Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo

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Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo
Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.jpeg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed byTrivikram Srinivas
Produced by
Written byTrivikram Srinivas
Starring
Music byThaman S.
CinematographyP. S. Vinod
Edited byNavin Nooli
Production
company
Release date
  • 12 January 2020 (2020-01-12)
Running time
165 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
Budget100 crore
Box officeest. 220 crore[2]

Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (transl. In the abode of Lord Vishnu) is a 2020 Indian Telugu-language action drama film[3] directed by Trivikram and co-produced by Allu Aravind and S. Radha Krishna under their banners Geetha Arts and Haarika & Hassine Creations,[4] the film features an ensemble cast of Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde in the lead roles, while Tabu, Jayaram, Sushanth, Navdeep, Nivetha Pethuraj, Samuthirakani, Murali Sharma, Sunil, Sachin Khedekar, and Harsha Vardhan play pivotal roles.[5][6][7][8]

The film features soundtrack composed by Thaman S.[9], while cinematography and editing were handled by P. S. Vinod and Navin Nooli respectively. The film was released theatrically on 12 January 2020, coinciding with Sankranthi to positive reviews with praise for the performances of Allu Arjun and Murali Sharma, and for Trivikram's writing and direction and Thaman's music.

Plot[edit]

Billionaire Ramachandra (Jayaram), CEO of ARK company, and his clerk Valmiki (Murali Sharma) get blessed with sons. Ramachandra’s son doesn’t move after birth, and the nurse, fearing retribution tells Valmiki who decides to switch his son with his employer’s. After switching, Ramachandra’s son starts crying. Valmiki however doesn’t allow the nurse to put him back as he wants his son to have a good life. After a struggle the nurse falls from the first floor of the hospital and is in a coma. Ramachandra's family name their boy (Valmiki's son) as Raj Manohar, while Valmiki names the boy (Ramachandra's son) as Bantu (servant) and raise him.

After 25 years, Bantu (Allu Arjun) goes to a job interview as an executive in travel agency. When Ravindra (Rahul Ramakrishna) interviews him, he narrates how bad of a childhood he had and how he got constantly discouraged and demotivated by his father. Feeling pity on him, he decides to offer him a job and he tries to convince his HR manager, Shekhar (Navdeep), whom Bantu had beaten in the beginning of the film for teasing his sister and finally, he gets convinced. When we go to Ramachandra's family side, Raj Manohar (Sushanth) discontinues his MBA in USA and comes back to his home, he looks very innocent and silent which often worries Ramachandra. Meanwhile, Bantu falls in love with Amulya (Pooja Hegde), his boss and she too reciprocates her love. One day, Sudarshan (Brahmaji) tries to coerce Amulya to sell her business to him and Bantu opposes it by beating his bouncers. This meeting takes place in the same hotel where Ramachandra is trying to make his son oppose Paidithalli (Govind Padmasoorya), son of Appala Naidu (Samuthirakani) who controls Kakinada Port and wants to buy their company shares to gain indirect control on the company. Ramachandra hears the conversation between Paidithalli and Raj and get irritated for his son's inability to be stubborn and hears Bantu and Sudarshan's conversation indirectly admires Bantu's stubbornness. While discussing this with his father in law, ARK (Sachin Khedekar), ARK suggests that Amulya is a good match for his son Raj. They arrange matchmaking with Amulya's family.

