Chiranjeevi vs Balayya: After Yntr and Ayannar, Chiranjeevi and Balakrishna are the most popular stars in Telugu cinema. The box office war of both of them was also liked by the audience. There was a box office war between Chiru and Balayya about 24 times. Now for the 25th time both of them are clashing at the box office. While Balakrishna will make Sankranthi buzz with ‘Veerasimha Reddy’, Chiranjeevi will be participating in the same season celebrations with ‘Waltheru Veeraiya’. Old memories are rolling in the minds of both fans.
Even though Chiranjeevi and Balakrishna have competed at the box office 24 times so far, it is remarkable that their films are the most popular during the Sankranthi celebrations. Both of them competed eight times in the Pongal ring. Now they say Sai for the ninth time. If you look at their Pongal tumult, for the first time in 1987, Chiranjeevi clashed with ‘Dongamogudu’ and Balakrishna with ‘Bhargavaramudu’. These two films were screened separately in each area. The next year Chiranjeevi came with ‘Manchidonga’, Balayya jumped into the field as ‘Inspector Pratap’. It’s the same here, in each area, each has the upper hand. In 1997, Chiranjeevi came as ‘Hitler’, Balakrishna came as ‘Peddannayya’. Both were huge successes. While Chiranjeevi’s ‘Hitler’ celebrated its centenary in most centres, Balakrishna’s ‘Peddannayya’ stood as the highest-grossing film in the Sankranti circle that year. In 1999, Chiranjeevi came out with ‘Sneham Moro’ and Balayya made a splash with ‘Samarasimha Reddy’. Then Balayya had the upper hand.
In 2000, Chiranjeevi entertained as ‘Annaiya’, while Balakrishna came as ‘Vamshodharakudu’. ‘Annaiah’ seemed to have the upper hand. In 2001, Chiranjeevi ‘Mrigaraju’ could not stand before Balakrishna ‘Narasimhanaidu’. In 2004, Balakrishna ‘Lakshminarasimha’ had won the title, but Chiranjeevi ‘Anji’ seemed to have no problem. Then Balakrishna came with his 100th film ‘Gautamiputra Satakarni’, Chiranjeevi jumped into the ring with his 150th film ‘Khaidi No 150’. While Balayya is a historical movie, Chiranjeevi is a social movie. Both were successful. In some areas, Chiranjeevi had the upper hand. Looking at these calculations, Balayya seems to have the upper hand in the Pongal frenzy. With that, Balayya fans raised their hopes on ‘Veerasimha Reddy’. But according to his fans, Chiranjeevi will also entertain as ‘Waltheru Veeraya’. Let’s see whose predictions come true.