Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum

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Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum
Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum Wallpaper.jpg
Film Poster
Directed by Krish
Produced by
  • Saibabu Jagarlamudi
  • Y. Rajeev Reddy
Written by Sai Madhav Burra (dialogues)
Screenplay by Krish
Story by Krish
Music by Mani Sharma
Cinematography Gnana Shekar V.S
Edited by Shravan
Distributed by 7 Seas Inc (overseas)[1]
Release date
  • 30 November 2012 (2012-11-30)
Running time
139 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu
Box office 468 million (US$7.3 million)(32 days World Wide)[2]

Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum (English: Praise Krishna, the Guru of the Universe) is a 2012 Telugu action drama film directed by Krish and jointly produced by Saibabu Jagarlamudi and Rajeev Reddy on First Frame Entertainment. It has received universal acclaim for combining the art form of Surabhi and an action flick based on illegal mining in Bellary.[3] It features Rana Daggubati and Nayantara in the lead roles.[4] Mani Sharma composed the music for the film.[5]

It was released on 30 November 2012 to high critical acclaim and was declared a hit at the box office.[6] Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum was simultaneously released as Ongaram in Tamil.[7] It was also dubbed in Hindi as Krishna Ka Badla and in Malayalam as Action Khiladi.[8]


The film starts with Devika (Nayantara) documenting illegal mining in Bellary by Reddappa (Milind Gunaji), a ruthless business tycoon. Reddappa burns down a village so that the people leave, because under it is a large iron ore deposit, which he wants to mine. The villagers, especially Matti Raju (L.B. Sriram), want to kill Reddappa to take revenge. It is later revealed that Devika is not a journalist but an informer of the CBI.

In Hyderabad, BTech Babu (Rana Daggubati) performs in stage plays under the tutelage of his grandfather "Surabhi" Subrahmanyam (Kota Srinivasa Rao). But Babu is not interested in acting and decides to leave for the U.S.A for a better life. Heartbroken upon learning of his grandson's intentions, Subrahmanyam dies the same night. Babu realises his mistake and decides to fulfill his grandfather's last wish of performing in the play Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum, which was written by Subrahmanyam. Babu goes to Bellary with his troupe to stage the play. The troupe lives with Rampam (Brahmanandam), who is originally known as Rangasthala Pandit (Telugu) / Sanathanam (Tamil).

There, one of Babu's troupe members has an altercation with Reddappa's right-hand man, Saida, who cuts his tongue and urinates on Subrahmanyam's ashes. Babu sets out to find Saida and take revenge. In the process, Babu meets Devika and they both set out to Reddappa's mines in Tippu Sultan's (Posani Krishna Murali) taxi. After beating Reddappa's men, Babu runs into his maid, who reveals his past to him. Babu's mother's brother, Chakravarthy, had killed his parents when Babu was a toddler. To save Babu, his maid took him away and handed him over to Subrahmanyam, who adopted him. After learning about his past, Babu pursues Chakravarthy to kill him.

Chakravarthy's men attack Reddappa to kill him but fail. It is revealed that Reddappa and Chakravarthy were friends in the past who are foes now. Babu reunites with his troupe, who have been searching for him, and starts to prepare for the Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum play. Devika finds Chakravarthy and tells him that Babu is coming to kill him. Chakravarthy tells her that he is actually Reddappa, and Reddappa is the real Chakravarthy and tells her about his past. Chakravarty who killed his sister and her husband ran to Redappa. Soon after, he stole Redappa's identity and had police arrest Redappa informing them that he is Chakravarthy.

Chakravarthy is captured by Reddappa's men, who make Chakravarthy mute by damaging his vocal cords with boiling water. Back in Bellary, Babu finally arranges the Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum play on the eve of Durgashtami and invites Redappa (real chakravarthy) to watch the drama. Babu reveals to him that he wants to kill his maternal uncle Chakravarthy to avenge his parents' death. Reddappa promises to hand over Chakravarthy as a gift of Durgashtami. Reddappa brings Chakravarthy to the play and notifies Babu of it. However, Babu comes off the stage to attack Chakravarthy (the real Reddappa, because Babu thinks he is Chakravarthy) and Reddappa (the real Chakravarthy, because he destroyed the village). Babu's maid comes just in time and reveals who the real Chakravarthy is. Babu is injured but manages to fight Reddappa (the real Chakravarthy), while the real Reddappa kills all of Chakravarthy's men as revenge. Babu takes revenge on Chakravarthy. Babu sets afloat Subrahmanyam's ashes into the Thungabhadra river.



