Chiranjeevi did Swayamkrushi, Apadhabandhavudu, Rudraveena, Manjunatha, now Sye Raa which are not typical mass masala films.
Nagarjuna has been exemplary as he plays in romantic dramas, action films, devotional films, family entertainers and different films every time.
Balakrishna did try in early 90’s with Bhairavadweepam, Aditya 369 and Sri KrishnaArjuna Vijayam and Pandurangadu, Gautamiputra Satakarni but only Bhairavadweepam, Aditya 369 became memorable, so he is sticking to mass masalas more often.
Gautamiputra Satakarni found mixed reception from critics and audiences as it restricted itself to being a war drama.
Prabhas in the latest generation gets the distinction of being part of successful in multiple genre films like Darling – romantic comedy, Chatrapathi – gangster action , Mirchi – Telugu commercial formula , Mr. Perfect – Family entertainment, Baahubali series – Folklore.
He is doing Saaho – a heist action film and he wants to continue doing different genre films. His next is Fantasy Romance film and after that he wants to do a devotional film like Bhakta Kanappa, it seems.
Krishnam Raju proved himself as an actor with the film in the direction of Bapu and he has plans to direct it with Prabhas again.
Will Prabhas do the same film or will he opt for a different devotional subject? We don’t know yet. But he has plans to do variety of films than just being part of action dramas.