of the top stars of yesteryears had their baptism in Telugu films.
From Waheeda Rehman, Rekha, Hema Malini to the recent ones including
Anil Kapoor to Keerti Reddy.
Waheeda made her debut in the Telugu film Rojulu
Marayi in the early fifties. She dances her way into audience
hearts with her foot tapping number Yeruwaka Saagalo
This tune inspired such greats like SD Burman and Chitra Gupta.
SA Burman came out with an Asha Bhonsle number Dekhne Mein
Bhola Kya Hain
from Bambai Ka Babu. Chitra Gupta
used Lata Mangeshkar's soft voice for the song Rang dilki dhadkan
bhi. Guru Dutt's friend who saw the Telugu film was so fascinated
by Waheeda's natural beauty that he recommended her for CID.
The Guru Dutt - Waheeda Rehman pair went on to become cinegoer's
Malini, the star who ruled Hindi filmdom for two decades, faced
the arc lights for the first time in
you would not guess
a mythological film. Titled Pandava Vanavasam, which
had stalwarts like NT Rama Rao and Savitri, young Hema appeared
as a lead dancer in a song meant to entertain Dhuryodhana. She
was barely sixteen then. Much later Sapnom Ka Saudagar
happened. In the seventies, Hema again appeared in a dance number
in yet another Telugu mythological film Sri Krishna Vijayam.
Re as Rekha is known today, started her career as a child artist
in a Telugu film like Rangula Ratnam. In Rekha's case,
her mother tongue is Telugu. Her beautiful mother Pushpavalli
is a rage in forties. Her first lead role was too for a Telugu
film. And guess who her Hero was? Krishnam Raju, the present Minister
of State for Defense. The film was Amma Kosam, produced
by Anjali Devi. Sawan Bhadon followed much later.
Wahab, who stole Hindi cinegoer's heart with Chitchor, first donned
greasepaint for, yes, a Telugu film. This Rajahmundry lass paired
with superstar Krishna in Gajula Krishnaiah, which was
a runaway hit. Since she clicked in a big way in Hindi films,
she confined herself to Hindi films.
many know that the talent powerhouse Sanjeev Kumar acted in a
Telugu film. The actor paired with Sarada in the film Urvashi.
Sarada, the thrice national award winning actress, played a double
role in that film.
'real hero' Nayak Anil Kapoor learnt all about lights, action
and camera from artist-cum-director Bapu. Bapu gave him his break
in Vamsa Vriksham. Anil then appeared in a Kannada film
Pallavi - Anupallavi, directed by Mani Ratnam. In the Hindi
Woh Sath Din, again it was Bapu who gave Anil's career a boost.
Reddy, the happening heroine, made her bow with a bang in Telugu
flop Gunshot apposite Ali. Then came a sensational hit
Toli Prema with Pawan Kalyan, which has been remade in
Hindi as Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hain.