Gang Leader (2019 film)

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Nani's Gang Leader
Gang Leader 2019 film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVikram Kumar
Produced byNaveen Yerneni
Y. Ravi Sankar
Mohan Cherukuri
Written byYesteen R
Venkat D. Pati
Priyanka Arul Mohan
Saranya Ponvannan
Music byAnirudh Ravichander
CinematographyMiroslaw Kuba Brozek
Edited byNaveen Nooli
Distributed bySarigama Cinemas (North America)
Release date
  • 13 September 2019 (2019-09-13)
Running time
155 minutes[1]

Gang Leader is a 2019 Indian Telugu-language action comedy film[1] produced by Naveen Yerneni, Y. Ravi Sankar and Mohan Cherukuri under banner of Mythri Movie Makers and directed by Vikram Kumar.[2] The film stars Nani with Lakshmi, Saranya Ponvannan, Priyanka Arul Mohan, Shriya Reddy, Praanya P. Rao, Kartikeya Gummakonda, Priyadarshi Pulikonda, and Vennela Kishore in pivotal roles.[3] The music is composed by Anirudh Ravichander. In this film, 5 women seek the help of a crime novelist to avenge the death of their loved ones.

The film was released on 13 September 2019, after being pushed back from previously scheduled release date of 30 August 2019.[4] Nani's gang leader received mixed reviews from the critics.


Pencil Parthasarathy is the character name of hero and he is a small-time crime novel writer who watches popular English language movies and rewrites their stories as Telugu novels. Meanwhile, a great robbery takes place in the city where 300 crores are stolen by 5 individuals. As soon as the robbery is finished, the 5 are found murdered and the money stolen.

5 sorrowful women (1 aged woman, 1 middle aged woman, 1 young woman, 1 teen and 1 small child) who lost their loved ones (the 5 dead robbers) come together and try to find someone who would help them avenge their loved ones. They approach Pencil to help them figure out the culprit. Pencil, at first, refuses to help them but sensing a good (and probably his first) original story, agrees to help them.

After a few hilarious twists and turns, the rag tag group finally narrows down on their main suspect: Dev.

Dev is a small time ambulance driver turned F1 Racer. As an ambulance driver, Dev never lost a patient due to his skilled and prompt driving of patients to the hospital. However, in order to become a successful race car driver, he needed money. In order to get the money, he joined a group of cancer patients (the original five) who were planning on a robbery to set aside money for their loved ones (the 5 women). After the robbery, Dev kills the 5 men and steals the money and becomes a successful race car driver. Pencil becomes gang leader of those 5 women and decides to take revenge.

In turn of events, Dev comes to know about Pencil and the women, but Pencil outsmarts him. In the end, Pencil and Dev engage in a fight, where Pencil kills Dev by pulling a car on him, and burning his body later. It is revealed in the end that Pencil had also lost his childhood pet, Sravani, on the same day the 5 women lost their loved ones. Pencil publishes his very first original book and dedicates it to all 5 women, along with his pet dog Sravani. Also, Pencil marries Priya and lives happily ever after with the remaining 4 women, considering them his own family.



Soundtrack album by
StudioAlbuquerque Records, Chennai
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSony Music
ProducerAnirudh Ravichander
Anirudh Ravichander chronology

The soundtrack of the film is composed by Anirudh Ravichander and lyrics by Anantha Sriram and Inno Genga.

Track list
1."Ra Ra (Roar of the Revengers)"Anantha SriramPrudhvi Chandra, BasherMax04:05
2."Hoyna Hoyna"Anantha Sriram, Inno GengaInno Genga04:52
3."Ninnu Chuse Anandamlo"Anantha SriramSid Sriram05:33
4."Gang-u Leader"Anantha SriramAnirudh Ravichander03:28

Marketing and release[edit]

The title was announced on 24 February 2019 on the occasion of Nani's birthday. The teaser of the film was released on 23 July 2019 by Mythri Movie Makers.[5][6]

The film was released on 13 September 2019, after being pushed back from previously scheduled release date of 30 August 2019 to avoid clash with Saaho.[4]


Critical reception[edit]

Times of India gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "Nani's Gang Leader tries to tick all the boxes but comes across as a half-hearted attempt, They succeed — but only in parts".[7]

Behindwoods gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "Gang Leader is an inventive, wildly entertaining comedy with a great ensemble performance.".[8]

Great Andhra gave 2.5 out of 5 stars stating "Vikram Kumar’s flat narration has made it a dull affair. “Nani’s Gang Leader” is the weakest movie in Vikram's career so far".[9]

Indian Express gave 2.5 out of 5 stars stating "Gang Leader has its moments, thanks to Nani's effortless presence. He keeps the scenes lively and bright. It is not a bad film but that doesn't mean it is outstanding either".[10]


  1. ^ a b "GANG LEADER". British Board of Film Classification.
  2. ^ "Nani's Gang Leader with Vikram K Kumar has THIS Chiranjeevi connection". Filmfare. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Nani, Vikram Kumar team up for new film Gang Leader, watch video". The Hindustan Times. 25 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Mythri Movie Makers". Mythri Movie Makers on Twitter. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  5. ^ Mythri Movie Makers (23 July 2019), "Nani's Gang Leader Teaser - Karthikeya - Vikram Kumar - Anirudh Ravichander - Mythri Movie Makers", YouTube, retrieved 19 August 2018
  6. ^ "Meet 'Pencil', Nani's character in Gang Leader". The Hindu. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Gang Leader Movie Review : Gang Leader shines in parts but is let down by a haphazard screenplay". TimesofIndia.
  8. ^ "GANG LEADER MOVIE REVIEW". Behindwoods.
  9. ^ "Nani's Gang Leader Review: Unsharpened Pencil". GreatAndhra.
  10. ^ "Gang Leader movie review: A okayish film saved by Nani's performance". IndianExpress.

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