Brahma (2014 film)

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Directed by R. Chandru
Produced by Manjunath Babu
Screenplay by R. Chandru
Story by R. Chandru
Starring Upendra
Pranitha Subhash
Shayaji Shinde
Music by Gurukiran
Cinematography Shekar Chandra
Edited by K M Prakash
Mylari Enterprises
Release dates
  • 7 February 2014 (2014-02-07)
Country India
Language Kannada
Budget INR 250 million[1]
Box office INR 235 million (till 18 feb)[2]

Brahma (ಬ್ರಹ್ಮ) is a 2014 Indian Action historical drama film directed by R. Chandru and produced by Manjunath Babu.[3] The film was simultaneously made in Kannada and Telugu and subsequently dubbed into Tamil.[4] The film stars Upendra, essaying dual roles, and Pranitha Subhash in the lead roles, while actors Nassar, Rahul Dev and Shayaji Shinde play other prominent roles. The film spanning four generations, from the 16th to the 21st century, features an original soundtrack by Gurukiran. It's Karnataka Distribution rights have been sold out for a record price of INR 150 million.[5] Brahma is one of the most expensive Kannada movies of all time.[6] The film opened to an overwhelming response from the audience as well as the critics and got a grand opening at the Box Office by collecting a Record-Breaking INR 97.5 million in its first weekend by releasing in a record 276 screens and 1076 shows all over Karnataka.[7] It was labeled as an out an out commercial action entertainer with all the elements of keeping the audience entertained, particularly in the second half.[8] The bilingual movie is now all set to release in Telugu language in March.[9] Brahma completed 50 days in a Grand fashion in 35 theatres making INR 2 Million even on the 50th day. [10] The film was declared a blockbuster at the box office. It completed 75 Days. [11]


The movie tells the story of Bramha (Upendra) a notorious gangster who is a nightmare for politicians and the police. The Police appoint ACP Shinde to nab Bramha, but Brahma escapes to Malaysia on a secret mission where he meets the heroine. The heroine falls for Brahma, but Bramha rejects her love and comes back to India. The heroine follows him to India also. The story then takes a different turn from there. Why does Brahma avoid the heroine? Why does Brahma go to Malaysia? What is his secret mission? Why did he become a dreaded gangster? What connection does Brahma have with the 16th century warrior? Will the Police be successful to nab Bramha for his anti social activities? Are the questions that are answered only in the film. 'Brahma' is a lavish movie which is has been made in Kannada and Telugu simultaneously. The film has been shot in Malaysia, Bangalore, Mysore, and other places with war scenes in the movie shot in Rajasthan.[12]



Development and casting[edit]

Director R. Chandru, who tasted success from his previous venture Charminar revealed his intention to direct his next venture on 1 April 2013.[13] He announced that he is going to direct Upendra in a film titled Bramha - The Leaderand the shoot for the film will commence in the first week of May. He also announced that the venture would be a Kannada - Telugu bilingual project and actors from the Kannada and Telugu film industries would be acting in Bramha. He then quickly roped in actors Nassar and Shayaji Shinde to play the pivotal roles.

For the female lead, director approached actress Trisha who turned down the offer citing personal reasons.[14] Later actresses Deeksha Seth and Deepa Sannidhi were considered but could not finalize.[15] Finally, actress Pranitha was signed in to play the role who immediately agreed upon hearing the script.[16]


The principal photography of the film began on 15 May 2013 at the backdrop of the Bangalore palace and the audio recording launch began two days prior to this at the Gurukiran studios.[17] After launch in Bangalore Palace and song recording muhurth in Gurukiran Studio the film team went straight to Lalith Mahal Palace in Mysore for eight days shooting. After this schedule the director and team is moving to Bangkok portion of shooting. This film will release in Kannada on 7 February and Telugu in the month of march


The music is composed by Gurukiran for Anand audio company and lyrics are written by Kaviraj.[18]


Critical reception[edit]

The film opened to mostly positive reviews from the critics. rated the film 3.75/5 and called it a brilliant entertainer with good story, acting & action.[19] Shyam Prasad of Bangalore mirror rated the film 3/5 saying "Shekar Chandru is at the top of his game. Be it the battle scenes of the 15th century or the car chase in Malaysia, he makes it look look great. Brahma aspires to be a film taken seriously. But in the end, it is just a commercial film."[20] CineLoka rated the film 3.75/5 and called it a "Brilliant Entertainer".[21] Sandesh of One India rated the film 3/5 and said "The director is successful in showing Upendra in five shades. As Upendra is also an admired director among Kannadigas and others, there is a lot of expectations from the movie. Well, to be more accurate, director R Chandru has not disappointed Upendra's fans in the film."[22] The Hans India rated the film 3/5 and said "The film spans four generations and costumes are definitely the talking point. If you are an uppi fan, you will love this film which is a typical upendra film which bears all the trademarks of the actor."[23] GS Kumar of the Times of India rated the film 3.5/5 and said, "With complete grip over the lively script laced with witty dialogues, the director has narrated the story excellently keeping the interest alive till the end. Upendra rightly fits into the role and has done a neat job. Though Praneetha's role is limited, her expressions are impressive. Rangayana Raghu is sure to make you laugh with a brilliant performance. Suresh Mangalore and Nazar are gracefull. Shekhar Chandra's cinematograph is lovely. Music by Gurukiran has nothing much to offer."[24] India Glitz rated the film 7.5/10 saying "Director R Chandru is scaling heights with big thoughts, big canvas and tremendous marketing skills to promote his product. A successful director with most successful hero Upendra has not given room for drop for a few seconds in 'Brahma'. He has made such a captivating, concern filled, chilling moments, close to heart at the end film 'Brahma' - surely a wholesome entertainer with ingredients well measured and transmitted on silver screen. Upendra has given different shades required for the acting. He dances well, action is fabulous and looks in different get up is undoubtedly mass hero. The technical aspects of this film editing, graphics and 16th century well adjusted, 70s shade are convincingly portrayed on the screen."[25]

Box office[edit]

Brahma took a grand opening at the Box Office by collecting a whooping INR 36 million on its first day in a record breaking 276 screens and 1076 shows all over Karnataka. Even though release in too many theaters limited the number of houseful screenings, the overall collection was huge. Brahma had a spectacular opening weekend and collected a total of INR 97.5 million in its opening weekend which is the highest weekend collection for a Kannada movie.[26] The break-up, according to director R Chandru, is INR 36.5 million (Friday), INR 24 million (Saturday) and INR 37 million (Sunday). According to Trade reports, even if Monday's collection is 10 percent of Saturday's INR 24 million, the film will become the fastest to join the INR 100 million club of Sandalwood.[27]

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Tunta Tunta"   Kaviraj Shweta Mohan 05:10
2. "Tingu Tingu"   Kaviraj Nakash Aziz, Chaitra H. G. 03:45
3. "Pesallagi Order Kotte"   Kaviraj Gurukiran 05:16
4. "Brahma"   Kaviraj Ranjith, Gurukiran 04:50


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