Marana Mrudangam

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Marana Mrudangam
Theatrical poster
Directed byA. Kodandarami Reddy
Written by
Produced byK. S. Rama Rao
CinematographyLok Singh
Edited byM. Vellaiswamy
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Creative Commercials
Release date
  • 4 August 1988 (1988-08-04)

Marana Mrudangam (transl.Percussions of Death) is a 1988 Indian Telugu-language action crime film, produced by K. S. Rama Rao under the Creative Commercials banner and directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy. It stars Chiranjeevi, Radha, Suhasini and K. Naga Babu , with music composed by Ilaiyaraaja and is based on Yandamuri Veerendranath's novel of the same name.


Jaani (Chiranjeevi) runs a small-time casino with his partner Bhillu (Nagendra Babu). One day he helps two women Anusha (Radha) and Uthpala (Suhasini), stuck with their broken car, and gives them a drive. Utpala succeeds in an interview by remembering Jaani's answer and gets a job as a nurse in a hospital. Jaani and his partner also help Anusha to get a job by blocking her competitor.

One day, Bhillu discovers cocaine in an egg in his kitchen and they start investigating the source of this egg. They discover this to be from Pogaku Subbarao (Gollapudi)'s store. This unfolds the links between a seeming businessman, Pogaku Subbarao, and an underworld Don, Vasanth Dada (Suresh Oberoi). They also offer jobs to the unemployed and use them to sell their body parts. Utpala's unemployed brother Sharma (Prasad Babu) gets into their trap and leaves home. Utpala reaches Jaani for help to talk to her brother. Jaani discovers that the phone number given to contact her brother is in the same city and starts exploring into this. Meanwhile, Anusha lodges a complaint against Pogaku Subbarao and his nephew, Sudhakar about their dark secrets.

Salim (Ranjeet), a left hand of Suresh Oberoi, disguises himself as a policeman and asks Anusha to come with him for an inquiry. When he attempts a rape, Jaani saves her. They fall in love and start exploring Vasanth Dada's kingdom. They discover that Sharma escaped from Vasanth Dada's den and left a letter with Utpala, explaining every activity in the underworld. Sharma, the lone witness of the underworld, is killed in the hospital by Salim. When Jaani and Anusha attack Vasanth Dada, they're captured and left in a desert as prey for vultures. Using a magnifying glass, dropped by Pogaku Subbarao, they free themselves and attack Vasanth Daada.

In the final clash, Jaani and Bhillu collapse the entire Vasanth Dada dynasty. Jaani marries Anusha and is shown traveling with kid.




The music for the movie was composed by Maestro Ilaiyaraaja and all lyrics were penned by Veturi. The song "Godave Godavamma" was choreographed by Chiranjeevi himself.

  • "Godave Godavama": S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra
  • "Jungili Jima": S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Durga
  • "Karigipoyaanu": S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela
  • "Kottandi Tittandi": S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra
  • "Sarigama Padanisa": S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra

Box office and trivia[edit]

  • The film was declared as a hit at the box office, but compared to the previous 3 films, Abhilasha, Challenge and Rakshasudu, Marana Mrudangam was an average success from the combination of Chiranjeevi-A. Kodandarami Reddy-K. S. Rama Rao-Ilaiyaraaja-Yandamuri.
  • The film is based on the celebrated novel by Yandamuri Veerendranath, with the same title. Being a long novel, it had to be trimmed without losing the essence. Veerendranath himself did it in the screenplay, by establishing relationships between the characters. However, many details, to boost the heroism, were added to the screenplay, to ensure the commercial success of the film.
  • Chiranjeevi got his "Megastar" title from this film.

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