Krishnarjuna Yudham

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Krishnarjuna Yuddham
Krishnarjuna Yudham poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMerlapaka Gandhi
Produced by
  • Sahu Garapati
  • Harish Peddi
Written byMerlapaka Gandhi
Music byHiphop Tamizha
CinematographyKarthik Ghattamaneni
Edited bySathya G
Shine Screens
Distributed bySri Venkateswara Films
Release date
  • 12 April 2018 (2018-04-12)
Running time
154 minutes

Krishnarjuna Yudham (English: War of Krishna and Arjuna) is a 2018 Indian Telugu-language action comedy film written and directed by Merlapaka Gandhi and produced by Sahu Garapati & Harish Peddi under Shine Screens banner. The film stars Nani, Anupama Parameswaran, Rukshar Dhillon in lead roles.[1][2] Nani played a dual role for the third time after Janda Pai Kapiraju & Gentleman. Part of the film was shot in Prague, Czech Republic.[3] The film opened worldwide on 12 April 2018 to mixed reviews with praise directed towards Nani's acting and criticism towards the screenplay, lag in second half, its farfetchedness its formulaic story.


Krishna and Arjun (both played by Nani) are lookalikes hailing from Akkurthi village in Chittoor and the other from Prague in the Czech Republic, respectively. While the former is a happy-go-lucky individual, the latter is a rockstar and a flirt. Krishna falls in love with the village president's (Nagineedu) granddaughter Riya (Rukshar Dhillon), a doctor. Arjun loves a traditional Indian girl Subbalakshmi (Anupama Parameswaran), a wildlife photographer. In the village, Riya's grandfather comes to know about her relationship with Krishna and sends her to Hyderabad, and Krishna follows her. Meanwhile, Subbalakshmi starts to hate Arjun because of his flirting nature. In a certain incident, her professional camera is damaged by Arjun's manager Brahmaji (Brahmaji), which contains a rare photograph. Arjun realizes he really loves her and goes to her aunt's (Devadarshini) house to convince her, but she thinks it is one of his tricks to make her fall in love with him. Subbalakshmi leaves Prague and returns to India, and Arjun follows her. In Hyderabad, Riya and Subbalakshmi are kidnapped by a trafficking gang who plan on sending them to Dubai. Upon reaching Hyderabad, Krishna and Arjun realize that neither of the girls has reached home and begin searching for them. How Krishna and Arjun try to track down the traffickers to rescue the girls forms the climax of the story.



Krishnarjuna Yudham
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Hiphop Tamizha chronology
Kalakalappu 2
Krishnarjuna Yudham
Imaikka Nodigal

The duo Hiphop Tamizha composed the music for the film. This is their second Telugu film after Dhruva. 'Turn This Party Up' is a peppy rock number. 'Dhaari Choodu' is a folk song which has typical Chittoor dialect. 'I Wanna Fly' is a soothing melody which has two versions composed parallelly. 'Ela Ela' is a heartbreak montage love song. 'Urime Manase' is yet another breakup number. 'Thaaney Vachhindhanaa' is a slow and pleasant melody.

1."I Wanna Fly"Sreejo, Hiphop TamizhaLV Revanth, Sanjith Hegde, Hiphop Tamizha3:53
2."Urime Manase"SreejoRaghu Dixit4:37
3."Dhaari Choodu"Penchal DasPenchal Das3:12
4."Turn This Party Up"Hiphop TamizhaHiphop Tamizha, Brodha V3:26
5."Ela Ela"Sri ManiYazin Nizar, Hiphop Tamizha3:45
6."Thaaney Vachhindhanaa"K.K.Kaala Bhairava, Padmalatha4:38
Total length:22:15



Dil Raju acquired distribution rights for the film in the Telugu states. In its pre-release business, the film earned Rs 35 crore from its global theatrical rights, Rs 7 crore from its satellite rights sold Gemini TV, Rs 4.50 crore from its Hindi dubbing rights and Rs 50 lakh from its music and other rights.[4]

Shine Screens distributed the film locally. Magnus Media acquired overseas theatrical rights for Rs 3.50 crore and arranged 600 shows in the US, on its release day.


Critical response[edit]

The film received mixed negative reviews from critics.[5] Neeshita Nyayapati, from Times of India rated the film 2.5/5 and wrote 'Walking away from the film, the only memories that one takes back happy is the vision of Nani dancing to ‘Dhaari Choodu’ with childish abandon, the humorous scenes that elevate the first half and the fact that his friend spells Riya's name as Royya. For a film that touches the subject of human trafficking, it sure bombs at making a point.'[6]

Sangeetha Devi Dundoo from The Hindu, while praising the acting performance of Nani as Krishna and the picturization of Dhaari Choodu song, also wrote, 'on the whole, Krishnarjuna Yuddham doesn’t get its rhythm right. There was a time, not long ago, when Nani's name was associated with films that stood out from the clutter. This one had the potential to be a fusion of global and local music, the way Arjun wanted it to be, but ends up a mess'.[7]

Hemanth Kumar from Firstpost rated the film 2/5 and wrote, 'there's a notion that the film has all the necessary elements - vastly different characters, a conflict, an issue it tries to address - to make for an engaging drama, but on the other side, there's the image of me sitting in the cinema hall not knowing what to make of the film because it struggles to find its rhythm and doesn’t build the drama efficiently'[8]

Box office[edit]

The film collected $162K from its US premiers.[9] On opening day, the film collected Rs 4.58 crores in the Telugu states. This is the fourth biggest opening for Nani, falling behind ‘MCA’, ‘Ninnu Kori’ and ‘Eega’. MCA had reportedly raked in Rs 7.57 Cr on its opening day, ‘Ninnu Kori’ Rs 4.72 Cr and ‘Eega’ Rs 4.61 Cr.[10]

The film was made on a budget of 30 crores and only recovered 14.50 crores. It could not even recover 50% at the box office, labeling it as Nani's first disaster since 2014.[11]


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  3. ^ "Nani's Krishnarjuna Yudham does extraordinary pre-release business".
  4. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. "Krishnarjuna Yudham pre-release business: Film fetches record price for theatrical, satellite rights".
  5. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. "Krishnarjuna Yuddham review roundup: Critics say Merlapaka Gandhi falters in 2nd half".
  6. ^ "Krishnarjuna Yuddham Review {2.5/5}: For a film that touches the subject of human trafficking, it sure bombs at making a point".
  7. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (12 April 2018). "'Krishnarjuna Yuddham' review: This fusion doesn't work" – via
  8. ^ "Krishnarjuna Yuddham movie review: Nani's charming performance can't save this over-stretched film- Entertainment News, Firstpost".
  9. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. "Krishnarjuna Yuddham US box-office collection: Nani starrer fails to beat MCA record".
  10. ^ "'Krishnarjuna Yudham' box office collections day 1: Nani, Anupama Parameswaran and Rukshar Mir starrer rakes in Rs 4.58 Cr in AP and TS - Times of India".
  11. ^ "Krishnarjuna Yudham Worldwide Closing Collections - Disaster". 1 May 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018.

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