Gautamiputra Satakarni (film)
|Produced by||Y. Rajeev Reddy|
Bibo Srinivas (Presenter)
|Music by||Chirantan Bhatt|
|Cinematography||Gnana Shekar V.S|
|Edited by||Suraj Jagtap|
Rama Krishna Arram
Gautamiputra Satakarni (English: Satakarni, son of Gautami) is a 2017 Telugu epic historical action drama film produced by Y. Rajeev Reddy, Jagarlamudi Saibabu on First Frame Entertainment banner and directed by Krish. The film stars Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shriya Saran, Hema Malini in the lead roles and music composed by Chirantan Bhatt. The film is based on the life of 2nd century AD Satavahana ruler Gautamiputra Satakarni. The film is Nandamuri Balakrishna's 100th film released on jan 12th around 1320 screens worldwide. The film was dubbed in Hindi by the same name, distributed by Aditya Movies Pliovevt Ltd.
Gautamiputra Satakarni (Nandamuri Balakrishna) is 2nd century AD Satavahana ruler of Amaravati whose childhood dream is to unite & get all the 32 kingdoms in the country under one roof, to stop internal collisions between the rulers and establish peace. He takes oath on his mother Gautami Balashri (Hema Malini) and starts his mission at the age of 18 and he gives only two options to the kings on his way either peace by surrendering their sword or the war. After 18 long years, he takes entire South India under his control. Time being, Satakarni marries Vashishthi Devi (Shriya Saran) and they have a son Pulumavi (Master Snehit Chowdary). On the other side,Nahapana (Kabir Bedi) important ruler of the Western Kshatrapas, is a very powerful & villainous person who forcibly lockups the princes of his feudatory kingdoms as royal prisoners to protect his kingdom by 4 sides. Now it is a difficult task to Satakarni to reach Nahapana, so, he uses a strategy and decides to go along with his son Pulumavi to the battlefield to which Vashishthi opposes still he ruthlessly does so. Parallelly, Demetrius (David Manucharov) the Greek Emperor is waiting at the border for the result of their battle, thereafter to conquer the country. Meanwhile, Satakarni moves towards Nahapana's dynasty, on the way, he assures the feudatory kings' to safeguard & secure their children. Finally, he reaches Nahapana's fort destroys him, protects the princes and brings the entire country under one flag and slaps his thigh.
After that, Satakarni returns to Amaravathi, brings the 32 swords which he has obtained from the rulers of India when Gautami Balashri orders to make a powerful sword by melting these 32 swords. Everybody welcomes him with great enlightenment & joy, but his wife Vashishthi is fed-up his dictatorial mentality and decides to leave him. But now he has to perform Rajasuya Yaaga, a grand ritual which is impossible without a wife. So, on request of her mother-in-law, Vashishthi agrees to stay until its completion. During the time of ritual, the Emperor most give Agra Pooja special honor to the top most person in the kingdom, Satakarni gives it to his mother by spreading the greatness of women and there onwards, he changes his name as Gautamiputra Satakarni and he also name's his son as Vasishthiputra Pulumavi where his wife Vasishthi realizes her mistake and understands virtue of her husband. Here Satakarni declares a new era calling Salivahana Sakha and the day starting as Ugadi. On that night Kanjira (Milind Gunaji) one of the feudatory kings backstabs by aiding Demetrius and makes his men enter into the fort to knock out Satakarni but Gautami Balashri protects her son by breaking up their tactics.
Now Satakarni learns that Demetrius has arrived into the borders of Sindhu Kingdom to conquer the country, whose army is 10 times more than him. Even then he gets ready for the final battle. At that point in time, his wife Vashishthi gets few bad signs that someone has poisoned her husband. So, she requests him not to avoid this battle when Satakarni explains her regarding his childhood dream of uniting the entire country which he had done so, now he has to protect it from invaders by exorcizing them. So, he doesn't have a choice except for the victory or heroic paradise. Gauthami Balasri consults a Bhikkhu explains him regarding these bad signs who gives anti-dote to the poison. At last, Satakarni reaches the Sindhu Kingdom, during the first day of battle, Satakrani destroys almost half of the Greek army. There, Demetrius understands it is difficult to conquer India until Satakarni is alive. So, he makes a false play by poisoning Satakrani through a women Athena (Farah Karimae) by sending her as a messenger. Next day, when Satakarni is under treatment all other Kings are under dichotomy whether to fight or return, but they understand the real aim of Satakarni is not only to win the country but he also wants to develop unity among them, so they all decide either to win or die in the battle. Meanwhile, Satakarni wakes up from the deathbed, reaches the battlefield,now slapping both thighs simultaneously he defeats Demetrius and leaves him alive, saying to spread the world that no one can destroy the unity of India ,Jai Chennakesava.
