Pawan Kalyan, Keerthi Reddy
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Marthand K Venkatesh
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Tholi Prema 1998 story at a glance
Balu (Pawan Kalyan) is careless youngster who is bad at studies. He is the youngest son in his family and his father always scolds him, but his brothers, uncles and mother dote on him and so do his brothers. On one occasion, Balu sees Anu (Keerthi Reddy), a US returnee on the road and falls for her instantly but couldn’t meet her. Anu, comes from US to spend time with her grandfather (P.J. Sharma).
Anu is impressed with Balu when he saves a kid's life on the motorway; she tries to get his autograph but fails. Balu leaves for Ooty for his studies and accidentally meets Anu on the way when his taxi breaks down. Anu gives Balu a lift and leaves her driver to help the taxi driver. While on the way they meet with an accident and Balu saves Anu. Anu thinks that Balu sacrificed his life in saving her. But he will be rescued by someone. Later they become good friends. Slowly Balu develops feelings for her but could not express it to her. At the same time, Anu gets admission into Harvard University (USA) and is about to leave. What happened next forms the rest of the story?
Tholi Prema is the prime reason for Pawan Kalyan’s tremendous following in youth. The movie aptly showcased the mindset of current day youth and immediately youngsters connected to it. The movie was a huge hit then.
- This is the debut movie of director Karunkaran. Later he went on to become a big director. He later directed Pawan Kalyan in Balu ABCDEFG too.
- This is the first combination of Pawan Kalyan and Keerthi Reddy. Her career in Telugu was not so rosy except for some random roles.
- The movie was winner of six Nandi Awards and National Award Best Feature Film (Telugu) and ran for more than 365 days
Karunakaran, the director of the movie is actually a painter. He is the one who paints Anu’s picture on Post cards in the movie.
Karunakaran saw Pawan Kalyan’s picture on a film magazine in Chennai and decided he would be the lead role in his movie.
There is no female voice in any of the songs in the movie.
The film was later remade in Hindi as Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai starring Tusshar Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. It was dubbed in Tamil as Aanandha Mazhai.