Thriller is one genre that almost everyone loves to watch. The thrill, suspense and excitement that thrillers provides is something that can’t be matched.

So, it was an obvious choice when Telugu filmmakers decided to make thriller movies to display their cinematic talent. In the past, some of the fantastic films in the genre were the spy thriller Gudachari 116, comedy thriller Kshana Kshanam to name a few.

However, the popularity of thrillers has exploded in recent times with unique storylines being explored. This article is dedicated to such Telugu films that thrilled the audience with their unique storylines. While there are many platforms to watch Telugu movies online, ZEE5 stands out with its collection of unique movies, which are as follows:


Spyder saw popular Tamil filmmaker A.R Murugadoss and superstar Mahesh Babu joins hands for the first time. The movie revolves around Shiva (Mahesh Babu) who is an agent with an officer in the Intelligence Bureau office. But unknown to many, Shiva has developed a secret phone tracking software with which he helps people. The story takes a turn when he faces a sadistic psychopath Bhairavudu (S.J Suryah) who is hell bent on killing people. With thrilling set-pieces and fantastic performances by Mahesh Babu and S.J Suryah, Spyder thrills as it toys with ideas of surveillance, personality disorders etc.


After a massive hit with the romantic comedy Fidaa, Sai Pallavi’s next film Kanam took on the issue of abortion in a thrilling way. Mixing the horror and thriller genres, the movie features many goosebump moments while also enlightening the audiences with its intended message. This movie takes the paranormal thriller genre to a different level.


Written and directed by Hanu Raghavapudi, LIE is a combination of macho sequences and mind games in perfect measure. The movie revolves the face off between A. Sathyam (Nithiin) , a street smart guy from Hyderabad and Padmanabham (Arjun Sarja), a mysterious international criminal. Through the mind games between hero and villain is common place in Telugu cinema, LIE pushes the envelope with the excellent characterization of its lead actor and antagonist.


One of the biggest hits in Vijay Antony’s career, Nakili stands out in the characterization of its lead actor. In Nakili, Vijay plays Karthik, a psychopathic killer who takes on the identities of his victims. The cold expressions of Vijay and the tight plotting make Nakili a thrilling view in the mind of a psychopath, something few movies have done in India.

So that was my list of my unique thrillers that have been made in Telugu cinema in recent times. If you wish to check out these above-mentioned movies, you find all of them on ZEE5. If there are any movies you think should have been in the list, let us know in the comments.