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Directed by Gautham Menon
Produced by G.Sivaraju
Written by Gautham Menon
Screenplay by Gautham Menon
Story by Gautham Menon
Based on Kaakha Kaakha (2003)
Starring Venkatesh
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography R.D. Rajashekar
Edited by Anthony
Geeta Chitra International
Release date
  • 30 July 2004 (2004-07-30)
Running time
159 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Gharshana English: Inertia) is a 2004 Telugu action film produced by G.Sivaraju & C.Venkatraju on Geeta Chitra International banner, directed by Gautham Menon.[1] Starring Venkatesh and Asin played the lead roles and music composed by Harris Jayaraj.

It is a remake of the 2003 Tamil film success Kaakha Kaakha. Jyothika was the initial cast instead of Asin. The film initially received mixed reviews from audience due to lack of commercial elements, slow narration and dry scenes, but later received hugely positive reviews and turned out to be a Blockbuster at the box office.


Rama Chandra (Daggubati Venkatesh) is the Deputy Commissioner of Police of Hyderabad City. His upbringing as an orphan and the special nature of his job as a policeman have left him reluctant to form relationships with women. He doesn't have much faith in the judicial system and seeks to 'eliminate' the criminals in the town through encounters.

Rama Chandra, however, has fallen in love with Maya (Asin Thottumkal). She is a school teacher and has fallen in love with him. Initially, he shuns her love, fearing that his enemies might cause harm to her. But her love is so deep for him that she is willing to take this risk, and they are married.

In one of his encounters, Rama Chandra kills Das, an Orissa-based leader of a criminal family, and his troubles begin. Das’ brother Panda (Salim Baig) resolves to take revenge on Rama Chandra for the death of his brother by targeting Chandra's friends and family members. Maya is kidnapped by these villains and her husband sets out to rescue her and to free Hyderabad City of this criminal menace at the same time. Despite facing growing horror and betrayal at every step, Rama Chandra defeats Panda and his mafia, and also rescuing his wounded wife. The ending scene features Rama Chandra a few months later, calling out to his wife 'Maya' and both leaving in a car.



Film score by Harris Jayaraj
Released 2004
Genre Soundtrack
Length 30:12
Label Aditya Music
Producer Harris Jayaraj
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Kaakha Kaakha

Music composed by Harris Jayaraj. All songs are blockbusters. Lyrics are written by Kula Shekar. Music released by ADITYA Music Company. (The soundtrack of Kaakha Kaakha was retained in the Telugu remake except "Andagaada" and "Ye Chilipi".)

Track list
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Cheliya Cheliya" KK, Suchitra 5:19
2. "Nanne Nanne" Tippu, Pop Shalini 5:53
3. "Ye Chilipi" Srinivas 5:14
4. "Andagaada" Harini 5:20
5. "Aadatanamaa" Sunitha Sarathy,Febi Mani 4:48
6. "Theme Music" Instrumental 2:17
Total length: 30:12

Character map of remakes[edit]

Kaakha Kaakha
Dandam Dashagunam
Surya Venkatesh John Abraham Chiranjeevi Sarja
Jyothika Asin Genelia Ramya
Jeevan Salim Baig Vidyut Jamwal P. Ravi Shankar


Gautham Menon subsequently remade the film in the Telugu language for producer Venkata Raju and went on to claim that the new version was better than the previous version.[2] Jyothika was initially expected to play the lead role, but was later replaced by Asin.[3]


Idlebrain wrote: "The second half starts in an interesting style and it loses the steam as the climax approaches. The plus points of this film are music, Venkatesh, photography and stylish taking. The negative points are slow narration, lack of Telugu commercial elements, dry scenes and lack of substance. This film has got more style and less substance".[4] Indiaglitz wrote: "the film redeems itself due to the technical excellence and masterful craft of Gowtham. In that, he has married the best of Ram Gopal Varma and Manirathnam (urban finesse, short, crisp and natural dialogues and getting the best out of his music director)".[5] Fullhyderabad wrote: "The action fans will love this movie. The encounters are sadistically gory! And that forms half of the movie".[6] Sify wrote: "Speed, style and sparkle are the essence of Gharshana".[7]


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