- Nandamuri Balakrishna as Gautamiputra Satakarni
- Shriya Saran as Vashishthee Devi
- Hema Malini as Gautami Balashri
- Kabir Bedi as Nahapana
- Milind Gunaji as Kanjira
- David Manucharov as Demetrius
- Farah Karimae as Athena
- Ravi Prakash as Gandaraya
- Tanikella Bharani as Deva Dattudu
- Subhalekha Sudhakar
- Shiva Rajkumar as Kalahasteeshwara (cameo appearance)
|Film score by|
|Released||26 December 2016|
|Chirantan Bhatt chronology|
Music composed by Chirantan Bhatt. Music released on Lahari Music Company. The Audio launch was held at Sri Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Municipal High School Grounds, Tirupati on 26 December 2016. Central Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu attended the function as chief guests, along with hundreds of industry stalwarts.
|1.||"Ekimeedaa"||Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry||Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal||3:46|
|2.||"Gana Gana Gana"||Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry||Simha, Anand Bhaskar, Vamsi||3:25|
|3.||"Mrignayanaa"||Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry||SP Balu, Shreya Ghoshal||4:57|
|4.||"Saaho Saarvabowma Saaho"||Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry||Vijay Prakash, Keerthi Sagathia||3:25|
|5.||"Singhamu Pai Langhinchenu (Kadhaa Gaanam)"||Sai Madhav||Vijay Prakash||4:23|
The film was officially announced on 8 April 2016, on eve of Ugadi at Andhra Pradesh's proposed capital city Amaravati. The movie opening was held at Hyderabad on 22 April 2016, with eminent personalities like K. Chandrasekhar Rao, T. Harish Rao, Chiranjeevi, Venkatesh, K. Raghavendra Rao, Dasari Narayana Rao, Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, Boyapati Srinu, Sai Korrapati, Sriwass, and Akkineni Ramesh Prasad in attendance. The search for the female lead had been going on for long, as actresses like Anushka Shetty and Nayanthara were on the verge of signing. Finally, actress Shriya Saran was signed on as the lead heroine, after being successful in Telugu with various projects. Bollywood veteran actress Hema Malini is playing Balakrishna's character's mother, Gautami Balashri. Actually Devi Sri Prasad was primarily selected as music director but has quit project because he couldn't adjust the dates, after he left the project top most music directors like Ilaiyaraaja, M. M. Keeravani are taken into consideration but finally Chirantan Bhatt is the music director. Neeta Lulla is designing costumes and jewellery for the film.
Nandamuri Balakrishna honoured Hema Malini with a saree as a surprise gift on the sets of the film on 4 September 2016, which is currently underway in Rajasthan. The film first look teaser released on 11 October 2016 at 10:15 a.m on the occasion of Vijayadashami and trailer launched on 16 December 2016 at Tirumala theatre in Karimnagar, Telangana.
Srivathsan Nadadhur of The Hindu gives it a 4/5 rating saying "The film talks of Telugu identity, re-emphasises Amaravati’s cultural significance, talks of a borderless society, gives Shriya a role of a lifetime and yet remains a Balakrishna film, an achievement for Krish in only his seventh outing." Murali Krishna of Telangana Today says "Gautamiputra Satakarni perfectly blends with the persona of Balakrishna. It is an achievement to bring the lesser-known details of an unsung hero to spotlight and Krish has succeeded in crafting a gripping narrative right from the word go". 10TV editor Kathi Mahesh gives it 4/5 rating saying "You will know about the Telugu's history and how they contributed to the nation."  IdleBrain Jeevi gives it 3.25/5 rating and says "a film like Gautamiputra Satakarni should be encouraged by watching in theaters because it introduces us our own Telugu hero who ruled the unified nation."  HMTV Film bureau chief Prabhu was in all praise for the movie saying "Krish (director) gave a movie which would make the Telugu's proud and Balakrishna acted in it" and gives it a rating 4/5 but adds that instead of numbers this is a movie to be visited/reviewed in a different way. Suresh Kavirayani of Deccan Chronicle gives it a 3.5/5 rating saying "Gautamiputra Satakarni is an original story and everyone, especially the Telugu population, should know about it. Krish should be appreciated for coming up with a script like this and narrating it in interestingly. The film is also memorable for its content and the excellent performance by Balayya. Kannada superstar Shiva Rajkumar appears in a cameo and stuns in it.". H Kumar of Firstpost says "Gautamiputra Satakarni is part inspirational, part patriotic that implores Telugu-speaking populace across the world to be proud of their roots. And in doing so, Krish has once again proved himself to be a fascinating storyteller who isn't afraid to walk a less-traveled path."
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