Gaddalakonda Ganesh

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Gaddalakonda Ganesh
Gaddalakonda Ganesh poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHarish Shankar
Produced byRam Achanta
Gopichand Achanta
Written byHarish Shankar (dialogues)
Based onJigarthanda
by Karthik Subbaraj
StarringVarun Tej
Pooja Hegde
Mirnalini Ravi
Music byMickey J. Meyer
CinematographyAyananka Bose
Edited byChota K Prasad
Release date
  • 20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)
Running time
174 minutes
Box office₹42.5 crores[1]

Gaddalakonda Ganesh is a 2019 Indian Telugu-language action thriller film directed by Harish Shankar and produced by Ram Achanta and Gopichand Achanta on 14 Reels Plus banner.[2][3] A remake of the 2014 Tamil film Jigarthanda, the film features Varun Tej, Atharvaa, Pooja Hegde, and Mirnalini Ravi.[3][4][5] This film marks the Telugu debut of Atharvaa and Mirnalini.[6][7]. The movie was titled as Valmiki but after several controversies and a court case, the title was changed to Gaddalakonda Ganesh.


An assistant director named Abhilash (Atharvaa) says that he would make a good film within a year's time and goes in search of a villain. He wants to make a story of a real life villain. Gaddalakonda Ganesh (Varun Tej) is a gangster in the town of Gaddhalakonda. Abhi lands in Gaddhalakonda and starts learning about Ganesh. After initial trouble, Ganesh narrates his love story with Devi (Pooja Hegde) and his life to Abhi. He also agrees to allow the filmmaker to make a movie on his life, but he wants to essay his role on his own. Thus Seeti Maar film starring Ganesh begins. How this filmmaker achieves his goal forms the rest of the story.




On 26 January of 2019, the movie officially launched. Dil Raju, Sukumar graced the launch and proceedings took place at Ramanaidu Film Studios.[5]

The production on the film started from February 2019.[11] Atharvaa joined on set for shooting in March 2019.[12] Similarly involvement of Pooja Hegde was confirmed by the team in July.[4] Mickey J. Meyer replaced Devi Sri Prasad as music director who was initially announced.[3]


Gaddalakonda Ganesh
Soundtrack album by
Released5 September 2019 (2019-09-05)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSony Music
Saregama(Elluvachi Godaramma)
Mickey J. Meyer chronology
Oh! Baby
Gaddalakonda Ganesh
Iddari Lokam Okate

The soundtrack is composed by Mickey J. Meyer and lyrics by Bhaskarbhatla Ravikumar and Vanamali. The song "Elluvachi Godaramma" is a remix of the song of the same name from the 1982 film Devatha.

Track list
1."Jarra Jarra"Bhaskarbhatla RavikumarAnurag Kulkarni, Uma Neha3:01
2."Gagana Veedhilo"VanamaliAnurag Kulkarni, Sweta Subramanian3:15
3."Waka Waka"ChandraboseAnurag Kulkarni, Mickey J Meyer3:27
4."Elluvachi Godaramma"Veturi Sundarama MurthyS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela 


Protests and release stalled[edit]

Valmiki being from Boya Community, many people from that community protested to change the name of the movie as they are showing the lead actor in negative role. When shooting for the film in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh , the Boya community attacked the film crew and shooting was cancelled.[13]

The release of the movie was stalled in Anantapur and Kurnool districts of Andhra Pradesh by their respective district collectors as Boya community was protesting for title change of the movie.[14]

Court case[edit]

In September 2019, Boya Hakkula Porata Samithi filed a petition in the Telangana High Court and Andhra Pradesh Valmiki Boya Sangam (APVBS)[15] In AP High Court with PIL No:139/2019 by State General Secretary Kranthi Naidu Boya contending that the title hurt sentiments as the name of great saint as Valmiki was being used for a character that donning the role of a villain.[16]

Title change[edit]

Poster released indicating the change of the film's title

With many controversies over the movie's title and release stalling in some areas, the title was changed to Gaddalakonda Ganesh from Valmiki only hours prior to the release of the film.[2][17]

Marketing and release[edit]

In June 2019, 14 Reels Plus released pre teaser on social media platforms. On 15 August 2019 the team released teaser and started promoting with releasing singles from the album.[18] The official trailer of the film was unveiled by 14 Reels Plus on 9 September 2019.[19]

The film was scheduled to be released on 13 September 2019, however to avoid direct clash with Nani's Gang Leader it was postponed by a week, scheduling the release on 20 September.[20][21].


Neeshita Nyayapati writing for The Times of India has given 3.5/5 rating praising Varun Tej's performance as gangster.[8]

Banda Kalyan writing for Sakshi gave 3/5 rating point out only drawback of the film is forced comedy and how people are simply laughing onscreen while watching a film about a gangster[22].

Sangeetha Devi writing for The Hindu suggested this adaptation raises a toast to the cinema more importantly showcases the power of the director [23].


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