Bodyguard (2012 film)

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Bodyguard
Bodyguard telugu.jpg
Movie Poster
Directed by Gopichand Malineni
Produced by Bellamkonda Suresh
Written by Kona Venkat
(dialogues)
Screenplay by Gopichand Malineni
Story by Siddique
Based on Bodyguard
by Siddique
Starring Venkatesh
Trisha
Saloni Aswani
Music by S. Thaman
Cinematography Shyam K. Naidu
Edited by Gautham Raju
Production
company
Sri Sai Ganesh Productions
Distributed by WalkerIBC Studios
Release date
  • 14 January 2012 (2012-01-14)
Running time
155 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 300 million (US$4.7 million)
Box office 550 million (US$8.5 million)[1]

Bodyguard is a 2012 Telugu comedy-drama film produced by Bellamkonda Suresh on Sri Sai Ganesh Productions banner, directed by Gopichand Malineni. Straring Venkatesh, Trisha in the lead roles and music composed by S. Thaman. It was the remake of Malayalam film Bodyguard directed by Siddique where Dileep and Nayantara played the lead role. The film released on 14 January 2012. The film recorded as Super Hit at the box-office.

Plot[edit]

Venkatadri (Venkatesh) is a tough bodyguard who is assigned to protect the family of Varadarajula Naidu (Prakash Raj). Keerthi (Trisha Krishnan) is the college going daughter of Naidu and Venkatadri accompanies her to the college to keep a watch. Fed up with the close scrutiny maintained by Venkatadri, Keerthi hatches a plan with her friend Swathi (Saloni Aswani) to divert Venkatadri’s attention. Keerthi tries to get away from Venkatedri by calling him from a private number. Venkatadri falls in love with the girl without knowing that it is Keerthi herself. At one point, Keerthi too feels herself becoming attracted to Venkatadri and expresses her desire to meet him in person. She tells Venkatadri to meet at a railway station and elope with her. Venkatadri agrees, unaware it is Keerthi.

Naidu comes to think that Venkatadri and Keerthi are going to run away. In order to save Venkatadri from Naidu's anger, Keerthi lies that Venkatadri is meeting another girl at the train station. Naidu lets Venkatadri leave as he is desperate but tells his henchmen to kill Venkatadri if a girl does not come there at the station (which implies that Keerthi loves Venkatadri). Terrified, Keerthi sends Swathi to the station and tells her to tell Venkatadri that she is the lover and that she won't be able to make it to the station. Swathi, seeing Venkatadri, falls in love after all that has happened, and pretends that she is the lover. Keerthi calls her, but Swathi throws the cell phone away, hoping to erase Keerthi from his life completely.

Many years later, after Venkatadri and Swathi's marriage, they have a son. Swathi passes away shortly after. However, before her death, she leaves a diary for her son that outlines the whole story between the phone calls of Venkatadri and Keerthi and their love. The son later goes to Keerthi's house with Venkatadri to visit an elderly Naidu. Venkatadri is shocked that Keerthi has remained unmarried. The son asks Keerthi to come with him and become his mother and Venkatadri is angry at his son for saying something so blunt and rude. But Naidu begs Venkatadri to take Keerthi as his wife. So they go on to the train together but the son runs away before leaving and throws the diary into a trashcan nearby. Venkatadri finds the diary and realizes soon that his real lover, the girl who had waited for him for so many years faithfully, was Keerthi. He calls Keerthi on her cell phone and addresses her as Bangaram. Keerthi is overwhelmed with joy and happiness, realizing that Venkatadri has come to know the truth and her identity. She runs toward Venkatadri and they both hug each other while his son is happily watching them.

Cast[edit]

Trisha Krishnan was selected as lead heroine marking her third collaboration with Venkatesh.

Soundtrack[edit]

Bodyguard
Soundtrack album by S. Thaman
Released 13 December 2011 (2011-12-13)
Recorded 2011
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 24:30
Label Aditya Music
Producer S. Thaman
S. Thaman chronology
Mouna Guru
(2011)
Bodyguard
(2011)
Businessman
(2011)

Music composed by S. Thaman. Music released on ADITYA Music Company. The music was launched on 13 December 2011 at Shilpakala Vedika.[2]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Body Guard" Bhaskarabhatla Baba Sehgal, Ramya, Naveen Madhav 3:26
2. "Hosannaa" Anantha Sreeram Rahul Nambiar, Sri Vardhini 4:42
3. "Oh My God" Anantha Sreeram Ranjith, Geetha Madhuri,Bindu 4:37
4. "Yevvaro" Sri Mani Karthik 4:37
5. "Jiyajaley" Ramajogayya Sastry Haricharan, Harini 4:12
6. "Endhukoo" Ramajogayya Sastry S. Thaman,Haricharan 2:12
Total length: 24:30

