|Directed by||Boyapati Srinu|
|Produced by||Paruchuri Kireeti|
|Written by||Boyapati Srinu (story / screenplay / dialogues)|
Chinna (background score)
|Cinematography||Arthur A. Wilson|
|Budget||25 crore (US$3.9 million)|
|Box office||32 crore (US$5.0 million) share|
Simha (English: Lion) is a 2010 Tollywood action film directed by Boyapati Srinu and produced by Paruchuri Kireeti under the United Movies banner. The film stars Nandamuri Balakrishna as the main protagonist in a dual role. It also stars Nayantara and Sneha Ullal in the other lead roles, Adithya Menon and Sai Kumar as the main antagonists and Namitha, Kota Srinivasa Rao, K. R. Vijaya and Rahman in supporting roles. The film features original soundtrack by Chakri, art direction by A. S. Prakash, cinematography by Arthur Wilson and editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao. The film was released on 30 April 2010 and received positive reviews from critics. The film was a massive success at the box office and went on to became the highest grosser of 2010 in Tollywood. The film also achieved the distinction of being one of the highest-grossing films in the Telugu Film Industry. Balakrishna received the Nandi Award for Best Actor for this film, his second after his 2001 film Narasimha Naidu. The film was subsequently dubbed and released in Hindi under the same name.
Srimannarayana (Nandamuri Balakrishna) is a lecturer in a Hyderabad-based college and lives with his grandmother (K. R. Vijaya). He does not tolerate injustice anywhere and mercilessly beats up people who dare to break the law, a personality which makes him feared and respected among others. A female lecturer Maheswari (Namitha) is attracted to him, though he doesn't reciprocate her feelings. While beating up a goon who threatened to acid attack|throw acid on a girl after she spurned his advances, he accidentally punches a comatose man on the head, waking him from his 28-year coma. This man's name is Veerakesavudu (Sai Kumar).
One day, a new student Janaki (Sneha Ullal) joins the college where Srimannarayana is teaching. She initially thinks that he is a rowdy after an earlier encounter with him in a share auto and seeing how everyone in the college fears him, but once she finds out about his true personality, she develops a crush on him. One day, after Srimannarayana rescues her from a group of thugs, she reveals her past. Her father, businessman Jagadish Prasad (Rahman), has a business rivalry with Gopi (Adithya Menon), a gangster, who happens to be Veerakesavudu's son. After Veerakesavudu woke up from his coma, he ordered Jagadish to give Janaki's hand in marriage to Gopi so that their mutual rivalry is finished, to which he agreed, fearing the wrath of Veerakesavudu. But Gopi killed Janaki's brother during the wedding after he insulted him, prompting Jagadish to send Janaki to Hyderabad to continue her studies. The thugs who tried to kidnap her were Gopi's henchmen. On hearing this, Srimannarayana vows to protect Janaki and accommodates her next to his house. He soon reciprocates her feelings for him, prompting Maheswari to drop her love for him.
Unfortunately for Janaki, Gopi finds out that she is with Srimannarayana and kidnaps her, only for Srimannarayana to rescue her after a dramatic car chase. When they reach home, they are confronted by Gopi's henchmen. Jagadish too arrives there at the same time that Srimannarayana is fighting the henchmen and in a bid to help, accidentally stabs Srimannarayana's grandmother. Srimannarayana is enraged and attempts to kill him, but his grandmother stops him. Jagadish immediately leaves with Janaki. Later, Srimannarayana confronts his grandmother and asks her why she didn't let him kill Jagadish. In reply, she reveals about their past.
30 years ago, in the town of Bobbili, Veerakesavudu and his family ran a ruthless self-government, tormenting the townsfolk and supported by the police. The only person who dared to fight them back was a doctor named Narasimha (Nandamuri Balakrishna), who belonged to the Bobbili royal family and was the father of Srimannarayana. He took the law into his own hands and killed many of Veerakesavudu's henchmen, including his brothers, when he caught them tormenting others. While not killing others, he ran a 24x7 hospital which provided treatment free of cost. His wife Gayatri (Nayantara) was an ideal wife who was always affectionate towards Narasimha and supported all his methods. Jagadish, who was Gayatri's brother and who wanted to start a business with Veerakesavudu's help, warned her about the dangerous behaviour of Narasimha, but she brushed the warnings aside, having full faith in her husband and his methods. Veerakesavudu and his father (Kota Srinivasa Rao) eventually decided to eliminate Narasimha and his family once and for all by attempting to poison them during a temple function. When the temple priest warned Narasimha about the threat to his life, Narasimha rushed to Veerakesavudu's house and killed all his men as well as his father. However, Veerakesavudu was ultimately successful in killing Narasimha and Gayatri. But just before he died, Narasimha hit Veerakesavudu on the head, sending him into a coma which he only woke up from after 28 years. Narasimha's mother, who happens to be Srimannarayana's grandmother, took the young and newly orphaned Srimannarayana away with her to Hyderabad so that he could be brought up away from the violence in Bobbili.
