Vikramarkudu

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Vikramarkudu
Vikramarkudu Poster HD.jpg
Directed by S. S. Rajamouli
Produced by M. L. Kumar Chowdary
Written by S. S. Rajamouli
K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
M. Ratnam
Starring Ravi Teja
Anushka Shetty
Brahmanandam
Ajay
Jyothika
Music by M. M. Keeravani
Cinematography Sarvesh Murari
Edited by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Distributed by Sri Keerthi Creations
Release date(s) 23 June 2006
Country India
Language Telugu

Vikramarkudu is a 2006 Telugu action thriller film directed by S.S. Rajamouli. Ravi Teja and Anushka Shetty play the lead roles. Ravi Teja played a double role. The film was given an 'A' certificate upon release. It released on 23 June 2006 and was a blockbuster.

It was later remade in Tamil as Siruthai, in Bangladeshi Bengali as Ulta Palta 69, in Kannada as Veera Madakari, in Hindi as Rowdy Rathore, and in Indian Bengali as Bikram Singha.

Plot[edit]

Athili Sathi Babu (Ravi Teja) is a small-time thief and crook who is crazy about acts of daredevilry who falls in love with Neeraja (Anushka Shetty) who is in Hyderabad to attend a marriage. Sathi Babu makes his way into her heart and she also starts loving him. Sathi Babu tells her the truth about him being a thief and resolves to give up crime forever. But before that, he decides to swindle one last person for a large sum of money along with his con-friend Duvva (Brahmanandam). He tricks a woman on a railway station (Not really station, it is bus stand) and flees with a trunk. This leads Sathi Babu to Neha (Baby Neha), a young girl who was in the trunk instead of the wealth he thought was in the trunk, who thinks that satibabu is her father. Flummoxed by what is happening, but forced to keep Neha with her as a police officer Inspector Mahanti (Rajiv Kanakala) keeps his eye on him.

Although he tries keeping neha away from Neeraja’s eyes, the latter finds out about Neha. Angry and hurt, Neeraja leaves for her place leaving Sathi Babu heartbroken. Soon, unknown goons attack him, taking him to be a latter named ASP Vikram Singh Rathod (also Ravi Teja), Neha’s real father. Rathod looks exactly like Sathi Babu which had caused all the confusion. While many unknown persons help Sathi Babu run to safety with Neha in his arms, he is soon surrounded by the goons. It is then that Rathod makes an appearance and saves the day killing every goon by himself. But Rathod soon dies suffering from injuries.

The other policemen who had assisted the ASP then inform Sathi Babu of the whole incident. In a Chambal village Devgarh, an MLA, Bavuji used to trouble and torture people and also annex money from them. His son Munna (Amit Kumar Tiwari) used to rape the wives of policemen. Rathod immediately arrested him and also made him mentally insane. Munna humiliates police by removing their clothes but was killed by Rathod when he was hung from a tree by the belt of a humiliated inspector. Rathod was attacked by Bavuji's brother Titla on Dusshehra where he was stabbed from the back as well as shot in the head while trying to save a village child and was assumed to be dead. But he survived with a brain injury although the goons assumed that he is dead. Effects of this brain injury are later visible and these effects are diminished by water falling on his head.

Sathi Babu then adopts Neha, who does not know that her father is dead. Then Sathi Babu returns to Devgarh posing as ASP Vikram Singh Rathod and heads to settle the scores with Bavuji. Duvva tells Neeraja the truth and she forgives satibabu. Sathi Babu, being a goon handles Bavuji well with tricks. He sets the MLA's wine factory on fire and makes the villagers rob his food store. A fight ensues in which he defeats all Bavuji's men alone. In the end, he fights with Titla on a rope bridge. Sathibabu ties the rope and cuts the rope and Titla fall to death. Sathibabu gets married to Neeraja and they leave for a new life with Neha and Duvva.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The shooting was disrupted by quarry workers started pelting the film’s unit with stones, damaging most of the equipment and injuring some of the film crew including director Rajamouli. The quarry workers were asked, by the quarry manager, to stop their work and leave the area, for the shooting of particular scenes. What started as a small miff between the manager and the workers escalated with the workers showering stones, even as the film crew was leaving the quarry in their vehicles. The injured crew members were admitted to Apollo hospital. Director Rajamouli suffered a hairline fracture to his hand. A formal complaint was lodged against the quarry workers and its owner.[1][2]

