NTR’s ‘Adavi Ramudu’ was the first film that collected 4 crore share in South India, a huge record in those days and it also ushered in a trend of stories set in the backdrop of a forest in Tollywood. ‘Adavi Raja’, ‘Adavi Donga’, ‘Bobbili Raja’, etc followed.
But in the new millennium, the trend of ‘jungle’ stories has died. However, directors have now suddenly developed a craze for the stories set in the backdrop. Several films have now begun production with a similar setup.
Allu Arjun and Sukumar’s ‘Puspha’ is entirely set in the backdrop of Seshachalam forests near Tirupathi and will begin its regular shoot once the pandemic ends. Allu Arjun is playing the role of a transporter of red sanders who works for smugglers. The film will be shot in Chittoor forests as well as in Hyderabad studios.
Director Krish too has begun shooting a new film based on a novel with the lead cast Vaishnav Tej and Rakul Preet Singh. The film has the Nallamala forest as its premise. To be shot entirely in Vikarabad forests and the Nallamala range, the film will hit the screens next year.
Rana’s trilingual movie ‘Aranya’, as the title suggests, is the remake of the old movie ‘Haathi Meri Saathi’ and talks about saving the forests and elephants.
Rajamouli’s patriotic drama is also largely set in the forests as both Alluri Sita Ramaraju and Komaram Bheem are tribal leaders who fought against the oppressive regimes in the forests. Although this film tells the fictional tale of friendship between Alluri and Komaram played by Ram Charan and NTR , there are said to be many scenes in the backdrop of the forest.