Krishna, a Makar Sankranti release, continues to hold the first place on the Telugu charts. Swagatham, released five weeks ago, comes second. Mr. Medhavi and Ontari are the new films on the list.
The top five Telugu films are:
1. Krishna - It is perhaps the most successful of the Sankranti releases. The Ravi Teja and Trisha starrer is doing well on both the audience front and the revenue side. Director V.V. Vinayak has given a rather stereotype story, but Ravi Teja ably carries it on his shoulders. It is clearly ahead of all the films.
2. Swagatham - Director Dasarath's sentimental flick seems to have been welcomed by the audience. Though an old, hackneyed plot, Swagatham seems to be luring family audiences as it is sans violence. The performances of Jagapathi Babu, Bhumika and Anushka are the main highlights of the movie.
3. Anasuya - Bhumika Chawla steals the show as Anasuya in this murder mystery, which has been running for more than a month and a half. Playing a TV journalist, Bhumika displays good acting skills. Ravi Babu, who is also the director, looks good as the villain. This edge-of-the-seat thriller has fetched critical acclaim and is faring well.
4. Ontari - It's a film with the usual action, romance and comedy. Gopichand does a good job in the lead role. Debutante Bhavana Balachandran puts in a good performance and is being talked about as a heroine with potential. The first half of the film is good, but the second half fails to hold viewers' interest.
5. Visakha Express - A thriller starring Allari Naresh, Rajiv Kanakala and Preeti Jhangiani, which released a month ago, has made it to the list. Supposed to be based on Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, the film has decent performances by the lead pair Naresh and Kanakala. But on the whole, it is quite a letdown.