Indraganti Mohankrishna believed in his talent and their first movie became a hit. Nani slowly started getting good opportunities and until Eega, he saw an upward swing in his career.
After that film, he saw his first lull period and nobody he would comeback stronger but they wished for it. He came back strongly with Yevade Subramanyam and Bhale Bhale Mogadivoy.
Now, he is an established star among Tier-2 heroes as Pawan Kalyan, Mahesh, Allu Arjun, Ram Charan, Prabhas and Jr. NTR are considered as Tier-1 by Industry and mainly, social media users.
He used to face challenges from Nithiin, Sharwanand and Nikhil. But all three have again gone into lull and down trend periods in their careers, while Nani seems to be mixing it up.
He gave a Jersey and Devdas for Nani's Gangleader, KrishnaArjuna Yuddham kind of flops. Those flops also recovered upto 65-70% of the budget consolidating his market.
On the other hand, he has been challenged by Vijay Devarakonda. The actor turned his meteoric rise into star status with Rowdy Brand off-screen but on-screen, he is facing what Nani faced after Eega - lull and downward trend.
VD is hoping to come back with Puri Jagannath's Fighter after World Famous Lover failure and he did not expect NOTA or Dear Comrade to fare so badly. Hence, it is important for him to make Fighter, count.
Anyways, fans of both the actors at least on social media have agreed them to be Tier-2 leading stars at present in TFI and fighting fan wars with other group.
WFL crossed 50k likes in 1 hr 12 minutes and Nani's 25th movie, V teaser crossed 50k in 1 hr 10 minutes. This has become the centre point or the topic for fan wars between VD and Nani fans.
Well, Nani is not just an established star and popular actor, he proved to have consistency and acceptance among family crowds for over a decade now. Can Vijay Devarakonda do that as he seems to have more youth following than family audience blessings as Rowdy? Let's wait and see.