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Film poster
Directed by S. S. Rajamouli
Produced by Allu Aravind
B. V. S. N. Prasad
Screenplay by S.S.Rajamouli
M. Ratnam
Story by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Starring Ram Charan Teja
Kajal Aggarwal
Sarath Babu
Dev Gill
Music by M. M. Keeravani
Cinematography K. K. Senthil Kumar
Editing 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$7.0 million)[1]
Box office INR105 crore (US$18 million)(720 Days gross)[2]INR78.1 crore (US$13 million)(worldwide share)

Magadheera 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 Maveeran.[4] Magadheera collected a worldwide share of INR78.1 crore (US$13 million) making it one of the highest grossing Telugu movies of all time.[2]


Harsha (Ram Charan Teja) is a stunt man and ekes out his living by taking part in bike races and stunts. He happens to meet Indu (Kajal Agarwal) and whenever he touches her, he gets an electrical shock and is reminded of something that happened in the past. He falls in love with her but at first Indu doesn't reciprocate the love. But slowly, even Indu falls for Harsha. Indu's father fights a legal battle for the Udaygadh kingdom as it was his ancestral property. His brother-in-law enjoys the property illegally. The latter's son Raghuveer (Dev Gill) is spellbound by Indu's beauty when he saw her at Indu's colony, and goes to their home and promises to return the entire property with the hopes of marrying Indu. One night, when Indu was sleeping, Raghuveer goes to her room and tries to touch her, but as soon as he comes near her, an unknown force holds him back. Raghuveer then goes to Aghora, a tantrik and tells him about his problem. Aghora then tells Raghuveer that his love story has been going on since 400 years. 400 years back, Raghuveer was the senapati of Udaygadh and was in love with the future queen of Udaygadh, Maitra, who is now reborn as Indu. He dies because of her love, but there was one more too like him, who was in love with Maitra. That was Bhairav, now reborn as Harsha. Aghora tells Raghuveer that as long as Bhairav aka Harsha is alive, Raghuveer cannot even touch Indu. On learning that Indu's father accepted her love for Harsha, Raghuveer kills the father and implicates Harsha in the murder. Though Harsha tries to explain the truth to Indu, she doesn't believe him. As Raghuveer was about to get on the helicopter which would take him and Indu to Udaygadh, Harsha frees himself from Raghuveer's goons and jumps towards the helicopter from the terrace of a house and manages to catch hold of the handle in the helicopter. While trying to convince Indu that he is innocent, Indu's hand touches Harsha, and because he doesn't move his hand away, Harsha gets a big electrical shock and falls down from the helicopter into a lake.

The story then goes back four centuries to 1609 AD. There is a kingdom called Udaygadh in Rajasthan ruled by King Vikram Singh (Sarath Babu). His daughter, Maitra, is the future queen of Udaygadh. Kaal Bhairav, the greatest of the great warriors, who will surely kill 100 enemies on the battlefield, and who has not known the taste of defeat, is the one whom Maitra is in love with. Randev, senapati of Udaygadh also loves Maitra. Soon after, a competition between Bhairav and Randev is held to determine the future husband of Maitra. Then, Randev pulls Maitra's scarf away and says that the one who cannot even protect herself from enemies, how will she protect the kingdom? So saying, he announces that the competition will have another motive: to determine the successor of the king. Maitra also states a condition that the loser of the competiton will be banished from Udaygadh. The whole kingdom of Udaygadh cheers for Bhairav, and truly Bhairav is the winner of the competition. But, there is one hitch. It is already predicted that Bhairav will not live beyond 30 years. Therefore, the king tells Bhairav that he will marry his daughter and Bhairav as Maitra will have to live as a widow for the rest of her life after Bhairav dies at such an early age. Though saddened, Bhairav bravely keeps his composure and announces that he is a soldier and will continue to remain so, and that he won the competition only to keep the princess's self respect. On the other hand, the Rajguru of the kingdom tells the king in private that a strange combination of the 8 planets, which happens only once in 400 years, is now happening, and that it brings with it very bad omens. Then the minister of the king tells him that the predictions are true; Sher Khan, a very feared king, who wants to rule over the whole of India, is at the border of Udaygadh with 1 lakh soldiers.

