Brindavanam (film)

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Brindavanam
Brindavanam poster.jpg
Movie Poster
Directed by Vamsi Paidipally
Produced by Dil Raju
Sirish
Laxman
Written by Vamsi Paidipally
Koratala Siva
Starring N. T. Rama Rao Jr.
Kajal Aggarwal
Samantha
Prakash Raj
Srihari
Music by S. Thaman
Edited by Marthand K Venkatesh
Production
company
Distributed by Sri Venkateswara Creations
Release dates
  • 14 October 2010 (2010-10-14)
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget INR300 million (US$4.7 million).
Box office INR350 million (US$5.5 million)(100 days gross)[1]

Brindavanam is a 2010 Telugu film starring N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Kajal Aggarwal and Samantha in the lead roles while actors Kota Srinivasa Rao, Prakash Raj and Srihari play other pivotal roles. The film was produced by Dil Raju on Sri Venkateswara Creations banner. It was written by Vakkantham Vamsi and directed by Vamsi Paidipally, who directed Munna, also produced by Dil Raju. S. Thaman composed the music while Chota K. Naidu and Marthand K. Venkatesh handled the cinematography and editing of the film respectively. A. S. Prakash and Anand Sai were the art directors of the film while Ram Lakshman composed the stunt and fight sequences of the film.

The film revolves around three principal characters Krish, Indu and Bhoomi. Krish is the only son of a wealthy industrialist and his girlfriend is Indu. Her friend Bhoomi's father forces her to get into wedlock but she wants to continue her studies. Hence she lies to her father that she is already in love with a guy and her father wants to meet her boy friend. Indu asks Krish to act as boyfriend of Bhoomi. At Bhoomi's house named Brindavanam, Krish is approved as the bridegroom by her father and all her family members and Krish unites her father with his step brother who are poles apart. The rest of the film is all about the consequences faced by the trio when Krish and Bhoomi find out that Indu is the step brother's daughter and thus Bhoomi's sister which Indu was also never aware of.

The film was launched officially on 15 August 2009 on the eve of Independence Day of India at Annapurna Studios in Hyderabad. The principal photography of the film commenced on 1 December 2009. The film was shot in locales of Pollachi in Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad, Badami in Karnataka, Chalakudy near Cochin in Kerala. Apart from them, the film was also shot near Athirapally Waterfalls in Kerala and forest at Ananthagiri Hills in Vikarabad in old Andhra Pradesh. Some of the songs were shot in the picturesque locales of Greece and Switzerland with rest of them shot at Pollachi and sets constructed in Hyderabad. The principal photography of the film ended on 15 September 2010.

The film released on 14 October 2010 and was a critical and commercial success.[2][3] In Kannada it was Remade as Brindavana starring Darshan, Karthika Nair and Milana Nagaraj in the lead roles and directed by K. Madesh which enjoyed similar success.[4] It was remade in Bengali as Khoka 420 with Dev, Nusrat Jahan and Subhashree Ganguly playing the lead roles and directed by Rajib Biswas.[5] It was also remade in Oriya as Love Master. It has been dubbed into Hindi as The Super Khiladi and into Tamil under the same name. It was also remade in Bangladesh as 100 Percent Love : Buk Fatey To Mukh Foteyna.

Plot[edit]

Krishna alias Krish (N. T. Rama Rao Jr.) is the son of a multimillionaire in Hyderabad (Mukesh Rishi). He is in a relationship with Indu (Samantha Ruth Prabhu), who has a friend Bhoomi (Kajal Aggarwal). Bhoomi's father Bhaanu Prasad (Prakash Raj) wants to get her married to her cousin suitor (Ajay), who is a rowdy, which Bhoomi doesn’t like. Naturally, her grand father Durga Prasad (Kota Srinivasa Rao) tells to the family that she has already fallen in love with a guy in the city to halt the marriage. But, Bhaanu Prasad asks Bhoomi bring her boyfriend home with her. Indu sends Krish as Bhoomi's lover just to let her escape the wedding situation.

