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S/O Satyamurthy
Allu Arjun and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in dance poses.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Trivikram Srinivas
Produced by S. Radha Krishna
Written by Trivikram Srinivas
Starring Allu Arjun
Upendra
Prakash Raj
Brahmanandam
Rajendra Prasad
Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Sneha
Adah Sharma
Nithya Menen
Narrated by

Allu Arjun

Sanket Mhatre (as Allu Arjun in the Hindi version)
Music by Devi Sri Prasad[1]
Cinematography Prasad Murella
Edited by Prawin Pudi
Production
company
Haarika & Hassine Creations
Distributed by Classic Entertainments
(Overseas)[2]
Sri Venkateswara Creations
(Nizam)[3]
Release date
  • 9 April 2015 (2015-04-09)[4]
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 400—500 million[a]
Box office 950 million[7]

S/O Satyamurthy (read as Son of Satyamurthy) is a 2015 Indian Telugu-language drama film directed by Trivikram Srinivas and produced by S. Radha Krishna for Haarika & Haasine Creations. It features an ensemble cast of Allu Arjun, Upendra, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Sneha, Adah Sharma, Nithya Menen, Rajendra Prasad, Brahmanandam and Ali. Prakash Raj makes a cameo appearance as Satyamurthy.

The film revolves around three characters; the first follows his heart, the second uses his brain and the third uses his brawn. The first is Viraj Anand, the son of a billionaire named Satyamurthy, who gives his money to creditors after his father's death. A creditor still owed money is Paida Sambasiva Rao (the second of the three), whose daughter Sameera falls in love with Anand. Sambasiva Rao informs Anand that he has to produce documentation of land sold by Satyamurthy to a landlord, Devaraj Naidu (the third of the three) to marry Sameera. The rest of the film focuses on the consequences faced by Anand and Sambasiva Rao's change in viewpoint toward Satyamurthy.

In addition to directing the film, Srinivas wrote its screenplay. Initially planned as a multilingual film shot in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu, the producers filmed in Telugu and dubbed it into Malayalam with the same title. Devi Sri Prasad composed the score and Prasad Murella was its cinematographer. Production began on 10 April 2014 at Ramanaidu Studios in Hyderabad. Principal photography began on 22 September 2014 in Hyderabad, lasting until mid-March 2015. Except for three songs filmed in Europe, the rest of the film was shot in and around Hyderabad.

The Telugu version was released worldwide on 1375 screens on 9 April 2015 to a lukewarm response, and the Malayalam version was released on 24 April 2015. On a 400–500-million budget, S/O Satyamurthy earned a distributor share of 519 million and grossed 905 million. The film was an above average grosser based on the return on the distributors' investment of 540 million. It is in seventh place on the all-time list of highest-grossing Telugu films at the global box office. With this film, Allu Arjun became the first Telugu actor with two consecutive films earning more than 500 million worldwide.

Plot[edit]

Narrator Viraj Anand is the younger son of Satyamurthy, a billionaire businessman who dies in an accident. Although Anand has 3 billion worth of property and stock which is worthless, he owes an equal amount. Paida Sambasiva Rao, one of Satyamurthy's creditors, suggests that Anand file for bankruptcy to protect his wealth but Anand wants to preserve his father's image. Anand's older brother becomes mentally unstable and, at Sambasiva Rao's advice, the father of Anand's fiancée Pallavi cancels their upcoming wedding. Anand and his family move to a simpler home in Hyderabad, and he becomes the family's sole breadwinner. He joins his friend's event-management company as a wedding planner, and his assistant Parandhamaiah goes with him.

Anand is assigned to plan a destination wedding at Ooty, which turns out to be Pallavi's. There he meets Sameera (also known as Subbalakshmi), a diabetic, with whom he eventually falls in love. While planning Pallavi's marriage Anand faces many difficulties, including an attempt by Pallavi's uncle and his son to stop the marriage because of her father's mistreatment. Pallavi's father and uncle reconcile, and Anand is paid more than the agreed amount in gratitude. Sameera turns out to be Sambasiva Rao's daughter; the latter objects to their marriage, saying that Satyamurthy cheated him when he sold an 8,000-square-foot (740 m2) property illegally acquired by landlord Devaraj Naidu. The current market value of the land is half billion rupees. Sambasiva Rao tells Anand that he will agree to the marriage if Anand can deliver the land documents from Devaraj in four weeks.

