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Directed by Gunasekhar
Produced by M.S. Raju
Screenplay by Paruchuri Brothers
Story by Gunasekhar
Starring Mahesh Babu
Bhumika Chawla
Prakash Raj
Mukesh Rishi
Music by Mani Sharma
Cinematography Sekhar V. Joseph
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Release dates
  • 2003 (2003)
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 10 crore (US$1.6 million)
Box office 25 crore (US$4.0 million)

Okkadu (English: One Man) is a 2003 Telugu action film directed by Gunasekhar. It stars Mahesh Babu, Bhoomika Chawla, and Prakash Raj. Music was composed by Mani Sharma and editing was helmed by A. Sreekar Prasad. M.S. Raju produced this film. The film has garnered eight Nandi Awards and four Filmfare Awards South. The movie was instant Chartbuster and became BlockBuster. This movie was later remade into Tamil as Ghilli and became a blockbuster.[1][2][3] It was also remade in Bengali as Jor. It was also remade in Kannada as Ajay, starring Puneet Rajkumar. It was also remade in Hindi by Boney Kapoor as Tevar starring Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha.[4] In Oriya, it has been re-adapted as Mate Anidela Lakhe Phaguna. It was also dubbed into Malayalam as Runner.


Ajay (Mahesh Babu), is a young Kabbadi player who goes to factionism hit Kurnool to take part in a life changing match, which decides his sports future. There, in a twist of fate, he saves Swapna Reddy (Bhoomika Chawla), from Obul Reddy (Prakash Raj), a dangerous faction leader, who is in love with Swapna and wants to marry her against her wishes. Ajay tries to comfort her because Obul Reddy killed both brothers of Swapna. Ajay brings Swapna to his house in Hyderabad and decides to send her abroad to save her from Obul Reddy. This is complicated by the fact that Swapna falls in love with Ajay and that Ajay's dad is the top Cop in charge of finding Swapna, as per the order of corrupt home minister (Rajan P. Dev) of the state. The home minister is into helping Obul Reddy. Ajay conceals swapna in Charminar, this forms an integral part of the story. Whether Ajay is able to achieve his Kabbadi target and whether, Swapna & Ajay unite is the crux of the story.

Here is an interesting blog on 'Okkadu' about the genius of the Director: http://understandingcinema3.blogspot.com/2015/05/three-brilliant-clues-that-director-re.html




The music for the film was composed by Mani Sharma. The lyrics were written by Sirivennela Sitaramasastri.


The film released on 15 January 2003 in 165 screens. The audio was released on 19 December 2002.

Box-office performance[edit]

It collected a total share of over Rs.25-30 crores.[5]


Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards
Santosham Film Awards

Remakes & character map[edit]

Okkadu (2003)
Ghilli (2004)
Ajay (2006)
Jor (2008)
Tevar (2015)
(Mahesh Babu)
(Puneeth Rajkumar)
(Jeetendra Madnani)
Pintoo Shukla
(Arjun Kapoor)
Swapna Reddy
(Bhumika Chawla)
(Trisha Krishnan)
(Anuradha Mehta)
(Barsha Priyadarshini)
Radhika Mishra
(Sonakshi Sinha)
Obul Reddy
(Prakash Raj)
(Prakash Raj)

(Prakash Raj)
(Subrat Dutta)
Gajendar Singh
(Manoj Bajpai)
Ajay's father
(Mukesh Rishi)
(Ashish Vidyarthi)
Surja's father
(Deepankar De)
S. P. Shukla
(Raj Babbar)


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu)
Succeeded by