Munna (film)

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Munna
Munna CD Cover.jpg
Directed by Vamsi Paidipally
Produced by Dil Raju
Written by Vamsi Paidipally
Koratala Siva
BVS Ravi
Starring Prabhas Raju Uppalapati
Ileana D'Cruz
Prakash Raj
Kota Srinivasa Rao
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography C. Ram Prasad
Edited by Marthand K. Venkatesh
Production
  company
Sri Venkateswara Creations
Distributed by Sri Venkateswara Creations
Release date(s) 2 May 2007
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget INR15 crore

Munna is a 2007 Tollywood action film directed by Vamsi Paidipally and produced by Dil Raju. The film starred Prabhas and Ileana D'Cruz in the lead roles, with Prakash Raj, Kota Srinivasa Rao and Rahul Dev in other important roles. The film was postponed several times due to excessive post-production. The film released on 2 May 2007. The film was dubbed in Hindi as Bagawat - Ek Jung and in Tamil as Vetri Thirumagan.

Plot[edit]

Munna (Prabhas) is a college student. His aim is to finish off mafia don Kakha (Prakash Raj) who keeps the entire city under his grip. Munna has a personal vengeance to take on Kakha. An honest politician Srinivasa Rao (Kota Srinivasa Rao) relentlessly works to expose Kakha but is killed. Meanwhile, Munna's classmate Nidhi (Ileana D'Cruz) falls in love with him. The twist in the tale is that Kakha is none other than his estranged father who tries to sell off his mother and was responsible for the death of his mother and his young sister. Another don in the city named Aatma (Rahul Dev), who is the opposition of Kakha asks Munna to join him but Munna refuses his proposal. Munna starts to beat Kakha and the mind game begins. Kakha's second wife, son and daughter leave him and join Munna. After some incidents including the death of his best friend, Munna finds out that Aatma was working for Kakha all along. The two of them plan on killing him in a factory when all of a sudden Aatma turns against Kakha and Munna. Kakha kills Aatma for the betrayal. Having lost everything Kakha worked for in his life, he commits suicide.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film released in 750 screens worldwide on 2 May 2007.

Critical Reception[edit]

Idle brain rated 3/5 stated The movie starts off on a dull note and meanders aimlessly till the dark secret is revealed before interval. The flashback episode is unappealing. There are a couple of surprises in the second half. The plus points of the film are Prabhas, stylish taking of the director and lavish budget. On the flip side, screenplay and narration should have been better. There is no holistic perspective in the film. Let us wait and see if Dil Raju's 'Midas Touch' works for this film or not![1] Fullhyd states Munna is perhaps worth a watch for those seeking a testosterone high. Its fate depends less on its own merit and more on the kind of competing attractions at the box office in future weeks.[2] CineGoer.com rated 2.75/5 stated The movie has a lot of style, but lacks the necessary soul and substance. Swanky visuals, crisp narration, a demigod like hero and two major twists fail to elevate the movie's average viewing status.[3] Telugu Cinema rates 2.5/5 stated There is not much entertainment in the film. The romance between Prabhas and Illeana was not properly developed. Too much of action is the undoing factor for this film.[4]

Music[edit]

Munna
Soundtrack album by Harris Jayaraj
Released 28 March 2007 (India)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Supreme Music
Producer Harris Jayaraj
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Unnale Unnale
(2007)
Munna
(2007)
Bheemaa
(2008)

The film had six songs composed by Harris Jayaraj. Lyrics were written by Vishwa, Kandikonda, Anantha Sreeram and Bhaskarabhatla.The soundtrack received highly positive reviews with the song 'Manasa' topping the charts.Harris Jayaraj received a nomination for Filmfare Best Music Director in 2007.[5][6]

Track listing[edit]

Song title Singers
"Baga Baga" Shankar Mahadevan
"Chammakkuro" Karthik, Anushka Manchanda, Blaaze
"Kadhulu Kadhulu" KK, Vishwa
"Koncham Koncha" Kailash Kher, Sujatha Mohan
"Manasa" Sadhana Sargam, Mahalakshmi Iyer (humming), Haricharan, Naresh Iyer, Krish
"Vastaava Vastaava" KK, Benny Dayal, Pop Shalini, Ananth, Sriram Parthasarathy

Awards[edit]

Sadhana Sargam won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu for the song "Manasa".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Munna - Telugu cinema Review - Prabhas & Ileana". Idlebrain.com. 2007-04-27. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Munna review: Munna (Telugu) Movie Review - fullhyd.com". Movies.fullhyderabad.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Telugu Movie Reviews - Munna". CineGoer.com. 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  4. ^ "Reviews : Movie Reviews : Munna - Movie Review". Telugucinema.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  5. ^ "cinegoer.com". Catchy Numbers, Good Vocals. Retrieved 29 March 2007. 
  6. ^ "idlebrain.com". Munna – Catchy but commonplace. Retrieved 4 April 2007. 

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