Anand and Parandhamaiah set out for house number 6 in Reddiarpatti to exchange the original documents for fake ones. Instead they end up in house number 9 and reveal their intentions to Devaraj, who traps them without harm; Devaraj cannot hurt anyone in front of his wife, Lakshmi, from whom he has hidden his true self for twenty years. Sambasiva Rao's family is kidnapped and brought to Devaraj's house; the next day Anand saves Devaraj from the brother (Kumarasamy Naidu, Devaraj's henchman since five years) of his rival, Veerasamy Naidu. Impressed, Devaraj agrees to return the land documents if Anand becomes engaged to his sister Valli. However, Valli wants to marry Lakshmi's brother and threatens to kill Anand if he does not break their engagement.

Valli teases Sameera, acting as if she is in love with Anand (which makes Devaraj happy). Devaraj's brother-in-law Koda Rambabu goes to Reddiarpatti, mistakenly believing that Parandhamaiah is Sameera's lover and Valli's potential lover. He wants to stop the marriage, and at Anand's suggestion Rambabu and Sambasiva Rao ask Veerasamy to have his henchmen kill the bridegroom; this would stop the marriage on the last day of the four-week deadline imposed by Sambasiva Rao. Although Anand plans to help Valli elope with her cousin, Veerasamy's henchmen mistake him for Anand and try to kill him. Devaraj and Anand save her cousin; when Devaraj tries to kill Rambabu, Anand says that he was the mastermind behind the plan and wants the real land documents.

Nine minutes are left before Sambasiva Rao's deadline; as Anand and Devaraj duel, Anand's mother enters. Devaraj and his family are shocked, remembering that Satyamurthy was fatally injured when he saved Valli from an accident planned by Veerasamy. Before he died, Satyamurthy told Valli that he made a mistake selling illegally acquired land to his friend and wants to rectify it with the landlord. Devaraj and Sambasiva Rao are full of remorse, and Devaraj returns the land documents to Anand in accordance with Satyamurthy's last wish. Anand gives the papers to Sambasiva Rao, who apologises for his behaviour. Veerasamy dies in an accident, and Koda Rambabu is spared.

Anand and Sambasiva Rao are on their way home with their families when Pallavi's father meets them with news that the market value of Anand's stock is now worth five billion rupees. An emotional Anand thanks his father at the spot where Satyamurthy saved Valli's life.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Trivikram Srinivas planned to direct Allu Arjun in a film produced by S. Radha Krishna for Haarika & Haasine Creations (who produced their 2012 collaboration Julai), since Srinivas had committed to another film with them.[8] Allu Aravind was later rumoured to co-produce of the film as Geetha Arts.[9] The film's pooja ceremony was held at Radha Krishna's office in early December 2013, and filming was expected to begin in February 2014.[10] Rumors that the film was shelved were denied by a film-unit source, who said that Srinivas' screenplay was nearly complete.[11] Devi Sri Prasad was chosen to compose the score and Prawin Pudi was signed as the film editor, marking Pudi's fifth collaboration with Srinivas.[12][13][b]

The film was officially launched at Ramanaidu Studios in Hyderabad on 10 April 2014.[14][15][16] In June, the film's title was rumoured to be Kavacham.[17] After considerable discussion, the producers reportedly tentatively planned to name the film Trishulam (also the title of a 1982 Telugu film starring Krishnam Raju and Sridevi). Agreements between the principals of both films were reportedly signed in early November 2014.[18] Radhakrishna denied the reports, saying that the film's title would be announced in early December 2014 with its preview.[19] Trivikram reportedly considered the title Hushaaru in mid-January 2015.[20] Another title under consideration was Jaadugar, earlier used for a 1989 Hindi film starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Prada.[21]

The producers reportedly dropped the first two titles after poor feedback, and Jaadugar was expected to be chosen;[22] S/O Krishnamurthy was also considered.[23] S/O Satyamurthy (read as Son of Satyamurthy) was confirmed as the film's title on 6 March 2015 in a press release from the producers.[24] The film was initially planned for simultaneous release in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam.[25][26] A dubbed Kannada version, along with Tamil and Malayalam, later was planned because of Upendra and Allu Arjun's popularity in Karnataka.[27]

