Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari

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Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari
2014 Kannada film Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed bySanthosh Ananddram
Produced by
  • Jayanna
  • Bhogendra
Written bySantosh Ananddram
Screenplay by
  • Santhosh Ananddram
  • Vijay Naagendra
Starring
Music byV. Harikrishna
CinematographyVaidy S
Edited byK. M. Prakash
Production
company
Jayanna Combines
Distributed byJayanna Combines
Release date
  • 25 December 2014 (2014-12-25)
Running time
160 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageKannada
Budget6 Crore
Box officeest. 50 crore [1][2]

Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari is a 2014 Indian Kannada romantic drama film written and directed by Santhosh Ananddram and produced by the duo Jayanna and Bhogendra under the banner Jayanna Combines. It stars Yash and Radhika Pandit in the lead roles. The supporting cast features Srinath, Achyuth Kumar and Malavika Avinash. The plot revolves around two characters; a tearaway youngster, Ramachari, who idolizes Vishnuvardhan; and his love interest, a sophisticated Divya. On being in a relationship, Divya questions his waywardness and lack of organization in life, and part on a sour note, only to reconcile later.

The film was announced in September 2013; filming commenced in April 2014 and ended in September 2014. It was shot primarily in Bangalore and Mysore, and significant portions were filmed in Chitradurga. The cinematography was done by Vaidy S. and was edited by K. M. Prakash. V. Harikrishna composed the film score and the soundtrack. The film was released on 25 December 2014 to positive critical reception, with the screenplay and the acting performances receiving acclaim. It completed a 200-day run and grossed 500 million[1]

The film won multiple awards at the Filmfare Awards South and SIIMA Awards. It also turned out as Yash's fifth consecutive success.[3] Commercially, it became one of Kannada cinema's most successful films. Its Tamil remake rights is bought by Escape Artists Motion Pictures in 2015.[4] In 2016 it was remade in Marathi as Mr. and Mrs. Sadachari.[5] It was dubbed in Hindi by same name.

Plot[edit]

Ramachari (Yash), a hot-headed college-goer, is a fan of Vishnuvardhan from his childhood often watching his films. Inspired by the character Ramachari portrayed by Vishnuvardhan in Naagarahaavu, he gets it tattooed on his chest. Due to his waywardness, his relationship with his father (Achyuth Kumar) is damaged to an extent where the father and son cannot stand each other. His father favours his elder son Hari (Vishal Hegde), who is docile and studious; the benchmark of an ideal son.

Ramachari hardly attends college and mostly hangs out with his friends Dattu (Ashok Sharma) and Chikkappa (Girish Shivanna), thus being resented by Dattu's mother (Malavika Avinash). At college one day, he encounters Divya (Radhika Pandit), a damsel in distress, being ragged by seniors. Divya, however is Dattus's sister, unbeknown to Ramachari. Ramachari instantly falls in love with her who too reciprocates. He prefers calling her Margaret (based on actress Shubha's character in Naagarahaavu, Vishnuvardhan's love interest). The new-found love is sweet for Divya and Ramachari and they make a hot-headed decision to get married. But, they face problems with their relationship, which leads to a painful breakup.

Ramachari agrees to marry a girl of his father's choice to save his honor, and on hearing this, Divya attempts suicide. Later, Divya seemingly overcomes her hurt and agrees to marry Aakash (Sameer Dattani), a boy of her mother's choice. Both marriages are set on the same date and in the same town of Chitradurga. Both the weddings are managed by a wedding planner, Manche Gowda (Sadhu Kokila), who mixes up the photos of bride and groom, leading to confusing situations between either parties. On the day of the wedding, Ramachari gets his fiancée married to her boyfriend Farhan and performs a monologue by Vishnuvardhan's statue at Chitradurga fort. When Divya learns of this, she breaks her engagement and goes on to unite with him.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Casting[edit]

It was revealed in September 2013, that the lead pair in the film would be Yash and Radhika Pandit.[6] The film was their third together, after Moggina Manasu (2008) and Drama (2012). Sameer Dattani, in August 2014, said that he would be making a cameo appearance in the film.[7]