As Amulya is not able to convince her family that she doesn't want to marry Raj, Bantu and Amulya go to Ramachandra to tell him about their relationship. There when they are waiting for him, they find Ramachandra who had just gotten stabbed by Appala Naidu. They take him to the hospital where the nurse who just gets out of coma and reveals his past to Bantu, on how Valmiki had switched two babies so that his son can happily. Just later when Valmiki again try to criticize him, Bantu slaps Valmiki for switching the babies and challenges Valmiki that he will enter Vaikunthapurram, the house of Ramachandra. ARK constantly asks about Bantu as he saved Ramachandra's life and Bantu is overwhelmed to get appreciated by his grandfather. Later, Bantu and his grandfather decide to travel to Kakinada to sort the issue between Ramachandra and Appala Naidu by meeting Appala Naidu and Paidithalli. In Kakinada port, Appala Naidu's main henchmen, Satyam (Ajay) pushes ARK and Bantu warns them. Paidithalli later comes to the office and conducts a board meeting with Raj about take part of Ramachandra's company shares. ARK sends Bantu to handle the meeting and he makes the board meeting a parody show by dancing for all super hit Telugu songs and Paidithalli's men gets beaten by Bantu for repeating their actions. ARK is happy with the outcome of the meeting throws a party in his home to celebrate. After the party, Yasu (Tabu), Ramachandra's wife, sees Amulya and Bantu kissing, Valmiki pretends to be angered by it, slaps Bantu and throws him out of the house. Bantu tells the truth about his past to Amulya. Ramachandra's niece, Nandu (Nivetha Pethuraj), gets kidnapped by Appala Naidu and he demands Ramachandra to send the papers signed by him where the whole company gets transferred to Paidithalli also he imposes a condition that Raj should get them. Valmiki seeing this calls Bantu and tells him to go and save her but he refuses. While Raj decides to go because he is in love with Nandu and he reveals this to his family and tells that they never gave him an opportunity to speak and took his silence as a notion of acceptance. He leaves to Appala Naidu's home but by the time he reaches the place, he finds Satyam is injured and one of henchmen reveals that Bantu came and beat them and Appala Naidu who tried to throw a Barbecue skewer on Bantu but takes the same thing and stabs Appala Naidu and leaves the place with Nandu.

It is shown that ARK knew that Bantu was his grandson and he reveals to Ramachandra that Bantu is his real son. A flashback is shown with ARK overhearing the nurse telling the truth to Bantu but didn’t say anything in hopes of Bantu revealing the truth himself. All of them decide not to tell the truth to any of the other family members.

At last, Yasu decides to hand over the company papers to Bantu and sends her son (Raj) to Valmiki's home to prepare him like Bantu in five years then Valmiki realizes not to be selfish for own reason otherwise there will be same consequences and there will beginning of an old story in new way.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

After the release of Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava, speculations arose that Trivikram would direct a film with Allu Arjun which would be based on Rayalaseema factionalism and also rumors stated that jayanth will be playing a cop who will be dealing with factionalism in his own way. This project was officially confirmed but there was no clue about the genre. On the eve of new year it was officially announced by Geetha Arts that their next film will be with jayanth in the direction of Trivikram and also mentioned that it is a co-production with Haarika & Hassine Creations.[10] On 8 April 2019, the lead cast and crew was announced on the occasion of Allu Arjun's birthday. On 13 April 2019, the film was formally started shooting by commencing a puja ceremony attended by film team.[11]

The first schedule of the film started on 23 April 2019. The second schedule started on 5 June 2019, during this schedule the film added Pooja Hegde, Nivetha Pethuraj, Tabu and Sushanth in pivotal roles.[12][13] The title, Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, was revealed on 15 August 2019.[14]

In mid-November, the team moved to France to film the song "Samajavaragamana". Parts of the song was shot at Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, France, and the Eiffel Tower, in Paris. The song was also filmed at Lido de Paris, a world-famous cabaret theatre, and became the first South Indian film to shoot there.[15] Tamil director and actor Samuthirakani was roped in to play a negative role.[16]

Soundtrack[edit]

Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo
Soundtrack album by
Released5 January 2020
Recorded2019
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length25:07
LanguageTelugu
LabelAditya Music
ProducerThaman S.
Thaman S. chronology
Prati Roju Pandage
(2019)
Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo
(2020)
Disco Raja
(2020)
Singles from Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo
  1. "Samajavaragamana (Male version)"
    Released: 27 September 2019
  2. "Ramuloo Ramulaa"
    Released: 25 October 2019
  3. "OMG Daddy"
    Released: 21 November 2019
  4. "Butta Bomma"
    Released: 23 December 2019
  5. "Samajavaragamana (Female version)"
    Released: 3 January 2020
  6. "Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo"
    Released: 6 January 2020
  7. "Sitharala Sirapadu"
    Released: 17 January 2020

The music was composed by Thaman S., marking his second collaboration with director Trivikram, after Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava and the director's third collaboration with Allu Arjun.

