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Who is No 1 Hero in Tollywood? | Reasons with Comparison

No 1 Hero in Tollywood


This has been a much-debated topic for many years now. Several stars have risen and fallen but none have been able to hold on as the numero uno star in this industry.


Top 8 Heros in Tollywood

  1. Jr NTR
  2. Mahesh Babu
  3. Ravi Teja
  4. Nithin
  5. Allu Arjun
  6. Suriya
  7. Rajinikanth
  8. Ajith Kumar


Tollywood Number 1 Hero

Most fans believe there are only two heroes who deserve the title of being called number one – Mahesh Babu and Jr NTR. Mahesh Babu has been the leading star in most of the super hits like ‘Dookudu’ and ‘Srimanthudu’.

Jr NTR on the other hand is said to have a good fan base who goes overboard with their antics every time their hero delivers a hit, be it the recent release ‘Temper’ or any of his earlier films like ‘Rakhi’.

But there are fans who believe that NTR alone cannot able to carry the entire industry on his shoulders and no one can truly be No.1 without competition from all the other stars. There is also a section of this industry that feels that Rajinikanth, even after being in this industry for over 3 decades is still the numero uno star. If one sees his recent release ‘Kabali’ which opened to packed houses across the globe and created a craze among fans, it can be said that Rajni is still no 1 hero in south Indian cinema.


Mahesh Babu vs Jr NTR

(Brief Comparison)

Here are a few reasons why fans who staunchly believe that it can only be either Mahesh Babu or Jr NTR are right.

  • Jr NTR has worked with most leading directors across south India and has delivered back-to-back hits for over a decade now.


  • Mahesh Babu is not just a hero but is also a producer and distributor. He is one actor who has not let his stardom go to his head and is a down-to-earth person.


  • Both Mahesh Babu and NTR have a huge female fan following on social media which adds up to their popularity as heroes.


  • Mahesh Babu has been there for more than a decade and NTR has been around for the last 10 years. This shows that both of them can definitely carry on in this industry for many more years to come.


  • It is evident that both these stars are extremely popular in overseas markets and they also earn a lot through their movies with their share.


  • Both Mahesh Babu and NTR have been ruling Tollywood for the past few years and no other star has been able to touch their stardom as they are loved by family audiences too.


  • Both these top actors have a good fan base who often defends the choices of their favorite heroes in public forums.


  • Although both these stars have worked with several actresses, it is evident that they have shared a good rapport with just one actress in their career so far which proved to be lucky for them.


  • Both these stars are said to be family men who respect their work and entertain the audience by delivering quality products. This automatically adds up to the magic of Mahesh Babu and NTR who is one of the most loved and revered actors in South Indian cinema.


  • There are several fans who love to imagine Mahesh Babu and NTR as a pair which is not possible due to their age difference but still they like these stars together, for example – ‘Jalsa’ (2008), ‘Oosaravelli’ (2011), ‘Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu’ (2013).


  • Both these stars are in no hurry to sign projects on hand to hand basis, they plan well before taking up a project in order not to disappoint their fans. NTR signed several movies last year but none of them were successful at the box office while Mahesh Babu is concentrating more on quality scripts rather than quantity.


  • Even their contemporaries like Allu Arjun, Kalyan Ram, and Nithin don’t get anywhere near the stardom of Jr NTR or Mahesh Babu. The closest star to them in terms of fan following is Pawan Kalyan but even he doesn’t top the list.


  • Even after working together on several projects like ‘Bhadra’ (1995), ‘Nuvvu Naaku Nachav’ (2001), and ‘Sainikudu’ (2006), Jr NTR and Mahesh Babu have never been pitted against each other in Tollywood.


  • Both these stars are not active on social media and this automatically adds up to the mystery surrounding them, making fans crave their movies more often.


  • Jr NTR has maintained his body well over the years which is visible in several of his recent films while Mahesh Babu does Kethi Yoga, works out, eats healthy, and gets the best on-screen.


  • Both Mahesh Babu and NTR are not on a signing spree unlike some other stars in Tollywood who sign multiple movies every year, which shows that they are very choosy about their career.


  • Both these stars have never been involved in any controversy even during their initial days. Apart from Jr NTR’s ‘Matrudevobhava’ (2006) horror flick controversy, no other incident has been talked about them.


  • Jr NTR has reached a total of 70 movies in his career whereas Mahesh Babu is on the verge of crossing the 50 movies mark soon this year. If both these stars are in the industry for another decade, they have good scope to reach the 200 movies mark.


  • Both these actors share a great rapport with their directors and producers even though they have worked with several top stars in South Indian Cinema over the years.

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