Filming[edit]

The filming of Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari began in April 2014 in Bangalore.[8] However, another report said, the film was shot in Goa in its first schedule before filming in Bangalore and Mysore.[9] With the lead pair of Yash and Pandit playing the roles of college students in the film, the college scenes were filmed in Maharaja's College, Mysore. Team went on to shoot the climax portion in Chitradurga.[10] Filming of a song sequence was underway with an allocated budget of 75 lakh (US$100,000) in October 2014. Part of a five-day schedule, filming resumed in Nelamangala, Bangalore Rural district, after having completed the first part at Minerva Mills in Bangalore. This was when heavy rains destroyed the set put up over a period of 20 days, costing the producer a loss of 40 lakh (US$56,000).[11][12] Another song sequence for the film was then shot in Switzerland.[13]

It was revealed that Ramachari, the character portrayed by Yash, in the film, is inspired by the character of the same name portrayed by Vishnuvardhan in his 1972 film Naagarahaavu. Yash, in the film, sports a tattoo of that character on his chest, played by Vishnuvardhan, and plays the role of a fan of the character.[14] Speaking on this, the film's director said, "Just like the character of Ramachari in Naagarahaavu, our hero is a rebel and he is short-tempered. Moreover, he is a great fan of the Ramachari character itself and is inspired in life by it. He tries to lead a life similar to the character."[14] Yash got the portrait of Ramachari tattooed on his chest on all days of filming, that took over an hour, done by Mayur, a Bangalore-based tattoo artist.[15]

Marketing[edit]

The film's first look revealing the logo and the crew was released on 8 September 2014.[16] The first promos of Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari were released on 15 September. To mark the occasion of late actor Vishnuvardhan's birth anniversary, the first teaser of the film was released on 17 September.[17] The first look poster of the film's lead actors was released on 19 September.[18] It featured Yash holding Pandit by his left arm and a snake by his right.[19] The official film trailer was released on YouTube on 15 December 2014.

Soundtrack[edit]

Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari
Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari album cover.jpg
Soundtrack cover
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedNovember 2014
Recorded2014
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length23:32
LabelD Beats
ProducerV. Harikrishna

V. Harikrishna composed the background score for the film and its soundtracks. The album consists of six soundtracks.[20] The track "Annthamma" was sung by the male lead in the film Yash, who made his debut as a playback singer with the track.[21] The track had been recorded in the voices of the composer V. Harikrishna and Vijay Prakash, before it was decided that Yash record it.[22]

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Yaaralli"Santhosh AnanddramRanjith3:38
2."Mr & Mrs Ramachari"A. P. ArjunTippu3:56
3."Upavasa"Ghouse PeerSonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal4:05
4."Yenappa"Ghouse PeerTippu3:30
5."Kaarmoda"Ghouse PeerRajesh Krishnan4:10
6."Annthamma"Yogaraj BhatYash4:13
Total length:23:32

Reception[edit]

The album was received well by listeners of which over 15,000 was sold by mid-February 2015. It was also among the most downloaded albums on the internet at around 3 lakhs.[23]

Release and reception[edit]

