Johnny (2003 film)
|Directed by||Pawan Kalyan|
|Produced by||Allu Aravind|
|Written by||Pawan Kalyan|
|Screenplay by||Pawan Kalyan|
|Story by||Pawan Kalyan|
|Music by||Ramana Gogula|
|Cinematography||Chota K. Naidu
|Edited by||Yousuf Khan|
|Distributed by||K.A.D. Movies|
Johnny is a 2003 Telugu language Sports drama film written, directed and choreographed by Pawan Kalyan. Produced by Allu Aravind, the film starred Pawan Kalyan in the titular role as a Kick Boxer, while Renu Desai, Raghuvaran, and Raza Murad played pivotal roles. Johnny was released on April 25, 2003 to positive reviews for the soundtrack, stunt choreography, cinematography, and Pawan Kalyan's sensible acting.  The film became the first ever Telugu film to be released with over 250 prints worldwide including the United States. The film was screened at the International Film Festival of India. Johnny was a box office disappointment, and collected ₹7 million (US$100,000) share by the end of its theatrical run.
Johnny (Pawan Kalyan) loses his mother (Geetha) when he was a kid. Johnny runs away from his alcoholic father (Raghuvaran) and his dysfunctional family. Years later, from a small time club fighter, Johnny becomes a mixed martial arts coach. One day, a women named Geeta (Renu Desai) lodges a police complaint on Johnny for beating up a man. Later, Geeta comes to know that it was a misunderstanding, both become friends and eventually get married. After marriage, Johnny finds out that his wife is suffering from leukemia. He relocates to Mumbai to pay for his wife's medical treatment, and finds himself in dire need to pay for the medical expenses. While competing at an amateur Kick Boxing competition, Johnny is buyed out by the organizer (Raza Murad) for a lump some offer to compete with two international martial artists. Johnny defeats them and earns a sum of 200,000 overnight which he uses for Geeta's treatment.
- Pawan Kalyan as Johnny
- Renu Desai as Geetanjali "Geetha"
- Geetha as Johnny's mother
- Raghuvaran as Ravishankar Damle, Johnny's father
- Sabyasachi Chakrabarty as Coach Anand Kumar
- Lillete Dubey as Johnny's step-mother
- MS Narayana as Lingam
- Mallikarjuna Rao as Anthony
- Ali as Pathan Babu Lal
- Satya Prakash as Karate Satti
- Brahmaji as S.I.
- Raza Murad (credited as Raja Murad) as Tatya
- Harish Pai as Pandu
- Yaadi as Dayanand
- Aryan Khan (Parvez) as Nazir
- Shoaib as Laddu Yadav
- Usman as Mahesh
- Surya as goon who harasses women
- Devi Charan as Chinna Ghouse
The music for the film was composed by Ramana Gogula.
|Soundtrack album by Ramana Gogula|
|Released||January 1, 2003|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Ramana Gogula chronology|
|1.||"Go Johnny"||Ramana Gogula||1:21|
|3.||"Nuvvu Saara"||Pawan Kalyan||1:57|
|4.||"Ravoyi Maa Country Ki"||Pawan Kalyan||2:00|
|6.||"Cool and Lovely"||Ramana Gogula||2:18|
|7.||"Naaraz Kaakuraa"||Ramana Gogula||5:08|
|8.||"Ee Reyi Teeyanidi"||Hariharan & Nanditha||4:54|
|9.||"Ye Chota Nuvvuna"||Rajesh & Nanditha||4:08|
|10.||"Naalo Nuvokasagami"||K. K. & Usha||4:04|
Johnny worldwide distribution rights were sold for a record breaking amount of ₹81.0 million (US$1.2 million). Johnny was released in 325 Theaters worldwide with digital print quality.
Johnny went onto become one of the biggest disasters in the Telugu film industry. But as time passed on, it has achieved a cult status among fans.
- "The Hindu : Metro Plus Hyderabad : Rebel without a pause". www.thehindu.com.
- hyrjm. "The Hindu : Tedious fare". www.thehindu.com.
- "The Hindu : Johnny comes to town". www.thehindu.com.
- hysni. "The Hindu : Breaking norms". www.thehindu.com.
- "The Hindu : Johnny jamboree". www.thehindu.com.
- "Johnny sinks, but Pawan Kalyan remains afloat". rediff.com.
- "The Hindu : Brother act". www.thehindu.com.