Mirchi (film)

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Mirchi
Mirchi Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Koratala Siva
Produced by V. Vamsi Krishna Reddy
Pramod Uppalapati
Written by Koratala Siva
Starring Prabhas
Sathyaraj
Anushka Shetty
Richa Gangopadhyay
Nadhiya
Adithya Menon
Brahmanandam
Music by Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography Madhi
Edited by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Production
company
Distributed by Great India Films (Overseas)[1]
Release date
  • 8 February 2013 (2013-02-08)
Running time
150 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Mirchi (English: Chilli) is a 2013 Telugu action drama film written and directed by debutante Koratala Siva and produced by Prabhas's brother Pramod Uppalapati and V.Vamsi Krishna Reddy under UV Creations banner.[2] The film stars Prabhas, Anushka Shetty and Richa Gangopadhyay in the lead roles and Sathyaraj, Adithya Menon and Nadhiya in pivotal roles. The film was tentatively titled Vaaradhi, but was later renamed to Mirchi.[3]

The film has received six state Nandi Awards, including Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Gold), and Nandi Award for Best First Film of a Director for 2013. Kailash Kher won Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Telugu, and Nandi Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Pandagala Digivacchavu".[4] The film was dubbed into Hindi as Khatarnak Khiladi. It was remade in Kannada as Maanikya and in Bengali as Bindaas. The film became the biggest blockbuster in Prabhas' career before being taken by Baahubali: The Beginning which collected over 600crores. It then was surpassed by Baahubali 2: The Conclusion which collected over 1500crores

Plot[edit]

The movie begins with Jai (Prabhas) practicing guitar when a girl runs to him and asks him to save her from a gang of goons chasing her. Then Jai, without fighting, resolves the conflict. The girl introduces herself as Manasa (Richa Gangopadhyay). They slowly become friends, but one day she asks Jai to leave her and go as she cannot stand the separation from him if their relationship develops any further. He then goes back to India and changes the mind of Manasa's violent brother Poorna (Subbaraju), and when they give a vacation he goes with him to his village. There, where everyone are violent and conservative in nature, he changes their nature and makes them more lovable. Manasa's family expresses their wish to marry her to Jai.

When Manasa expresses her love for him, he tells his flashback. It is then revealed that he was born to their rival's family. When Jai was a child, his father Deva (Sathyaraj) wanted to reform the people of his village from unnecessary violence. But his mother Latha (Nadhiya) didn't want to stay there, so she left him. Many years later when Jai goes there, he falls in love with Vennela (Anushka Shetty).

Manasa's uncle was threatening Deva to give him some land, but Deva refused which Jai does not appericiate. He started taking revenge on Manasa's family without revealing his identity. Then they decide to marry Jai with Vennela 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, Latha dies. Deva banishes him and blames her death on him. The story is now back to the present. Manasa's uncle challenges Jai that if he can defeat his men then he too would follow nonviolence. After successfully defeating them, her uncle asks Jai that if he could defeat the rival's son (not knowing that it was Jai himself) he would marry Manasa to Jai.

Jai gets angry at his stubbornness and reveals his true identity. He starts fighting with Manasa's uncle. 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 Vennela. [5]

Cast[edit]

Anushka Shetty was cast as lead heroine marking her Second collaboration with Prabhas.

Production[edit]

Casting[edit]