Soundtrack[edit]

Vikramarkudu
Soundtrack album to Vikramarkudu by M. M. Keeravani
Released 31 May 2006 (2006-05-31)
Recorded 2006
RajaNandini Recording Studio, Hyderabad
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Telugu
Label Aditya Music
Producer M. M. Keeravani
M. M. Keeravani chronology
Sri Ramadasu
(2006)
Vikramarkudu
(2006)
Amma Cheppindi
(2006)

The audio of Vikramarkudu was launched at a function arranged in a set erected near Hitec city on the night of 31 May. K Raghavendra Rao launched the audio and gave the first unit to YVS Chowdary. Ramesh Prasad, B Gopal and Gunnam Gangaraju were also invited as guests. The unit members who graced the occasion include ML Kumar Chowdary, Ravi Teja, Rajamouli, Anushka, Keeravani, Vijayendra Prasad, Brahmanandam, lyricist Danayya, Rajiv Kanakala, Ajay, Rama Rajamouli, Ravindra, Sarvesh Murari, Ram Lakshman, M Ratnam, Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao and Suresh Bujji. Suma anchored the event and Aditya Music bought audio rights.[3]

The soundtrack received very good response from the public as well as critics. The song "College Papala" (well known as Chinta Ta Chita Chita) was reused by Sajid-Wajid in the Hindi remake of this film, Rowdy Rathore.

Tracklist

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Dammare Damma"   Chandrabose Tippu, K. S. Chithra, Vijji  
2. "Jum Jum Maya"   M. M. Keeravani M. M. Keeravani & Sunitha  
3. "College Papala"   Ramajogayya Sastry Jassie Gift, K. S. Chithra 5.06
4. "Vasthava Vasthava"   Chandrabose Anuradha Sriram  
5. "Dooranga"   M. M. Keeravani M. M. Keeravani, Ganga  
6. "Jo Laali"   M. M. Keeravani Malavika  

Release[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

It collected positive reviews from critics. Idlebrain wrote: "On a whole, Vikramarkudu is another prospective blockbuster from the stable of Rajamouli".[4] Totaltollywood wrote: "First half of the film goes in full entertainment mode. Second half gets into action part but the entertainment values are maintained at the same level.".[5] Sify wrote: "On the whole, Vikramarkudu is a masala entertainer and is OK timepass fare.".[6] Nowrunning wrote: "Watching Vikramarkudu is like eating a plate of Mirchi Bhajji from the roadside pushcart.".[7] Fullhyd wrote: "Vikramarkudu is like one of those dishes that smell great during cooking, but just don’t taste the same way in the end. The film assiduously builds its story to a crest with your adrenaline pumping on all cylinders, but doesn’t quite know how to handle it thereon.".[8] Cinegoer wrote: "One thing is that Vikramarkudu never bores you. It will keep you glued to the screen, because so many things happen all the time and the narrative moves quickly.".[9]

Box office[edit]

  • The film along with its various dubbed versions collected a total gross of INR 260 million.[10] and celebrated 100 days in 54 centres.[11]

Dubbed versions and remakes[edit]

The film was dubbed into Malayalam, Hindi, and Bhojpuri as Vikramathithya, Pratighat, and Vikram Singh Rathod IPS respectively. It was also remade into Bengali as Ulta Palta 69, in Kannada as Veera Madakari, and in Tamil as Siruthai. A Hindi remake by Prabhu Deva as Rowdy Rathore with Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles released with bumper openings. It is also remade in Bengali as Bikram Singha[12] with Prosenjit Chatterjee and Richa Gangopadhyay in the lead roles.[13][14]

Character map of Vikramarkudu and its remakes[edit]

Vikramarkudu (2006)
(Telugu)
Ulta Palta 69 (2007)
(Bengali)
Veera Madakari (2009)
(Kannada)
Siruthai (2011)
(Tamil)
Bikram Singha (2012)
(Bengali)
Rowdy Rathore (2012)
(Hindi)
Ravi Teja Manna Sudeep Karthi Prosenjit Chatterjee Akshay Kumar
Anushka Shetty Purnima Ragini Dwivedi Tamannaah Richa Gangopadhyay Sonakshi Sinha

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