Belli (film)

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Belli
Directed by Mussanje Mahesh
Produced by H. R. Rajesh
Screenplay by Mussanje Mahesh
Story by Mussanje Mahesh
Starring Shiva Rajkumar
Vinod Prabhakar
Orata Prashanth
Shishya Deepak
Venkatesh Prasad
Kriti Kharbanda
Music by V. Sridhar
Cinematography K. S. Chandrashekar
Edited by Deepu S. Kumar
Production
company
Yashaswini Cine Creations
Distributed by Dreamweaver Entertainment
Release date
  • 31 October 2014 (2014-10-31)
Running time
147 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

Belli (translation: Silver) is a 2014 Indian Kannada drama film written and directed by Mussanje Mahesh.[1] It stars Shiva Rajkumar in the lead role alongside an ensemble of Vinod Prabhakar, Orata Prashanth, Shishya Deepak and Venkatesh Prasad.[2] Kriti Kharbanda appears as the female lead opposite Shiva. The supporting cast features Sudha Rani, Aravinda Rao and Padma Vasanthi. The plot revolves around the journey of five friends in the Bangalore mafia.

Produced by H. R. Rajesh, filming commenced in March 2014. The cinematography was done by K. S. Chandrashekar and was edited by Deepu S. Kumar. The soundtrack was composed by V. Sridhar. The film opened to mixed reviews from critics upon theatrical release on 31 October 2014

Plot[edit]

Belli alias Basavaraj (Shivarajkumar) migrates from his village to the city in search of a job. He falls into the trap of underworld under the leadership of a don politician (Gurudutt) and earns good money. In a clash between rival gangs, Belli's boss is killed, prompting Belli to vow revenge against the killers. Meanwhile, Belli falls in love with Sneha (Kriti), the sister of a police officer. The plot proceeds to detail Belli's quest to win Sneha's love while he further descends into the depths of the criminal underworld.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Mussanje Mahesh returned to direction with Belli after a three-year hiatus. He wanted to cast Shiva Rajkumar in his film titled Maha Shivaratri which "unfortunately, ... got shelved".[3] He later narrated the story of Belli which Shiva liked and signed to play the eponymous lead. Mahesh said that Shiva's character would be seen "in three shades". Vinod Prabhakar, Prashanth, Deepak and Venkatesh Prasad were cast to play parallel leads alongside Shiva.[4] It was reported in March 2014 that Kriti Kharbanda would play the female lead opposite Shiva.[5]

Filming began on 19 March 2014 in Bangalore. A few days prior to the release Mahesh revealed that Shiva portrays a "mentally unstable character" in the film.[6]

Reception[edit]

The film opened with average to negative reviews from critics who noted the plot's similarities to Shivarajkumar films from the previous decade.[7]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's score and soundtrack were composed by V. Sridhar and the audio was created by Anand Audio. The audio was released on 28 September 2014 in the presence of the film's entire cast and crew. The event was held at a stadium in Bangalore. Minister D. K Shivakumar.,[8] also attended the event. The lyrics are written by Dr. Nagendra Prasad and Kaviraj.

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Belli Belli"Sadhana Sargam 
2."Dhoom Dhamaka"Shankar Mahadevan 
3."Doona Doona"Karthik, Supriya Lohith 
4."Maleya Madayya"Fayaz Khan, Bangalore Boys 
5."Pungi Inda Bandare"Sangeetha Ravindranath 
6."Doona Doona"Shashank Sheshagiri, Supriya Lohith 
7."Belli Belli"Supriya Lohith 

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Belli" Starts Travel". Indiaglitz. 18 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "3 Mass Heroes Plus One in 'Belli'". Indiaglitz. 20 March 2014. 
  3. ^ A. Sharadhaa (18 March 2014). "'I was off Studying the Audience'". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Belli Starts". indiaglitz.com. 20 March 2014. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Joy, Prathibha (28 February 2014). "Kriti Kharbanda in Shivarajkumar's Belli?". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Desai, Dhwani (29 October 2014). "Shivarajkumar plays a mentally unstable character in Belli". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 30 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "'Belli' Movie review". Ibtimes. 31 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "'Belli' Audio Comes". Indiaglitz. 30 September 2014. 

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