Although the dubbed Malayalam version was also entitled S/O Satyamurthy, the dubbed Tamil and Kannada versions were scrapped for fiscal reasons and it was released in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka with English subtitles.[28] Arjun began dubbing his role in early January,[29] and post-production was scheduled to resume in late February.[30] The actor resumed dubbing on 7 March, after returning from Spain.[31]

Casting[edit]

Smiling young woman at the Filmfare Awards
Smiling young woman in a pink-and-yellow sash
Pensive-looking young woman with plain earrings
Samantha Akkineni (left), Adah Sharma (middle) and Nithya Menen (right) were signed for the female lead roles.

Allu Arjun was part of the project since its initial stages in early November 2013.[8] Samantha Ruth Prabhu was cast as one of the film's heroines, her first collaboration with Arjun.[32] S/O Satyamurthy has three female leads; although Arjun initially denied this,[33][34] Srinivas confirmed that the film has three heroines.[35] Kriti Sanon was rumoured to be one of the three female leads, although she later denied it.[36] Adah Sharma and Pranitha Subhash were cast as the other two female leads,[37][38] after Regina Cassandra,[39][40] Nayantara[41] and Rashi Khanna were considered for Subhash's role.[42] Subhash was later replaced by Nithya Menen because of conceptual differences with Srinivas,[43][44] although she later said that she never signed for the film and reports that she had walked out were rumours.[45]

Rao Ramesh was cast in a crucial role.[46] Although Arjun Sarja was reported to be the film's antagonist in mid-August 2014,[47][48] Sarja later confirmed that he was not part of the project due to other commitments.[49] Sneha confirmed in mid-September 2014 that she had an important role in the film.[50] Upendra and Rajendra Prasad were said to play important roles in the film,[51] and Upendra later confirmed his inclusion.[52] Vennela Kishore and Surekha Vani were selected to play supporting roles.[53] Kota Srinivasa Rao was cast at the end of November 2014,[54] and Mamilla Shailaja Priya was cast in a supporting role.[55]

Supporting character actor M. S. Narayana died after most of his portions in the film was completed. Although Srinivas decided not to delete any of his scenes, he faced a dilemma: whether to use a double or make do with what they had.[56] After evaluating many mimics, Srinivas and Arjun reportedly decided to use Siva Reddy to flesh out Narayana's role.[57] Sampath Raj was cast in early February 2015.[58]

Characters[edit]

Man in a brown jacket, speaking into a microphone
Smiling man with rectangular glasses
The way actor Kamal Haasan (left) and cricketer Wasim Akram (middle) handled diabetes in real life inspired Srinivas to make Samantha's character diabetic in the film.

S/O Satyamurthy was considered an image makeover for Arjun.[59] Although his character's name (Viraj Anand) was intended for another role in the film, he requested Srinivas to use the name for the titular character's son.[60] Arjun learned flips, somersaults and other gymnastic skills to perform his stunts.[61] He, his brother Allu Sirish and stylist Ashwin bought his costumes in Dubai, and he lost 10 kilograms (22 lb) with a special diet and gym workouts.[62][63] Sneha was rumoured to play Arjun's sister-in-law.[64]

Upendra was confirmed in a role paralleling Arjun's in the film,[65] and Sharma reportedly wore a traditional attire to suit her role.[37] Sharma's character was revealed to be unstable, while Arjun's character was nuanced;[38][66] he was confirmed as an event manager in late October 2014.[67] Nithya Menen would reportedly play a negative role as Upendra's sister in the film.[68] About Arjun's look, stylist Ashwin said it would reflect the current fashion trends in Milan, Paris and London (incorporating pieces from the autumn-winter 2014 and spring-summer 2015 collections).[69]

