By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Chennai, Dec 21 IANS | 2 years ago

Out of the 400-odd films released in four southern languages - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, the following films may not have earned a robust box-office number but still managed to elicit positive response from the audience and critics alike.

List of best Telugu films of 2013:

"Lucia": The film changed the way how others looked at the Kannada film industry, usually popular for producing loud commercial films, mostly remakes of its southern counterparts. Not only did "Lucia" earn critical as well as commercial acclaim but also introduced the concept of crowd-funding and paved the way for aspiring filmmakers. A story set against the backdrop of lucid dreaming, the film is already being remade in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.

"Anthaku Mundu Aa Tharavatha": A rare Telugu film that proves it is possible to make a modern-day romantic tale sans sex and vulgarity. With Indraganti Mohan Krishna at the helm of it, "Anthaku Mundu Aa Tharavatha" doesn't dare to experiment, but questions the spate of romantic films that reek of cheesy one-liners and respects the intelligence of a viewer. And what a comeback film for "Roja" fame Madhoo!

"Swamy Ra Ra": A simple story about fate, the Telugu crime-comedy revolves around three friends who rob for a living. Laced with humour and occasional thrills, "Swamy Ra Ra" is a welcome change for the industry plagued by mindless commercial outings. The film's music was one of the best soundtracks of the year.

"Mallela Theeram Lo Sirimalle Puvvu": A clean and dignified Telugu film about a woman's search for love, liberation and self-respect, "Mallela Theeram Lo Sirimalle Puvvu" is one of the finest works in the family genre albeit melodrama and emotional outbursts. It's a shame that such a beautiful film had to release only in fewer cinemas.

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(Posted on 21-12-2013)