Murari (film)

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Murari poster.jpg
Directed by Krishna Vamsi
Produced by N Devi Prasad
Ramalingeswara Rao
Written by Sobhan (dialogues)
Krishna Vamsi (story & screenplay)
Starring Mahesh Babu
Sonali Bendre
Prakash Raj
Music by Mani Sharma
Edited by Krishna Vamsi
Release date(s) 17 February 2001
Country India
Language Telugu

Murari (Telugu: మురారి) is a 2001 Telugu film directed by Krishna Vamsi starring Mahesh Babu and Sonali Bendre. This was the first movie of stunt master Peter Hein, who is the action director for this film. The film is considered as one of the classic in Telugu cinema.The film was dubbed into Tamil with the same name due to Sonali Bendre's popularity there.

Plot summary[edit]

In the 19th century, a zamindar (Prakash Raj) insults Goddess Durga by stealing her idol from a temple in a state of intoxication. An enraged Goddess kills him and casts a curse on his heirs that she is going to take one family member every 48 years as a sacrifice. As the curse said, one male heir dies accidentally at the end of every 48 years. The present year denotes end of another 48 years and now it's the turn of Murari (Mahesh Babu).

One day, Murari travels to his native village with his mother, where he meets Vasundhara(vasu) (Sonali Bendre). Vasundhara's family is related to Murari's family by his mother, but are separated due to family feuds. They both fall in love and both of their families make formal arrangements for marriage. However, his grandmother Sabari (Sukumari), returning from a pilgrimage, does not accept the marriage after getting informed of Murari's curse. Later on, she reveals the dark secret that is kept under wraps, and that the curse can be stopped only if a ritual is performed by Murari himself.

Murari decides to bring Vasundhara back and marry her after performing the rituals, but is instead stabbed by his relative. Seeing this, Vasundhara loses her consciousness. Murari, in immense pain, manages to take Vasundhara and himself back to the temple, and performs the rituals. However, as the rituals are about to end, he succumbs to his wounds. Seeing this, Sabari drowns herself as a sacrifice to give back Murari's life. Murari revives and marries Vasundhara in the end.




Krishna Vamsi claimed that plot of "Murari" was inspired from an incident happened in village and also characters are inspired from Lord Krishna.[2]

I have seen around 3000 films. Except for the film Anand (Hindi), no other film introduced a hero who would be dying very soon. In our films, the story writer creates a problem and then introduces the hero to solve the problem. My aim was to go in reverse trend and form the screenplay. When we were having our story discussions, I said that Mahesh Babu's character would be dying in the film and everybody shouted a big NO.

I wanted to incorporate our culture and Telugu tradition. I wanted the entire film to have a festive mood. When I was a kid, I used to like the atmosphere that is built when a festival is being celebrated in our village. I wanted to bring back those moments in the film. Also, I used a joint-family backdrop.

During that time, I met Mahesh Babu a couple of times. He has such a 'mugdha manohara mohana roopam'. I was impressed to such an extent that I wanted to add 'Krishna tatvam' to that film, as 'mugdha manohara mohana roopam' is the first quality of Lord Krishna. Hence, the story of Murari is nothing but the story of 'Lord Krishna'. If you look at the character and characterizations of 'Murari', you find resemblances of Krishna, Yasodha, Balaramudu, Sisupaaludu, Satyabhama, Rukhmini. People say that Rakshasas used to come to kill Krishna at regular intervals. We used that concept as death points in Murari film. In real, Krishna is hurt by another Yaadava who presumed the thumb of Krishna to be the eye of a deer. Sisupaludu is always jealous of Krishna since his childhood.

Sonali Bendre's characterization in the first half is based on Satyabhama and her characterization in the second half is based on Rukhmini. That's why we incorporated Rukhmini Kalyanam in the second half (where Lord Krishna takes Rukhmini away from her place and marries her without the knowledge of her people). Lakshmi played the role of Yasoda. Prasad Babu played the Balaram character. I gave Balaramudu characterization to Satyanarayana also. The other Yadavas in the film are the brothers and family members of hero. I combined the characterizations of Sisupaludu, Karnudu and Duryodhanudu to form Ravi Babu's character. We created two separated joint families like that of 'Pandavulu' and 'Kauravulu'.

Even if you look at the background music and songs, you find the dominating sound of flute, because flute is the instrument of Lord Krishna. Just like the way Krishna had herd of cows (aalamanda), hero in this film had an animal (elephant). It's not true adaptation of Lord Krishna's life. But we got inspired by the characterizations. I wanted to create the atmosphere of Brundavanam. That's the reason why Mahesh is shown to be moving along with and surrounded by girls/women and kids (just like the Lord Krishna)


Soundtrack album To Murari by Mani Sharma
Released 2001,
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Telugu
Label Supreme Audio (2001),
Aditya Music (2013)
Producer Mani Sharma
Mani Sharma chronology
Devi Putrudu

The Music and Background score was composed by Mani Sharma.[3]

Track # Song Singer(s) Lyricist(s)
1 Alanati Rama Chandrudu Jikki, Sunitha, Sandhya Sirivennela Seetaramasastry(సిరివెన్నెల సీతారామశాస్త్రి)
2 Andaanike Aadanive Shankar Mahadevan Chandra Bose
3 Bangaaru Kalla Udit Narayan Suddala Ashok Teja
4 Bhaama Bhaama S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Anuradha Sriram Sirivennela
5 Cheppamma Cheppamma K. S. Chitra Sirivennela
6 Dum Dum Dum Shankar Mahadevan Veturi
7 Ekkada Ekkada S. P. B. Charan, Harini Sirivennela


The film received positive reviews. gave a review stating "The credit for the success or failure of this film should go to the Krishna Vamsi. This film is bound get a little bit of dissent from the viewers of C class areas. But, this film is classic masterpiece for the class audience and highly recommended for the Mahesh and Krishnavamsi fans. This film will be a good fare for the people if they watch this film with no expectations. Just watch this film to experience Krishna Vamsi paint the silver screen with his classic strokes" and rated the film 3.5/5.[4] gave a review stating "Murari starts off on a good note with the desecration of the temple by Prakash Raj for money, and builds up an interesting story as to how three members of their family cursed by Devi Maa give up their lives. But the story soon loses its steam as we know for sure the sacrificial lamb. Murari is a typical Hum Aapke Hain Kaun kind of film with all the fun and laughter and the goodness among the people. It is an okay movie and if at all there is anything appealing it is the cinematography, which is good if not brilliant" and rated the film 5/10.[5]

Box-office performance[edit]

  • The film turned out to be a hit running for 50 days in 50 centres.[6]
  • It had a 100 day run in 34 centres.[7]
  • The film had a 175-day run in 2 centres.[8]
  • This was Sonali Bendre's first Telugu Film
  • At boxoffice it is termed as Blockbuster.


Nandi Awards[9]


  1. ^ Murari Audio Songs -
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  3. ^ Murari Audio Songs -
  4. ^ "Movie review - Murari". February 17, 2001. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Murari Movie Review". February 17, 2001. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ Cycle Stand - Telugu Cinema Trade Story
  7. ^ Cycle Stand - Telugu Cinema Records - Murari 100 days centers
  8. ^ - Box-Office Records And Collections - Maheshbabu's 175-Day Centres List
  9. ^ Nandi Awards - Idle Brain