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Periodical Films: A New Trend in Tollywood?

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 • Telugu Comments
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Periodical Films: A New Trend in Tollywood?

Tollywood, the Telugu film industry, is experiencing a surge in period films, a trend that seems to be gaining momentum across the Indian film landscape. While period dramas have always held a place in cinema, their recent resurgence in Tollywood suggests a renewed fascination with historical narratives.

The Appeal of Periodical Content:

The makers are drawn to period films for a variety of reasons:

Novelty and Freshness: Periodical stories offer a unique perspective and a chance to explore diverse themes and settings, deviating from the usual contemporary narratives. This novelty is proving to be a major draw for audiences.

Enhanced Visual Storytelling: Period films offer opportunities for grand sets, elaborate costumes, and immersive historical details, enhancing the visual spectacle and creating a richer cinematic experience. Pan-India Appeal: Periodical content often has a wider appeal, transcending regional boundaries and resonating with a larger audience.

Periodical Films: A New Trend in Tollywood?

A Lineup of Periodical Projects:

Several Tollywood stars are embracing this trend:

Prabhas: The Rebel Star is set to star in 'Kalki 2898', a futuristic period film directed by Nag Ashwin, and another project with Hanu Raghavapudi set against the backdrop of World War II.

Chiranjeevi: Megastar Chiranjeevi's 'Vishwambhara' is rumored to incorporate time travel elements, weaving a historical fantasy tale.

Ram Charan: His 16th film is said to have a period setting, likely incorporating a sports theme.

Nani: The Natural Star has collaborated with Srikanth Odela on *Dussehra* and is rumored to be working on another period project.

Vijay Devarakonda: The actor is slated to star in a film by Rahul Sankrityan, set between 1854 and 1978, based on a real-life event.

Varun Tej: The Mega family heir is currently filming 'Matka', a period film set in Vizag between 1950 and 1980.

Periodical Films: A New Trend in Tollywood?

Beyond the Big Names:

The trend extends beyond star heroes. Numerous upcoming projects, like 'Gangs of Godavari', 'Harom Hara', and 'Jitender Reddy', are also set in the past.

The Rise of Periodical Films:

The increasing interest in period films in Tollywood reflects a broader trend across Indian cinema. This shift towards historical storytelling seems to be driven by a combination of factors:

Audience Demand: Audiences are seeking something different, and period films offer a fresh perspective and a break from the usual contemporary narratives.

Creative Exploration: For filmmakers, period films provide an exciting opportunity for creative exploration, allowing them to delve into historical settings, explore diverse themes, and showcase their technical skills.


Period films are undeniably a growing trend in Tollywood and Indian cinema. The unique storytelling opportunities, the potential for enhanced visual spectacle, and the broad appeal of historical narratives make it an attractive genre for filmmakers and audiences alike. Whether this is a passing trend or a long-term shift remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: the future of Tollywood cinema is looking back at the past.

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