Brahma (2014 film)

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Brahma 2014 Kannada Film Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byR. Chandru
Screenplay byR. Chandru
Story byR. Chandru
Produced byManjunath Babu
Pranitha Subhash
Sara Sharmaa
Shayaji Shinde
CinematographyShekar Chandra
Edited byK M Prakash
Music byGurukiran
Mylari Enterprises
Release date
  • 7 February 2014 (2014-02-07)
Running time
149 minutes
Budget₹ 25 crore [1]
Box office 18.35 crore [2]

Brahma is a 2014 Indian Kannada action historical drama film directed by R. Chandru and produced by Manjunath Babu. The film was dubbed into Telugu.[3] The film stars Upendra playing dual roles though both the roles never appear together onscreen. It also stars Pranitha Subhash and Sara Sharma, while actors Nassar, Rahul Dev, and Shayaji Shinde play other prominent roles. The film spanning four generations, from the 16th to the 21st century, features an original soundtrack by Gurukiran.


The film opens with a lady coming to India from Malaysia. She takes a taxi and wants to go to Brahma's place. The driver then starts telling her about Brahma's life. The movie goes into a flashback. In 1970, Veer Brahma (Nassar) killed two rich men. Then his wife gives birth to a son. The movie then comes back in 2014, ACP Shinde (Sayaji Shinde) is handed the case of Brahma. Pranitha comes and tells her story - Pranitha (Pranitha Subhash) is a girl from Malaysia. She lives with her parents in Malaysia. She saw Brahma (Upendra) helping a beggar. After some events, she falls in love with Brahma. Then Lucky man, (Rangayana Raghu) a millionaire, is also fooled by Brahma. In Malaysia, Bramha killed an international don named Rahul Dev (Rahul Dev). Now we see that Brahma is a Don. Brahma goes to loot his house. There Brahma is living with a new name, Upendra. He works in his father's house. Then we see some comedies of Sadhu (Sadhu Kokila), who is the leader of the servants in the house. Then Pranitha and Lucky man come into that house. One day Brahma is caught by ACP Shinde in that house. Then Brahma's grandfather reveals their past. In 1600 BC A warrior named Brahma (Upendra) is very kind to poor. He gives all his wealth to the poor. But in 1950, their family becomes very poor. Then Veer Brahma says that he will take all the wealth his grandfather gave to others. Then Bramha is taken to court, and he is sentenced to 2 years in jail. There, his father apologizes to him. After two years, Bramha is now the chief minister of Karnataka. The lady came to kill Brahma, but she did not succeed in killing him. She is the wife of Rahul Dev. The movie ends with Upendra saying, Jo janta ko chodkar dourta hai woh leader nehi ho ta, Jo janta ko sath lekar dourta hai wahi ho ta hai leader. In English, this means, Which man runs without the public he is not a leader, but he who runs with the public he is the leader.



Development and casting[edit]

Director R. Chandru, who tasted success from his previous venture Charminar revealed his intention to direct his next venture on 1 April 2013.[4] He announced that he is going to direct Upendra in a film titled Bramha - The Leaderand the shoot for the film will commence in the first week of May. He also announced that the venture would be a Kannada - Telugu bilingual project, and actors from the Kannada and Telugu film industries would be acting in Bramha. He then quickly roped in actors Nassar and Shayaji Shinde to play the pivotal roles.

For the female lead, director approached actress Trisha who turned down the offer citing personal reasons.[5] Later actresses Deeksha Seth and Deepa Sannidhi were considered but could not finalize.[6] Finally, actress Pranitha was signed in to play the role who immediately agreed upon hearing the script.[7]


The principal photography of the film began on 15 May 2013 at the backdrop of the Bangalore Palace, and the audio recording launch began two days prior to this at the Gurukiran studios.[8] After launching in Bangalore Palace and song recording muhurth in Gurukiran Studio, the film team went straight to Lalith Mahal Palace in Mysore for eight days shooting. After this schedule, the director and team are moving to the Bangkok portion of the shooting.


The music is composed by Gurukiran for Anand Audio company and lyrics are written by Kaviraj.[9]

Track listing
1."Tunta Tunta"KavirajShweta Mohan05:10
2."Tingu Tingu"KavirajNakash Aziz, Chaitra H. G.03:45
3."Pesallagi Order Kotte"KavirajGurukiran05:16
4."Brahma"hridaya shivaRanjith, Gurukiran04:50


Critical reception[edit]

The film opened to mostly positive reviews from the critics. rated the film 3.75/5 and called it a brilliant entertainer with a good story, acting, and action.[10] Shyam Prasad of Bangalore mirror rated the film 3/5 saying "Shekar Chandru is at the top of his game. Be it the battle scenes of the 15th century or the car chase in Malaysia, and he makes it look great. Brahma aspires to be a film taken seriously. But in the end, it is just a commercial film."[11] CineLoka rated the film 3.75/5 and called it a "Brilliant Entertainer".[12] Sandesh of One India rated the film 3/5 and said "The director is successful in showing Upendra in five shades. As Upendra is also an admired director among Kannadigas and others, there is a lot of expectations from the movie. Well, to be more accurate, director R Chandru has not disappointed Upendra's fans in the film."[13] The Hans India rated the film 3/5 and said "The film spans four generations and costumes are definitely the talking point. If you are an Uppi fan, you will love this film which is a typical Upendra film which bears all the trademarks of the actor."[14] GS Kumar of the Times of India rated the film 3.5/5 and said, "With complete grip over the lively script laced with witty dialogues, the director has narrated the story excellently keeping the interest alive till the end. Upendra rightly fits into the role and has done a neat job. Though Praneetha's role is limited, her expressions are impressive. Rangayana Raghu is sure to make you laugh with a brilliant performance. Suresh Mangalore and Nazar are graceful. Shekhar Chandra's cinematography is lovely. Music by Gurukiran has nothing much to offer."[15] India Glitz rated the film 7.5/10 saying, "Director R Chandru is scaling heights with big thoughts, big canvas and tremendous marketing skills to promote his product. A successful director with the most successful hero Upendra has not given room for drop for a few seconds in 'Brahma'. He has made such a captivating, concern filled, chilling moments, close to heart at the end of the film 'Brahma' - surely a wholesome entertainer with ingredients well measured and transmitted on the silver screen. Upendra has given different shades required for the acting. He dances well, action is fabulous and looks in different get up is undoubtedly a mass hero. The technical aspects of this film editing, graphics and 16th century well adjusted, 70s shade are convincingly portrayed on the screen."[16]

Box office[edit]

Brahma took a grand opening at the box office by collecting a whopping 36 million on its first day in a record breaking 276 screens and 1076 shows all over Karnataka. Even though release in too many theaters limited the number of houseful screenings, the overall collection was huge. Brahma had a spectacular opening weekend and collected a total of 97.5 million in its opening weekend which is the highest weekend collection for a Kannada movie.[17] The break-up, according to director R Chandru, is 36.5 million (Friday), 24 million (Saturday) and 37 million (Sunday). But collection gradually fades the following week, and It was declared a blockbuster by Box Office India as it ran for 50 days in 35 centres.[18]


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