Prithvi (2010 film)

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Directed byJacob Varghese
Produced byN.S. Rajkumar
Soorappa Babu
StarringPuneeth Rajkumar
CinematographySathya. P
Edited byKishore Te.
Music byManikanth Kadri
Release date
  • 23 April 2010 (2010-04-23)
Running time
134 minutes

Prithvi is a 2010 Indian Kannada-language action drama film directed by Jacob Varghese and produced by N.S. Rajkumar and Soorappa Babu. The film stars Puneeth Rajkumar and Parvathy Thiruvothu in lead roles. Manikanth Kadri composed the music of the film. The movie was dubbed in Malayalam and Telugu with the same title.[1][2]


Prithvi Kumar is an aspiring IAS trainee, who passes his CSE examination and receives posting as DC in Bellary district. He is married to his love interest Priya and leaves for Bellary and they receive a warm welcome. Prithvi joins the office and also learn about the illegal mining and water pollution arising in the district. At the office, Prithvi is visited by an old man named Shankarappa from Sandur-Taluk, who reveals that his son Kantharaju is missing for many days, Prithvi promises to look into the matter.

Meanwhile, Prithvi looks into the Eshwari mines files and is visited by Mining Federation, who bribes him with an expensive watch in the form of felicitation, Prithvi denies the offer. Later, Prithvi learns from Sandur-Taluk Inspector Suryaprakash that Kantharaju is actually a government surveyor and goes the Sandur-Taluk hospital, only to find that the diseases are affected by the illegal mining. Naagendra Nayak, who is the main owner of the Eshwari Mines tells Prithvi to blindly sign the file with the support of his minister brother Narasimha Nayak and Home Minister. Prithvi denies and rejects the file and sends it to Central Government, which provokes Naagendra, who destroys Prithvi's bike with a bomb,

When Prithvi and Priya were at an NGO school function. Prithvi seizes the illegal mines owned by Naagendra, due to which Naagendra forms a strike with the help of people and a riot ensues where the media projects Prithvi as a leader. Narasimha forces the Home Minister to order Prithvi to reopen the factory, but to no avail. With the help of a reporter Basavaraj, He finds about the border dispute between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and the survey file is with Kantharaju. One night, Prithvi receives a call from Basavaraj, who reveals that he found Kantharaju in Ananth Nagar, Andhra Pradesh and is ready to meet him. Prithvi, along with Surya Prakash and Basavaraj meets Kantharaju, who gives the border-survey file to Prithvi and leaves. Naagendra's henchman finds out and informs it to Naagendra, who kidnaps Kantharaju.

Basavaraj leaves for Bangalore, but gets kidnapped by Naagendra, who kills him and throws his severed head at Prithvi's house. Naagendra provokes Prithvi and they engage in hand-to-hand combat at the office where the Home Minister grants a leave to Prithvi, based on trauma. Priya, who is horrified by the events ask Prithvi that they leave the district, but Prithvi objects and tells Priya that she can leave. A dejected Priya leaves to her parents' house. Prithvi confronts Naagendra's henchman, and a battle ensues where Prithvi is knocked in the process but survives. Prithvi calls Surya Prakash and formulates a plan to destroy Naagendra. Under Prithvi's orders, Surya Prakash tells Naagendra to arrive with Kantharaju alone and will hand over the survey file.

Naagendra arrives with Kantharaju and meets Prithvi where they engage in close-combat. Prithvi defeats Naagendra where he frees Kantharaju and buries Naagendra, along with his car in his own mining. Kantharaju, along with his wife and children reunite with Shankarappa. Priya reunites with Prithvi. Narasimha gets arrested due to the illegal mining and the mines are seized by the Government and Naagendra's name is added in the Bellary missing person case. The film ends with Prithvi continuing his duties as the DC in Bellary.



Soundtrack album by
Released11 April 2010 (2010-04-11)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAnand Audio
External audio
audio icon Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

Manikanth Kadri scored the film's background music and composed its soundtrack, lyrics for which was penned by Jayant Kaikini, K. Kalyan and Kaviraj. The soundtrack album consists of six tracks.[3] Actress and singer Shruti Haasan made her debut as a playback singer for a Kannada track with "Nenapidu Nenapidu". Saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath, also the father of the composer Manikanth Kadri, lent bits to the track "Kukkoo Kogileyinda". The album was released in Bangalore on 11 April 2010. Anand Audio distributed the album into the market.[4][5]

Track listing
1."Hejjegondu Hejje"KavirajClinton Cerejo, Benny Dayal, Shweta Mohan4:39
2."Nenapidu Nenapidu"K. KalyanKarthik, Shruti Haasan4:26
3."Kukkoo Kogileyinda"K. KalyanRajesh Krishnan, Sunidhi Chauhan4:46
4."Ninagende Visheshavaada"Jayanth KaikiniKunal Ganjawala, Hamsika Iyer4:26
5."Haagella Nee Nodabeda"Jayanth KaikiniHaricharan, Anitha Karthikeyan4:42
6."Jagave Ninadu"K. KalyanManikanth Kadri, Benny Dayal4:06
Total length:27:05


Prithvi ran for 70 days in the Sagar and Menaka. The film became a commercial success in the A centers and multiplexes, but it flopped in B and C Centres. However, the film received cult status after being telecasted on Udaya TV.

The film was also dubbed in Malayalam and Telugu as Prithvi IAS.


Critical response[edit]

The Times of India gave 3.5/5 stars and wrote "A good show by director Jacob Varghese, who has chosen the intriguing Bellary politics with `gani-dhanis' (mining lords) in focus".[6] Shruti Indira Lakshminarayana of Rediff gave 3.5/5 stars and wrote "Jacob Verghese adds commercial touch to this serious subject by including some heavy duty action sequences. Prithvi is definitely a treat for Puneet fans".[7] B S Srivani of Deccan Herald praised the script, cast performances, action scenes and technical aspects.[8] Bangalore Mirror wrote "Prithvi is still worth a watch. Fans can look forward to multiple viewing".[9] Renu Joseph of News18 termed the film as "A fast-paced action thriller" despite its predictability.[10]


  1. ^ "Prithvi to Malayalam - Kannada News". 26 February 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Parvathi back with Prithvi". The New Indian Express. 14 April 2010.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Prithvi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – EP by Manikanth Kadri". iTunes. 23 February 2010. Archived from the original on 28 July 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  4. ^ Pyarilal, Vasanth (12 April 2010). "Puneeth's 'Prithvi' audio launched". Archived from the original on 28 July 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Prithvi Audio Released". 12 April 2010. Archived from the original on 28 July 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  6. ^ "PRITHVI MOVIE REVIEW". The Times of India. 14 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Prithvi is a treat for Puneet fans". 23 April 2010.
  8. ^ "PRITHVI". Deccan Herald. 23 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Prithvi: Good news from Bellary". Bangalore Mirror. 23 April 2010.
  10. ^ "Prithvi: A fast paced action thriller". News18 India. 14 May 2010.

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