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|Directed by||Gopichand Malineni|
|Produced by||B. Madhu|
|Written by||Gopichand Malineni|
Sai Madhav Burra (dialogues)
|Music by||S. Thaman|
|Cinematography||G. K. Vishnu|
|Edited by||Naveen Nooli|
Saraswathi Films Division
|Distributed by||Sri Sravanthi Movies|
|Box office||est. ₹40.8 crore|
Krack is a 2021 Indian Telugu-language action film directed by Gopichand Malineni, who wrote the script with the dialogues given by Sai Madhav Burra. It stars Ravi Teja, Shruti Haasan, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Samuthirakani. Produced by B. Madhu under Saraswathi Films Division banner, it is based on multiple true incidents that took place in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The story follows P. Veera Shankar (Ravi Teja), an Andhra-based circle inspector, known for eliminating criminals with his signature policing style. When Shankar is appointed in Ongole, a notorious gangster Katari Krishna (Samuthirakani) commits a spine-chilling murder and angers Shankar, which leads to the rivalry between Shankar and Katari.
After launched at a formal ceremony on 14 November 2019 at Hyderabad, principal photography commenced on 21 November 2019, and ended on 7 December 2020, despite production delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film features music scored by S. Thaman, while cinematography is handled by G. K. Vishnu and editing done by Naveen Nooli. Krack was released theatrically on 9 January 2021, and was successful at the box office.
Venkatesh narrates that a ₹50 note, a green mango, and a nail resemble the fate of three persons who come across a police officer.
A BBC journalist arrives at a jail in Delhi to interview Saleem Batkal, a criminal convicted for Mumbai blasts. But Saleem demands money from the interviewer which to their astonishment is just ₹50. Upon taking it, he tells that he rented a house which is ₹50 cheaper than the previous one due to a scuffle between the owner and broker. The house which Saleem rents for passport verification with fake details falls under the jurisdiction of Shankar's police station where Saleem's men have no influence. After a dramatic turn of events, he is caught by Shankar who notices the details Salim gave are fake. When Saleem tries to warn about his background, Shankar beats him up and arrests him.
In Kadapa, Konda Reddy, a highly sadistic goon, occupies the land of a doctor. When Konda Reddy is in a meeting, a girl tries to pluck from a mango tree in his yard, to which he angrily unleashes his dogs upon her. The girl is injured and her mother files a case on him. The SP calls Konda Reddy telling that this case might put Konda Reddy in trouble because it will be dealt by CI Shankar. Konda takes him lightly but the SP insists him to meet Katari Krishna who is in the central jail of Rajahmundry. Katari appears as a regular prisoner but Konda Reddy is intrigued when he learns about Katari's criminal record. Upon asking, Katari narrates his story that he rose to power by creating a bloodshed in Ongole, and is jailed later because of a nail.
Shankar is appointed as CI of Ongole and meets constable Kiran, the son of a constable who used to work with Shankar. Jayamma, a close aide of Katari has a habit of going to cinema on fridays. There she sees Katari's daughter with Kiran, and gets him grotesquely murdered by appointing men from Vetapalem. Shankar investigates about the murder while relishing his memories with Kiran. He finds out that Katari was accused for similar kind of murder a few years ago. At a village fair, Katari warns Shankar of his backgorund which irritates Shankar and gets him arrested
Katari is released when Jayamma gets him a bail, but they are stunned to know that his daughter married an other police constable. That night at the cinema hall, her boyfirend's leg is accidentally pierced by a nail, due to which Kiran drops her at the house. Unaware of this, Jayamma misinterprets Kiran to be her boyfriend. During their wedding reception, Katari's wife requests the couple to leave the town to be safe. She, however, conspires to kill her daughter's husband. Katari's men attack them at the bus station but Shankar saves them. A man caught there names Jayamma as the perpetrator. Knowing this, Katari asks his men to kill Jayamma, so that his name does not come out. Jayamma is killed by the time Shankar arrrives to arrest her. While chasing the killers, he shoots one of them but it accidentally kills an innocent. Shankar is suspended but during his private investigation he learns that his associate Tilak had killed that innocent as he was on Katari's payroll. Shankar gets hold of all the evidences against Katari which Tilak has. Katari tries to warn Shankar by attacking his family but his wife Kalyani, a former police officer is able to defend them. Shankar rejoins his job and tracks down Katari to arrest him. Katari tries to escape by boarding a lorry but upon hitting a nail, its tyre gets punctured and he is caught.
Now Konda Reddy makes sure that he doesn't use the word "background" infront of Shankar and treats him with respect but his PA hurriedly comes and utters the word. Shankar thrashes him and puts him in the same jail where Katari is kept. Saleem, now transferred to that jail tells them he is trying to seek revenge on Shankar. They both laugh it off.
