Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari
|Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari|
|Directed by||Santhosh Ananddram|
|Written by||Santosh Ananddram|
|Music by||V. Harikrishna|
|Edited by||K. M. Prakash|
|Distributed by||Jayanna Combines|
|Box office||est. ₹50 crore |
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
The film won multiple awards at the Filmfare Awards South and SIIMA Awards. It also turned out as Yash's fifth consecutive success. Commercially, it became one of Kannada cinema's most successful films. Its Tamil remake rights is bought by Escape Artists Motion Pictures in 2015. In 2016 it was remade in Marathi as Mr. and Mrs. Sadachari. It was dubbed in Hindi by same name.
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.
- Yash as Ramachari
- Radhika Pandit as Divya
- Srinath as Venkatesh
- Achyuth Kumar as Shankar
- Malavika Avinash as Sudha
- Vishal Hegde as Hari
- Ashok Sharma as Dattu
- Sadhu Kokila as Manche Gowda
- Kaavya Sha
- Aruna Balaraj
- Srinivas Prabhu
- Girish Shivanna
- Rockline Sudhakar
- Sameer Dattani (credited as Dhyan) as Akash, cameo appearance
- Sangamesh Upase as Manche Gowda's assistant
- Sadhu Kokila as MancheGowda, Marriage Contracter
- Mysore Naidu
It was revealed in September 2013, that the lead pair in the film would be Yash and Radhika Pandit. 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.
The filming of Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari began in April 2014 in Bangalore. However, another report said, the film was shot in Goa in its first schedule before filming in Bangalore and Mysore. 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. 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). Another song sequence for the film was then shot in Switzerland.
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. 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." 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.
The film's first look revealing the logo and the crew was released on 8 September 2014. 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. The first look poster of the film's lead actors was released on 19 September. It featured Yash holding Pandit by his left arm and a snake by his right. The official film trailer was released on YouTube on 15 December 2014.
|Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
V. Harikrishna composed the background score for the film and its soundtracks. The album consists of six soundtracks. The track "Annthamma" was sung by the male lead in the film Yash, who made his debut as a playback singer with the track. The track had been recorded in the voices of the composer V. Harikrishna and Vijay Prakash, before it was decided that Yash record it.
|2.||"Mr & Mrs Ramachari"||A. P. Arjun||Tippu||3:56|
|3.||"Upavasa"||Ghouse Peer||Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal||4:05|
|5.||"Kaarmoda"||Ghouse Peer||Rajesh Krishnan||4:10|
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.
Release and reception
The film was given the "U" certificate by the Regional Censor Board, without censoring any part of it. 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.
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. 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. 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". 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".
The collections of the film took a hit following its release a week after the release of the then already successful Hindi film, PK. 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. However, it collected ₹3 crore (US$420,000) on the day of its release, 25 December. 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. Following a good run, the collections totalled to ₹23 crore (US$3.2 million) at the end of 15 days. It went on to complete its 100-day run on 3 April. Following a good response domestically, the film was released in the United States, where it collected ₹8 lakh (US$11,000). 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. In the process, it has become one of the highest-grossing film of Kannada cinema.
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result||Ref(s)|
|Filmfare Awards South||26 June 2015||Best Film||Jayanna, Bhogendra||Won|||
|Best Director||Santhosh Ananddram||Nominated|
|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|||
|Popular Song of the Year||"Annthamma"||Nominated|
|South Indian International Movie Awards||6–7 August 2015||Best Film||Jayanna Combines||Won|||
|Best Director||Santhosh Ananddram||Won|
|Best Debutant Director||Santhosh Ananddram||Nominated|
|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
|Best Lyricist||Santhosh Ananddram
|Best Lyricist||Ghouse Peer
|Best Cinematographer||Vaidy S.||Won|
|Best Dance Choreographer||Murali
"Mr & Mrs Ramachari"
|Best Fight Choreographer||Ravi Verma||Won|
|IIFA Utsavam||25 January 2016||Best Picture||Jayanna Combines||Nominated|||
|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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