Badrinath (film)

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An angry man holding a sword.
Movie poster
Directed byV. V. Vinayak
Produced byAllu Aravind
Written byChinni Krishna[1]
Screenplay byV. V. Vinayak
Story byChinni Krishna
Music byM. M. Keeravani
CinematographyRavi Varman
Edited byGowtam Raju
Distributed byGeetha Arts
Release date
  • 10 June 2011 (2011-06-10)
Running time
140 minutes
Budget 41 crore
Box office 63 crore[3]

Badrinath is a 2011 Indian Telugu-language action film directed by V. V. Vinayak, written by Chinni Krishna and produced by Allu Aravind. The film stars his son Allu Arjun in leading role along with Tamannaah and Prakash Raj. The film revolves around Badri, a skilled warrior trained by a religious Guru Bheeshma Narayan. After being made the protector of Badrinath temple, he finds his loyalties divided when he tries to revive the faith of Alakananda, an atheist, in God and gets caught in violent battles with her cruel uncle Sarkar, while his Guru suspects him to be in love with Alakananda, something against the rules for becoming his successor.

Allu Arjun, who plays the protagonist, undertook intensive martial arts and sword fighting training in Vietnam.[4][5] This film also marks his first pairing with Tamannaah.[6] Cinematographer Ravi Varman in an interview told that the film was shot on a Panavision lens at a set in Kulaba on the way to the Rohtang pass apart from the Badrinath temple, on sets in Hyderabad and in Spain, Italy, Germany and Austria.[7] Earlier, it was reported that the film will also have a dubbed version in Tamil with actor Santhanam's comedy scenes being added, but the plan was dropped out due to the commercial failure of the Tamil dubbed versions of Telugu films Shakti and Magadheera.[8][9]

Previously slated to release on 4 June 2011[10], the film along with a dubbed Malayalam version was released on 10 June 2011 in 1,400 screens worldwide and ran for 50 days in 187 theatres. According to an article in The Times of India, "Despite mixed record tendered by critics, the acceptable storyline and script work, the thrills and stunts, the gyrations of choreography by Allu Arjun have lured the audience to the screens."[11] It also became the second highest Telugu grosser in Karnataka after Magadheera that time.[12] The film had an opening day record of 7.25 crore (US$1.0 million) which was later surpassed by Allu Arjun's own film Julayi in 2012.[13] Prem Rakshith won the Filmfare Award for Best Dance Choreographer for the film's song Nath Nath.[14]

The film was made on a budget of 42 crore (US$5.9 million), and was one of the most expensive Telugu films at that time.[15]


In order to protect the ancient Hindu temples from terrorists, religious guru and martial arts expert Bheeshma Narayan (Prakash Raj) prepares an army. One day, when some of his students fail to recite a difficult hymn, he is surprised to listen Badri, a young boy, recite it without any mistakes. Impressed, Bheeshma Narayan convinces his parents and takes in Badri as his student. Badri (Allu Arjun) grows up to become an efficient fighter, and gets assigned to protect the Badrinath Temple. He soon comes across a visitor named Alakananda (Tamannaah), whose grandfather becomes ill upon arriving in Badrinath. Badri manages to cure him and takes all of them to the temple, where Alakananda blows out the lamp, causing Badri to chase and throw her into the Alaknanda River. Her grandfather tells Bheeshma about her atheism and requests him to save her. Badri, as per his guru's orders, saves Alakananda, who is ordered to light 1 lakh lamps as the punishment. Badri makes her light the lamps with devotion, following which her grandfather reveals why she became an agnostic.

Alakananda lost her faith in God after watching her parents die in the temple fire, but she had to be brought to Badrinath because her life became endangered after insulting the wife of Sarkar, a dreaded don. As a form of revenge, she wants Alakananda to marry her son Nani. Listening to the truth, Badri promises to revive Alakananda's faith in God. In the meanwhile, the Amarnath Temple is attacked. With its protector killed and devotees threatened, Bheeshm Narayan summons Badri, who takes down all the terrorists and earns publicity. Alakananda soon falls for Badri and her faith in God is revived. She meets Badri's parents and confesses her love for him. They agree for their marriage but when Bheeshma tells them that he wants Badri to be his successor and for that remain unmarried, a heartbroken Alakananda starts to lose her faith once again, before Badri tells her he would unite her with her lover and help her get the Brahma lotus that must be offered to lord Badrinath for the fulfillment of her wish. She, however, doesn't reveal she loves him and follows him to the mountains.