Upon arriving in Bhoomi's village, Krish learns through Bhoomi about everyone in her family. He thinks that the people in her home are living as individuals and not as an actual family with bonds and emotions. Krish changes the attitudes of Bhoomi's uncles who are lazy at home doing nothing, and successfully wins the heart of family numbers. Then Durga Prasad reveals to Krish that Bhaanu Prasad and his step-brother Sivudu (Srihari) have been rivals for twenty-five years. This is because Durga Prasad married a second time when his first wife died, against Bhaanu Prasad's wishes, and Sivudu is born to the new couple. This is the reason for Bhaanu Prasad's hatred towards Sivudu. Upon splitting their inherited wealth in half, the two brothers have their father Durga Prasad live in each of their households for six-month periods. Krish decides to reunite the two brothers, and succeeds, much to the happiness of the two families.

Bhaanu Prasad, impressed by Krish, accepts Bhoomi's love and decides to get them married. This worries Krish and Bhoomi as the initial plan was to only cancel the marriage of Bhoomi and her suitor, not to have Bhaanu Prasad accept their "relationship". Bhoomi's suitor, our of lust for Bhoomi and anger on the wedding's cancelation, vows to get Bhoomi by any means. The story takes a turn when Indu, who is none other than Sivudu's adopted daughter, arrives in the scene. Sivudu decides to get Indu married to her lover alongside Bhoomi's marriage, not aware of Krish's real identity. Indu then lies to Sivudu that her lover has ditched her, in order to save Krish's act. Sivudu orders his men to find Indu's lover's a.k.a. Krish's parents and bring them to him. Bhaanu Prasad also asks Krish to bring his parents to settle the marriage alliance. Indu sets up a fake father (Brahmanandam) and mother for before his parents arrive at the place. But when Krish's parents arrive at the scene, they are shocked to see Krish there (who they thought was on a world tour). Krish explains them the whole situation and has them play the game.

Bhaanu Prasad engages Bhoomi with Krish and tells them to decide when they want to marry. Just as when Krish thinks that all is settled and prepares to walk out of Bhoomi's life, Bhoomi reveals that she has fallen in love with Krish, which Indu overhears. Fate takes another turn when Bhoomi's suitor finds out about the real identities and reveals this to Sivudu, who confronts Indu. Bhaanu Prasad too learns of the act and, along with Sivudu, beats up Krish before Durga Prasad intervenes. Durga Prasad reveals to them that the act was created by him in order to save Bhoomi from her ruthless suitor. He also reveals that Krish did not cheat Indu (which is what Sivudu thinks), and in fact it was Indu who sent Krish. He also reveals to Bhaanu Prasad that Bhoomi is also in love with Krish.

Just as things cool down, Bhoomi's suitor takes Bhoomi away by force, only to be chased by Krish. Krish finally beats up Bhoomi's suitor into submission and leaves with Bhoomi. But another problem arises when Krish has to decide between Indu, whom he loves, and Bhoomi, who loves him. Suddenly Lord Krishna appears in front of him to tell Krish that it is part of his life. But when Krish asks for a solution, Lord Krishna disappears, leaving Krish's fate to the audience.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

"The sprawling house set should resemble Lord Krishna’s Brindavanam. In fact color combination played vital role. We used peacock and other innovative colors. I sat with the director for a month and half to draw the sketches. Vamsi works on minute details. Most of the movie was shot in this house set which was erected in an open place in Hyderabad suburbs.

It was a four-acre plot and the set was created using one acre! For the flooring we used Italian black marble. The furniture was brought from Delhi. Since the director was very particular that the set should be used only for this film, it was dismantled once the movie was completed."

— Art director Anand Sai, in an interaction with M. L. Narasimham of The Hindu.[6]

In Mid July 2009, it was informed that Dil Raju would produce a film with N. T. Rama Rao Jr. titled Brindavanam with the caption Govindudu Andari Vadele which would be directed by Vamsi Paidipally who worked with Dil Raju previously in 2007 for the Average grosser Munna which starred Prabhas and Ileana in the lead roles. It was also said that the film would start its shoot in September 2009.[7] The film was launched at Annapurna Studios in Hyderabad on 15 August 2009. On that day, it was declared that S. Thaman composed the music, Chota K. Naidu handled the Cinematography, Koratala Siva penned the dialogues while Peter Hynes composed the fights for the film.[8] A Traditional and beautiful Villa set was constructed by Art director Anand Sai near Bachupally in 3 out of 4 acres land with the rest 1 acre utilized for a beautiful garden arrangement with refreshing environment which was dismantled on the film's completion.[9]