Ashwin said that they shopped in Dubai because Arjun wanted to select his costumes, and the European capitals at that time had only winter collections. Arjun would have several hairstyles in the film.[69] Upendra's role was reported to be a Tamil living in Madurai,[70] and he was confirmed as the landlord at the end of January 2015.[71] He was not included in the film's promotional activities since Srinivas did not want to reveal what he considered a crucial character.[60] The way Kamal Haasan and Wasim Akram handled diabetes in real life inspired Srinivas to make Samantha's character diabetic in the film.[72] Samantha was comfortable in the role, since she too had been diagnosed with the disease two years earlier.[73]

Prakash Raj had a limited role, since Srinivas wanted to tell the story of a father by not showing him but instead showing his son's love and his influence on his life.[72] The death of Sampath Raj was an accident because Srinivas did not believe in killing his antagonists directly, but to have them die as a result of their mistakes. Srinivas added that his death was planned so the film would have a good ending.[72]

Filming[edit]

Ornate outdoor sign on pillars, reading "Ramoji Film City"
Ramoji Film City where Arjun's fight scenes were filmed under the supervision of Peter Hein

In early December 2013 it was announced that filming would begin the following February, after Arjun finished Race Gurram.[10] At the end of March 2014, shooting was postponed to the following month and it was later announced that filming would start during the third week of April.[11][15] In June, filming was again postponed to the following month, when Arjun was scheduled to finish Rudramadevi;[74] he completed the film on 30 July.[75]

Principal photography began on 22 September at a Hyderabad-based shopping mall.[53] Samantha arrived at the set on 1 October 2014, after completing Kaththi,[76] and Sharma joined the production unit five days later.[77] A week-long shooting schedule planned at Ooty for scenes with Arjun, Upendra, Samantha and Sneha was disrupted because of unrest in Tamil Nadu due to Jayalalithaa's conviction, and the scenes were filmed near Shamshabad in Hyderabad.[78][79] Art director Ravinder built a large outdoor set for the destination-wedding scene, with flowers flown in from Bangkok.[80]

A fight scene with Arjun was shot at Ramoji Film City under the supervision of Peter Hein.[81] A residential set was built at a cost of 30 million by Ravinder in Kokapet, where scenes with Brahmanandam and Srinivasa Rao were filmed in late November 2014.[54][82][83] The Kokapet set, of a Tamil house in Madurai, required three truckloads of trees from a farmhouse in Kadiam (near Rajahmundry) and materials from Delhi and Chennai.[70] For the set, Srinivas and Ravinder travelled to a small city near Madurai and researched houses. By then, filming was nearly complete and the producers confirmed that the dialogue would be finished by the end of November and the songs shot the following month.[19]

Filming was suspended because of a strike by Film Federation employees and the Memu Saitham Cyclone Hudhud relief fundraiser at Visakhapatnam.[70] The strike was called off, and shooting resumed on 6 December.[84][85] When Upendra finished his first shooting schedule for the film, he returned to the set of Uppi 2 on 10 December.[86] In addition to Arjun's action sequences,[87] Some more scenes were filmed at Ramoji Film City.[88] Comedy sequences featuring Arjun and Samantha were shot at Hyderabad in late December.[89]

Arjun spent the New Year with his wife and son in South Africa, and was scheduled to return to the set during the second week of January 2015.[90] The final shooting schedule began on 6 January in Hyderabad.[91] Additional filming of action and romantic scenes began on 20 January.[92] S/O Satyamurthy's climactic scenes were filmed on the Kokapet house set in late January.[71][82]

Shooting was scheduled to continue there until the first week of February, when the dialogue would be completed.[82] A fight scene with Arjun and hundreds of other fighters was filmed in early February,[93] and Upendra returned to the Hyderabad set for his scenes.[94] A song, choreographed by Shekhar and featuring Arjun, Samantha and Menen, was filmed on the Kokapet house set in late February.[95] The film unit then went to Spain to film three songs[96] also featuring Arjun, Samantha and Menen, returning on 6 March.[97] S/O Satyamurthy's principal photography completed when the last song (choreographed by Jani and featuring Arjun, Samantha and Sharma) was filmed on 11 March 2015 in a specially erected set at Annapurna Studios.[98]

Themes and influences[edit]

