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Magadheera Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by S. S. Rajamouli
Produced by Allu Aravind
B. V. S. N. Prasad
Written by M. Ratnam
Screenplay by S.S.Rajamouli
Story by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Starring Ram Charan Teja
Kajal Aggarwal
Dev Gill
Music by M. M. Keeravani
Cinematography K. K. Senthil Kumar
Edited by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Distributed by Geetha Arts
Release dates
  • 31 July 2009 (2009-07-31)
Running time 166 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget INR42 crore (US$6.8 million)[1]
Box office INR85 crore (US$14 million)(Share)[2]

Magadheera (English Translation: Great Warrior) is a 2009 Telugu historical drama- romance film directed by S S Rajamouli and produced by Allu Aravind. The film stars Ram Charan Teja and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles, while actors Srihari and Dev Gill play other prominent roles. The film features an original soundtrack by M. M. Keeravani, art direction by R. Ravindar, cinematography by K. K. Senthil Kumar and editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao. The film was released to critical and commercial acclaim. The film was dubbed and released in Malayalam as Dheera— The Warrior[3] and in Tamil as Maaveeran.[4] Magadheera collected a worldwide share of INR85 crore (US$14 million) making it one of the highest grossing Telugu movies of all time. The movie is remade in Bengali as Yoddha - The Warrior .[5]Magadheera Collected INR115 crore (US$19 million) in 175 Days and INR88 crore (US$14 million) Share in its lifetime in 3 languages according to Geetha Arts.



90% of the film was shot at Gujarat, Rajasthan, Rann of Kutch, and Badami in Karnataka.[6] Other scenes were filmed at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, India. The first song of the film, "Bangaru Kodi Petta", was filmed at the Chennai Port. The song "Nakosam Nuvvu" was shot in Switzerland. "Panchadara Bomma Bomma" was shot at Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad.


Geetha Arts released the film on 31 July 2009, the Malayalam dubbed version, titled Dheera — the Warrior, on 27 May 2011 and the Tamil version as Maaveeran.Producer Allu Aravind released the film on 31 July 2009 with 625 digital ufo prints in 1250 theaters across the globe, the biggest ever for a Telugu film,[7][8] which included more than 1000 screens in Andhra Pradesh.[9] The film opened up with 25 prints overseas.[10] Maaveeran was released in 350 theaters across Tamil Nadu state.

Critical reception[edit]

The Times of India gave a 3/5 rating and said "Ram Charan Teja" showcases his horse-riding and dancing skills to perfection, while Kajal Aggarwal known for simple lover girl roles transforms into a determined princess and truly impresses. Actor Dev Gil is adequate as the ruthless villain. Also kudos for the way he has visualised and presented the film".[11] Radhika Rajamani from Rediff rated it 3/5 and explained that "Ram Charan seems to be a chip of the old block when it comes to dancing. Have a look at it for its technical brilliance".[12] NDTV who praised the lead performances and technical aspects of the film says "Ramcharan has excelled in all the departments and perfectly matched expectations. His macho image suited the warrior s character well. His ability to pen the screenplay could be seen in every frame and every scene of the film".[13]

Sify Movies noted "Cinematography plays a vital role with capturing the historic ambience of castles, romantic sojourns into scintillating locales and also into the risky stunts."[14] According to Suresh Krishnamoorthy from The Hindu stated "Rajamouli, who has delivered a half-a-dozen hits and is touted as one of the most successful directors of the decade in Telugu cinema, excels in story-telling. The vast expanse of the Thar desert in Rajasthan has been beautifully-showcased but what one does not understand is the colour on the screen. The sand is almost milky-bluish white!".[15] Behindwoods gave 2.5/5 and wrote "There is great scope for action, heroics, romance and sentiments in such a plot and the director has used it extremely well. Overall, Magadheera is a film that is built on a premise which is neither unique nor holds too many surprises."[16]

Industry hit[edit]

