Sangolli Rayanna (film)

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Sangolli Rayanna
Sangolli Rayanna Film poster.jpg
Directed by Naganna
Produced by Anand Appugol
Written by Keshavaditya
Starring Darshan
Shashi Kumar
Nikita Thukral
Narrated by Sudeep[1]
Music by Yashovardhan
Hari Krishna
Cinematography Ramesh Babu
Edited by Govardhan
Release date
  • 1 November 2012 (2012-11-01)
Country India
Language Kannada
Budget 30crore[2]

Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (English: Legendary Warrior Sangolli Rayanna) is a 2012 Indian historical biographical film Kannada film directed by Naganna and produced by Anand Appugol. Darshan, Jayaprada and Nikita Thukral play lead roles. The film is about Sangolli Rayanna, a prominent freedom fighter from Karnataka, who fought the British till he was captured and executed in 1831. He was the army chief of the Kingdom of Kittur ruled at the time by Kittur Rani Chennamma.[3]

Kranti Veera Sangolli Rayanna was produced at a cost of an estimated Rs 30 crore[2]and collected more than 30 crore at domestic box office became one of the highest grossing Kannada films of all time.




Initially, Arjun Sarja was selected for the lead role which is being portrayed by Darshan.[4] and Priyamani was named previously for the female lead role, but later she refused the offer to do such historical character. Finally, Nikita Thukral was offered the lead role. For shooting purpose, a white horse was bought which cost nearly 1.7 million (US$27,000). Jayaprada portrayed the role of Kittur Chennamma. The same role was filled by B. Saroja Devi in the 1962 film Kitturu Chennamma.[5]


The team filmed in Jaipur (Rajasthan) with more than thousand artists including horses and elephants. The production team shot for 40 days in a desert village called Thula to capture the battle scene. Fake human body parts were designed by Rajasthan artists for the war scenes to make the war sequences look real.

Producer Anand Appugol explained the shooting experience to the press. "It cost more than 5 million (US$78,000) per day of shooting and cost around 20 million (US$310,000) only for war scenes. Jayaprada, who appears as Kittur Chennamma spent 30 days with team". She said, "I have acted in nearly 700 films. But I haven’t seen a rich film like this ever shot in the south". Producer Appugol said about his favorite star, "Darshan Thoogudeep was totally involved in the character of Sangolli Rayanna while filming the scenes".

The film will be a big boost to the Kannada film industry and Darshan Thoogudeep's career as it is made with a very high budget and a good team. Film posters were nominated for the Internet Poster Design Award.[6]

In the war field 30 elephants, hundreds of horses, thousands of soldiers, 320 fighters from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai have taken part in some risky shots. Seven cameras including the latest photogenic 500, fitting small cameras to the horses and heli-cam were pressed into action. Shooting in Murugod cave was another rich experience. The cave to the road level was used for five days shoot for the film. Twenty-five days were spent shooting on location in Mysore.[3]

Veteran actor Srinivasa Murthy fell down from a speeding horse at Jaipur at the shooting spot and he was saved by Darshan.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

  • Chitraloka gave the film 4/5 stars and they called it a complete family entertainer and further said "Darshan perfectly suits the role with his body language and dialogue in North Karnataka accent coming out very well. He shows tremondous commitment in carrying off the role of a patriot. The film ill certainly go down as the best in his career. Technically the film is superb. Ramesh Babu's camera work and background score stand out in this film. The eidting, art work and costume designing departments have reached top line levels. Kranti Veera Sangolli Raayanna is must see film. It makes you feel proud of being a Kannadiga."[8]
  • Filmibeat gave the film 4/5 stars and said "Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna is a must watch film for everyone." [9]
  • Times of India gave 4/5 stars and said "A historical masterpiece by director Naganna who has excellently highlighted Sangolli Rayanna's fight against the British. Watch it with your family and friends." [10]
  • Deccan Herald gave the film 5/5 stars and said "Ultimately, Sangolli Rayanna is one man’s passion realised with equal determination by others. That passion, in this case, is easily transferred to the viewer and set the cash box ringing. Kudos Keshavaditya and team" [11]
  • gave 3.5/5 stars and said "Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna is a must-see film for all. Rarely do historical films get made and this is a rare opportunity for people of this generation to watch such a movie."[12]


Sangolli Rayanna
Soundtrack album by Yashovardhan
Released September 2012 (2012-09)
Genre Feature film soundtrack

Yashovardhan has composed the music to lyrics by Keshavaditya.[13]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Malla Malla" Sonu Nigam, Anuradha Bhat  
2. "Veera Bhoomi" S. P. Balasubramanyam  
3. "Chinnadanta Aramane" K. J. Yesudas  
4. "Gandu Mettida" Shankar Mahadevan, Rajesh Krishnan, Hemanth Kumar  
5. "Nannede Veene" K. S. Chitra, Sonu Nigam, Prakash Sontakke  
6. "Janani Janmabhoomi" Shankar Mahadevan, Rajesh Krishnan, Nanditha, Hemanth Kumar, Prakash Sontakke  

Awards and accolades[edit]

Ceremony Category Nominee Result
60th Filmfare Awards South Best Film Anand B. Appugola Won
Best Director Naganna Nominated
Best Actor Darshan Won
Supporting Actor Shivakumar Nominated
Supporting Actress Jayapradha Nominated
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Film Anand B. Appugola Nominated
Best Director Naganna Nominated
Best Cinematographer Ramesh Babu Nominated
Best Actor Darshan Nominated
Best Fight Choreographer Ravi Verma Won
Best Debutant Producer Ananda B. Appugola Nominated


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