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Directed bySrinivas Raju
Written bySrinivas Raju
Produced byThulasi Gopal
StarringPrajwal Devaraj
Aindrita Ray
CinematographyK. Datthu
Edited bySuresh Urs
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Markwell Entertainment
Release date
  • 28 May 2010 (2010-05-28)
Running time
145 minutes

Nannavanu (Kannada: ನನ್ನವನು) is a 2010 Indian Kannada language romantic drama film written and directed by Srinivas Raju and produced by Thulasi Gopal. The film stars Prajwal Devaraj along with Aindrita Ray and Avinash in pivotal roles. The film deals with the reincarnation revenge story as the backdrop. Music maestro Ilaiyaraaja scored the music and V. Nagendra Prasad wrote the lyrics for the songs.

The film released on 28 May 2010 across Karnataka and set high expectations for its storyline, music and also some controversies. However upon release, the film generally met with negative reviews from the critics and audience.


Sanjana (Aindrita) suddenly wakes up to know that she was murdered in her previous birth. She musters up courage to fight a case and seek justice to her murder through a lawyer. She finds a struggling lawyer Bharadwaj (Prajwal) who has a striking resemblance to her lover in her previous birth. She hires him to fight her case and offers him huge amount even if he lost the case. They take up the case to fight against an MLA (Avinash) who was the Chief Minister earlier responsible for her death. What happens to her case and who wins forms the rest of the story.



Director Srinivas Raju announced his second directorial venture and called Nannavanu as a pure love story. He had said that the story had flashed to his mind during his engineering study days and was keeping on working on it. He said that actor Prajwal was having two different get-ups, one being a lawyer role. Shooting was initially scheduled for a straight 72 days but the team finished well within 58 days.[1] During the shooting process, since the days clashed with the general elections, the team had to shift to Hyderabad's Ramoji Rao Studios to complete some sequences.[2] However, the film got entangled in controversies such as actress Aindrita not attending the promotional campaigns since she alleged that she was not paid as promised by the producer.[3][4] The director claimed that the producer's busy schedule was one of the reasons for the delayed release of the film.[5]


Soundtrack album by
Released8 May 2009
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelAudio 9

All the songs are composed by Ilaiyaraaja teaming up with the director yet again. A new audio company called Audio 9 was unveiled by politician Sahai Raj and the very first film to be produced under this label was Nannavanu. Actor Devaraj was the special invitee and he released the official soundtrack. The event was held in Bangalore on 8 May 2010.[6]

All lyrics are written by V. Nagendra Prasad; all music is composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

Track listing
1."Denna Dennanna"Vijay Yesudas 
2."Hey Maamu"Karthik, Vijay Yesudas, Tippu 
3."Muthuthara Muthamma"Ilaiyaraaja, Bela Shende 
4."Modalane Baari"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Bela Shende 
5."Om Shivoham"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Bela Shende 
6."Enidu Enidu"Sriram, Bela Shende 
7."Devaadi Deva (bit)"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 


Critical response[edit]

Shruti Indira Lakshminarayana of scored the film at 1 out of 5 stars and says "Prajwal gets to shed his action hero image with Nannavanu and does a decent job. He is better off in the second half though. Aindrita is okay. Nannavanu fails to recreate the magic of some of the recent rebirth-oriented scripts like Magadheera. It can definitely be avoided".[7] A critic from The Times of India scored the film at 2 out of 5 stars and says "Prajwal has done exceptionally well in the second half. Aindritha is okay. Komal excels in an impressive role. Music by Ilayaraja has only Tamil tunes and camera by K Dattu is average".[8] Satish Shile from Deccan Herald wrote "The movie’s pace in the first half simply tests the audiences’ patience. It is a mix of senseless comedy and illogical sequence of events.  The only welcome relief is Ilayaraja’s music".[9] A critic from Bangalore Mirror wrote  "Prajwal is good as the undertaker in the flashback while Aindrita does her job without much fuss. The music is a relief though not of the ‘hit’ quality you expect from Ilayaraja. Not a must watch but you won’t mind watching Nannavanu".[10]


  1. ^ "Nannavanu is a pure love story says Director". Jaisontaccode Blog. 16 April 2010.
  2. ^ "'Nannavanu' in Hyderabad". Indiaglitz. 8 May 2008. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  3. ^ "I decided to be flexible and punctual: Aindrita". The New Indian Express. 20 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Aindrita irks director". Deccan Herald. 2010.
  5. ^ "'Nannavanu' on April 16". Indiaglitz. 6 April 2010.
  6. ^ "'NANNAVANU' AUDIO FROM NEW 'AUDIO 9'". 9 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Avoid Nannavanu". 31 May 2010.
  8. ^ "NANNAVANU MOVIE REVIEW". The Times of India. 10 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Nannavanu". Deccan Herald. 28 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Nannavanu: An average film". Bangalore Mirror. 28 May 2010.