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Maanikya poster1.jpg
Directed bySudeep
Produced byN. M. Kumar
Priya Sudeep
Written byKoratala Siva
Screenplay bySudeep Manish
Based onMirchi
by Koratala Siva
StarringV. Ravichandran
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar
Ramya Krishnan
Ranya Rao
P. Ravi Shankar
Music byArjun Janya
CinematographyShekhar Chandra
Edited byN. M. Vishwa
MNK Movies
Kiccha Creations
Kolla Entertainments
Distributed byM. N. Kumar
Release date
  • 1 May 2014 (2014-05-01)
Running time
165 minutes
Budget18–20 crores[1]
Box office40-45 crores[1]

Maanikya (English: The Ruby; Kannada: ಮಾಣಿಕ್ಯ) is a 2014 Indian Kannada action drama film directed by Sudeep featuring Sudeep, V. Ravichandran, Varalaxmi Sharathkumar and Ramya Rao in the lead roles.[2] The film is a remake of 2013 Telugu film Mirchi. It was released on 1 May 2014. At that time, it was the costliest film ever made in Kannada cinema,[1] though others have since surpassed it. Upon its release, Maanikya got an excellent response from the critics and audience, and had a decent opening at the box office. Maanikya was released in maximum number of screens and has had the maximum number of audience for a new release in the opening weekend ever. A record 0.8 million tickets were sold on the first day for the film. Maanikya went on to become the highest grossing Kannada movie.[3] The satellite rights of the movie were sold for a record-breaking price as well.[4] The film was later dubbed into Hindi under the same name by RKD Studios in 2015.


The movie begins with a girl collecting funds for an organisation in Singapore. A goon gives her money and then chases her at night when she goes home. Then Vijay (Sudeep), enters and resolves the conflict without fighting. The girl introduces herself as Manasa (Ranya Rao). They slowly become friends. But one day she asks Vijay to leave her and go as she fears that if their relationship develops any further, separation would be painful. He then goes back to India and influences Manasa's brother to a large extent. In his conservative and ancestral village, Vijay changes everyone's viewpoint and makes them more lovable.

Eventually Manasa expresses her love for him, but Vijay hesitates. It is then revealed that he was born to their rival's family. His father (V. Ravichandran) wanted to change the people of his village. But his mother Lavanya (Ramya Krishnan) didn't want to stay there, so she left him. When Vijay goes there, he falls in love with Sindhu (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar).

He starts taking revenge on the Manasa's family without revealing his identity. Then they decide to marry Vijay with Sindhu because they both are in love with each other. During the marriage the Inspector tells his father that the enmity is rekindling because his son is taking revenge on the rivals. Soon afterwards, the rivals come and start killing everyone. After the fight it is known that Vijay's mother dies. His father banishes him and blames her death on him. The story is now back to the present. Manasa's uncle(P. Ravi Shankar) challenges Vijay that if he can defeat his men then he too would follow non violence. After successfully defeating them, her uncle asks Vijay that if he could defeat the rival's son (not knowing that it was Vijay himself) he would marry Manasa to Vijay.

Vijay gets angry at his stubbornness and reveals his true identity. He starts fighting with Manasa"s brother. Then all her family members come and convert him too. This was watched by his father who had just arrived there. His father welcomes him back to the family. The film ends with him reuniting with Sindhu.




After the success of his previous venture, Bachchan, Sudeep was met with lot of offers from various south film directors. However, he announced in his social network site that he would be teaming up with ace actor – director V. Ravichandran in his next venture.[5] It was reported that Sudeep would be directing Ravichandran for his next film. Later in July 2013, it was speculated that Ravichandran would be playing father to Sudeep and the film may be a remake of 2013 Telugu film Mirchi which starred Prabhas and Satyaraj in the son – father roles respectively.[6] It was later confirmed that the story is tweaked and Ravichandran would be playing the father role to Sudeep and Ramya Krishnan would be his pair.[7]


Sudeep profusely thanked veteran Dwarakish for suggesting the title 'Maanikya'[8]


The filming of the film commenced from August 2013 at a Bangalore city college.[9] Major portions of the film is shot at Bidar(crown city of karnataka) and Hyderabad. The film unit also flew to Bangkok to film a song sequence and few action sequences.[10]


Soundtrack album by
Released29 March 2014 (2014-03-29)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAnand Audio
ProducerArjun Janya
Arjun Janya chronology
Paru Wife of Devadas

The soundtrack of the album was released on 29 March 2014.