Although S/O Satyamurthy was reportedly about a conflict between two families,[99] according to Upendra it revolves around three characters: one who follows his heart, a second who uses his brain and a third who uses his brawn.[52] The characters are a wedding planner (Arjun), a wealthy businessman (Prasad) and a boss (Upendra).[100] Srinivas told the Indo-Asian News Service that his film would highlight a father's role in a person's life, because more films dramatise relationships with mothers.[101] S/O Satyamurthy has urban and rural settings similar to the director's previous film, Attarintiki Daredi (2013).[102]

The film refers to situations in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata in the lives of Rama, Sita, Ravana, Yudhishthira and Karna and to the dowry system.[103][104][105] Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu wrote in her review that the film "attempts to break away from staid portrayal of women and notions of machismo in Telugu cinema". Upendra's character wants his wife to be happy, and hides his dark side from her; Samantha's character is diabetic, and the wall full of post-it notes in Rajendra Prasad's house illustrate marriages where communication has broken down. Dundoo notes lines of dialogue which "scoff" at people who call a girl unlucky if her engagement is broken.[106]

For the scenes between M. S. Narayana and Rao Ramesh, Srinivas was inspired by his mother's maternal uncles in the village of Vegeswarapuram in West Godavari district.[107] In an interview, the director said that the screenplay was based on situations faced by people close to him and how they handled them.[72]

Music[edit]

S/O Satyamurthy
Soundtrack album To S/O Satyamurthy by Devi Sri Prasad
Released 15 March 2015
Recorded 2014–2015
Genre Soundtrack
Length 26:43
Language Telugu
Label Aditya Music
Producer Devi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
Alludu Seenu
(2014)Alludu Seenu2014
S/O Satyamurthy
(2015)
Srimanthudu
(2015)Srimanthudu2015

Devi Sri Prasad composed the soundtrack album and background score for S/O Satyamurthy. Folk singer Raghu Dixit made his Telugu cinema debut as a playback singer, saying on 4 February 2015 that he had recorded a song for the film.[108][109] The soundtrack was scheduled to be released on 14 March,[110] with Pawan Kalyan and Mahesh Babu the expected guests of honour at the release party.[111] In late February 2015, Prasad wrote and recorded a song.[95] Aditya Music acquired the soundtrack's marketing rights, and the seven-track list was released on 14 March 2015.[112] The soundtrack was released the following day at the Hotel Novotel in Hyderabad.[113] The soundtrack's success was celebrated on 6 April 2015 at Haailand, Vijayawada.[114]

IndiaGlitz gave the soundtrack 3.25 out of five stars, calling it "electrifying" and "different offering in part, not totally".[115] Oneindia gave it three out of five stars, selecting "Seethakalam", "Come to the Party" and "Super Machi" as the film's best songs.[116] Behindwoods gave the soundtrack 2.75 out of five stars, calling it typical of the commercially-successful Arjun-Srinivas-Prasad team and low in experimentation.[117] The soundtrack's success was celebrated on 6 April 2015 at Haailand, Vijayawada.[118]

Tracklist
No.TitleLyricsArtist(s)Length
1."One & Two & Three"Devi Sri PrasadSooraj Santhosh02:08
2."Seethakalam"Sri Mani, 1080 g (Rap)Yazin Nizar, 1080 g (Rap)04:24
3."Super Machi"Devi Sri PrasadDevi Sri Prasad, Sravana Bhargavi, Magizhini Manimaaran04:40
4."Come to the Party"Sirivennela SitaramasastriVijay Prakash04:02
5."Jaaruko"Sri ManiSagar, M.M. Manasi04:23
6."Chal Chalo Chalo"Ramajogayya SastryRaghu Dixit, Sooraj Santhosh, Rita05:10
7."Vachchaadu"Devi Sri PrasadJaved Ali02:36
Total length:26:43

Release[edit]

S/O Satyamurthy's release date was originally scheduled for 5 February 2015 in late November 2014,[119] and was later postponed to 2 April (after the 2015 Cricket World Cup) due to post-production delays.[120][121] After the film's review by the censors on 30 March 2015, its release date was rescheduled for 9 April.[122]

