Bharat Ane Nenu

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Bharat Ane Nenu
Bharat Ane Nenu poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKoratala Siva
Produced byDVV Danayya
Written byKoratala Siva
Music byDevi Sri Prasad
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Release date
  • 20 April 2018 (2018-04-20)
Running time
174 minutes
Budget65 crore[1]
Box officeest. 187.6–225 crore[2][1]

Bharat Ane Nenu (transl. I, Bharat) is a 2018 Indian Telugu-language political action film written and directed by Koratala Siva. The film stars Mahesh Babu and Kiara Advani, alongside a supporting cast including Prakash Raj, R. Sarathkumar, Aamani, Devaraj, Posani Krishna Murali, P. Ravi Shankar, Yashpal Sharma, Rao Ramesh, and Brahmaji.[3] The music was composed by Devi Sri Prasad, while A. Sreekar Prasad edited the film.

The film follows Bharat, an Oxford university student who returns to India following the demise of his father, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. Disillusioned by the corruption he encounters, Bharat decides to bring about a change in the system after becoming the new chief minister, eventually making enemies.

The film was released theatrically on 20 April 2018.


Bharat Ram, a brilliant and curious student, graduates with his 5th degree from Oxford. After celebrating, his uncle tells him that his father Raghava Rao, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (pre-division), passed away from a stroke. Bharat flies home and reminisces.

As a child, Bharat spent most of his time with his mother and best friend Subash next door as his father was busy setting up a political party with his best friend Varadarajulu, the party president. After breaking a small promise, his mother scolds him and tells him about the importance of commitments. She dies in her sleep afterwards, impacting Bharat immensely. Raghava Rao then takes care of him at home, but Varadarajulu tells him that he must prepare for the upcoming elections and suggests he remarry to give Bharat a new mother. He agrees, having another child, Siddharth, with his new wife. Bharat's attempts to bond with his stepmother fail, so he spends more time at Subash's house. Soon, Subash's parents get jobs in London, and Bharat wants to go with them. After some time Raghava Rao agrees.

After the flashback, Bharat arrives in India and attends his father's funeral amid heavy media attention and speculation over who the next Chief Minister will be. Varadarajulu tells Bharat that his father, an asthmatic, had to be hospitalized due to the cold and that the final rites were completed by Siddharth because of Raghava Rao's death caused public disarray and they couldn't wait for him. Bharat then drives around the city and gets frustrated by the chaotic atmosphere. Varadarajulu introduces him to many politicians, including opposition party leader Sripathi Rao and his son Manohar. As Bharat prepares to return to London, Varadarajulu cancels his ticket, explaining that he should be the next CM. Bharat objects and asks Varadarajulu to accede instead, but he opposes based on his position and intra-party conflict. Bharat reluctantly agrees and becomes CM despite his inexperience. However, his strict policies and novel ideas restore law and order and become popular with the public, earning the opposition's ire. One day, he sees a girl named Vasumathi and instantly falls in love with her. Bharat surprises Vasumathi by calling her and asks her out about, kindling romance. Later, he finds out that many politicians are laundering money and tries to expose Manohar. However, Varadarajulu stops the investigation and invites Bharat to the politicians' small party, where their collaboration and scheming surprise him. He decides to remove all this corruption from politics.

Ramana and other villagers come to Bharat in tears, explaining how their MLA, fellow party member Damu, is unhelpful and corrupt. Now, his son is replacing him, and they seek guidance. Bharat tells Ramana to run against him. Damu's henchmen kill many villagers in return, so Bharat sends undercover police officers to protect Ramana. Damu's police officers attempt to murder Ramana at his cinema hall, but Bharat arrives in time. Damu proclaims that Bharat is only powerful due to his bodyguards. After Bharat alone defeats his henchmen, however, Damu retreats. Bharat soon decides local governance must be instated, which succeeds despite the assembly's disapproval. However, Varadarajulu exposes Bharat's relationship with Vasumathi, causing a scandal and accusations of nepotism since she now works with him. Bharat resigns, Varadarajulu becomes Chief Minister, and Vasumathi and her father move to their native village.

Bharat arranges a press meet, where he attacks their sensationalism. Afterwards, his friend, ACP Krishna IPS, tells him they found a reporter hiding in a village. Bharat, along with Bhaskar and Security Officer Mukthar, go there and learn the reporter met with Raghava Rao before his death and proved Varadarajulu's corruption to him. As they leave, Mukthar gets shot in an ambush. Bharat takes him to a hospital and spots Varadarajulu's henchmen, so they escape again. Bharat eventually fights them in an abandoned area. As an army of goons shows up, the villagers arrive to protect him. They follow Bharat to Varadarajulu's office, where they face off. Varadarajulu reveals that he tampered with Raghava Rao's medicines to slowly paralyze and kill him. Finally, all the corrupt politicians are jailed, and Varadarajulu commits suicide. Bharat once again becomes Chief Minister, and proposes marriage to Vasumathi in her village.




DVV Danayya announced that they would produce a film with Mahesh Babu directed by Koratala Siva in mid-2016. Devi Sri Prasad (DSP) was chosen to do the music for this film.


Kiara Advani played the role of the Chief Minister's girlfriend. Sarath Kumar was roped in to play the role of Mahesh Babu's father, and Prakash Raj signed in to play the antagonist.

