Tollywood is receptive to actors and actresses from various languages and industries and sometime this make one wonder whether one is watching a Telugu film or a dubbed one. This because except for the top stars, entire cast and crew and sometimes even the director is from other language.
Now a days almost all villains are from other languages especially Bollywood and while Telugu actors are opposing it, filmmakers are justifying.
Bollywood stars like Ronit Roy, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arbaaz Khan, Tarun Arora, Ashutosh Rana, Sushanth Singh and others are starring or starred in negative roles and impressed with their macho looks.
Anil Sunkara who cast Arbaaz Khan in Kittu Vunnadu Jagrattha says “From the last few years, the Hindi market has gone high and that’s why those actors are preferred. Also, not many are keen to play negative or character roles in Telugu, which is why we roped in Arbaaz Khan for Kittu Vunnadu Jagratha,” He added “Everyone wants to become a lead actor and no one wants to play the villain,”
One source however added “The first two days of Ronit Roy’s shooting (for Jai Lava Kusa) took a lot of time as he couldn’t understand even a single scene. Lead actor Jr NTR had to ask the direction team to explain the scenes properly to Ronit Roy and then start shooting,” Source shared “Sometimes, they render numbers or say something else instead of the dialogues. The lead actor cannot express his emotions when these Hindi actors cannot speak anything,”
Rao Ramesh who is stunning all with his performances and expressions speaking about the threat from Bollywood stars say “Not at all, we never face any competition from them. Filmmakers, who want someone who can say the dialogues with proper expressions, rope us in. People clap and whistle when we render our dialogues and it stays in their minds for a long time. This doesn’t happen with the Hindi actors,”
It is known that 15-20 years back many Telugu actors like R. Nageswara Rao, Rajanala, S.V. Ranga Rao, Naga Bhushanam, Rao Gopala Rao, Satyanarayana and even Mohan Babu thrilled as antagonists and later the mantle was taken by Kota Srinivasa Rao, Prakash Raj and now Rao Ramesh. Jagapathy Babu recently turned villain and impressed all.
Another source makes a startling revelation saying “Many of the present day lead actors aren’t good performers and they prefer to act opposite these Hindi actors, to elevate their own act. If Telugu actors are roped in as villains, they may dominate them,”
Boyapati Srinu adds “We don’t have many Telugu actors playing negative roles. We need actors who can perform action scenes too, which is why we rope in Hindi actors. If the villain can deliver good dialogues, we definitely go for a Telugu actor. That’s how I introduced Jagapathi Babu as a villain in Legend,”
In his upcoming entertainer Jaya Janaki Nayaka he roped all Telugu actors except for one role which is played by Tarun Arora. He adds “They don’t know our language and can’t render big dialogues, so definitely, Telugu actors should be preferred, but we don’t always have a choice,”