The following are the Top 10 Telugu movies of 2018. The list is not based on the box office collections or the critical appreciation but is based on several aspects of filmmaking such as script, production, performances, technical standards and the economics such as marketing and profits.
Rangasthalam is undoubtedly the best Telugu film of 2018 on all aspects. While the low budget films are consistently experimenting on various themes, the big budget Telugu movies are mostly restricted to urban action movies and playing safe game for so long. Rangasthalam has broken the myth that Telugu audience won’t encourage rural backdrops, flawed characters, realistic films etc. The film has been worrisome for the makers for many reasons before its release. The first look of actors received praises as well as backlash. But the film relied only on its content and performances and turned out to be the most successful film of the year.
Mahanati has an impressive script but it’s the performances and technical values that attracted the audience. Let it be the realistic portrayal of Keerthy Suresh, retro look of the cinematography or the phenomenal background score, everything helped the film to standout and leave its mark. Mahanati is not just a blockbuster but is a classic to remember for the decades to come. The Telugu movies of coming decades have a lot to take away from Mahanati.
3. C/o Kancharapalem:
C/o Kancharapalem is an extremely low budget film with non-actors. Most of the actors in the film faced the camera for the first time in their life. The film is extremely realistic in its portrayal of the life in sub-urbans. It is one of the most powerful Telugu movies in recent times with an extremely subtle underlying theme.
4. Geetha Govindam:
Geetha Govindam is a complete entertainer with pleasant visuals and music. The film brought back the forgotten trend of rom-coms in Telugu movies. It has been several years since such a pleasant romantic entertainer is seen in Tollywood. The film has remarkable success at box office.
5. Bharat Ane Nenu:
Bharat Ane Nenu is a commercial entertainer with a social message. It has a weak script but good technical standards. The film is a direct attack on the current trend of politics and media. Bharat ane nenu points out the flaws like politicians focusing on their businesses, TRP hungry media, feudalism etc. It has been a blockbuster at box office with positive critical reception. It is definitely one of the top 10 Telugu movies of 2018.
Goodachari is a low budget spy thriller which focuses on the system instead of a specific mission. The film has heavy plot-holes and many inconsistencies. It has attained both critical and commercial success. Goodachari is one of the top 10 Telugu movies of 2018.
7. U Turn:
U-Turn is the remake of Kannada thriller film of same title. The film is gripping till the end but the climax offers nothing special. The original Kannada version was made on a low budget but in spite of heavy budget, the remake doesn’t improve much from its original and many scenes are shot by shot replacement. It is still a good watch for those who didn’t watch the original.
8. RX 100:
RX 100 is an alternate take on the love stories which appealed to youth, mostly to men. The film is based on real events and has good production values. It deals with a mature content and is not meant for everyone. The audience well received the performances and music. The film went on to become one of the most successful films of the year following the success of low budget Telugu movies.
Manu is an experimental film which tried many new things for the first time. But the film is inherently flawed with intentionally complex narration and the unnecessary tutorials of catching rats, making perfume, lock picking etc. However, the film is better than many illogical films made on high budgets. Manu marks the changing trends in Telugu movies.
10. Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi:
Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi is a pleasant buddy comedy with a not-so-serious script. The film lacks an engaging script otherwise it’s an interesting watch for some youthful humor and the presentation of friendship. Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi followed the trend of low budget Telugu movies without unnecessary commercial elements.