1."Ninna Hinde"Jayanth KaikiniKarthik04:31
2."Huchcha Na"Yograj BhatVijay Prakash04:09
3."Maamu Maamu"KavirajVijay Prakash, Priya Himesh03:58
4."Pantara Panta"Dr. V. Nagendra PrasadMaalati02:02
5."Jeeva Jeeva"K. KalyanShankar Mahadevan04:55
6."Jeena Jeena Ya"Dr. V. Nagendra PrasadShaan03:50
7."Nalla Malla"Dr. V. Nagendra PrasadArjun Janya02:43
8."Belake Belake"Dr. V. Nagendra PrasadShankar Mahadevan01:11
9."Mani Mani Maanikya"KavirajG. Vijay Babu, Shivarudra Naik (kanakapura)01:43
Total length:29:06

Release and response[edit]

Maanikya was released in around 250 screens on 1 May 2014. And also released on 15 May 2014 in Sharjah, on 16 May 2014 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.[11][12] Maanikya is the first Kannada film released in Oman and Bahrain and released on 30 May 2014.[13][14][15] Maanikya also released in United States on 30 May 2014 [16] and in Perth, Australia on 17 August 2014 [17] Maanikya is the first Kannada film screened in Indian Film Festival of Ireland and screened on 20 September 2014[18]

Box office[edit]

By the 21st day the film collected 43.3 crore (US$6.3 million).[19] Maanikya completed 100 days on 8 August 2014. The total box office gross of the film is approximately 49 crore (US$7.1 million).[20]

Critical reception[edit]

  • Bangalore mirror gave the film 3.5/5 stars saying "It's a near-perfect mix of action, drama, romance and comedy. In a line, it's the story of a scion of a family to bring together two warring families. However, it is not as simple as that. The film meddles with multiple genres —from romance to action to comedy to family drama to something more. The plot of the film matches its length, the narration and the twists keep the audience glued. Credit should go to director Sudeep for packing every available slot with good actors. The film is a real ensemble. There are top-notch actors everywhere." [21]
  • Chitraloka gave the film 3.75/5 stars and called it a complete family entertainer and further said "Maanikya comes as a cool breeze for the summer. It is the perfect holiday gift from Sudeep and team. It has all the masala elements that a commercial film demands. There are so many things in Maanikya but all of them are perfectly placed. It is a film you will love to watch in a cool big screen theatre. This is one film you should reserve a day for this week." [22]
  • One India gave the film 3.5/5 stars and said "Maanikya, which is the first combination of Abhinaya Chakravarthy Kichcha Sudeep and Sandalwood's ace actor Crazy Star Ravichandran, has got a grand opening across the state, and will be a biggest treat for the long weekend. Sudeep looks superb in action, comedy, dance and sentimental sequence. It is Kiccha, who steals the show." [23]
  • Times of India gave 4/5 stars and said "Armed with a good script, the director has taken care to see that the narration does not lag at any point. The story moves fast and almost all the major characters have equal share of work to do. With a long list of senior artistes, Sudeep has succeeded in giving them the right roles."[24]
  • Deccan Herald gave the film 3/5 stars and said: "Fans will surely have no complaints with Maanikya." [25]
  • Sharadhaa from the India express called Maanikya a Refreshing Treat for Sudeep's Fans, saying "Sudeep has pulled off the film credibly as a director and actor but looks a bit tired at times probably because of the huge responsibility he undertook. He is excellent in scenes when he shows the human frailty of his character. A role only matched by Ravichandran as the father. With writing by Koratala Siva, a good supporting cast combined with Arjun Janya’s music, cinematography by Shekhar Chandra and Sudeep’s over all effort, the film has turned out to be a good family entertainer." [26]
  • Shashiprasad from the Deccan Chronicle said "What happens when Crazy Star V. Ravichandran and Kichcha Sudeep come together on big screen for the first time? 'Entertainment' at its best would be the simplest answer to it. When nobody could imagine the evergreen lover of sandalwood shifting his gear down for a 'fathrer' role, Maanikya is a well crafted remake of the hit Telugu movie Mirchi. Crazy, Kichcha shine in yet another 'remake'." [27]

Other revenues[edit]

The film did 8.5 crore (US$1.2 million) of business before its release by the (satellite-dubbing-audio-DVD-other) rights.[4]

The satellite rights of the film were sold for 5.5 crore (US$800,000) to Asianet Suvarna and Hindi dubbing rights for 1.5 crore (US$220,000). Meanwhile, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam dubbing rights for 75 lakh (US$110,000) each.[4] The audio rights have been acquired by Anand Audio for 25 lakh (US$36,000) and the DVD rights have gone for a similar amount. The remaining rights too have been secured for 25 lakh (US$36,000).[4]


Prabhas Sudeep Dev
Anushka Shetty Varalaxmi Sarathkumar Srabanti Chatterjee
Richa Gangopadhyay Ranya Rao Sayantika Banerjee
Sathyaraj V. Ravichandran Chiranjeet Chakraborty
Nadhiya Ramya Krishna Indrani Sen


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