Finalized the casting of the film with two heroines Anushka and Richa Gangopadhyay. The father and mother characters in the film are being played by Tamil actors Sathyaraj and Nadhiya.[6]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the film began on 1 December 2011 at S. V. P. National Police Academy establishment in Hyderabad.[7] Filming resumed on 16 January 2012 at a house set at Kokapet on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The set was built and previously used for S. S. Rajamouli's Maryada Ramanna.[8] The filming continued till end of January with action Sequences for climax episodes were canned.[9][10][11] After one month, filming resumed at Saradhi Studios in Hyderabad. Director canned few scenes involving Supreeth, Kota Srinivasa Rao and Prabhas.[12] In March 2012, filming was done at Ramoji Film City with lead actors.[13] Filming resumed from 17 May in RFC where action sequences were canned on a railway station set.[14] A new schedule began from 17 June in Hyderabad where important scenes on lead actors were shot.[15] After the schedule, filming resumed in Pollachi where scenes on Prabhas, Anushka and Richa were canned.[16] It was reported that the unit would move to Italy to shoot few songs on the lead actors.[17][18] The film completed its Europe schedule on 14 October, where couple of songs were shot.[19] The unit members of the film shifted to Tenkasi for shooting action scenes on 24 October.[20] The next schedule of the film was progressed at Ramoji Film City picturising a song "Suno Senorita" on Prabhas and Richa Gangopadhyay.[21] The Small Schedule of the movie was canned at Kutralam in Tamil Nadu on Prabhas, Anushka Shetty and on few lead Cast members.[22] Ramajogayya Sastry visited the shooting spot of Mirchi at Annapurna Studios where a song was canned on Prabhas and Anushka Shetty with Dance Master PremRakshit.[23] The visual effects of the movie was done by Light Line Entertainments in which a foreign location was created visual.

Release[edit]

Mirchi was awarded a 'A' Certificate from the Censor Board. The movie released worldwide on 8 February 2013 amidst high expectations as it is the biggest outing of Prabhas.[24] Great India Films is releasing Mirchi in 176 centers from 7 February in USA alone, which is by far one of the best and humongous release. The movie has beaten the record of Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (SVSC) and Naayak, which had released in 69 and 54 screens, respectively, in the country. Mirchi is coming up with all digital screening in USA to ensure that it will have superb quality screens across USA.[25]

Pre-release revenues[edit]

Mirchi overseas rights sold to a leading distribution company Great India Films, USA. Some information is that Mirchi overseas rights sold for 2 Crores to Great India Films.[26] Mirchi satellite rights were bought for 6 crore (US$930,000) by Maa TV. Mirchi had a pre-release revenue up to 10 crore (US$1.6 million) by music and satellite rights. The film's Hindi satellite rights were sold for 2.75 crore (US$430,000).[27]

Marketing[edit]

On 21 October 2012 the First Look posters and photos was released to the market in the view of the Prabhas Birthday on 23 October.[28] Mirchi movie teaser was scheduled for launch on 18 November 2012.[29] The first teaser of Mirchi movie was released in YouTube on 18 November 2012. The teaser got viral response across web and it has raised the expectations among the fans and movie buffs.[30] It's DVD, Blu-ray, VCD was released by Sri Balaji Videos on 21 May 2013 at the event of 100 days of the film.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Jalapathy Gudelli gave the film 3.25 stars out of 5, concluding his review that "Mirchi showcases Prabhas in different avatar. Neat package of masala moments and Prabhas are the strengths. Mirchi is a decent entertainer and time pass flick".[31] Jeevi gave a rating of 3.25 out of 5, commenting that "First half of Mirchi is decent. Flashback episode which occupies 100% of second half is good. Climax could have been better. The plus points of the film are Prabhas, music and all-round orientation. On a whole, Mirchi has all the ingredients of a commercial potboiler".[32] Mahesh S Koneru gave his verdict that "At the Box Office, the film will turn in a good commercial performance", giving the film a score of 3.25/5.[33] Way2movies also gave a rating of 3.25/5, giving the verdict that "Prabhas rocks the show in this decent yet formulaic commercial entertainer".[34] Super good movies gave the film 3 stars in a scale of 5, reviewing that "Go and Watch Mirchi, It entertains both Class and Mass. It is a worth watch".[35]

In the contrary, The Times of India gave the film a revised rating of 3.5/5 (from 2.5/5), recommending the film, "Watch it for Prabhas, for there isn't much of anything else that this movie has to offer, besides extreme close-ups of Richa's waistline."[36] NDTV Movies gave the film a mixed review, stating that "apart from good direction and strong performances by lead actors, Mirchi lacks narrative power and is loosely based on an amalgamation of some old films, which makes the film quite predictable."[37]