Actor Devaraj, who played prominent antagonistic roles in Telugu cinemas in the first decade of the 21st century, was noted to appear in a Telugu film after a gap of 11 years through Bharat Ane Nenu, where he played the role of leader of the opposition party.


Stunt duo Ram-Laxman performed the stunt choreography for this film. The dance choreography was performed by Raju Sundaram, Dinesh Kumar, and Raghu.


"I Don't Know", the first South Indian song sung by Farhan Akhtar, was shot in Spain with Mahesh Babu and was choreographed by Raju Sundaram.


Bharat Ane Nenu
Soundtrack album by
Released7 April 2018
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelLahari Music
ProducerDevi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
Bharat Ane Nenu
Saamy Square

The soundtrack of the film was composed by Devi Sri Prasad. The album features five songs, out of which three of them were released as singles. The first single "Bharat Ane Nenu" was released on 25 March 2018, at the occasion of Ram Navmi. The second single "I Don't Know" was launched on 1 April 2018.Farhan Akhtar lent his voice for the song "I Don't Know", which is first time for a South Indian movie. The third track "Vachaadayyo Swami", was released on 6 April 2018. The soundtrack was launched at the pre-release event which took place in the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium on 7 April 2018, with N. T. Rama Rao Jr. being the chief guest.[4]

All lyrics are written by Ramajogayya Sastry.

1."Bharat Ane Nenu (The Song Of Bharat)"David Simon05:15
2."I Don't Know"Farhan Akhtar04:28
3."Vachaadayyo Saami"Kailash Kher, Divya Kumar05:23
4."Ide Kalala Vunnadhe"Andrea Jeremiah04:32
5."O Vasumathi"Yazin Nizar, Rita05:11
Total length:24:34


Bharat Ane Nenu was released theatrically on 20 April 2018.[5] The film's dubbed versions were released in Tamil and Hindi. The Tamil dubbed version titled Bharat Ennum Naan was released on 31 May 2018[6] while the Hindi dubbed version titled Dashing CM Bharath was released on 2 November 2018.[7]


Critical reception[edit]

Hemanth Kumar of Firstpost wrote "Mahesh Babu, Koratala Siva deliver an intense political drama". Kumar also said, "He (Siva) has shown yet again that there’s plenty of drama when a normal guy takes an uncommon path. Bharat might have become the messiah of the state in the story, but it’s Mahesh Babu who leaves a long lasting impression in the end. Two big thumbs up for the film. It delivers more than what it promises" giving 4 stars out of 5.[8] Priyanka Sundar of Hindustan Times gave the film 3 stars out of 5, saying "Mahesh Babu as CM ushers in a new era. Mahesh Babu has the best of what commercial cinema has to offer – a strong subject, a tight film and a role he can chew on."[9]

Suhas Yellapantula of The Times of India rated the 3.5 stars out of 5, mentioning "Bharat Ane Nenu gives you a lot to root for and provides a bang for your buck but lacks the finesse that makes for a good political thriller.".[10] Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu wrote, "This promise ticks the right boxes. Bharat Ane Nenu deserves a thumbs up for its well thought out plot and nuanced characters. Keeping us hooked to the narrative are Mahesh Babu, accompanied by Prakash Raj in another winsome and complex role, Rahul Ramakrishna, Rao Ramesh, Brahmaji and Kiara Advani among others. Kiara is impressive.".[11]

Box office[edit]

Bharat Ane Nenu grossed between 187.6–225 crore in its full theatrical run including other versions.[2][1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date of ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
6 January 2019 Zee Cine Awards Telugu Best Dialogues Koratala Siva Won [12]
Best Find of the year - Female Kiara Advani Won
15 & 16 August 2019 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Film – Telugu DVV Entertainments Nominated [13]
Best Actor – Telugu Mahesh Babu Nominated
Best Debut Actress – Telugu Kiara Advani Nominated
Best Playback Singer Male – Telugu Kailash Kher Nominated
21 December 2019 Filmfare Awards South Best Film – Telugu Bharat Ane Nenu Nominated [14]
Best Director – Telugu Koratala Siva Nominated
Best Actor – Telugu Mahesh Babu Nominated


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  2. ^ a b "Top 5 highest grossing Telugu films of 2018 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
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  4. ^ T-Series Telugu (7 April 2018), Bharat Ane Nenu Jukebox | Bharat Ane Nenu Songs | Mahesh Babu | Devi Sri Prasad, Ramajogayya Shastry, retrieved 8 April 2018
  5. ^ "Mahesh Babu's Bharat Ane Nenu gets U/A certificate, to release on April 20". Hindustan Times. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
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  7. ^ "Dashing CM Bharath ( Bharat ane nenu ) Hindi dubbed movie - Release Date Confirm - Mahesh Babu". YouTube. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Bharat Ane Nenu movie review: Mahesh Babu, Koratala Siva deliver an intense political drama". 20 April 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  9. ^ Sundar, Priyanka (20 April 2018). "Bharat Ane Nenu movie review: Mahesh Babu as CM ushers in a new era". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  10. ^ Yellapantula, Suhas (20 April 2018). "bharat ane nenu movie review". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  11. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (20 April 2018). "'Bharat Ane Nenu' review: This promise ticks the right boxes". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Tollywood's first and biggest Awards event of the Year on Zee Telugu". Zee News. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  13. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2019: Here's a complete list of nominees". The Times of India. 19 July 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  14. ^ "Nominations for the 66th Filmfare Awards (South) 2019". Filmfare. Retrieved 20 December 2019.

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