S/O Satyamurthy was one of the rare Telugu films to be released in Tamil Nadu with English subtitles.[123] The film was confirmed for release on 100 screens across Karnataka, at the same time as Dheera Rana Vikrama.[124] Its global screen count was 1375, the largest Telugu film release of the year; however, it did not break the record 1450 screens set by 2014's Aagadu.[125] S/O Satyamurthy's dubbed Malayalam version was released on 24 April.[126] At first, it was titled as Bunny – The Perfect Gentleman, later the title was changed to Son of Satyamurthy and had a theatrical release in 2016. Allu Arjun's voice was dubbed by Sanket Mhatre.[127]

Distribution[edit]

S/O Satyamurthy's overseas theatrical rights were sold to Classics Entertainment for an undisclosed sum in late October 2014,[2] and days later its Karnataka rights were also sold for an undisclosed price.[128] Dil Raju acquired the Nizam regional rights for 140 million, one of the highest prices paid for Nizam rights to a film.[3] Bhopal Reddy acquired the Karnataka regional distribution rights for 60 million.[129] The film's theatrical rights were sold for a total of 540 million.[130]

Promotion[edit]

Sai Gopal, who had assisted Srinivas since Swayamvaram (1999), orchestrated S/O Satyamurthy's promotion.[131] Although the film was expected to preview in December 2014,[132] its preliminary preview was released on 6 March 2015 (the night before Holi).[133] The preview featured sixteen actors, including the leads (whose faces were blurred), and the film's logo was muted. In a press release, the producers announced that the film's promotion would be in full swing at the soundtrack release party, with party passes awarded to those predicting the sixteen actors on the preview poster.[134]

Its 45-second advance-preview video was released on 7 March,[135] receiving a good response on YouTube (where it was viewed by more than 300,000 people within 12 hours of its release).[136] The film's logo was disclosed the following day.[137] Thirty-one-second 2D and 3D motion posters featuring Arjun, created by Prawin Pudi and designed by Siva Kiran of Working Title, were released on 9 March and two preview posters of Arjun were distributed the following day.[138][139][140]

S/O Satyamurthy's 27-second trailer was released on 11 March;[141] two posters featuring Arjun, Samantha and Menen in Spain were distributed the following day,[142] and a poster of Arjun was released on 14 March.[143] The theatrical trailer had more than one million views on one YouTube channel in three and a half days, a record.[144] The trailer for a promotional song with Arjun and Prasad was released on 28 March,[145] and the song itself was released on 1 April at 11:00 pm IST.[146] Arjun promoted the film's dubbed Malayalam version at the Lulu Mall in Cochin on 21 April.[147]

Home media[edit]

MAA TV acquired the film's broadcast-television rights for 95 million.[148] S/O Satyamurthy had its global television premiere on 15 July 2015 at 6 p.m. IST.[149]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

S/O Satyamurthy had a lukewarm reception from critics, with the International Business Times calling the film a "mass entertainer" and criticising its predictability and length.[150] According to Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu, "We've seen enough films with characters placed in the villain's den. Thankfully, the drama is lively and fun moments come through Ali and Brahmanandam. Allu Arjun shoulders the film with his remarkable performance and seems to be getting better with each film. The film's biggest undoing is its length. A trimmer version would be far more engaging".[106] Pranitha Jonnalagedda of The Hans India wrote, "No denying that there are moments of crazy laughter, witty remarks and some thought provoking words, but Trivikram's benchmark is set so high that the writing of this film doesn't excite us enough. All said and done, if you are a lover of a Telugu cinema who enjoys watching the hero being the Good Samaritan and fancy a few tear-jerking moments, this film is definitely for you!"[151] IndiaGlitz gave S/O Satyamurthy 3.25 out of five stars, calling the film a "family entertainer sans memorable heroism" and adding that its second half "will work with a good many number of audience".[102] Madhavi Tata of Outlook India gave the film three out of five stars, writing that Trivikram's screenplay "has too many sub-plots, but the dialogues sparkle, especially when mouthed by veteran actors". Tata called the film's humour a "big draw", with the best saved for Brahmanandam.[152] Hemanth Kumar of The Times of India gave S/O Satyamurthy three out of five stars, writing that the film "works well as an idea, and leaves you with enough questions and thoughts to reflect upon your own life, but as a cinematic experience, it leaves a lot to be desired".[104] Pravallika Anjuri of Oneindia also gave the film three out of five stars, calling it a "perfect entertainer" despite being the "weakest work of Trivikram till date": "Nevertheless it is shall be a great fun to watch Son of Satyamurthy along with your family. Cut down the expectations and you will definitely love the movie".[153] Behindwoods gave it 2.75 out of five stars: "Without a concrete villain, [the film] still manages to tell us the painful journey of the hero. Thanks to the powerful and meaningful dialogues in the voice-over, [the film] becomes a charming drama", calling it a "family drama that also entertains" and "another winner for the Trivikram-Allu Arjun combo".[154]