In the meanwhile, Sarkar and his family learn about Badri through the Amarnath incident footage and he orders Nani to bring back Alakananda, only if Badri dies. Badri and Alakanada manage to get the Brahma lotus, but on their way are attacked by Nani and his henchmen. Badri fights them off while both Alakananda and Bheeshm Narayan make their respective wishes. He promises to bring her back after six months so that her wish gets fulfilled. In order to defeat Badri, Nani throws a statue in the river and Badri jumps to catch it, killing all the henchmen who too jumped with him. However, Badri is stabbed by Nani and hearing him say he loves Alakananda, Bheeshm Narayan is shocked. Assuming Badri to be dead, Nani takes Alakananda away, and Bheeshma's suspicion grows when Badri somehow gains consciousness and calls out Alakananda's name in front of everyone.

The temple is closed for six months, and Badri manages to survive. Alakananda's marriage is fixed with Nani after Sarkar kills her grandfather. Badri gains his guru's trust once again, and resumes his duties. After a drunk Nani attempts to rape Alakananda, she writes a letter asking Badri to come and rescue her. Bheeshma receives the letter and tears it, but Badri somehow comes across the pieces and sends her the same mountain soil he used to cure his grandfather, as a reply. She attempts to escape along with her friend Razia, but only the latter escapes. Razia meets and convinces Badri to go to Bellary and save her, while Sarkar and his goons destroy the ashram in the absence of both Badri and Bheeshma. Arriving at Bellary railway station, Badri warns Nani and his henchmen to stop, but their non-compliance leads to him killing everyone and leaving Nani severely injured, while Razia brings Alakananda and escorts her to the station.

Seeing the ashram in ruins, Bheeshma's anger grows when he learns Badri took along the sword meant only for religious protection. In the meanwhile, Sarkar's wife is angry at him due to their son's condition and vengefully accompanies him to Badrinath. Badri and Alakananda arrive at the temple, but Bheeshma, feeling Badri has betrayed him, orders him to leave. Alakananda, however, goes in and thanks lord Badrinath for giving her Badri from the clutches of Bheeshma, but as she's about to express her love, Sarkar arrives and orders his goons to capture her. Badri takes her to him and explains he doesn't love her or any other woman as his birth was meant only for his guru. Bheeshma apologizes to Badri and allows him to worship, but seeing a devastated Alakananda's true love for him, orders him to save her. Badri fights off Sarkar and his goons, but spares him with a warning to not pursue Alakananda ever again.



Allu Arjun grew his hair out and sported a ponytail for his look as a warrior in the film.[16]


Certified A (adults only) by the Central Board of Film Certification on the account of graphic action violence,[17] the film released theatrically along with its Malayalam dubbed version on 10 June 2011.


Badrinath received mixed to positive reviews from critics. gave a review of rating 3/5 stating "The plus points of the film are Allu Arjun (dances, fights and performance), cinematography and grand production values. On the flip side, narration lacks grip and screenplay should have been better. A film of this grandeur needs emotional support to make it likable. V. V. Vinayak who proved himself as a highly successful mass director with his earlier films falter this time to handle a subject of such a huge canvas." Idlebrain wrote: "Allu Arjun has taken tremendous pain in traveling to Vietnam to learn south-east-Asian martial arts for this movie. All his hard work shows up in the movie where he appears more like a warrior from south-east-Asian regions (Chinese or Japanese) with a pony tail and leather gear (chest belt and shoes). He is amazing with fluid movements in the dances. He is good with fights." Idlebrain also criticized the appearance of Prakash Raj stating that he looked more Asian.[18] Filmibeat also similarly rated 3/5 for the film.[19]


Soundtrack album by
Released7 May 2011
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAditya Music
ProducerM. M. Keeravani
M. M. Keeravani chronology
Anaganaga O Dheerudu

