The battle between Bollywood and Tollywood is heating up. The recent boycott of Bollywood trend has added fuel to the fire. Tollywood movies are continually getting success at the box office and creating new records. Baahubali and RRR are a couple of the movies that have brought Tollywood to the front of Indian entertainment. However, Bollywood is finally making a resurgence with films like Brahmastra and Pathaan.
Bollywood vs Tollywood: Which Films are Better?
Both Bollywood and Tollywood have existed for quite a long amount of time. Bollywood is the film industry that produces the most number of movies in a year, even more than Hollywood. Until around the 2010s, most of the north Indian population relied on Bollywood for their dose of entertainment. However, Tollywood films have started to make their appearance feel with their unique storylines and powerful performances.
Bollywood is seemingly running out of ideas and constantly remakes Tollywood and Hollywood films. Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha, which failed miserably at the box office, was a remake of Tom Hanks’s Forrest Gump. The Indian audience is finally rejecting the remakes after remakes that Bollywood is dumping on them.
The originality for which Bollywood was known is fading away, and we see much more of a commercialised cinema than the films that actually matter. Bollywood has started to rely on star power instead of a good storyline to make a film successful. On the other hand, Tollywood is constantly coming up with new ideas and scripts that fascinate the viewers.
Tollywood’s reach has grown leaps and bounds in the past few years, and we can see it growing further with the movies that they are making. RRR, a recent blockbuster, is even in consideration for Academy Awards. Tollywood’s filmmaking is now being appreciated all over the world.
Therefore at the moment, Tollywood films are much better than Bollywood. However, B-Town has the ability to catch up only if they start to rely on their own techniques and skills.
Bollywood or Tollywood Actors: Who will Rule the World?
Bollywood actors are known worldwide, and a few stars like Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan have a worldwide following. Their stardom is second to none in India. On the other hand, Tollywood currently lacks stars who have a massive international following. Other than Rajinikanth, no Tollywood superstar has a reach similar to Bollywood actors.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone are a few of the Bollywood actresses who have gotten Hollywood roles due to their mass appeal. On the other hand, Tollywood actresses are still limited to the South film industry. In fact, it’s considered an achievement when a Tollywood actress secures a role in a Bollywood film.
Even though Bollywood movies are not doing well at the moment, we can definitely say that Bollywood is much farther ahead of Tollywood when it comes to star power and mass appeal. We can definitely see Tollywood stars attracting the same attention in future, but it will require quite a lot of time.
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