Forbes Magazine listed 25 Great Acting Performances of Indian Cinema. Unexpectedly,
only one Telugu actor found a place in best list and the superior person is
none other than JV Somayaajulu garu for the landmark movie 'Sankarabharanam.
V Somayajulu, an IAS officer in his 50s, plays a Carnatic instrumentalist who
was taken the wrong way by the society for supporting the daughter of a
prostitute at times when pop music has leave behind classical music. He played
his part with such self-respect and power that you can't listen to any of its enormously
popular songs without visualisation him performing them as his Sadhana.
Viswanath’s Sankarabharanam opened to empty seats, became a super hit with fantastic
mouth talk and now enjoys a trendy status.
Dilip Kumar (Devdas, 1955); Nutan (Bandini, 1963); Utpal Dutt (Bhuvan, 1969); Balraj
Sahni (Garam Hawa, 1974); Amjad Khan (Sholay, 1975); Amitabh Bachchan (Deewar,
1975); Naseeruddin Shah (Sparsh, 1980); Rekha (Umrao Jaan, 1981); Sanjeev Kumar
(Angoor, 1982); Smita Patil (Mirch Masala, 1987)
Somayajulu (Sankarabharanam, 1980).
Dr Rajkumar (Bangaaradha Manushya, 1972).
Mammooty (Mathilukal, 1989); Mohanlal (Bharatham, 1991).
Sivaji Ganesan (Parasakthi, 1952); Rajinikanth (Thillu Mullu, 1981); Revathi
(Mouna Ragam, 1986), Kamal Haasan (Mahanadi, 1994).
Supriya Choudhury (Meghe Dhaka Tara, 1960); Soumitra Chatterjee, 1961); Chhabi
Biswas (Jalsaghar, 1958); Uttam Kumar (Nayak, 1966); Ananya Chatterjee
Upendra Limaye (Jogwa, 2009); Nilu Phule (Samna, 1975).