A glimpse of the first single "Samajavaragamana" featuring Sid Sriram's voiceover, was released in all social media platforms on 25 September 2019. A minute video featuring Thaman S. and lyricist Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry, who penned the lyrics for the song, who shared their opinions about the song was released later in media platforms. The full song was released on 27 September 2019 and went viral within an hour of its launch. Rather than the usual lyrical video, the YouTube video had a band, including singer Sid Sriram and composer Thaman S., performing the song on a flashy stage with shots of Pooja Hegde and Allu Arjun, and others, from the film. On 1 December 2019, it became the fastest Telugu song to 100 million views on YouTube, less than two weeks after it became the first Telugu song to hit 1 million likes on YouTube.[17] The female version of the song sung by Shreya Ghoshal was released on 3 January 2020.

The song teaser of the second single "Ramuloo Ramulaa" was released on 21 October 2019. The lyrics for the song written by Kasarla Shyam and sung by Anurag Kulkarni and Mangli Satyavati. The single was released on 25 October 2019, with the occasion of Diwali. The YouTube video included lyrics, footage of the musicians, an Allu Arjun voice-over,[18] clips of the actual dance number from the movie, behind the scenes footage, and members of the cast wishing fans a happy Diwali at the end.[19] With 8.3 million views, it became the most viewed South Indian song on YouTube within 24 hours. It soon became the fastest Telugu song to reach 50 million views on YouTube.

The song teaser of the third single "OMG Daddy"[20] was released on 14 November 2019, as a Children's Day treats from the team. The teaser features Allu Arha and Allu Ayaan, the children of Allu Arjun. The song performed by Rahul Sipligunj, Rahul Nambiar, Roll Rida, Blaaze and Lady Kash with lyrics by Krishna Chaitanya was released on 21 November 2019. The promo of the third single "Butta Bomma" written by Ramajogayya Sastry and sung by Armaan Malik was released on 18 December 2019, followed by the song teaser on 22 December and full song was released on 23 December 2019.

The full album was released digitally on 5 January 2020, and the songs were performed by Thaman and his musical crew at the "AVPL Musical Concert" held on 6 January 2020, at Police Grounds in Hyderabad.

Track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Samajavaragamana (Male version)"Sirivennela Seetharama SastrySid Sriram3:47
2."Ramuloo Ramulaa"Kasarla ShyamAnurag Kulkarni, Mangli Satyavati4:12
3."OMG Daddy"Krishna ChaitanyaRahul Sipligunj, Roll Rida, Blaaze, Lady Kash, Rahul Nambiar3:48
4."Butta Bomma"Ramajogayya SastryArmaan Malik3:16
6."Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo"Kalyan ChakravarthyPriya Sisters, Srikrishna Vishnubhotla, Shankar Mahadevan3:13
7."Sitharala Sirapadu"Vijay Kumar BhallaSoorranna, Saketh Komanduri3:04
Total length:21:20
Angu Vaikuntapurathu
Soundtrack album by
Released2020
Recorded2019
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length18:02
LanguageMalayalam
LabelAditya Music
ProducerS. Thaman
Singles from Angu Vaikuntapurathu
  1. "Samajavaragamana"
    Released: 10 November 2019
  2. "Aanddava Aanddava"
    Released: 21 December 2019
  3. "OMG Daddy"
    Released: 26 December 2019
  4. "Kutti Bomma"
    Released: 4 January 2020
  5. "Itho Vaikuddapuramallo"
    Released: 10 January 2020

The Malayalam versions of "Samajavaragamana" sung by Vijay Yesudas was released on 10 November 2019 and "Aanddava Aanddava" was released on 21 December 2019. The Malayalam version of "OMG Daddy" sung by Rahul Nambiar, Nayana, Shruthi Gayatri, Blaaze and penned by B. K. Harinarayanan was released on 26 December 2019.All the songs are penned by B. K. Harinarayanan.

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Samajavaragamana (Malayalam Version)"B. K. HarinarayananVijay Yesudas3:47
2."Aanddava Aanddava"B. K. HarinarayananHanuman, Nayana4:03
3."OMG Daddy (Malayalam Version)"B. K. HarinarayananRahul Nambiar, Nayana, Shruthi Gayatri, Blaaze3:45
4."Kutti Bomma"B. K. HarinarayananSrikrishna Vishnubhotla3:15
5."Itho Vaikuddapuramallo"B. K. HarinarayananPriya Sisters, Saketh Komanduri3:14

Release[edit]

The film was released on 12 January 2020 to coincide with Sankranthi and also released on 11 January 2020, in the US, a day before it's official release in India.

