The year 2013 witnessed several big budget films starring popular Telugu heroes turning out to be big hits.
Films such as "Attarintiki Daredi", "Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu", "Naayak", "Baadshah" and "Mirchi" did some fantastic business at the box office, both in India and the overseas markets. Interestingly, a few small-budget films with lesser known actors, such as "Prema Katha Chitram" and "Uyyala Jampala" have also performed well at the box office.
Unfortunately, some big films such as "Ramayya Vastavayya", "Bhai", "Greeku Veerudu" and "Shadow" failed to click at the box office.
With 2013 gone, cinema lovers are eagerly looking forward to the new releases of 2014. There is a long list of films, lined up for release this year.
From "1 Nenokkadine" to "Gabbar Singh 2" and "Race Gurram", check out the list of top 10 upcoming films set to hit the screens this year.
Mahesh Babu's "1 Nenokkadine" will be the first big release of 2014. The stylish thriller flick is all set to hit the screens on 10 January.
Directed by Sukumar, "1 Nenokkadine" has Kriti Sanon, Nassar, Anu Haasan, Sayaji Shinde and Pradeep Rawat in pivotal roles.
Ram Charan's "Yevadu" is gearing up for a massive release on 12 January. The film is touted as a masala entertainer with all the commercial elements like action, punch dialogues, romance and comedy.
The film, directed by Vamshi Paidipally, has Shruti Haasan, Amy Jackson, Rahul Dev, Brahmanandam and Sai Kumar in pivotal roles, while Allu Arjun and Kajal Aggarwal will make cameo appearances.
Allu Arjun's "Race Gurram", deemed as a family drama, is expected to get released in February. However, some reports claim the film will hit screens only in April. An official confirmation on the exact release date is still awaited.
Directed by Surendar Reddy, "Race Gurram" has Shruti Haasan, Shaam, Saloni, Prakash Raj, Suhasini and Brahmanandam in pivotal roles.
Gabbar Singh 2
Post the stupendous success of "Attarintiki Daredi", Pawan Kalyan has moved on to his next project - "Gabbar Singh 2."
The film is a sequel to the 2012 blockbuster "Gabbar Singh", which was a remake of Salman Khan's "Dabangg."
The sequel will be directed by Sampath Nandi and produced by Sharat Marar, a close friend of Pawan Kalyan. Details about the film's cast and crew are still awaited.
According to reports, "Gabbar Singh 2" is set to go on floors in February. The film is expected to be a summer release but there is no confirmation on the same.
Mahesh Babu's "Aagadu" will reportedly be an action-comedy entertainer directed by Srinu Vaitla. This is the second time the superstar of Telugu cinema is teaming up with Srinu; the first being the successful "Dookudu."
In a first, Tamannaah will play the female lead, opposite Mahesh Babu. The film's other cast members include Prakash Raj, Rajendra Prasad, Sai Kumar, Nadhiya and Brahmanandam.
"Aagadu" is expected to release in May.
NTR - Santosh Srinivas Film
Jr NTR's upcoming film with Santosh Srinivas is expected to hit the screens in March.
The film was tentatively titled "Rabhasa" but it has now been reportedly changed to "Joru." However, there is no official confirmation on the same.
The NTR starrer will reportedly have the actor essaying a role with multiple shades. One of the actor's characters will be that of a playboy, which he has not done in any other film.
The Santosh Srinivas directorial will have Samantha and Pranitha as the female leads. Other cast members include Jayasudha, Nassar and Brahmanandam.
Paandavulu Paandavulu Thummeda
This multi-starrer boasts an ensemble cast including Mohan Babu, Manchu Manoj, Manchu Vishnu, Raveena Tandon, Hansika Motwani and Pranitha Subash.
The film is an official remake of Bollywood hit "Golmaal 3", an action comedy entertainer which released in 2010.
The Telugu version is likely to hit the screens on 31 January but there is no confirmation in this regard.
Actor Balakrishna's "Legend" is expected to release in either March or April.
The film, directed by Boyapati Srinu, will have Jagapathi Babu, Radhika Apte, Sonal Chauhan and Kalyani in pivotal roles.
This is the second time that Balakrishna has teamed up with Boyapati Srinu, post the success of "Simha." "Legend" is produced by Ram Achanta, Gopichand Achanta and Anil Sunkara under 14 Reels Entertainment.
This Telugu film will have an ensemble cast including Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Naga Chaitanya, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Shriya Saran, Brahmanandam, Tanikella Bharani and MS Narayana.
The film, touted to be comedy drama, is directed by Vikram Kumar and is expected to release in April.
Nithiin is on a roll, post the success of "Ishq" and "Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde", and the actor will be next seen in "Heart Attack."
The romantic entertainer, directed by Puri Jagannadh, will have Adah Sharma appearing as the female lead.
The film is likely to release on 31 January.
Besides these films, there are other projects including Nag Chaitanya's "Auto Nagar Surya", Kamal Haasan's "Vishwaroopam 2", Rajinikanth's "Vikramasimha", Nayanthara's "Anamika", Nithiin's "Courier Boy Kalyan", Nani's "Jenda Pai Kapiraju", Gopi Chand's film with Gopal, Ravi Teja's untitled film, Allu Arjun-Trivikram's film and Ram Charan-Krishna Vamsi film which are all expected to release this year.