Nagarjuna’s 5 Best Performances

Nagarjuna’s 5 Best Performances

Nagarjuna absolutely nailed it in these 5 occasions..
Nagarjuna’s 5 Best Performances

He isn’t known as a living legend for nothing. Nagarjuna is to Telugu cinema what Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan are to Tamil cinema. A bracing blend of brawn and brain, Nag is capable of  being cute and compelling at  same time. These performances  prove it.

1. Geetanjali (1989): 

Nagarjuna in Geetanjali

When Nagarjuna worked with Mani Ratnam, there was  magic. He dived into a majestically morbid tale of two terminally ill people who fall in love. The film could have been a real downer what with the scrip demanding a macabre  joy in pain and  suffering. But Nag’s innate sense of positivity  with some help from his co-star Girija Shettar elevated this sob story into something sublime and life-enforcing.

2. Siva (1989):

Shiva Poster

During the same year when Geetanjali showed Nag’s  supreme sensitivity, he also did a somersault (and added a few kicks to it) in Ram  Gopal Varma’s raw guttural campus actioner where Nag played the angry boy-man with a  vibrant virility. The performance and the film rank among the most powerful studies of the distortions in  the student-politics nexus. This was not a film, it was an adrenaline-pumping treatise on youth unrest. Wonder what happened to Varma! Why did he make the horrendous Officer with Nag 28 years  later?  More importantly why  did  Nag agree to be in it?

3. Govinda Govinda (1994): 

Nagarjuna in Govinda Govinda

An absolutely  crazy film by Ram Gopal Varma meshing mythology, fantasy, crime  and comedy, tantra and telekinisis, this  one works like  a charm if you are a Sridevi fan. Director Ram Gopal Varma was. He  infuses every frame with an idolatory  giggle. Nag pitched in with his own devil-may-care James Dean-meets-MGR kid of swaggering performance as a taxi driver who helps the diva in distress.

4. Zakham (1998):

Nagarjuna in Zakham

In Hindi cinema Nag was  not quite the outsider that Chiranjeevi  proved  himself  to be. His rapport with Mahesh Bhatt yielded some intense work, none more so  than Zakham where he played a filmmaker torn between two women. The role was based on Mahesh Bhatt’s own life. Nag played it straight. No frills. No  melodrama. He is incapable of melodrama.

5. Manmadhudu (2002):

Manmadhudu Poster

In this beautifully laid-out rom-com, Nag starred as a misogynist who lives to regret falling in love, until he meets Ms Right Sonali Bhendre. Now, 17 years later, Nag is back in  Manmadhudu 2  playing a guy who simply LOVES women. If  you have seen any traces of  aging since the other film, let me know. I didn’t.

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