This film has dubbed version in Malayalam, titled Angu Vaikuntapurathu, and released simultaneously in Kerala due to the previous success of his dubbed movies in the state, owing to his huge popularity and fanbase. This film was also released in Japan on the same date.[21] The movie received highly positive reviews from the audience.

Marketing[edit]

The team released a small behind the set's video to promote the start of films production. A small video to reveal the title of the film was released on 15 August 2019 as an Independence day treat. After unveiling the first glimpse, Allu Arjun's funny gesture made the audience and fans understood that this will be a middle-class family story with Trivikram's style of humor.[14] The first look poster of the film was released on 1 September 2019. It gives the 'vintage Trivikram mark for its rich appeal and classy look of Bunny'.[22]

The second look poster was released on 7 October 2019, coinciding with Dusshera which features Allu Arjun in an action avatar.[23] Another poster, revealing the release date was launched on 13 October 2019.[24] A new poster revealing Sushanth's character was released on 20 October 2019.[25] Another poster from the film was released on 4 November 2019, on the occasion of Tabu's birthday.[26]

The first look of the Malayalam version of the film was unveiled on 7 November 2019, coinciding with director Trivikram's birthday.[27] The glimpse of film's teaser was released on 8 December 2019. The official teaser was released on 11 December 2019, and received positive response from audiences.[28][29] The teaser of the film's Malayalam version was released on 19 December 2019. After releasing several posters in order to promote the film, the makers released the film's trailer on 6 January 2020.

Critical Reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews especially for the performance of Allu Arjun, musical score by S. Thaman and the dialogues and screenplay penned by Trivikram, while the predictable storyline and the narrative of the film were criticised.

Hemanth Kumar of Firstpost gave the film 3.25 stars out of 5 and wrote "Trivikram Srinivas is a wordsmith of the highest order, and when he's in great form,everything he writes is like music to the ears. He makes you want to latch on to everything that the characters speak or sing throughout the story. However, in Ala Vaikuntapurramlo, he takes a detour from his path and focuses more on the emotional drama between the characters. More than the witty lines and humour, it's the depth in the emotional conversations between the characters that leave a strong impression."[30]

A review posted by Rohit Mohan on Koimoi said the film to be "a perfect family entertainer to watch on this festive season of Sankranthi with your near and dear ones, not only for Allu Arjun fans but also for every movie lovers." He gave the film three and a half stars out of five.[31]

The Hans India gave the film 3.25 stars out of 5 stating that performances, narration and bgm are the major plus points of the film while also mentioning that there are no major minus points in the movie. Trivikram Srinivas received praise for his script while Allu Arjun was praised for his performance. It was concluded that Ala Vaikunthapurramlo is definitely a worth watching movie.[32]

Neeshita Nyayapati of The Times of India gave the film 3.5 stars out of 5 stating "Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo has a bit of everything and despite the cliché and the predictable storyline : Trivikram manages to make it work and deliver what he promises. Watch this for Allu Arjun, especially if you're a fan, for he shines in this one and of course, the fun of it all."[33]

Karthik Keramalu of The Quint called Ala Vaikunthapurramlo an entertainer that promises fun. According to him "Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo has a lot going for it because Bantu (weirdest name for a Telugu movie hero) spends time with other characters (played by Tabu, Jayaram, Sunil, Sachin Khedekar, Vennela Kishore, Rajendra Prasad, Rahul Ramakrishna, Nivetha Pethuraj etc...) and doesn't wallow in mediocrity for a long time. And P. S., Vinod's cinematography makes each frame in the action episodes appear as avant-garde paintings. And on top of it all, the songs are a treat!An absolute treat!"[34]

Bhavana Sharma of International Business Times called the film a Paisa Vasool entertainer with amazing performances. She further added "Allu Arjun is back with a bang after a gap of two years. Living up to the expectations of the audiences and showing Trivikram's mark everywhere, Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo rings in the celebrations of the Sankranthi festival and proves that the film was worth the wait."[35]

Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu called the film an absorbing and entertaining drama presented by Trivikram - Allu Arjun duo. She said the film hits the right notes.[36]

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