|Produced by||Aditya Babu|
|Music by||Devi Sri Prasad|
|Editing by||Marthand K. Venkatesh|
|Running time||165 minutes|
|Budget||25 crore (US$3.8 million)|
|Box office||30 crore (US$4.6 million) (net share)|
Arya 2 (IPA: [[ɑːrja]-2]; Telugu: ఆర్యా-2, Ārya-2) is a 2009 Telugu romance film directed by Sukumar, and is a follow-up to the actor's and the director's previous successful film, Arya. Allu Arjun and Kajal Aggarwal play the lead roles while Navdeep and Shraddha Das play supporting roles Sukumar, who directed the original, directed this film as well. The film's music is by Devi Sri Prasad. Aditya Babu and Bhogavalli Prasad produced the film under the Aditya Arts banner. The film was dubbed in Malayalam, Tamil and Oriya with the same title and became blockbuster in Kerala. Some scenes were recreated with Malayali-based scenes for this. Allu Arjun gained huge fan base in Kerala through this film. This is the sequel to the 2004 Telugu film Arya. The film was dubbed in Hindi as Arya: Ek Deewana and it fully used the shot-ready scenes from the Telugu movie.
The first scene of the film shows Arya (Allu Arjun) being carried into an operation theatre. His friend Ajay (Navdeep) narrates how Arya changed his life. In their childhood, Arya stays in an orphanage where has no friends or family. By force, he befriends Ajay who also is in that orphanage. One day, Ajay is adopted by a rich family and leaves the orphanage behind him. As time passes, he becomes a big shot business tycoon and has his own software company. but Arya becomes a drunkard and he can do anything for Ajay. Ajay feels ashamed to say that Arya is his friend and avoids him. But Arya convinces him that he would be a good boy if he' given a job in Ajay's company. Die hard friend Arya just wanted to stay close to Ajay. But Ajay has one condition that if Arya is proven as a "bad boy" in the office, he has to leave the company. Thus, Arya converts himself into a " Mr. Perfect" without any defect and joins in the company. Everyone in the company are fond of Arya especially Shanti (Shraddha Das) who is madly in love with him. One day Geetha (Kajal Aggarwal) joins the company and Ajay and Arya both immediately fall in love with her. Arya is now Geetha's Team Lead. In a lift one day, while Geetha converses with Arya, suddenly he kisses her. In many other instances also, Arya keeps confessing his love to Geetha without anyone knowing about it. Ajay now wants to get rid of Arya. So, he crashes his own (Ajay's) car and weaves a story that Arya has crashed him. He did so, so that everyone would accuse Arya and he would be fired. At this juncture, Geetha comes to know that Ajay too loves her.
The next day at the office, Arya shows his true colours and arranges Ajay and Geetha's wedding. But on the day of their wedding, Geetha is taken away by her family to her hometown. Arya decides to bring her back at any cost. He is introduced to her family and he stays at her house amid the preparations for the wedding. Due to some reasons, caused by Arya the wedding is stopped and Arya is asked to marry Geetha. After their marriage, Ajay arrives to their town and the trio decide to go away from the place before they could find out that Geetha does not love Arya. The three of them stay at a hotel and decide that they must forget all of their worries for Geetha and Ajay would be gone and Arya left alone. But, Geetha's father finds them and while attempting to stab Ajay, Arya rescues him. But he is stabbed instead. Arya is rushed to hospital where it is seen that Geetha is truly in love with Arya. At the end, Arya asks Ajay to press a button. Unknowingly, Ajay does so. Suddenly, Arya starts suffocating for the supply of Oxygen is stopped. Geetha slaps Ajay for doing so and Arya says sorry to Ajay when she goes and holds his hand and Ajay just smiles and walks out.
The soundtrack and background score were composed by Devi Sri Prasad. The music was released on November 1, 2009 at Rock Heights, Madhapur, Hyderabad. The audio rights of the soundtrack were purchased by Sony Music. The tracks "Ringa Ringa", "Uppenantha Prema" and "My Love Is Gone" topped the music charts. The song "Ringa Ringa" created a cult status. This song was played in Cricket stadiums during the breaks of Indian Premier League and 2011 Cricket World Cup held in Bangalore. Also, the music of the song was re-used by Devi Sri Prasad in the Salman Khan movie, Ready as "Dhinka Chika".