On hearing about his family's past, Srimannarayana immediately decides to take revenge on Veerakesavudu and heads for Bobbili to finish his father's mission. He single-handedly fights Veerakesavudu, Gopi and their henchmen and finally kills them all, fulfilling the wishes of the Bobbili townsfolk who wanted the Veerakesavudu family's reign of terror to be ended for good.
- Nandamuri Balakrishna in a dual role as Srimannarayana, a college lecturer and as Dr. Narasimha, the doctor who single handedly provided justice to the citizens of Bobbili
- Nayantara as Gayatri, Dr. Narasimha's wife
- Sneha Ullal as Janaki, a student and Srimannarayana's love interest
- Namitha as Maheswari, a colleague of Srimannarayana who is madly in love with him
- Rahman as Jagadish Prasad, a businessman, Gayatri's brother and Janaki's father
- Saikumar as Veerakesavudu, a gangster and the main antagonist
- K. R. Vijaya as Srimannarayana's grandmother
- Adithya Menon as Gopi, a gangster and Veerakesavudu's son
- Brahmanandam as Dr. Narasimha's compounder
- Kota Srinivasa Rao as Veerakesavudu's father
- Ali as Software engineer
- Dharmavarapu Subramanyam as College principal
- Chalapathi Rao as Superintendent of Police, Bobbili
- Venu Madhav as Venkataratnam, the Sanskrit lecturer who is madly in love with Maheswari
- Krishna Bhagavaan as Srimannarayana's servant
|Film score by Chakri|
|Released||31 March 2010|
Music composed by Chakri. Music released on ADITYA Music Company. The music was released on 31 March 2010 directly into market. The audio function of the movie was called off as Nandamuri Balakrishna met with an accident.
|1.||"Janaki Janaki"||Bhaskarbhatla||Kunal Ganjawala,Tina Kamal||4:39|
|2.||"Achahai"||Chandrabose||Udit Narayan,Anjana Sowmya||4:36|
|5.||"Kanulara Chudhamu"||Veturi Sundararama Murthy||Chakri,Malavika||6:10|
Upon release, the film opened to mostly positive reviews. Sify noted "Simha is out and out a formulaic movie. The urge of director Boyapati Srinu can be clearly felt in the theatre when he showed Balakrishna in an extraordinary manner." Rediff gave a two star rating saying "One knows what to expect from a Balakrishna film and Simha is a perfect example of that: a true mainstream entertainer catering to the masses with high-voltage action, overdose of violence and the mandatory songs. Balakrishna has put in a restrained performance." The Times of India stated "Balakrishna is back in his element as a fiery doctor and does a good job. Nayantara delivers a knock-out performance. While Sneha has no role to play, Namitha exudes enough oomph. Even baddies like Sukumar, Aditya Menon and Kota Srinivas Rao put in a decent performance".
The film has topped at the box-office of that year and the satellite rights were sold off at 50 million. The movie proved to be a major blockbuster for Tollywood in the year 2010. Simha collected more than 620 million (US$9.7 million) and became one of the highest-grossing Tollywood films. The film ran for 50 days in 338 centers and 100 days in 92 centres.
The movie has won several awards:
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Outcome|
|Nandi Awards||Nandi Award for Best Actor||Balakrishna||Won|
|Nandi Award for Best Comedian Female||Jhansi||Won|
|Nandi Award for Best Music Director||Chakri||Won|
|CineMAA Awards||CineMAA Award for Best Actor||Balakrishna||Won|
|Santosham Film Awards||Santhosham Award for Best Actor||Balakrishna||Won|
|Santhosham Award for Best Singer Female||Kausalya (Bangaru Konda Song)||Won|
|Santhosham Award for Best Director||Boyapati Srinu||Won|
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