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Tollywood refers to the Telugu language film industry.
Between 100 and 150 Telugu Tollywood films are released each year. There were generally two releases on average each week in 2005 and annual turnover reached Rs.1,550 crores on ticket sales of 60 crores! Popular movies tend to open during the three festive seasons of the region: Sankranthi, Summer, and Dushera.
In 2004, the total business for the Sankranthi season was around 150 crores greater than that of the Bollywood industry. There are at least three TV channels, which exclusively feature programs relating to Telugu movies.
Well-known stars of Tollywood have devoted fan followings in the South. In particular, heroes like N. T. Rama Rao, Chiranjeevi (who is also received Padma Bhushan) has a God-like worship from fans. Chiranjeevi is also well known for converting all the energies of big fan following into positive channels to do charity. Many fans also participate in social activities during movie releases. Celebrations 50 or 100 days after a films release, on Silver Jubilees and on the stars' birthdays are also common and they are organized not only in India but also in other countries where telugu population is significant
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