Casting[edit]

Initially, it was said that Dil Raju opted to select a new heroine opposite N. T. Rama Rao Jr. in this film.[10] But Dil Raju later planned to select Trisha Krishnan as the heroine opposite N. T. Rama Rao Jr.[11] However Kajal Aggarwal replaced Trisha as the heroine as he latter opted out of the project citing lack of Dates.[12] By late November 2009, it was informed that one of the heroines was yet to be confirmed while Kota Srinivasa Rao, Prakash Raj and Srihari would appear in crucial roles.[13] During an interaction with the media, Kajal Aggarwal revealed about her character in the film in mid January 2014. She spoke "My character in the film is more like myself. It has been great working with NTR and the director Vamsi Paidipalli. I play Bhoomi in the film, who is very reserved and quite an introvert. I am enjoying every moment working for the film".[14] Even before release of her debut film Ye Maaya Chesave on 19 February, Samantha Ruth Prabhu was selected as the second heroine in Mid February 2010.[15]

Filming[edit]

Though it was planned that the film would start its shooting from 27 November 2009, the filming ultimately started from 1 December 2009 as N. T. Rama Rao Jr.'s preceding project Adhurs was in its final stage of production.[13][16] The shooting continued in Pollachi at Tamil Nadu and there the first schedule of the shoot was completed. The makers planned the second schedule from 21 December to 6 January in Hyderabad.[17] During the shoot of second schedule, When the filming was continuing inside the Government Junior College on the Qurshid Jha Devidi premises at Hussainialam in the old city area of Hyderabad, a group of Telangana Rashtra Samithi activists assembled at the entrance. The agitators urged the film unit to stop the shooting and when the director came out to pacify them, the protesters urged him to raise Jai Telangana slogan and left as the latter obliged.[18] In the end of January 2010, a chase sequence was shot near Shabdalaya Studios at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad under the supervision of Peter Hynes.[19] In early February 2010, it was reported that the shooting continued in Pollachi again from 19 February 2010.[20] After returning from Pollachi, the shooting continued in a specially constructed set at Miyapur in Hyderabad in the end of February 2010. Then it was reported that the shooting would continue at Badami in Karnataka and parts of Kerala after completion of the scheduled shoot in the House.[21]

Athirappilly Falls in Thrissur district of Kerala where parts of the film's climax and few crucial sequences were shot.

After a brief gap, the shooting continued at Vikarabad forest area in the end of June 2010 where a fight sequence was shot in the supervision of prominent fight choreographers Ram-Lakshman.[22] However, the shooting was postponed for a week due to the sudden death of Kota Srinivasa Rao's son Kota Prasad.[23] After canning a couple of fights and songs, the filming was said to continue in the beautiful locales of Greece with one of the two songs left to be picturised to be shot.[24] In early August 2010, N. T. Rama Rao Jr. joined the sets of the film at the Villa set constructed at Bachupally.[9] There the climax sequence was shot from 12 August 2010 which was followed by a song shoot on the leads at Annapurna Studios.[25]

But N. T. Rama Rao Jr. was injured on the sets while performing a stunt sequence with ropes near Kokapet Mines. He was immediately rushed to KIMS hospital in Begumpet and got six stitches on his forehead. He was discharged by afternoon but was advised a 3-day rest by the doctors thus delaying the shoot.[26] Later a part of the climax sequence and some crucial sequences were shot in Kerala at Chalakudy near Cochin including Athirapally waterfalls.[27] Later the filming continued in Switzerland for 10 days where the song Nijamena was shot on N. T. Rama Rao Jr. and Kajal Aggarwal.[28] After some patch work, the entire shooting ended on 15 September 2010.[29]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack was composed by S. S. Thaman marking his first collaboration with both Vamsi Paidipally and N. T. Rama Rao Jr. respectively. The music was released on the night of 12 September 2010 through Aditya Music label at Shilpakala Vedika in Hyderabad and Venu Madhav and Udaya Bhanu hosted the function. Telugu film personalities including K Raghavendra Rao, S S Rajamouli, Siddharth, M. M. Keeravani, Prabhas, Samantha, Kajal Aggarwal, Koti, Boyapati Srinu, Brahmaji, K S Rama Rao, Chota K Naidu, Meher Ramesh, Sri Hari, Ashwini Dutt, Brahmanandam and Vijayan attended the audio release function.[30] The Album received positive response from critics as well as audience.