The film received both positive and negative reviews. Rediff.com gave a review stating "Arya 2 is no patch on Arya which was a huge success. Sukumar seems to have tried a so-called different story line which is perplexing. It's only the first half of the film which makes for interesting viewing, otherwise the film is the usual routine stuff interspersed with some good dances and slick technical work" and rated the film 2.5/5 terming the film a "Disappointing" one. Sify.com gave a review stating "Arya 2 is not really a sequel to that trendsetter, Arya. Neither is the movie entertaining like the original nor does it have any interesting moments. In fact, it is big disappointment. Illogical plot line, silly scenes and confusing second half makes the film a tedious watch" and termed the film an "Average" one. greatandhra.com gave a review stating "It’s the movie released with many expectations but finally ended up as a disappointment. The masses in theatres yelled like hell when the show has begun but slowly turned pale and passive as the movie is rolling on. The first day morning show has given a signal that it’s going to be thumbs down in B,C centers. But A centers may find some oxygen. On a whole it’s a disappointment" and rated the film 2.5/5 alleging that the film gave "Wrong Signals". Cinegoer.net gave a review stating "Aarya 2 is a disappointing movie, characters having their own strange goals, analysis and approach. The film irritates you, it promises a very interesting beginning but as it moves ahead you are treated to a routine ending. In fact you could run the risk of seeing a psychologist like Brahmanandam if you'd take the movie seriously or even lightly." chitramala.com gave a review stating "Arya-2 with its not so impressive story and screenplay comes as a huge disappointment. The film is supposed to be about love, friendship and more importantly sacrifice but it is not really so. The ending may be in tune with the characterization of the hero but it does not really impress the audience. Arya-2 is unlikely to set the box office on fire" and rated the film 2.5/5.
However, the film received positive reviews too. idlebrain.com gave a review stating "The plus points of the movie are creative scenes, Allu Arjun, songs (dances) and technical values. On the flip side, psychotic orientation and confusion in hero’s characterization doesn't get audiences involved in the movie intently. On a whole, Arya 2 is a different film that can appeal to A centers and class crowds" and rated the film 3/5 terming it "story of a psychotic orphan". Oneindia Entertainment gave a review stating "For those who go to watch Allu Arjun film with some expectations, the film would be a true feast. What all one could expect from Allu Arjun"s film could be available in this movie. With the excellent dances and melodious audio, the film would surely be a big hit. The film had all kinds of masala that is needed for a commercial formula film and it would definitely ring the box office and would remain another milestone in Allu Arjun"s career." IndiaGlitz gave a review stating "Arya-2, though not in any way a second edition of that mature predecessor, is nevertheless both interesting and sympathetic. It's greatest asset is the riveting second half. It's biggest drawback is the slowness Arjun's character takes to grow on us. If it's intelligence and humour in the second half make it enjoyable, the drabness, tacky comedy and excruciating scenes make it unwatchable in the first half. Thankfully, everything is undone by the second 80 minutes, which you will want to watch again and again" and called it an "Entertaining, on again, off again" film. 123telugu.com gave a review stating "The film redefines the word 'Style'! Allu Arjun is back with a totally new look and style. The entire story is woven around Arya's character. The film has its share of brilliance, especially the scenes between Brahmanandam and his team, conversations between Allu Arjun and Navdeep and the entire episode involving Ajay. Arya-2 is the kind of film which you will either dazzle you or bore you to death, there's no middle way. Either way we end up hallucinating under its influence!" and rated the film 3/5 terming that it "Redefines Style". fullhyderabad.com gave a review stating "As for visuals, Arya 2 is undoubtedly a slickly made production. The overall design is as colourful and as cheerful as the promos have led you to believe, with the title song being one of the smartest portions of the film. For an audience starved of merry-making at the movies, this one could quite be the party whose invitation won't be chucked away so soon" and rated the film 6.5/10.
The film collected 13 crore (US$2.0 million) in its first week, including 4+ crores from Nizam and 1 crore from Visakhapatnam district. But there was a huge drop in the collections in the second week because of the Telangana Agitation. The film was banned in all Telangana regions because of Allu Arjun's relation with Chiranjeevi. Dil Raju, the distributor of Nizam lost about one and a half crores due to the Telangana Agitation. The film received mixed reviews. Ultimately, Arya 2 collected a share of 38 crore (US$5.8 million) in total and was a success at the Box office.
The movie was dubbed into Malayalam with the same title, and released across Kerala on 5 February 2010 with 100 prints. It collected more than 2 crore in its first week in Kerala.
- Best Film
- Best Director - Sukumar
- Best Actor - Allu Arjun
- Best Music Director - Devi Sri Prasad
- Best Male Playback - Baba Sehgal - "Mr. Perfect"
- Best Lyricist - Vanamali - "Karigeloga Jeevitam"
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