Anaganaga O Dheerudu

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Anaganaga O Dheerudu
Theatrical poster
Directed byPrakash Kovelamudi
Produced byPrakash Kovelamudi
Shobu Yarlagadda
Prasad Devineni
Written byChoudekar Haricharan Madnoor
Shruti Haasan
Lakshmi Manchu
Baby Harshitha
Music bySalim–Sulaiman
M. M. Keeravani
Mickey J Meyer
Edited bySravan Katikaneni
Distributed byUTV Motion Pictures[1]
Release date
  • 14 January 2011 (2011-01-14) (India)
Budget27 crore (US$3.8 million)
Box office38.5 crore (US$5.4 million)

Anaganaga O Dheerudu (English: Once Upon a Warrior) is a 2011 Indian Telugu-language fantasy adventure film directed by debutant Prakash Kovelamudi in his first mainstream film. Co-produced by Disney World Cinema, and Arka Media Works with veteran director K. Raghavendra Rao at a budget of 270 million, it stars Siddharth, Shruti Haasan, and Baby Harshitha as protagonists with Lakshmi Manchu as the antagonist. This film marks the Telugu debuts of Haasan and Manchu. It features a musical score by Salim–Sulaiman, an ensemble soundtrack by Salim-Sulaiman, M. M. Keeravani, Koti and Mickey J Meyer,[2] while cinematography and editing are handled by Soundar Rajan and Sravan Katikaneni, respectively.[3] Anaganaga O Dheerudu focuses on the journey of Moksha, a nine-year-old girl with special healing powers, and Yodha, her fierce warrior bodyguard, as they travel to a faraway village to save its children, under the constant menace of the evil witch Irendri.


Irendri (Lakshmi Manchu) is a sorceress who terrorizes people of Anga Rajyam. A guru arrests her, doesn't allow her to play with the lives of people, and destroys her. Before she was destroyed, Irendri takes her soul away and traps it in a locket. Though she dies, her soul lives in the locket. Her great-great-granddaughter is Priya (Shruthi Haasan), and she lives as a gypsy.

Priya too possesses magical powers as she was born into a sorceress' family. Yodha (Siddharth) is a travelling swordsman who always romances women whenever there is opportunity. He is smitten by Priya's beauty and falls in love with her. Sudigundam (Ravi Babu) is a local goon, and he attacks the gypsies' village. Yodha prevents him and defeats him in a fight. However, Sudigundam makes a stealth attack, ties Yodha's hands, and sets afire the entire village.

In this process, the locket in Priya's neck falls down, and Irendri's soul comes out with the touch of fire. The sarpa sakthi (power of the serpents) tells her that she could gain power with a drop of Priya's blood. So, Irendri takes away Priya and imprisons her. Meanwhile, Yodha turns blind as Sudigundam pierces his eyes. However, Yodha gets saved by a swami (Subbaraya Sharma) and appoints to save a girl named Moksha (Baby Harshitha), who has divine powers. Irendri, to take revenge, attacks Agartha, a village in Anga Rashtram, and makes the children of the village senseless.

Druki (Vallabhaneni Ramji) goes to Pushpagiri to bring Moksha, who could save their children. Druki, Yodha, and Moksha start from Pushpagiri and reach Agartha. At this juncture, the sarpa sakti tells Irendri that Moksha's blood would make her invincible if it was taken by her on lunar eclipse day. So, Irendri sends her men to capture Moksha. But Yodha kills all of them. Irendri again sends Sudigundam, the commander-in-chief, to bring her. Yodha follows them in search of Moksha, finds Priya alive, and saves Moksha and Priya. Moksha brings back Yodha's vision with her divine power. Yodha decides to completely destroy Irendri as she is trying to harm people and succeeds in the climax.



Pre-production for Anaganaga O Dheerudu began in June 2009 and the cast was finalized soon after, with the film creating expectations as it marked the debuts of noted star children Prakash Rao, Shruti Haasan and Lakshmi Manchu.[4] Furthermore, the film marked a return to a rare genre in Indian cinema: the fantasy adventure. Shooting began in October 2009 and took place across India, whilst scenes were also shot in Turkey.[5]

During the production stage, Disney agreed to co-produce with Raghavendra Rao's home banner, a Bellyful of Dreams Entertainment, marking the first South Indian production by Disney.[6][7]


Anaganaga O Dheerudu was released internationally on 14 January 2011 during the Sankranti festival[8][9][10] to average reviews and box office collections.

Dubbed versions were created in Tamil and Malayalam, but their release was put on hold indefinitely due to the unexpected failure of the Telugu version. The film is rated PG-13 in North America for "violence and scary images" making it the sixth of ten Disney-branded films to receive the rating.

Home media[edit]

The film was released by Buena Vista Home Entertainment on DVD and digital download on 26 July 2011.[11][12][13][14] The release will be produced in DVD widescreen and include a Telugu language track plus English subtitles.


Nandi Awards[15]
CineMAA Awards[16]
Filmfare Awards South[17]
Other awards
  • Hyderabad Times Film Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role (Female) - Lakshmi Manchu.[18]


Anaganaga O Dheerudu
Soundtrack album by
Released18 December 2010 (2010-12-18)
LabelWalt Disney Music
1."Ninnu choodani"ChandraboseM. M. KeeravaniAnuj Gurwara, Chaitra4:30
2."Premalekha"ChandraboseSalim-SulaimanSalim Merchant, Shreya Ghoshal4:20
3."Pralaya Kaalabelaa"VedavyasKotiGeetha Madhuri3:23
4."Chandamaamala"ChandraboseMickey J MeyerKarthik, Sahiti4:09
5."Tharumukosthondi"Sasi RajasimhaKotiS. P. Balasubramanyam2:48
6."Premalekha" (remix)ChandraboseSalim-SulaimanAbhijith3:58
7."Yodha Theme"ChandraboseSalim-SulaimanRajiv Sundaran, Rishikesh2:02
Total length:25:10


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