Rana portrays lord Narasimha Swamy in a special song.[9] Sameera Reddy was roped in for a hot item number[10] with Venkatesh making a cameo appearance in this movie.[11] Nayantara dubbed for the role by herself. Sources reported that she is playing a documentary filmmaker in the movie and her role is a crucial part to the story.[12]


Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum
Film score by Mani Sharma
Released 7 October 2012 (2012-10-07)
Recorded 2012
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 37:44
Language Telugu
Label Sa Re Ga Ma
Producer Mani Sharma
Mani Sharma chronology
Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu
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Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum
Vetri Selvan
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The audio launch of Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum was held on 7 October 2012 in Hyderabad. Rather differently, the film's director Krish and hero Rana Daggubati played the hosts apart from Gayathri Bhargavi. Nayantara, who seldom attends audio events, attended the function. Others who graced the event include Venkatesh, S. S. Rajamouli, Dil Raju, D. Ramanaidu, Sirivennela Sitaramasastri, Mani Sharma, and Kota Srinivasa Rao. Venkatesh gave the first CD to S. S. Rajamouli.[13]

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Artist(s) Length
1. "Ararey Pasi Manasaa" Sirivennela Sitaramasastri Narendra, Sravana Bhargavi 5:28
2. "Sai Andri Nanu" E.S. Murthy Shreya Ghoshal, Rahul Sipligunj, Deepu 4:59
3. "Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum" Sirivennela Sitaramasastri S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 9:25
4. "Spicy Spicy Girl" Sirivennela Sitaramasastri Hemachandra, Chaitra, Sravana Bhargavi 4:18
5. "Ranga Marthanda" Sai Madhav Burra Raghu Babu, Hemachandra, Sai Madhav Burra 3:19
6. "Chal Chal Chal" Sai Madhav Burra Joanna 3:35
7. "Parinamam" Instrumental Evolution Theme 6:40
Total length: 37:44


The Central Board of Film Certification rated it U/A[14] with 14 cuts and violence in all fights has been reduced by at least 50%.[15] Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum was expected to open in 1,000 screens worldwide and is likely to outnumber Aamir Khan's Talaash in terms of screens in south India. The film was to be released across an equal number of screens in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.[16]

Reception[edit] jeevi gave a rating of 3/5 stating "Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum is film that mixes the sensibilities of Krish with commercial elements."[17] Riya Chakravarthy of NDTV gave a review stating: "Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum is a mix of a commendable acting and a good script. Like with his previous movies, Krish has once again proved his directorial credentials with this film. Overall, a good watch that will appeal to all types of audience."[18] Rediff gave a review stating "All in all, Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum is a film to be seen for its fine story and well-defined characteristation. It is both thought-provoking and entertaining and the music, camera work, acting and technical elements are all good. Go watch KVJ."[19] gave a rating 3.5/5 stating "Overall, Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum is both a good entertainer and a thought provoking movie. Rana will definitely rock you. Don't miss it this weekend."[20] Mahesh S Koneru of gave a review of rating 3.5/5 stating "'Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum' is a riveting entertainer, one of those rare films where entertainment and thought provoking narration exist together. Don't be fooled by the slow start to the film. More importantly, don't miss a chance to catch 'Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum' this weekend."[21] gave a review stating "Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum is a thought provoking intense entertainer which carries an inherent message in it. Leaving aside the commercial dynamics of the movie, the movie is a must watch."[22] gives 3.9/5 for this film saying that it is a mass movie.[23]


Ceremony Category Nominee Result
TSR - TV9 National Film Awards 2012[24] Best Character Actor Kota Srinivasa Rao Won
60th Filmfare Awards South Best Director Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi Nominated
Best Actress Nayantara Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Posani Krishna Murali Nominated
Best Music Director Manisharma Nominated
Best Lyricist Sirivennela Sitaramasastri for "Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum" Nominated
Best Playback Singer - Male S. P. Balasubramanyam for "Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum" Nominated
Best Playback Singer - Female Shreya Ghoshal for "Saayandhralo" Nominated
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Kota Srinivasa Rao Nominated
Best Comedian Posani Krishna Murali Nominated
Best Lyricist Sirivennela Sitaramasastri for "Jaruguthunnaadi" Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Shreya Ghoshal Nominated
Best Actor (Critics)[25] Rana Daggubati Won
Best Actress (Critics)[25] Nayantara Won

Box office[edit]

The film collected around 468 million (US$7.3 million) in 32 days worldwide.[2]


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  24. ^ "TSR TV9 National film awards for 2011 and 2012 winners announcement press meet". 18 April 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "SIIMA Awards 2013 Winners List". Retrieved 15 September 2013. 

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