Magadheera is a Historical Blockbuster in Telugu Cinema History with a Theatrical Distributor Share collection of INR73.1 crore (US$12 million) (worldwide share) without including satellite rights,music,home media rights. while its gross figure is more than INR125 crore (US$20 million).[17] Magadheera collected INR1 crore from various theaters.It ran for over 1001 Days in 1 Theater making INR2 crore (US$320,000). Magadheera collected INR78 crore (US$13 million) (share) in its marathon run,maaveran collected INR8 crore (US$1.3 million) (share) and dheera collected INR3 crore (US$490,000) (share).[18]

Home media[edit]

A single disc DVD and a 2-disc collector edition of the film were released by Sri Balaji Videos on 5 March 2010 in NTSC video format and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio format.[19][20] On 13 April, the film was released on a high definition blu-ray disc.[21] The 720p Blu Ray edition with 5.1 Dolby digital sound format of Magadheera holds top position in sales.[22]


Magadheera completed 50 Days in 302 direct theaters worldwide.In which 280 theaters are from AP.[23] Magadheera ran 100 Days in 225 direct theaters in India[24] the film ran 720 Days in 5 theaters and 1001 Days in 1 kurnool theater. Magadheera had a marathon run their[25] Magadheera completed 100 Days in 232 theaters worldwide.[18]Magadheera Collected INR78 crore (US$13 million) Share in 12 weeks.It Collected INR62.5 crore (US$10 million) Share from Andhra Pradesh.It Collected INR8 crore (US$1.3 million) in its tamil version and INR2 crore (US$320,000) from malayalam version.Magadheera Collected INR92 crore (US$15 million) Share including Satellite Deal.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ceremony Category Nominee Result
57th National Film Awards[26] Best Choreography K. Siva Shankar Won
Best Special Effects R. Kamal Kannan Won

2009 Nandi Awards

Best Popular Feature Film Allu Aravind Won
Best Director S. S. Rajamouli Won
Best Editor Kotagiri Venkateshwara Rao Won
Best Art Director Ravinder Won
Best Choreographer Shiva Shankar Won
Best Audiographer Radhakrishna Won
Best Costume Designer Rama Rajamouli Won
Best Special Effects R. Kamal Kannan Won
Special Jury Award Ram Charan Teja Won
57th Filmfare Awards South Best Film Allu Aravind Won
Best Director Rajamouli Won
Best Actor Ram Charan Teja Won
Best Actress Kajal Aggarwal Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Srihari Nominated
Best Music Director M. M. Keeravani Won
Best Male Playback Anuj Gurwara
(Panchadara Bomma)
Best Female Playback Nikita Nigam
(Dheera Dheera)
Best Lyricist Chandrabose
(Panchadara Bomma)
Best Cinematographer K.K. Senthil Kumar Won


Studio album by M. M. Keeravani
Released 28 June 2009 (2009-06-28)
Recorded 2009
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 25:42
Label Aditya Music
Producer M. M. Keeravani
M. M. Keeravani chronology

The soundtrack of the film was released worldwide on 28 June 2009.[27] The music was composed by M. M. Keeravani. Lyrics were provided by Bhuvanachandra, Chandrabose and M.M.Keeravani.[28] The music was launched on the same day at Shilpakala Vedika by Ram Charan's father, film actor Chiranjeevi.[29]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Bangaru Kodipetta"   Bhuvanachandra Ranjith, Shivani 6:02
2. "Dheera Dheera Dheera"   Chandrabose Nikita Nigam, M.M. Keeravani 4:48
3. "Panchadara Bomma"   Chandrabose Anuj Gurwara, Reeta 4:45
4. "Jorsey"   Chandrabose Daler Mehndi, Geetha Madhuri 4:37
5. "Naakosam Nuvvu"   M.M.Keeravani Deepu, Geetha Madhuri 3:52
6. "Rolling Titles Music"   M.M.Keeravani Jassie Gift 2:58
Total length:


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  14. ^ "Review". Sify. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
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