Two films – Middle Class Melodies on Amazon Prime Video and Anaganaga O Athidhi on AHA which released this week have opened up a new discussion in Telugu Cinema. “Is Telugu Cinema underutilizing the talent of its supporting actors as much as it should?” – is the question.
Goparaju Ramana who played the hero’s father in Middle Class Melodies breathed life into the character and rocked the show. His character and performance are the major highlights of the film. He even overshadowed the lead characters of the film. Surabhi Prabhavati who played the mother character is also a valuable addition to the movie.
In Anaganaga O Athidhi, Chakrapani Ananda and Veena Sunder who played Payal Rajput’s parents have also performed really well. They managed to get into the skin of the characters and shine in a story which had a very limited number of characters. Supporting actors in notable films of Tollywood are more of a joke. Filmmakers would always look to fill the entire cast with known faces other than giving a chance to talented actors. It’s high time the Telugu filmmakers think in that direction and look beyond. Creating meaningful characters and casting good performers should result in meaningful films.
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