- Ravi Teja as CI Potharaju Veera Shanker
- Shruti Haasan as Kalyani
- Varalaxmi Sarathkumar as Jayamma
- Samuthirakani as Katari Krishna
- P. Ravi Shankar as Konda Reddy
- Sudhakar Komakula as constable Kiran
- Chirag Jani as Saleem Bathkal
- Raghu Babu
- Anish Kuruvilla
- Devi Prasad as S.I Tilak
- Mouryani as Katari's daughter
- Vamsi Chaganti
- B. V. S. Ravi as a bystander
- Anketa Maharana (special appearance in the song "Bhoom Bhaddhal")
On 26 October 2019, Ravi Teja announced the film under the title RT 66,[a] which will be directed by Gopichand Malineni, marking the third collaboration between Teja and Malineni after their previous films Don Seenu (2010) and Balupu (2013). Prior to commencement of the shoot, the film was rumoured to be a remake of the Tamil film Theri (2016) which also featured a cop protagonist. Gopichand Malieni denied the rumours, claiming the film was neither inspired nor a remake of any film. He described it as "an original story based on several true incidents happened in the Telugu states." On 14 November 2019, the makers announced the title of the film as Krack.
Shruti Haasan was chosen as the lead actress alongside Ravi Teja, making it their second collaboration after Balupu. Originally, she took a break from acting in Telugu films, after Pawan Kalyan's Katamarayudu (2017), made her comeback in the Telugu film industry with this film. Tamil film actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar was chosen to play a key role, making it her second Telugu film after Tenali Ramakrishna BA. BL (2019). Samuthirakani similarly joined the cast, collaborating with Ravi Teja after Shambo Shiva Shambo (2010).[b] S. Thaman was roped in to compose the music for the film, while cinematographer G. K. Vishnu, editor Naveen Nooli and action choreographer duo Ram-Lakshman, were also a part of the technical crew.
The film was launched on 14 November 2019 at the Film Nagar Temple.[c] Producer Allu Aravind attended as the chief guest and did the honours. The principal photography commenced on 21 November 2019 in Ramoji Film City. Around late November, the makers filmed a Jatara episode featuring Ravi Teja and hundreds of supporting actors. During the shoot in early January 2020, director A. R. Murugadoss visited the film's sets in Hyderabad. The film's shoot was further interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in India.
On 7 October 2020, Ravi Teja announced that he had resumed the shooting of the film at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, post lockdown, adhering to the safety guidelines imposed by the government in order to curb the coronavirus pandemic. On 15 October, the makers filmed a song shoot, featuring Anketa Maharana and Teja and the song being choreographed by Sekhar. Varalakshmi Sarathkumar, completed her portions in late October. On 3 December, Ravi Teja tweeted about the final schedule of the film held in Goa, which features a song shoot choreographed by Raju Sundaram. Filming wrapped up on 7 December 2020.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||8 January 2021|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|S. Thaman chronology|
|Singles from Krack|
The film's music is composed by S. Thaman and lyrics for the songs were written by Ramajogayya Sastry and Kasarla Shyam. The film marks the second collaboration of Ravi Teja, Thaman and Gopichand Malineni after Balupu (2013). On May 2020, a fake Twitter handle of the film's director, announced an update about the first single, whereas the composer refuted such claims and asked the fans to wait for the official announcement.
The first single "Bhoom Bhaddhal" was released on 13 November 2020, coinciding with the eve of Diwali. On 10 December 2020, the makers tweeted about the second single, which will be sung by noted Tamil film composer Anirudh Ravichander, which was later titled as "Balega Tagilavey Bangaram" and was released on 14 December 2020. The third single track "Korameesam Poilsoda" was released on the occasion of Christmas, 25 December 2020. The fourth song of the film titled "Mass Biriyani" was unveiled on 4 January 2021.
Lahari Music, released the complete soundtrack album featuring five tracks on 8 January 2021, which included the four songs which were released as singles earlier.
All lyrics are written by Ramajogayya Sastry, except where noted.
|1.||"Bhoom Bhaddhal"||Mangli, Simha||4:22|
|2.||"Balega Tagilavey Bangaram"||Anirudh Ravichander||3:43|
|3.||"Korameesam Polisoda"||Ramya Behara||3:41|
|4.||"Mass Biriyani" (Lyrics written by Kasarla Shyam)||Rahul Nambiar, Sahiti Chaganti||3:58|
|5.||"The Theme of Katari"||Sri Krishna, Saicharan||2:50|
123Telugu on reviewing the music, stated that "On the whole. the album of Krack is made for the target audience. Thaman though does not give something special but plays it to the galleries and brings out his massy side with some foot-tapping numbers. Mass Biryani and Balega Tagilyave Bangaram are our picks and will be big hits. As it has been quite some time since we have seen a mass film on the screen, this album will surely pick once the film releases on the big screen."
