Jaanu (2020 film)

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Jaanu 2020 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byC. Prem Kumar
Produced byDil Raju
Written byC. Prem Kumar
Mirchi Kiran (Dialogues)
Based on'96
by C. Prem Kumar
Music byGovind Vasantha
CinematographyMahendiran Jayaraju
Edited byPraveen K. L.
Release date
  • 7 February 2020 (2020-02-07)
Running time
151 minutes[2]

Jaanu[3] is an Indian Telugu romantic drama film directed by C. Prem Kumar, remake of his Tamil film '96 bankrolled by Dil Raju on his Sri Venkateswara Creations with Sharwanand and Samantha in the lead roles which was released on February 7, 2020.The film revolves around the reunion of former students from a 2004 high school class fifteen years after their graduation. The reunion also serves as an opportunity for two former lovers, Ram and Janu, to resolve issues surrounding their breakup. The film received positive reviews from critics as well as audience . The performances of the lead actors Samantha and Sharwanand received accolades . It is a remake of its original ‘96’ movie starring Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha Krishnan in lead roles .



In September 2018, Dil Raju bought the remake rights for the Tamil film '96 intending to produce the movie in Telugu.[4] He roped in the original director C. Prem Kumar to helm the remake version too. He made some naunced changes to the original film to suit the Telugu nativity and brought in the original composer Govind Vasantha as the film's music director.[5] On 26 January 2019, Sharwanand and Samantha Akkineni were announced as the lead actors of the film.[6] The film was formally launched on 6 April 2019 on the occasion of Ugadi.[7] Gouri G Kishan and Varsha Bollamma, who were both part of the original, were roped in to reprise their roles as the younger version of Jaanu and Ram's apprentice, respectively.[8][9]

The principal photography was scheduled for fifteen days in Kenya and the unit moved back to Vizag and Hyderabad for various parts of the film.[10] Samantha started shooting for the film in July 2019.[11] The film was wrapped up on 13 October 2019.[12]


Soundtrack album by
ReleasedFebruary 1,2020.
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAditya Music
Think Music India
ProducerGovind Vasantha
Singles from Jaanu
  1. "Pranam"
    Released: 21 January 2020 (2020-01-21)
  2. "Theera (Pranam Tamil Version)"
    Released: 21 January 2020 (2020-01-21)
  3. "Oohale"
    Released: 27 January 2020 (2020-01-27)
  4. "Komma Veedi"
    Released: 3 February 2020 (2020-02-03)
  5. "Anantham"
    Released: 6 February 2020 (2020-02-06)
Track list
1."The Life of Ram"Sirivennela SitaramasastriPradeep Kumar6:04
2."Pranam"Sri ManiChinmayi, Goutham Bharadwaj3:20
3."Oohale"Sri ManiChinmayi, Govind Vasantha4:55
4."Nee Kale Kali"Sri ManiBrinda2:17
5."Inthena"Sri ManiChinmayi5:25
6."Komma Veedi"Sri ManiChinmayi, Govind Vasantha3:50
7."Anantham"Sri ManiChinmayi, Govind Vasantha,Sandeep Reddy Vanga8:24
Total length:34:15
Tamil Track list
1."Theera"Karthik NethaChinmayi, Govind Vasantha3:20


The film is scheduled to release on February 7, 2020.[1]


The first look poster is released on January 7,2020 revealing the name of the movie[13][14]. The teaser for the film is released on January 9,2020[15] and trailer was released on January 30,2020[16]. On February 1,2020, pre release event for the event was conducted where Nani attended as the chief guest and on the same day audio jukebox was released[17].


