NEW DELHI, April 12, 2024 -- The Age of Heroes unveils the story behind Telegu Cinema's legendary icons.

Published by HarperCollins

Paperback | Non-Fiction | 208 pp | INR 399

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Villains are sent flying through the air to pulsating guitar riffs. Socio-economic problems are solved with sermonizing monologues. You can rest assured that good shall prevail—since the protagonist can change the world at will. We are in the presence of the Telugu hero: a character that spills over from myth onto the screen. The celluloid hero speaks like you and me and looks like us, but can perform superhuman feats.

The Age of Heroes looks at the historical–cultural factors that have produced cult heroes like N.T. Rama Rao, Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan—and Vijayashanti, who embodies the concept of the female hero. With the growing popularity of Telugu films across the world, especially blockbusters like Bahubali and RRR, Mukesh Manjunath's book—which won the inaugural HarperCollins–MAMI contest for writing on cinema—is a timely and fascinating study of Telugu cinema, which entertains an audience close to 10 crores globally.

Mukesh Manjunath says, "Have you ever wondered why your Telugu friends are obsessed with watching Telugu films? You look at them and wonder why the only topic constantly on their mind is Telugu cinema. Well, The Age of Heroes tells you why the reasons are historical, cultural, political, and more importantly - embarrassingly personal. This book is for those who love Telugu films and those who know lovers of Telugu cinema."


Mukesh Manjunath was the winner of the inaugural HarperCollins–MAMI contest for writing on cinema in 2019. He has written for web publications, comedy shows and online streaming platforms. He lives in Mumbai.


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