Tholi Prema is a 1998 Telugu-language romantic drama film written and directed by A. Karunakaran and cinematography by y. Maheedhar and Chota K. Naidu. It stars Pawan Kalyan and Keerthi Reddy in the lead roles, with music composed by Deva.
Balu (Pawan Kalyan) is the youngest son in his family and a careless guy. His father always scolds him, but his uncles and mother dote on him and so does his brother. He has a bunch of friends (played by Ali, Venu Madhav and others) and hangs around with them. On one occasion, Balu's father is angry with him; Balu leaves the house to be left alone for a while (on the eve of Diwali). He chances to see Anu (Keerthi Reddy) on the road with some kids and he falls for her. She has returned from the USA to spend time with her grandfather (P. J. Sharma).