Arya (2004 film)

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Aarya Telugu Movie.jpg
Directed by Sukumar
Produced by Dil Raju
Written by Sukumar
Music by Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography R. Rathnavelu
Edited by Marthand K. Venkatesh
Distributed by Sri Venkateswara Creations
Release date
  • 7 May 2004 (2004-05-07)
Running time
151 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 4 crore (US$620,000)[1]
Box office 18 crore (US$2.8 million)(Share)[1]

Arya is a Telugu action romantic comedy film which was released on 7 May 2004. The film was directed by debutant Sukumar with Allu Arjun in the main lead. Upon release, the film was declared a Blockbuster. It was remade into Oriya as Pagala Premi with Sabyasachi Mishra and Arpita Pal, in Tamil as Kutty and Bengali (Bangladesh) as Badha. The film was dubbed in Malayalam under the same title and in Hindi as Arya Ki Prem Pratigya. An unrelated sequel titled Arya 2 was released in 2009.


Geetanjali a.k.a. Geeta (Anuradha Mehta) goes to Kanyakumari on a trip. She finds a poem in a diary left on a beach and signs in it. Her anklet falls into the ocean and a guy jumps into the water in front of her eyes but no one sees him resurfacing. However, Geeta did not see who jumped in the ocean. She dreams about the incident frequently with the idea that the guy who jumped has died but her friends ask her to forget it.

Ajay (Siva Balaji) is a spoiled brat, and is the son of local MP Avataram (Rajan P. Dev). He likes to flirt with beautiful girls and wants them to be his girlfriends. One day he sees Geeta and proposes to her. When she refuses, he threatens to jump from the top of college building. Being a weak-minded girl, Geeta accepts the proposal with the thought that as some guy has already died for her and she doesn't want someone to get hurt because of her and starts dating him. Arya (Allu Arjun) is a happy-go-lucky guy who enjoys his life with friends and kids. On his first day to the college, he sees Geeta who was just confessing her love to Ajay who was at the top of the college building, threatening her. Charmed by her beauty, Arya falls in love with her and proposes to her. She actually rejects his proposal saying that she is already committed to Ajay. One day Avataram arranges a party in his house and it so turns out that Ajay introduces Geeta to his father and persuades him to fix their marriage. Ajay's father, who initially pretended to accept his son's marriage with Geeta, turns tables upside down by introducing another girl Lalasa and announces that his son is going to marry Lalasa. He threatens his son not to marry anyone except Lalasa. Being embarrassed by the situation and helpless, Ajay sits down and starts to get frustrated. Arya, who loves Geeta so much that he never hesitated to help her, decides to bring Ajay to Geeta and helps them elope. On their way, they are followed by Avataram's henchmen. The three youngsters find a train and get into it.

When they get down from the train in the night, they are shocked to see the leader of Avataram's henchmen who forces Geeta to come with him, defying his boss' order. On the other hand, Ajay remains helpless, while Arya bravely fights all the men and finally defeats them, rescuing Ajay and Geeta. They walk on to the nearby town, Arya's hometown. Being tired, the three go to bed. The next morning they wake up and realize that Ajay is missing. Arya tries to convince Geeta that Ajay left to win over his father. This leaves private time for Arya and Geeta and they grow close to each other. Geetha starts liking Arya. But when she tries to reveal it to him, Ajay and his father return. Avataram agrees to get Ajay married to Geeta.

On the day of wedding, Geeta finds out that Arya was the guy who dove into the sea for her anklet and realizes that he came into her life much before Ajay. She realizes that while Ajay blackmailed her into loving him, Arya just wanted to see her happy. Geeta also realizes that Arya truly loves her, while Ajay was just acting on his impulse of wanting what he couldn't have. She leaves the wedding hall in tears and confesses her love to Arya.



Sukumar began working on the script of his directorial debut Arya (2004) in Vishakhapatnam before joining the sets of Vinayak's Dil. Its producer Dil Raju assured that he would produce the film if Dil becomes a commercial success.[2] Sukumar chose to narrate the story of a boy who confess his love to a girl right in the beginning, opposed to films like Darr (1993), Kabhie Haan Kabhie Naa (1994), and Kaadhal Kondein (2003) where the protagonist's love/obsession for the female lead is revealed towards the end, as he found that idea an "obsolete" one.[3] Raju was impressed with Sukumar's script and Allu Arjun was selected as its protagonist after considering Ravi Teja, Nithin, and Prabhas. Anuradha Mehta and Siva Balaji were chosen for the other two lead roles.[4] R. Rathnavelu and Devi Sri Prasad were chosen as the film's director of photography and music director respectively; they both collaborated with Sukumar in many of his future projects.


