"Balagam" beautifully documents Telangana culture, merging precision and care to craft one of the year's most captivating films, seamlessly transitioning from cultural exploration to a heart-wrenching human drama.
Karthik Dandu's "Virupaksha" excels in world-building, immersing audiences in a '90s forest-side village with a supernatural thriller that skillfully avoids jump scares, relying on a tense atmosphere and effective sound design.
Rupak Ronaldson's "Pareshan" flaunts wackiness with eccentricity, elevating each scene in quirkiness, challenging the need for dramatic elements and offering a truly original cinematic experience.
Ram Abbaraju's "Samajavaragamana" brings back the charm of simple family comedies, embracing clean humor and impeccable comic timing from Naresh and Sree Vishnu, creating a refreshing cinematic journey.
Sai Rajesh's "Baby" emerges as the most provocative Telugu film, sparking intense discussions with its morally ambiguous narrative, disturbing and challenging viewers, while leaving a lasting impact with flawed characters.
"Month of Madhu" unfolds as a European-style relationship drama in Vizag, embracing subtlety and a calming aesthetic, discussing themes like sexual awakening, loss, and toxic relationships without judgment.
"Mad" races at 100 gags a minute, delivering a hilariously chilled-out cinematic experience, where every scene competes in silliness, making it a joyous ride devoid of conflicts and emotions except pure joy.
Sripal Sama's "How Is That For a Monday" is a testament to a small film with a big heart, seamlessly blending a thriller with profound themes like identity and race, leaving viewers satisfied with its 90-minute journey.
"Bhagavanth Kesari" emerges as the most enjoyable Balakrishna-starrer, embracing cartoonish over-the-topness with a sincere core, offering Telugu masala entertainer elements alongside a heartfelt speech on a sensitive topic.
Shouryuv's debut feature, "Hi Nanna," delivers a bittersweet Telugu moviegoing experience, featuring knockout performances and exploring mature themes with sensitivity, standing out for its emotional depth and poignant moments.