Character map of Bodyguard and its remakes[edit]

Bodyguard
(Malayalam; 2010)
Kaavalan
(Tamil; 2011)
Bodyguard
(Hindi; 2011)
Bodyguard
(Kannada; 2011)
Bodyguard
(Telugu; 2012)
Bodyguard
(Bengali)
Jayakrishnan
(Dileep)
Bhoominathan
(Vijay)
Lovely Singh
(Salman Khan)
Jayakrishna
(Jaggesh)
Venkatadri
(Venkatesh)

(Shakib Khan)
Ammu
(Nayanthara)
Meera
(Asin)
Divya
(Kareena Kapoor)
Ammu
(Daisy Shah)
Keerthi
(Trisha Krishnan)

(Nipun)
Sethulakshmi
(Mithra Kurian)
Maadhu
(Mithra Kurian)
Maya
(Hazel Keech)
Poorna
(Spoorthi)
Swathi
(Saloni Aswani)
Ashokettan
(Thiagarajan)
Muthuramalingam
(Rajkiran)
Sartaj Rana
(Raj Babbar)
Ashokanna
(Gurudut)
Varadarajula Naidu
(Prakash Raj)

Production[edit]

After finalising on the remake, producer Bellamkonda Suresh and actor Venkatesh approached Siddique, the director of the original Malayalam version to direct the Telugu version. He declined the offer, feeling that after remaking the Malayalam original in Tamil (as Kaavalan) and Hindi (under the same title), "another time would be an overkill for me".[3] Later, Gopichand Malineni was chosen as the director. The first look of the film was revealed in August 2011 through a poster.[4] Soon after action scenes were shot at an aluminium factory at Gachibowli in Hyderabad.[5]

Reception[edit]

General response[edit]

Timesofap.com claimed that Bodyguard opened decently on Day 1 with 100 million (US$1.6 million) with as per netted collections worldwide in the state but has surprisingly improved from then on. The film has earned a worldwide 1st week opening of around 500 million (US$7.8 million).The film has done exceedingly well in Andhra and ceded territories where it has fetched best grosses worldwide.

Critical response[edit]

Bodyguard received generally positive reviews from critics. Hindustan Times rated it 3 out of 5, calling it a "perfect family entertainer".[6] SuperGoodMovies.com predicted that it will do well at the box office "as it has the right mix of commercial elements for the festive audience", rating it 3 out of 5.[7]

Film critic Hemanth Kumar of Postnoon also said that Bodyguard comes with a good package of comedy, drama and romance, and that you could watch it if you haven't watched the original.[8] fullhyd.com's Deepa Garimella rated the film 7/10, calling it "a film with the right ingredients in the right mix".[9] Cinegoer.com's Y Sunita Chowdary also recommended the film, noting that "Venky's films don't make noise but move silently stealthily towards the goal".[10]

StudentLive, a student magazine from Hyderabad, gave this 3/5 saying "It is a decent family entertainer. At the end of the day, it’s a remake and you can watch if you have the stomach for such typical Tollywood stuff."[11][12]

Awards[edit]

Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Saloni Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Venkatesh Body Guard 9th Day Box-office Collections!!! – Body Guard- Venkatesh- Trisha- Body Guard Collections Report". Superwoods.com. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "audi release bodyguard". idlebrain. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Siddique is smitten by Bollywood". The Times of India. 21 August 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "First look: Venkatesh, the Bodyguard". Rediff. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "'Ganga' shoots action scenes – Telugu Movie News". IndiaGlitz. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Indo-Asian News Service (16 January 2012). "Bodyguard Review". Hindustan Times. 
  7. ^ SuperGoodMovies.com (14 January 2012). "Bodyguard Review". Supergoodmovies.com. 
  8. ^ Hemanth Kumar (14 January 2012). "Bodyguard Review". Postnoon. 
  9. ^ Deepa Garimella (14 January 2012). "Bodyguard Review". fullhyd.com. 
  10. ^ Y Sunita Chowdary (14 January 2012). "Bodyguard Review". Cinegoer.com. 
  11. ^ Madhav, Sriram. "Bodyguard Review (Telugu) – Decent Family Entertainer". Movie Review. StudentLive. 
  12. ^ "Body Guard Release on January 12 th,Venkatesh,Trisha Body guard Movie For Sankranthi release – Movie Mantra". Moviemantra.com. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.