Telugu Cinema 2023 Recap – A High Level Glimpse of What Worked, What Didn’t?


2023 is undoubtedly the greatest year in the History of Telugu Cinema for many reasons. This is the year with PAN India movement started in the Telugu film industry and at the same time it is the year that brought Oscars and National Awards to Tollywood. Other industries started talking about Telugu Cinema and The year’s diverse range of films not only entertained Telugu audiences but also challenged societal norms, explored profound human themes, and pushed the boundaries of filmmaking techniques.

Telugu Cinema 2023 Recap

Even though the Telugu cinema has had a tough year without big releases except Salaar, some of the small films like Virupaksha, Balagam, Dasara, Bedurulanka, Miss Shetty Mr Polishetty, Baby, Polimera 2, Keeda Cola, Hi Nanna and others made the year fantastic. Despite audiences trickling back into theatres in a post-pandemic world, the films themselves have mostly missed in 2023 because of the PAN India movement, in order to make the film much more better to reach the wider audience.

2023 Recap – The Year of Oscars for Telugu Cinema

Here we have a recap of Telugu Cinema in 2023, What Worked, What Didn’t For Telugu Cinema In 2023.

Total Movies Released in 2023:

Total 338 Movies Released in 2023 (Straight Telugu 250 & Dubbing 88) along with 33 Re-Releases.

Chiranjeevi’s Double Blockbuster

Everything started on a promising note with the success of Waltair Veerayya in Sankranti race of 2023, the Mega film pulled audience into theaters and deliver massive figures at Box Office. In fact, in this year there are no big hero releases, Senior Heroes like Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna and Ravi Teja have given Blockbusters to the industry. Chiru’s Waltair Veerayya made two centuries at Box Office while NBK’s Veera Simha Reddy and Bhagavanth Kesari, combinely made 2 centuries and RT’s Dhamaka again made a century at Box Office.

Year of Highest 100 Cr Grossers

Apart from the Seniors of Tollywood, two of the new generation actors also rocked at the Box Office with 100 crore gross movies. Nani and Sai Dharam Teja’s films did more than 100 cr gross for the first time in their film career. On a whole 2023 has given highest no.of 100 Cr gross films.

  • Waltair Veerayya
  • Veera Simha Reddy
  • Dasara
  • Virupaksha
  • Sir
  • BRO
  • Bhagavanth Kesari
  • Salaar
  • Aadipurush

Comeback Year for Chiranjeevi and Prabhas

The year 2023 is the comeback year for Megastars of Tollywood, Prabhas and Chiranjeevi. Both of the got 1 flop but 1 Blockbuster with Waltair Veerayya and Salaar.

Festival Hero Balakrishna

Balaksrishna has given two Bumper Hits in 2023 with Veera Simha Reddy in Sakranti festive season and Bhagavanth Kesari in Dasara festive season, each of the films have collected above Rs.100 cr

Tollywood Debut

Dhanush made his Telugu debut with Sir(2023) directed by Venky Atluri which is a Blockbuster

Award Winning Telugu Films of 2023

  • One of the best country plays from Telugu Cinema in 2023 is none other than Balagam. The rustic family drama with deep touch emotions from telangana nativity perfectly encapsulated the ethos of the state’s rural homes. Directed by Venu, Balagam is the biggest Hits of Tollywood in 2023, also got critical acclaim and applause from audience. This film deservers many awards in the next year award ceremonies.
  • Virupaksha is definitely will be the special one for the film lovers in 2023. The film received immense support from audience and after many years, a straight Horror film from tollywood became a Blockbuster and that to the film has made 100 Cr gross collection
  • Dasara again a rural rustic action film where Nani plays a village rustic character. The movie fecthed 100 Cr for the producers at Box Office. Keerthy Suresh and Nani were given award winning performances..

The Year of Oscars for Telugu Cinema

The year 2023 is going to historical and a very special year for Telugu Cinema because RRR has received Oscars for its Song “Naatu Naatu”

2023 is the year of Oscars for Telugu Cinema. The song “Naatu Naatu” from RRR movie won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 95th Academy Awards, making it the first song from an Indian film, as well as the first from an Asian film, to win in this category.

National Film Award for Best Actor

For Pushpa: The Rise, Allu Arjun won the National Film Award for Best Actor and he is the first Hero from Telugu film industry to receive the National Award.

2023 The Year of Small Films

As said earlier, Virupaksha, Balagam, Dasara, Bedurulanka, Miss Shetty Mr Polishetty, Baby, Polimera 2, Keeda Cola, Managalavaran, Hi Nanna and others have made this year very fantastic.

Dubbing Films Rampage

Other language films which dubbed in Telugu such as Jailer, LEO, Jawan, Pathaan and Animal created records at Tollywood Box Office. Mainly the Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s ANIMAL opened up with biggest Day 1 for a Hindi film in Telugu. On the other side, Rajinikanth’s Telugu dubbed Tamil film Jailer grossed Rs.60 cr at Box Office.

What Didn’t Work For Telugu Cinema In 2023?

Juslt like every other year, 2023 also given some unforgettable disasters at the Box Office. Movies like Agent, Aadipurush, Bhola Shankar and Skanda massively disappointed audiences.

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Srinu Potla
Srinu managed various Telugu web media sites with his own approach and editing skills. He designed various Telugu websites and also has experience in managing a Team in digital marketing field.


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