Tollywood Hero, Telugu films have become very popular, especially after the success of movies such as ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’, ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’, ‘Arjun Reddy,’ & ‘Pushpa: The Rise’. Tollywood is home to some of India’s most searched tollywood actors including Prabhas, Allu Arjun, Sonu Sood, Mahesh Babu, Chiranjeevi, Jr. NTR, etc. These Telugu actors have become household names for cinema lovers worldwide. Bollywood and other film industries generally remake Tollywood movies in their own languages like the popular firm ‘Kabir Singh’ is a remake of ‘Arjun Reddy’. This has been influential in enhancing Tollywood and its actors’ popularity, to such an extent that even the Bollywood superstars take pride in being associated with them. Let’s look at the list of most fan following hero in Tollywood (Telugu Actors), who rule the Indians’ hearts not just in India but worldwide!
Here is a Trend Report generated by Google which shows the popularity of Tollywood actors over the years according to the number of Google Searches.
Allu Arjun – Tollywood Number 1 HERO
Allu Arjun is overall the most searched Tollywood actor on Google and YouTube. His latest film ‘Pushpa,’ is making headlines every day. As a celebrated actor, he’s played a broad spectrum of roles in movies of varied genres. His versatility and proficiency in comedy and action roles have made him one of the most adored actors of Tollywood. A recipient of five Filmfare Awards South and three Nandi Awards, his style statement and flooring dancing skill, which is often compared with that of Prabhu Deva’s, has won the hearts of millions. For your information, Allu Arjun has more fans in North India than any other South Indian actor.
‘Rebel Star’ Prabhas is the 2nd most searched hero with most fan following. His popularity increased after his role in the Rajamouli directed Baahubali, his fame skyrocketed. Today, he is known by almost everyone, and anyone who has a love for cinema, mostly thanks to the huge impact Baahubali and Saaho have had on Indian cinema. Darling has the most powerful fan following in Tollywood.
Mahesh Babu is a very popular actor in the current generation and is one of the most handsome Tollywood actors. That’s why his fans call him the Prince of Tollywood. He has 8 Nandi Awards to his name. His amazingly good looks and style are just 2 of the reasons he has a huge fan base, especially among girls. On his birthday in 2020, he was trending on Twitter with more than 60 million tweets on him.
Jr NTR or Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Jr, belonging to the Nandamuri family, has gained a great fan base due to his consistent performance in movies and stories that are considered to be out of the norm. His great dance moves, amazing acting, and great looks make him one of the most well-known Tollywood actors worldwide. He has played the lead role in dozens of movies and hosted TV Shows in Telugu.
Finding a spot in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list since 2013, Ram Charan is one of the highest-paid actors in India. He owes his fame to Magadheera, Yevadu, Dhruva, among other high-grossing films, and is one of the few actors to receive two Filmfare Awards for Best Actor – Telugu. He is known for being down-to-earth and always supporting his fans. Besides acting, he owns a Production House company, Polo team of Hyderabad, and a regional airline service provider.
Sonu Sood, a celebrated reel-life antagonist, is among India’s finest actors and producers. He is one of the most underrated actors in the Indian cinema industry. He debuted in 1999 with the Tamil film Kallazhagar. However, his claim to fame is the Tollywood movie Super, released in 2005. Since then, he has starred in numerous Bollywood movies along with other well-known faces of Indian cinema. Having received accolades from film fraternities throughout his career, his work is also cherished by his audience.
Vijay has won many hearts from romantic comedy films like Pelli Choopulu to action films like Dear Comrade. He played the lead role in Arjun Reddy, remade as Kabir Singh in Bollywood. In 2019, he was the most searched South Indian actor and was featured by Forbes India in the 30 Under 30 list.
Akkineni Naga Chaitanya, son of Nagarjuna Rao, is a superstar in Tollywood. He has appeared in several films like Manam, Love Story, and Majili and has won various awards, including Filmfare and Nandi Awards. He is a trained actor and has received formal acting and martial arts training from Mumbai and Los Angeles. He was married to actress Samantha Prabhu in 2017, but they got separated in 2021.
The younger brother of Chiranjeevi, Pawan Kalyan, is known in South India as an actor and a philanthropist and politician. His film ‘Attarintiki Daredi’ held the record for being the highest-grossing Telugu film while he received the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Telugu for film Gabbar Singh. He has been listed a number of times in Forbes India’s list of Top 100 celebrities. As a stunt director, the actor knows martial arts and even has a Black Belt in Karate.
Known as Bhallaladeva from Bahubali, the actor has set a long sail in the history of Tollywood cinemas. He received the Filmfare Award for the Best male debut- South for his debut film’ Leader.’ He has also appeared in many Hindi and Tamil films as a supporting actor. He comes from a family which is completely invested in Tollywood. His father and grandfather were film producers while his cousin and paternal uncle were actors.
Last Words: Tollywood is a huge Indian film industry after Bollywood. Every actor has their own fan base that makes them popular. We might’ve missed a few big names, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve praise. The fan following these heroes have amassed clearly proves that Tollywood is making a good impact on World Cinema.