You might say that the three names you see in the headline have only one connection, they are all part of Tollywood, but there is more to it. The great N T Rama Rao ensured that the Telugu identity across the nation is recognized and this changed the mindset of the northies from ‘Madrasis’ to Telugus.
NTR did that both as a filmstar and particularly after entering politics. And then came the eccentric genius Ram Gopal Varma who showed what talent the Telugu film fraternity is made of across the nation through his cult blockbusters in Bollywood such as Satya, Shiva, Rangeela, Sarkar and others.
Now, the baton has been passed onto the tough taskmaster S S Rajamouli and he has taken the pride of Telugus and its cinema to an international level. This is through his movies such as Eega, Baahubali. Recently, Rajamouli was part of the Busan Film Festival in South Korea and it is heard that he was flooded with Korean fans for autographs and pictures. Kudos to all of them!