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2023 Telugu Film Roundup: Top 20 Picks


Brace yourselves, cinephiles! 2023 has proven to be a phenomenal year for Telugu cinema, bursting with diverse and captivating films that pushed boundaries and resonated with audiences. From action-packed thrillers to heartwarming comedies and thought-provoking dramas, there’s a cinematic feast waiting to be devoured.

Whether you’re a seasoned Telugu film buff or simply curious to explore the vibrant world of south Indian cinema, this list is your guide. We’ve handpicked 20 must-watch movies that captured the essence of 2023’s cinematic brilliance.

2023 has been a phenomenal year for Telugu cinema, overflowing with diverse and captivating films that pushed boundaries and touched audiences’ hearts. Selecting just 20 from this abundance is no easy feat, but here’s a glimpse into some of the year’s finest cinematic gems:

  1. Salaar:
    Salaar Review

    Prabhas’s enigmatic charm and the film’s action-packed story shrouded in mystery captivated viewers.
  2. Hi Nanna:
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    This heartwarming tale of a father-daughter relationship offered a refreshing blend of humor and emotion, leaving audiences smiling with tears in their eyes.
  3. Rangamarthanda:
    The story revolves around Raghava Rao, a celebrated theater artist who grapples with aging and the changing dynamics of his family after he retires.
  4. Vaarasudu:
    This action-drama, power struggles within the family, delivered the perfect dose of entertainment, with catchy tunes and electrifying fight sequences.
  5. Keedaa Cola:
    Keedaa Cola
    A unique blend of crime and comedy, ‘Keedaa Cola’ offered a refreshingly different cinematic experience with its unconventional storytelling.
  6. Tiger Nageswara Rao:
    Tiger Nageswara Rao
    This biopic on the infamous outlaw captivated audiences with its thrilling portrayal of a bygone era.
  7. Bhagavanth Kesari:
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    A heartwarming story with a strong underlying message, ‘Bhagavanth Kesari’ prompting introspection in audiences.
  8. Kushi:
    A modern-day take on the classic love story, ‘Kushi’ resonated with young audiences with its relatable characters and vibrant setting.
  9. Bedurulanka 2012:
    Bedurulanka 2012
    This social drama shed light on societal issues with raw honesty, sparking important conversations.
  10. Baby:
    The third installment in the beloved franchise entertained audiences with its thrilling adventure and endearing child protagonist.
  11. Samajavaragamana:
    A beautifully crafted story about love and loss, ‘Samajavaragamana’ left audiences touched with its poetic narrative.
  12. Vimanam:
    This sci-fi thriller pushed the boundaries of Telugu cinema with its innovative concept and breathtaking visuals.
  13. Custody:
    A poignant exploration of fatherhood and child custody battles, ‘Custody’ delivered powerful performances and emotional depth.
  14. Ugram:
    An action-packed revenge drama with stunning fight choreography, ‘Ugram’ kept audiences on the edge of their seats.
  15. Virupaksha:
    This supernatural horror film delivered chills and thrills with its unique story and eerie atmosphere.
  16. Shaakuntalam:
    A stunning mythological epic, ‘Shaakuntalam’ brought ancient tales to life with its magnificent visuals and captivating performances.
  17. Dasara:
    Set against the backdrop of a coal mine, ‘Dasara’ showcased the struggles and resilience of the working class with a touch of romance.
  18. Phalana Abbayi Phalana Ammayi:
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    A rom-com with a twist, ‘Phalana Abbayi Phalana Ammayi’ offered plenty of laughs and a heartwarming message.
  19. Balagam:
    This family drama explored the complexities of relationships and societal expectations, offering a relatable and poignant narrative.
  20. Konaseema Thugs:
    Konaseema Thugs
    This action comedy brought laughs and thrills with its story of small-town gangsters seeking their big break.

Whether you’ve seen them all or none at all, now is the perfect moment to catch up during the holidays. Get some popcorn, settle in, and enjoy!


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