mum's the word.
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