Johnny (2003 film)

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Directed by Pawan Kalyan
Produced by Allu Aravind
Written by Pawan Kalyan
Starring Pawan Kalyan,
Renu Desai,
Music by Ramana Gogula
Cinematography Chota K. Naidu, &
Shyam Palav
Edited by Yousuf Khan
Distributed by Geetha Arts & KAD Movies
Release date(s) 25 April 2003
Running time 178 min
Language Telugu
Budget INR80 million (US$1.3 million)
Box office INR90 million (US$1.5 million)(Share)

Johnny is a Tollywood sports film released on 25 April 2003, written and directed by Pawan Kalyan. Kalyan also starred in the film, along with Renu Desai. The film didn't perform well commercially, although it recovered its budget. Box Office India declared it a flop. Also, biggest flop in Pawan Kalyan's film career.Johnny distribution rights were sold for a Record breaking amount of INR210 million (US$3.5 million).[1]


Johnny (Pawan Kalyan) loses his mother as a kid. He then runs away from his father (Raghuvaran) as he is a chain smoker, a drinker, and doesn't care for his son. Years later, Johnny becomes a martial arts coach. One day, a girl named Geeta (Renu Desai) lodges a complaint on Johnny for beating up a man. Later, Geeta comes to know that it was a misunderstanding. After Geeta apologises, both become friends and eventually get married. After marriage, Johnny finds out that his wife has cancer. Borrowing as much money as he can from his friends, he moves to Mumbai but he is still short.

Johnny learns from a stranger that there are boxing fights everyday. At first, Johnny refuses the offer but when he sees the condition of his wife, he accepts the offer and goes through kickboxing competitions to raise money. Geeta's condition deteriorates to the point that Johnny needs Rs. 200,000 overnight. The owner of the boxing fights makes a deal with Johnny that he must fight two professional martial artists to get the amount overnight. The rest is how he defeats them.




The music for the film was composed by Ramana Gogula. 1. Go Johnny 2. Dojo music 3. Nuvvu Saara 4. Ravoyi Maa Country ki 5. Dharmardha Kamamulalona 6. Cool and Lovely 7. Naraaz Kaakuraa 8. Ee Reyi Teeyanidi 9. Ye Chota Nuvvunna 10. Naalo Nuvokasagamai

Critical reception[edit]

Despite his latest release and directorial debut, the hugely expensive Johnny, faring disastrously at the box office, actor Pawan Kalyan's place among the top five stars in the Telugu film industry remains secure, at least for now.

Kalyan, younger brother of superstar Chiranjeevi, created a record in the Telugu film industry by selling Johnny for a record-breaking Rs: 210 million and releasing it in more than 300 theatres. Viewers made a beeline for the first few shows, but the tragic tale of a young man running from pillar to post to save his cancer-stricken wife failed to click with the audiences.

His fans felt that if Kalyan had made a youthful entertainer—the sort he's known for—the distributors would have laughed all the way to the bank. A few industry bigwigs praised his directorial ability, but others questioned the choice of subject for his debut venture.

Kalyan's disappointed fans, however, are already looking forward to his next film, produced by his other brother Nagababu. Directed by Veerasankar, it stars Uday Kiron as his leading lady. He is also working on a film directed by Karunakaran for ace producer Aswini Dutt. It remains to be seen which film reaches the theatres first.

Shy by nature, Kalyan dreamt of becoming a film technician. It was Chiranjeevi's wife Surekha who convinced him to become an actor. Chiranjeevi's brother-in-law Allu Aravind launched Kalyan with great fanfare in Akada Abbai Ikkada Ammayi, but the movie failed to make an impact at the box office.

Gokulamlo Seetha (1996), his second film, established his acting credentials as Kalyan essayed the role of a playboy who decides to reform.

Another remake, Suswagatham (1997), was a huge hit and made Kalyan a star. Then came another runaway hit, the remake of the Tamil hit Love Today, which made Kalyan a favourite with the youth.

His hat-trick came with the blockbuster Tholi Prema (1998). His pranks in the movie reinforced his image as a youth icon. The success of this sensitive love story of an average student pushed Kalyan into the big league.

Thammudu (1999), loosely inspired by Aamir Khan's Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, followed. It captured the imagination of both the youth and the masses and turned out to be another huge hit. Kalyan was officially a superstar now. Playing a student who lacks interest in studies endeared him to the youngsters, his pranks won him a female fan following, and his unique fights attracted the masses.

Kalyan teamed up with a new director, Puri Jagannath, for his next film, Badri (2000). His superstardom was evident when the movie traded for an astronomical sum, leaving the Telugu industry amazed and his critics carping. But Kalyan silenced them when the love story opened well and went on to make a huge profit.

Badri's action sequences were well appreciated by the audiences and added a new dimension to Kalyan's loverboy image. "I pick those down-to-earth characters to identify myself with a wider section of the youth," said the superstar. He consciously began to increase the gap between his releases.

Producer A M Ratnam signed him for a remake of his Tamil hit Khushi. The movie exploited Kalyan's loverboy-cum-action hero image. The ego clashes between the protagonists (Kalyan and Boomika) were widely appreciated and the film went on to become the biggest hit of his career, grossing INR 270 million (approximately US$5.72 million).

By the time Khushi was remade, rumours about Kalyan ghost-directing most of his movies were rife. People began to speculate that he would soon direct a film. The grapevine had it that he would direct another big Telugu star, Venkatesh, but Kalyan announced Johnny, starring himself.

By this time, he had stopped interacting with the local press and even skipped the press meets organised to cover his films. He only granted interviews to a few English magazines, but later discontinued this practice as well. He shot his debut venture in a low-profile manner and shrouded it in secrecy. The media were warned against using stills of Johnny without permission.

Just before the film's release, Kalyan was in the news when he accused the Deccan Chronicle Group of publications of making baseless allegations against him and his brother, Chiranjeevi. He, Nagababu and Allu Aravind staged a dharna before its office in Secunderabad, with fans organising a rasta roko (road blockade) in his support.

Johnny was eventually released amid high expectations and Kalyan received much critical acclaim for both his acting and directorial skills. Neither, however, could save Johnny from sinking.

The question Kalyan's fans are pondering over now is whether he will announce another film as director—after his next two films are completed—or decide to remain just an actor.[2]

Distribution rights[edit]

Johnny worldwide distribution rights were sold for a record breaking amount of INR210 million (US$3.5 million).[3] Johnny was released in 325 Theaters worldwide with digital print quality.

Box office[edit]

The film didn't perform well commercially, although it recovered its budget. Box Office India declared it a flop.Its distribution rights were sold for INR210 million (US$3.5 million) But the film only collected INR90 million (US$1.5 million) Share.[4]


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External links[edit]

Johnny at the Internet Movie Database