Release[edit]

In Mid March 2010, when the filming was nearly 60% complete, Dil Raju announced that the film is being planned for a Mid July release.[31] However later in the end of August 2010, it was announced that the film would release on 1 October 2010 worldwide.[32] But in the end of September 2010, the release date was shifted to 8 October 2010.[33] The release of Mahesh Babu's Khaleja made matters worse and the film's release date was further shifted to 14 October 2010.[34] Though it was rumored that the film's release was preponed to 9 October 2010 due to N. T. Rama Rao Jr.'s fans' pressure,[35] Dil Raju confirmed that the film would release on 14 October 2010 in order to ensure a gap of a week from the release of Khaleja.[36] On 8 October 2010 the film was awarded an U/A certificate from Central Board of Film Certification.[37]

Distribution[edit]

The film was distributed by Sri Venkateswara Creations allover Andhra Pradesh. In early April 2010, The film's USA screening rights were bagged by BlueSky Cinemas, Inc. along with Rama Rama Krishna Krishna which was also produced by Dil Raju.[38] In Mid April 2010, EuroAndhra released a press note confirming that they acquired the screening rights of the film along with Rama Rama Krishna Krishna and Siddharth starrer Baava in UK/EU and they thanked BlueSky Cinemas, Inc. for giving them the opportunity.[39]

Reception[edit]

The film received generally positive reviews from critics. NDTV gave a review stating "Vamsi, now proves that he, too, can top the Box Office with his subject and narration of a story. Koratala Siva's dialogues and Chota K Naidu's camera have helped him to realise his dream of putting together a good entertainer. NTR's performance is unquestionably the highlight of the film. "[40] Idlebrain.com gave a review stating "First half of the movie is adequate. Major part of the second half is entertaining. Climax of the movie is debatable. The plus points are NTR and entertainment in second half. On the flip side, the story of the movie gives us deja vu feeling in many aspects and the emotional part should have been natural. Brindavanam is a decent and clean movie with enough ingredients to make it work at box office. It is up to NTR to get a range for the movie" and rated the film 3.25/5.[41] IndiaGlitz gave a review stating "Vamsi scripted a perfect screenplay for the film and it was so tight that the audiences could not move out of their seats and make them stick even in song sequences. Each and every scene in the movie was narrated with precision and the director should be commended for running the movie with perfection. You can watch the film with the whole family because of entertainment values. Definitely the film will give you a relief after a stressful day."[42] Oneindia Entertainment gave a review stating "Though the story has the shades of old films, Vamsi has scripted a tight screenplay and he has narrated every scene with precision. You can watch the film with a family because of the entertainment values. Dil Raju is once again back on track. Vamsi Paidipalli has brought a smile on his face with his wholesome entertainer."[43]

In contrast, IBN Live gave a review stating "The audience is left with a sense of déjàvu after watching the movie as there is nothing new and original about the movie. It is unfortunate that twenty years later with far better technology and with a versatile set of actors, the plot is still the same."[44] Sify gave a review stating "Going by the posters, we thought NTR would bring in the magic with a touch of class in Brindavanam. But the movie turns out to be just another masala mix. The major plus point is that Brindavanam has been shot well. The comedy is hilarious, though parts of it are outdated. The plus point of the movie is the entertaining second half. But, if you are a serious movie-goer, stay away from Brindavanam."[45] Rediff.com gave a review stating "Brindavanam falls into the stereotypical depiction within the formulaic pattern. It seems to be stuck in a time warp with a storyline rehashed from many films of that genre. With a cliched theme, there is hardly anything new or worthwhile about it despite the presence of NTR Jr and two pretty girls -- Kajal Agarwal and Samantha. On the whole Brindavanam makes for a dull watch" and rated the film 2/5.[46]

Remakes & Character Map[edit]

Brindavanam (2010)
(Telugu)
Buk Fatey To Mukh Foteyna (2012)
(Bangla)
Brindavana (2013)
(Kannada)
Khoka 420 (2013)
(Bengali)
N. T. Rama Rao Jr. Shakib Khan Darshan Dev

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