Aishwarya (film)

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Promotional poster
Directed byIndrajit Lankesh
Written byB. A. Madhu (dialogues)
Trivikram Srinivas (story)
Screenplay byIndrajit Lankesh
Based onManmadhudu (2002)
by K. Vijaya Bhaskar
Produced byN. Kumar
Dr. Ramanjaneyalu
Deepika Padukone
Daisy Bopanna
Master Kishan
Music byRajesh Ramanath
Chilukuru Balaji Productions
Distributed byB.Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan
Release date
  • 15 September 2006 (2006-09-15)
Running time
147 minutes

Aishwarya is a 2006 Indian Kannada-language romantic drama film directed by Indrajit Lankesh, starring Upendra, Daisy Bopanna with Deepika Padukone in her film debut. The film is an official remake of Manmadhudu (2002) with the flashback portion inspired by Ghajini (2005).[1] The film featured Upendra as a rich advertisement executive and changed his mass image into a classy one.[2]


Abhishek Hegde (Upendra) had first fallen in love with a young lady Anjali (Daisy Bopanna) who was a model.

In the flashback, as a struggling model, Anjali finds herself in a fortunate position where she is mistaken to be girlfriend to Abhishek and gets many new modelling offers. Abhishek tries to confront her on seeing the news about his affair with her, but falls in love with her instead. Anjali dies in an accident after the two declare their love and are hugging when Abhishek's car hits a lorry. As Anjali's family were not in favour of her decision of marrying Abhishek, he is informed that Anjali has married the person she has been engaged. They did not care to visit him or tell him that Anjali has actually died, even when he was in hospital recovering from injuries after the accident. Abhishek's grandfather had faked Anjali's wedding card, only to keep him away from further mental trauma. This angers Abhishek and he starts to hate women with the generalisation that all women are like Anjali.

After many years, Aishwarya Pai (Deepika Padukone) joins the company he works in, which is owned by his paternal uncle, as an assistant manager. After a few days in the office, she gets Abhishek fired and she takes the position of manager. Abhishek, now not knowing what to do talks to his aunt, but is interrupted by his uncle, who is mean to him. Finally, he takes the job of assistant manager as that is the only vacancy available. Within a few days they are assigned a task in Vienna. The two travel to Europe on business for ten days and learn from each other. Aishwarya transforms Abhishek by her assertive and fun-loving nature. They fall in love with each other but don't express it. Abhishek finds out that Aishwarya is getting engaged as decided by her family to a very conservative family from Mandya. Aishwarya is aware of Abhishek's feelings for her. Both of them finally speak out their love. Now, Abhishek, to save his love, drives to reach Aishwarya. At that moment, Aishwarya is on a boat travelling to her wedding venue. Abhishek reaches there and shouts out for Aishwarya, and she responds by jumping into the river. They both unite and share their moment of joy by telling how much they love each other. The movie ends on a happy note and they are married.



The muhurat shot took place on 23 July 2006.[3]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAnand Audio

The soundtrack was scored by Rajesh Ramanath.

1."Aishwarya Aishwarya"K. KalyanKunal Ganjawala4:34
2."Dhoni Dhoni"K. KalyanKarthik4:55
3."Manmatha"Dr. V. Nagendra PrasadAnushka Manchanda4:58
4."Yella OK maduve Yaake?"Dr. V. Nagendra PrasadUpendra4:33
5."Hudugi Hudugi"K. KalyanKunal Ganjawala5:11
6."Aishwarya Aishwarya"K. KalyanUpendra4:34

Box office[edit]

Aishwarya opened both in single screens and multiplexes as well.[4] The film broke several opening box office records by generating a net share of 1.5 crore and a total gross of 20 million during its first week,[5] out of which more than 10 million came from BKT (Bangalore, Kolar, Tumkur) alone,[6] once again proving Upendra's strong foothold in the BKT region after his earlier record breaking opener Omkara which had also collected 10 million net from the BKT region in its first week.[7] Aishwarya went on to complete 50 days at 30 centers across Karnataka[8] and 75 days in Bangalore, and was a commercial success, although it could not reach expectations. Aishwarya grossed a total of 50 million in its entire run of 100 days and was among the top 5 hit films of 2006.[9]


R. G. Vijayasarathy of gave the film a rating of three out of five stars and opined that "Krishnakumar's lighting, choice of locations, sharp editing and the peppy music make Aishwarya a very pleasing watch".[10] A critic from Indiaglitz wrote that "This is a film you should not miss".[11] A critic from Viggy wrote that "In a nutshell, 'Aishwarya' is a film for the entire family and a good film from the writing, performance and execution stand point".[12]


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  2. ^ Kannada Movies | Latest Kannada Film News, Reviews | Stills, Images, Actress, Actors, Pictures. Retrieved on 5 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Indrajit Lankesh shares Deepika Padukone's throwback clicks". The Times of India. 23 July 2020.
  4. ^ "'Aishwarya' overtakes 'Sevanthi...' in Kannada film race". Where In City. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Aishwarya first week gross".
  6. ^ "Aishwarya first week share".
  7. ^ "Topiwala to Get Released on January 25 - | Kannada Movie News, Reviews | Image". 18 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Aishwarya 50 days".
  9. ^ Hit Kannada Films of the year 2006. Retrieved on 6 July 2012.
  10. ^ Vijayasarathy, R. G. (15 September 2006). "Deepika's Aishwarya is a must watch".
  11. ^ "Aishwarya". Indiaglitz. 19 September 2006. Archived from the original on 19 September 2006.
  12. ^ "'Aishwarya' - film review". Viggy. 2006.

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