Balupu - Crazy Mohan
On February 1, let us tell you an interesting story. There was once a man, content and knowledgeable. He taught the Telugu language to students in a college in the small town of Attili in West Godavari. We don’t know how or why, but we’re thankful that he stepped out of the classroom and stepped in front of the camera. The year was 1987 and the sets were of filmmaker Jandhyala’s Aha Naa Pellanta. On this set, there was a young man, short and stout. We saw him in the film as Ara Gundu, a comical character. His expressions changed every few moments and his dialogues hit the bullseyes. Initially a comic character on paper, this man emerged to be the legend of comedy, in the times to come. This man is, none other than, Brahmanandam garu.
33 years and thousands of films later, Brahmanandam has become synonymous with ‘comedy’ and ‘punch dialogues’. Having been part of almost every second film, this man holds the Guinness World Record for screen-credits, for a living man, in over 1000 films. For decades, Brahmanandam has been making people smile and laugh endlessly with his many roles. He has also been making us teary-eyed and grateful, every time we see he talks his heart out.
Not only us, but the government of the country also recognised his talent and awarded him with the Padma Shri in 2009. The state honours of Nandi Award has been conferred upon him five times, so far. And, an endless collection of awards and honour continue to take his legacy ahead.
The 2013 film, Balupu, starring Ravi Teja and Shruti Haasan, is an action-drama which has Brahmanandam in a pivotal role. And, that means a laughter fest, right? His role as Crazy Mohan makes the character of every protective and over-protective uncle comical. The film proves there can never be a replacement or substitute for Brahmanandam.
Achari America Yatra - Appalacharya
In Vishnu Manchu and Pragya Jaiswal’s Achari America Yatra, Brahmanandam plays the role of Appalacharya. Here, he plays the innocent priest who tries to deal with the blasphemous things that people do for love. He makes us sympathise for him, and also makes us LOL with his expressions.
Bruce Lee: The Fighter - Suzuki Subramanyam
In Ram Charan and Rakulpreet‘s Bruce Lee: The Fighter, we see this magical comedian as Suzuki Subramanyam. Although a cameo, this role and his antiques stay with us much after we leave the theatre. In all true senses, here is a man who redefined the importance of guest appearances in mainstream cinema.
Pandaga Chesko - Weekend Venkat Rao
Iddarammayilatho - "Fiddle" Brahma
Kandireega - Bhavani
Nagavalli - Assistant
A sequel to Rajinikanth‘s Chandramukhi, Nagavalli is led by Venkatesh and Anushka Shetty. In the film, Brahmanandam is the loyal assistant to the world-famous psychologist, who has come to solve the impending case of a trapped soul. Just like a normal person, he keeps his thoughts to himself. But his world starts crashing down when the psychologist starts intruding into his thoughts.
Kotha Bangaru Lokam - College Principal
Aata - Astrologer
Brother of Bommali - Kona Venkat
Finally, Brother of Bommali starring Allari Naresh and Karthika Nair is a classic comedy film. Once again lifting the bar higher, Brahmanandam turns into Kona Venkat, the chef. People need his dates to fix their wedding, and he makes this overtly ambitious and obnoxious character hysterical and unmissable.
Wishing the legend of comedy a thousand more films, we sign out. You can check out more of films on ZEE5.