The film was given the "U" certificate by the Regional Censor Board, without censoring any part of it.[24] It was released theatrically on 25 December 2014 across Karnataka. Following good response at the domestic box-office, it was screened in the US, Germany and Ireland.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The film released theatrically on 25 December 2014, in over 200 theatres across Karnataka. Upon release, it opened to generally positive response from critics. G. S. Kumar of The Times of India reviewed the film gave the film a 3.5/5 rating and wrote that the film had a "neat plot, interspersed with lively sequences." Of the acting performances, he wrote, "Yash is brilliant, be it his expressions, dialogue delivery or style. Radhika Pandit delivers a winsome performance. Srinath, Achyuth Kumar, Malavika and Dhyan essay their roles with ease. Ashok Sharma shows promise of a good actor." He added crediting the film's music and cinematography.[25] Writing for Bangalore Mirror, Shyam Prasad S. called the film "a visually appealing mass entertainer". He wrote praising the film's screenplay and the performances of all the actors, and its cinematography.[26] A. Sharadhaa of The New Indian Express called the film "a family entertainer" and praised the film's screenplay, dialogues and the performances of Yash, Radhika Pandit, Achuyth Kumar, Malavika Avinash and Srinath. He concluded crediting the music, cinematography and editing in making the film "that works on many levels and is cheerful, romantic and emotional".[27] S. Viswanath of Deccan Herald gave the film a rating of three out of five, and said the film was "Preachy and predictable". He wrote, "If only subtlety and sanity scored over predictable commercial claptrap, this Ramachari could have also risen to cult status of S R Puttanna Kanagal’s Naagarhaavu’s own eponymous hero." and added that it "condescends to cliched contrivances".[28]

Box office[edit]

The collections of the film took a hit following its release a week after the release of the then already successful Hindi film, PK.[29] The first few weeks saw the huge fan following of legendary actor late Dr Vishnuvardhan followed by Yash fans and Vishnuvardhan fans together pouring in to watch the film repeatedly.[30] However, it collected 3 crore (US$420,000) on the day of its release, 25 December.[31] At the end of its fifth day from release, it had collected 12 crore (US$1.7 million), making it one of the biggest openings for a Jayanna Combines film or a Yash film.[32] Following a good run, the collections totalled to 23 crore (US$3.2 million) at the end of 15 days.[33][1] It went on to complete its 100-day run on 3 April.[34] Following a good response domestically, the film was released in the United States, where it collected 8 lakh (US$11,000).[35] By the end of its 29-week run, the film completed 4,500 shows and by most reports, it earned a lifetime collection of over 23 crore (US$3.2 million), although the exact figures were not officially reported.[36] In the process, it has become one of the highest-grossing film of Kannada cinema.[37]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Filmfare Awards South 26 June 2015 Best Film Jayanna, Bhogendra Won [38]
[39]
Best Director Santhosh Ananddram Nominated
Best Actor Yash Won
Best Actress Radhika Pandit Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Malavika Avinash Nominated
Best Music Director V. Harikrishna Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Yash Nominated
Zee Kannada Music Awards 19 July 2015 Popular Album of the Year Mr. and Mrs.Ramachari album Won [40]
Popular Song of the Year "Annthamma" Nominated
South Indian International Movie Awards 6–7 August 2015 Best Film Jayanna Combines Won [41]
Best Director Santhosh Ananddram Won
Best Debutant Director Santhosh Ananddram Nominated
Best Actor Yash Won
Best Actress Radhika Pandit Won
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) Achyuth Kumar Won
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) Kaavya Sha Nominated
Best Comedian Sadhu Kokila Nominated
Best Music Director V. Harikrishna Won
Best Playback Singer (Male) Rajesh Krishnan
"Kaarmoda"
Won
Best Lyricist Santhosh Ananddram
"Yaaralli"
Nominated
Best Lyricist Ghouse Peer
"Kaarmoda"
Won
Best Cinematographer Vaidy S. Won
Best Dance Choreographer Murali
"Mr & Mrs Ramachari"
Nominated
Best Fight Choreographer Ravi Verma Won
IIFA Utsavam 25 January 2016 Best Picture Jayanna Combines Nominated [42]
[43]
Best Director Santhosh Ananddram Nominated
Best Performance In A Leading Role – Male Yash Won
Best Performance In A Leading Role – Female Radhika Pandit Won
Best Performance In A Supporting Role – Male Achyuth Kumar Nominated
Best Performance In A Supporting Role – Female Malavika Avinash Nominated
Best Performance In A Comic Role Sadhu Kokila Won
Best Music Direction V. Harikrishna Nominated
Best Lyrics Santhosh Ananddram (for "Yaaralli") Nominated
Best Playback Singer - Female Shreya Ghoshal (for "Upavaasa") Won

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