Arya received highly positive reviews from critics. gave a review stating "You feel like you are watching a Mani Rathnam film. There is a soul in the film and you end up having a thin layer of tears in your eyes while leaving the theater. This film announces the arrival of Sukumar – director – a class apart. 'Arya' is a must watch film for all Telugu film lovers. Don't miss it" and rated the film 4/5 calling the film "A class apart".[5] IndiaGlitz gave a review stating "To start with, the hype machine was at work incessantly before the release of the movie. And after watching the film you also feel that here is a movie that is every inch worth its pre-release hype. Not only Arya is expected to lead the pack in the long summer of seemingly never-ending releases but also give the hero of the film, Allu Arjun, a new identity. Arya is an unabashed package showcasing Allu Arjun and his dancing and fighting abilities. The thing it looks like it will work at the box-office", further calling the film "A cocktail of fun and more fun".[6] gave a review stating "Arya is not at all what you expect it to be. It is a special package that consists of fun, entertainment, laughs, frolic, merriment, high times, bashes and more. It has them all. Romance, eternal love, mush, flowers, embraces, sacrifices, sunsets. It has them ALL. Action, fights, stunts, feats, tricks, battles, blood, bullies, henchmen, chases. Did we mention that this has it all? Emotions, sentiments, passion, craze and feelings. See one. See all" and rated the film 7/10.[7]


Soundtrack album to Arya by Devi Sri Prasad
Released 16 April 2004 (2004-04-16)
Recorded 2004
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 30:42
Language Telugu
Label Aditya Music
Producer Devi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
Shankar Dada MBBS

The audio was released at a function arranged in song set erected at Nanakrama Guda on the evening of 16 April 2004. Swati (of colors fame) and Devi Sri Prasad anchored this event. Aditya Music produced the audio of this film. K Raghavendra Rao released the audio and gave the first cassette to Pawan Kalyan and Prabhas. The song "Aa Ante Amalapuram" became famous in Andhra Pradesh and certain parts of Maharashtra, which created Allu Arjun's identity there. The Soundtrack was an Unusual Hit.[8]

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "You Rock My World" Viswa Shaan, Premji Amaren 5:00
2. "Nuvvunte" Sirivennela Sagar, Sumangali 5:08
3. "O My Brotheru" Sirivennela Ravi Verma 5:04
4. "Thakadimithom" Surendra Krishna Tippu 5:31
5. "Feel My Love" Chandrabose KK, Clinton Cerejo 4:55
6. "Aa Ante Amalapuram" Veturi Sundararama Murthy Malathi, Ranjith 5:04
Total length: 30:42

Box-office performance[edit]

Arya collected 25 crore (US$3.9 million) in its full run delivering a distributors Share of 18 crore (US$2.8 million).[1] Arya collected 3.85 crore (US$600,000)(Share) in Nizam Area. Hence turned out to be a blockbuster.

  • The film had a 50-day run in 89 centres. The film had a 100-day run in 56 centres. It collected 18 crore (US$2.8 million).[9] The film had a 420-day run in 8 centres.It collected 18 crore (US$2.8 million)(Share) delivering a final gross figure of 25 crore (US$3.9 million).[1]
  • The film's dubbed version in Malayalam did a business of nearly 3-3.5 million from Kerala.[10]


52nd Filmfare Awards
2004 CineMAA Awards
2004 Nandi Awards
2004 Santosham Awards
2004 Gemini TV Awards
  • Best Director – Sukumar
  • Best Actor – Allu Arjun


Pagala Premi
Allu Arjun Shakib Khan Sabyasachi Mishra Dhanush
Anuradha Mehta Purnima Arpita Pal Shriya Saran
Siva Balaji Riaz Sukanta Sameer Dattani
Rajan P. Dev Ilash Kobra Pradyumna Lenka Radha Ravi
Devi Charan Dipjol Vincent Asokan Niranjan Pati


  1. ^ a b c d
  2. ^ Chinnarayana 2015, p. 10.
  3. ^ Kumar, Hemanth (6 May 2011). "Sukumar – The Reluctant Perfectionist". South Scope. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Chinnarayana 2015, p. 11.
  5. ^ "Movie review – Arya". Retrieved 7 May 2004. 
  6. ^ "Arya – A cocktail of fun and more fun". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 10 May 2004. 
  7. ^ "Arya Review". Retrieved 7 May 2004. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Cycle Stand - Telugu cinema - Arya 50 days centers - 89 - Allu Arjun
  10. ^ Bunny-Hot in Kerala! -

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