Another reviewer from IndiaGlitz rated the album 3 stars out of 5 stars and wrote "The Thaman-Anirudh combination sounds refreshing, with the scales tilting towards the latter. It's as if the singer exerted a heavy influence in determining the flavour of the song rather than allow the musician to do it. The liberal usage of English-language words like 'Family pack' has a Bhaskarabhatla-esque ring to them. Besides the self-referential word 'Balupu' (which was a film of the Gopichand Malineni-Ravi Teja duo), there are too many cliches out there. Sahithi Chaganti's voice trods the beaten path. Rahul Nambiar's voice is energetic. Thaman deploys the drums and percussions in a typical manner."
Allegations of plagiarism
Despite no copyright issues, the song "Balega Tagilyave Bangaram" composed by Thaman, was criticised for allegedly copying the tunes from a Latin Song "Selva". Another alllegaions were raised stating that "Mass Biryani" song has similar tunes from the song "Kajal Chellivaa" of 2013 Telugu film Balupu, which was composed by himself starring same trio, Ravi Teja, Shruti Haasan and Gopichand Malineni.
Krack was scheduled to release theatrically on 8 May 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The director Gopichand Malineni, clarified that the film will be scheduled for a theatrical release, after rumours regarding the film's release on OTT platforms surfaced. On 26 October 2020, the makers announced that the film will release theatrically during the occasion of Sankranthi.
On 19 December 2020, the makers announced that the film will release on 14 January 2021, coinciding with Sankranthi. However, at the launch event held at AMB Cinemas in Hyderabad on 1 January 2021, where the film's trailer was released, director Gopichand Malineni announced a new release date of 9 January 2021. The pre-release business of the film in the Telugu states considered to be ₹13 crore from the Telugu states alone.
The film's US premiere shows on 8 January, and the morning and afternoon shows in India were cancelled, due to the financial tussles between the exhibitors and its producer B. Madhu. The financiers reportedly took the legal route to stall the release of the film, demanding that producer Madhu, had to clear the dues owed by them, after the failure of his Vishal-starrer Ayogya (2019). After clearing the negotations, the makers premiered evening shows of the film.
The Times of India gave 3.5 out of 5 stars stating that "A wholesome commercial cop drama and mass entertainer from Mass Maharaj himself after a very long time." 123Telugu gave 3.25 out of 5 stating "Krack is a full-on masala entertainer with Ravi Teja in top form. Though the story is routine and a few logics go for a toss, this film is released at a time when the Telugu audience are hungry for a pakka entertainer. As the film is filled with good songs, solid fights, and proper herosim, it ends as a good watch this Sankranthi and especially a treat for the masses." Hemanth Kumar of Firstpost gave the film a rating of 3 out of 5 stating "The biggest crack in Krack is evident in its attempt to build a gripping narrative. Each sequence is packed with so many details, some of which just look cool without adding anything to the narrative, that you begin to lose patience." Indiaglitz gave the film 3 out of 5 stating "Krack is targeted at the mass audience and youngsters who pine for hero-can-do-it-all stories. While being formulaic, it also offers several exciting stretches." Karthik Keramalu of Film Companion stated "It’s fun to watch the Mass Maharaja in Gopichand Malineni’s crowd-pleaser that’s tailor-made for his energetic presence." He also noted that a magnanimous chunk of the narrative device from the 2018 Kannada movie Tagaru to be the main source of inspiration for the template of the tweaked screenplay of this film. Janani K of India Today gave 3 out of 5 stars "Krack is a decent masala entertainer with a neat blend of commercial elements, brilliant stunt sequences and interesting storyline. The film could have been so much more if they had done away with too much detailing. Yet, Krack holds the audience’s attention for the most part and entertains us."
The morning and noon shows for Krack were cancelled, and the film opened with evening shows. Krack grossed ₹10 crore in its first two days, with a distributor share of over ₹6 crore. At the third day, the film grossed more than ₹2.81 crore, taking its total opening weekend collections to ₹23 crore. The film collected a gross of ₹31 crore after five days, yielding a share of ₹16.65 crore to its distributors. The film collected a total gross of ₹40.8 crore in the first week.
- This is Ravi Teja's 66th film as an actor.
- Samuthirakani directed Shambo Shiva Shambo, while he acts in Krack. Both films star Ravi Teja in the lead role.
- A Hyderabad-based temple built by the Telugu film association.
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