Neesitha Nyayapati writing for The Times of India said This is not a feel-good film because it’s much heftier than that giving 3.5 out of 5[18]. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo writing for The Hindu said that C Prem Kumar creates a poetic world of love, longing and nostalgia, helped by winsome performances and music and Jaanu, like 96, is poetic[19].Firstpost said that Sharwanand, Samantha's bittersweet romance drama is heartbreakingly cathartic giving 3.25 out of 5[20]. 123Telugu gave 3 out of 5 saying that Jaanu is a faithful remake which has the feel and emotions intact from the original[21]. Rama Kumar writing for Telugu Samayam said that Jaanu is faithful to its original and recreated the music of the original well giving 3 out of 5[22]. Gulte gave 3 out of 5 saying that Prem Kumar was assigned the job to remake his flawless original and he has made sure to keep it a faithful remake. It is almost a shot to shot remake of the original, but those who had seen the original may not be entirely satisfied with how this remake turned out[23].Overall the film garnered favourable reviews from critics [24][25].


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  2. ^ "JAANU | British Board of Film Classification". bbfc.co.uk.
  3. ^ Creations, Sri Venkateswara (January 6, 2020). "A tribute to unconditional love... here's the first look of #Sharwanand and @Samanthaprabhu2's #JAANU @SVC_Official #PremKumar @Govind_Vasantha #JMahendran @CinemaInMyGenes #SVC34".
  4. ^ "Star producer Dil Raju acquires the Telugu rights of Vijay Sethupathi's '96' - Times of India". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "Prem Kumar asserts 96 Telugu remake will retain school portions". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2019-02-25. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
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  7. ^ "96 Telugu remake officially launched with Sharwanand and Samantha". In.com. 7 April 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Gouri Kishan to play a role in Jaanu | Tamil Movie News - Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2020-01-08. Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  9. ^ "Watch: Trailer of Samantha-Sharwanand's 'Jaanu' out, brings back '96' memories". The News Minute. Archived from the original on 2020-01-29. Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  10. ^ "Gouri Kishan of '96' fame reprises her role in Telugu remake". The News Minute. 2019-05-31. Archived from the original on 2019-05-31. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  11. ^ "Samantha Akkineni starts shooting for 96 Telugu remake. see photos". Indian Express. 2019-07-22. Archived from the original on 2019-11-29. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  12. ^ "Samantha wraps up shoot for 96 Telugu remake, posts a picture from the film - Times of India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 2019-11-10. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  13. ^ Creations, Sri Venkateswara (January 6, 2020). "Here is the English logo of #Jaanu Teaser coming very soon #Sharwanand @Samanthaprabhu2 @SVC_Official #PremKumar @Govind_Vasantha #JMahendran @CinemaInMyGenes #SVC34".
  14. ^ "96 Telugu remake titled Jaanu, see first-look poster". Hindustan Times. 2020-01-07. Archived from the original on 2020-01-07. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  15. ^ "Jaanu teaser: Samantha Akkineni starrer promises an emotional affair". The Indian Express. January 10, 2020.
  16. ^ "Jaanu - Official Trailer | Telugu Movie News - Times of India". timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
  17. ^ "Jaanu Pre-Release Event - Pics - Industry Hit English". Dailyhunt.
  18. ^ "Jaanu Movie Review {3.5/5}: This is not a feel-good film because it's much heftier than that" – via timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
  19. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (February 7, 2020). "'Jaanu' movie review: Sharwanand is outstanding in this Telugu remake of '96'" – via www.thehindu.com.
  20. ^ Feb 07, Firstpost •; Ist, 2020 15:09. "Jaanu movie review: Sharwanand, Samantha's bittersweet romance drama is heartbreakingly cathartic - Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost.
  21. ^ "Jaanu Telugu Movie Review". 123telugu.com. February 7, 2020.
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  23. ^ "Jaanu Movie Review: A Nostalgic Trip! | Latest Andhra Pradesh Political and Movie News, Gossips, Movie Reviews, Analysis, Gallery - Gulte". m.gulte.com.
  24. ^ "Jaanu review. Jaanu Telugu movie review, story, rating - IndiaGlitz.com". IndiaGlitz.
  25. ^ Enni, Chinni (February 7, 2020). "'జాను' మూవీ రివ్యూ: ఏడిపిస్తూనే.. హిట్టు కొట్టేశారు".

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