The Rajguru tells that a certain puja will have to be done to avert the danger. At the site of the puja, Maitra, frustrated with Bhairav's behavior, splashes the colors meant for the god on a wall and creates a beautiful painting of Bhairav with her hands, conveying her hurt and un-reciprocated love. Just then Sher Khan and Randev, who has joined forces with Sher Khan, arrive at the scene and attack on the people present for the puja. As promised, Bhairav kills a 100 soldiers of Sher Khan's army. Though grievously wounded himself, Bhairav fights with & kills Randev, who before dying, also kills Maitra saying that if Maitra cannot be his, she cannot be anybody else's. After the fight, Maitra calls for Bhairav one last time and slips off the cliff and Bhairav also jumps after her. The story comes back to the present time, where a similar fight ensues between Harsha & Raghuveer. By that time Indu has also remembered her past fully. At last, Harsha kills Raghuveer and the film ends on a happy note.



90% of the film was shot at Gujarat, Rajasthan, Rann of Kutch, and Badami in Karnataka.[5] 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,[6][7] which included more than 1000 screens in Andhra Pradesh.[8] The film opened up with 25 prints overseas.[9] 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".[10] 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".[11] 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".[12]

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."[13] 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!".[14] 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."[15]

Box office[edit]

At the box office, the film earned a substantial record of INR33 crore (US$5.5 million) in the first week of its release.[8] In the second week, the movie's collections crossed INR40 crore (US$6.7 million) in Andhra Pradesh[16] and after five weeks, it collected INR47.08 crore.[17] According to the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, Magadheera was released in around 40 theatres.[18] The film had an unprecedented opening in Karnataka and grossed more than INR50 million.[19] The final worldwide share of the film was estimated to be INR80 crores. (Only Telugu version)[20] In the USA, it earned around INR4.5 crores.[21] The producers spent INR1.5 crore in making the Tamil dubbed version which earned over INR8 crores.[22] The film has completed 730 days at Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh breaking the 500 days record set by Pokiri. To signify the achievement, the producers organised celebrations at Kurnool.[23] The film has crossed huge milestone by completing a successful 1001 days run on 26 April 2012.[24][25] Magadheera collected a worldwide gross of INR105 crore (US$18 million) in 720 Days.and INR73.1 crore (US$12 million) (share)

Industry hit claims[edit]

Magadheera and all its versions had a total netted collection of INR92 crore (US$15 million) (worldwide share) in 1000 Days including satellite rights,music,home media rights.while its gross figure is more than INR125 crore (US$21 million).[26] Magadheera collected INR1 crore from various theaters.It ran for over 1001 Days in 1 Theater making INR2 crore (US$330,000). 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$500,000) (share).[26]

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.[27][28] On 13 April, the film was released on a high definition blu-ray disc.[29] The 720p Blu Ray edition with 5.1 Dolby digital sound format of Magadheera holds top position in sales.[30]


Magadheera completed 50 Days in 302 direct theaters worldwide.In which 280 theaters are from AP.[31] Magadheera ran 100 Days in 225 direct theaters in india[32] the film ran 720 Days in 5 theaters and 1001 Days in 1 kurnool theater. Magadheera had a marathon run their[33] Magadheera completed 100 Days in 232 theaters worldwide.[26]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Ceremony Category Nominee Result
57th National Film Awards[34] 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.[35] The music was composed by M. M. Keeravani. Lyrics were provided by Bhuvanachandra, Chandrabose and M.M.Keeravani.[36] The music was launched on the same day at Shilpakala Vedika by Ram Charan's father, film actor Chiranjeevi.[37]

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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