The grand audio launching event of Badrinath was held at Shilpakala Vedika on 7 May 2011. Allu Arjun, Sneha Reddy, Tamannaah, V. V. Vinayak, Allu Aravind, his wife Nirmala, M. M. Keeravani, K. Raghavendra Rao, A. Kodandarami Reddy, K. S. Rama Rao, Chiranjeevi, his wife Mrs. Surekha, Srija, Sukumar, S. S. Rajamouli, Rama Rajamouli, Boyapati Srinu, B. V. S. N. Prasad, B. Gopal, Srinu Vaitla, Anand Sai, S. Gopala Reddy, Tagore Madhu, K. Atchi Reddy, Chandrabose, Chinni Krishna, Chaitanya Prasad, Pokuri Babu Rao, etc., were the prominent figures in the audio function.

K. Raghavendra Rao and Chiranjeevi released the audio CDs and presented the first copy to S. S. Rajamouli and V. V. Vinayak. Allu Aravind released the trailers.[20]

Track listing
1."Omkareshwari"VeturiShankar Mahadevan, M. M. Keeravani4:58
2."Ambadari"ChandraboseLV Revanth, Sravana Bhargavi4:05
3."In the Night"Sravana BhargaviBaba Sehgal, Sravana Bhargavi2:58
4."Nachchavura"M.M. Keeravani & Anantha SreeramSri Ramachandra, Chaitra3:57
5."Nath Nath"ChandraboseJassie Gift, Sunidhi Chauhan4:09
6."Chiranjeeva"ChandraboseLV Revanth, Shreya Ghoshal, Geetha Madhuri4:39
7."Ambadari (Remix)"Chandrabose, Achu (remix)Anuj Gurwara, Geetha Madhuri, Kala Bhairava3:45
8."Vasudhara"Chandrabose, Balesh (Shehnai)M.M. Keeravani, Shweta Pandit5:00
9."Badrinath Theme"Chaitanya PrasadPerformed by Twin Cities Choir & Programmed by Dinesh2:14
Total length:35:49


59th Filmfare Awards South[edit]

TSR-TV9 Awards-2011[edit]

CineMAA Awards[edit]

Home video[edit]

The Telugu DVD was released by Aditya Videos on 24 October 2011 with a purchase price of $7.99 in NTSC Video Format and Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio Format with English subtitles.[22] The Blu-ray Disc was released by Aditya Videos on 17 November 2011 with a purchase price of $24.99 in NTSC Video Format and Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio Format with English subtitles.[23] The Malayalam DVD was released by Empire Videos. Also the rights of the Malayalam version were sold to Mazhavil Manorama and the Hindi version was sold to Hindi channel Colors. The film was certified U/A by the CBFC for video release, with some cuts including reduction in violent sequences.


  1. ^ Video on YouTube
  2. ^ "Badrinath – Movie Reviews, Videos, Wallpapers, Photos, Cast & Crew, Story & Synopsis on". 4 December 2010. Archived from the original on 23 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Badrinath Total Collections".
  4. ^ First Look: Allu Arjun's Badrinath
  5. ^ Allu Arjun learns practicing martial arts for Badrinath
  6. ^ Badrinath is in no way related to Magadheera
  7. ^ Shooting Badrinath in the Himalayas
  8. ^ Stylish star makes debut in Tamil
  9. ^ Badrinath`s K`wood plans go awry
  10. ^ Allu’s Badrinath vs. Sallu’s Ready
  11. ^ "Badrinath completes 50days in 187 theatres". The Times of India. 3 August 2011.
  12. ^ Interview with Allu Arjun
  13. ^ Allu Arjun's Julayi beats Badrinath collection at Box Office
  14. ^ Dookudu sweeps Filmfare awards for year 2011
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  17. ^ ‘Badrinath’ releases with an ‘A’ certificate
  18. ^ "Telugu Movie review – Badrinath". Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  19. ^ "Badrinath Movie Reviews, Badrinath Review, Badrinath Movie Review, Badrinath Critics Review – FilmiBeat". FilmiBeat.
  20. ^ "Badrinath Audio Release".
  21. ^ "The 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011(South)". The Times of India. 8 July 2012.
  22. ^ "Description – Badrinath Telugu DVD".
  23. ^ "Description – Badrinath Telugu Blu Ray".

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