Soundtrack[edit]

Mirchi
Mirchi Soundtrack Cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by Devi Sri Prasad
Released 5 January 2013 (2013-01-05)
Recorded 2012–2013
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 24:03
Language Telugu
Label Aditya Music
Producer Devi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
Alex Pandian
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Mirchi
(2013)
Iddarammayilatho
(2013)Iddarammayilatho2013

Devi Sri Prasad composed the Music for this film. The audio launch[38] was held on 5 January 2013 at Ramanaidu Studios in Nanakramguda at Hyderabad.[39] Krishnam Raju attended the audio launch function as chief guest, released the audio CD and handed over the first piece to Rajamouli. Dil Raju, Shyam Prasad Reddy released the trailers on this occasion.[40] All lyrics written by Ramajogayya Sastry.

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Mirchi" Chinnaponnu 01:23
2. "Yahoon Yahoon" Mika Singh 04:40
3. "Idhedho Bagundey" Vijay Prakash, Anitha Karthikeyan 04:26
4. "Pandagala" Kailash Kher 04:51
5. "Barbie Girl" Jaspreet Jasz, Suchitra 03:57
6. "Nee Choopula" Kailash Kher 00:58
7. "Darlingey" Devi Sri Prasad, Geetha Madhuri 03:44
Total length: 24:03

Soundtrack reception[edit]

AP Herald gave a review stating "Devi Sri Prasad started this year giving chart-buster songs to music lovers, this album surely stands as one of the best audio in Prabhas films."[41]

Accolades[edit]

Awards Category Nominee Result
2013 Nandi Awards[42] Best Film (Gold) V. Vamsi Kirshna Reddy Won
Best First Film of a Director Koratala Siva Won
Best Actor Prabhas Won
Best Villain Sampath Raj Won
Best Art Director A. S. Prakash Won
Best Male Playback Singer Kailash Kher Won
61st Filmfare Awards South[43][44] Best Film – Telugu Mirchi Nominated
Best Director – Telugu Koratala Siva Nominated
Best Actor – Telugu Prabhas Nominated
Best Actress – Telugu Anushka Shetty Nominated
Best Music Director – Telugu Devi Sri Prasad Nominated
Best Lyricist – Telugu Ramajogayya Sastry (for song "Pandagala Digivachalu") Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer – Telugu Kailash Kher (for song "Pandagala Digivachalu" Won
Best Female. Playback Singer – Telugu Chinnaponnu (for song "Mirchi") Nominated
3rd South Indian International Movie Awards[45][46] Best Film – Telugu Mirchi Nominated
Best Director – Telugu Koratala Siva Nominated
Best Cinematographer – Telugu Madhi Nominated
Best Actor – Telugu Prabhas Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Telugu Sathyaraj Nominated
Best Actor in a Negative Role – Telugu Sampath Raj Won
Best Fight Choreographer – Telugu Anal Arasu Nominated
Best Dance Choreographer – Telugu Prem Rakshit (for song "Darlingey") Nominated
Santosham Film Awards[47] Best Lyricist Ramajogayya Sastry Won
Best Art Director N. S. Prakash Won

Remakes[edit]

John Abraham, actor turned producer has acquired the Hindi remake rights of Mirchi from the makers. John told PTI, "I saw the film and loved it a lot. We have bought the rights of the film and are quite excited to remake it here in Hindi. I would be acting in the film too. The cast and crew members are not yet finalized."[48][49][50] From South, Kannada actor, director and producer Sudeep directed and acted in the Kannada remake of Mirchi. The film was named as Maanikya. Sudeep roped V. Ravichandran for an important role in the remake.[51] It is being remade in Bengali as Bindaas with Dev, Srabanti and Sayantika. Mirchi also dubbed into Malayalam titled the same name of Mirchi in the year of 2015 .The movie released by the banner of ifar international by Rafi Mathira

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