Suresh Kavirayani of Deccan Chronicle gave S/O Satyamurthy 2.5 out of five stars: "Trivikram has continued the Attarintiki Daredi trend of rich-kid-giving-up-luxuries in this film too. But, the hallmark of the director is missing from this movie. The punch dialogues associated with his films are missing and the screenplay is so-so".[155] Karthik Keramalu of CNN-IBN also gave the film 2.5 out of five stars, calling it an "inconsistent drama with over-the-top action and a grand message" and adding: "If only the screenplay had matched the quality of Allu Arjun's style, which is impeccably taken care of, Trivikram would have won the S/O Satyamurthy lottery".[105] IANS gave S/O Satyamurthy two out of five stars: "While all the quintessential Trivikram trademark moments can be found in S/O Satyamurthy, what you miss is the magic he created in his career's best film Athadu", adding that the film is a "predictable and sloppy family drama with a few high and mostly low moments".[103]

Box office[edit]

S/O Satyamurthy grossed 205 million on its first day at the global box office, the third-highest opening-day gross in the history of Telugu cinema.[156] The film also had the best opening-day gross of Arjun's film career, breaking records set by 2014's Race Gurram (his previous film), Temper and Gopala Gopala.[157] Trade analyst Trinath told IANS that the film grossed 335 million in two days at the global box office, the biggest opening of the year to date.[158] S/O Satyamurthy earned 269.2 million in three days at the global box office.[159] By the end of its first weekend, the film earned 303.1 million and was the highest-grossing Telugu film of the year to date.[160]

Gross earnings for the film's first weekend were 483 million.[161] S/O Satyamurthy netted about 35 million and grossed 50 million on its fifth day at the global box office, bringing its five-day global gross and net to 492.4 million and 357.4 million. By then, the film had recovered 60 percent of its cost and was third on the list of Telugu films with all-time top first-week worldwide openings, behind Attarintiki Daredi (2013) and Yevadu (2014).[130][162] S/O Satyamurthy's earnings dropped sharply on its seventh day, and its seven-day global earnings stood at 579 million gross and 369.4 million net.[163][164]

The film crossed the 40-crore (400-million) mark on its eighth day, netting 432.4 million and grossing more than 600 million in eight days (recouping over 80 percent of its cost).[165] In eleven days, it netted a total of 425.5 million and grossed 668.5 million at the global box office.[166] With consistent weekday performance, the film's fifteen-day global total gross and net figures were 713.5 million and 450.5 million.[167]

During its third week, S/O Satyamurthy lost a large number of screens to new releases Dohchay, Kai Raja Kai, Aloukika and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film still performed decently, grossing 50.5 million and netting 21.7 million in three days for an eighteen-day global total gross and net of 775 million and 469.2 million (surpassing the lifetime records of Naayak (2013), Racha (2012), Temper, Eega (2012), Govindudu Andarivadele and Gopala Gopala). It was the tenth-highest-grossing Telugu film of all time at the global box office.[168] At the end of three weeks, S/O Satyamurthy grossed over 800 million.[169] Trade analyst Trinath told IANS that the film's three-week global net was over 500 million, the seventh-highest-grossing Telugu film of all time at the global box office.[170]

S/O Satyamurthy grossed 905 million and netted a total of 519 million at the global box office during its full run; of this, 507.5 million was earned by the Telugu version.[171] Arjun was the first Telugu actor with two consecutive films crossing the 500-million mark at the global box office.[172] Bangalore Mirror called S/O Satyamurthy a blockbuster, grossing 920 million and netting over 600 million at the global box office during its run.[173]

India[edit]

The film grossed 118.9 million at the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana box office, 43.5 million in Karnataka and 6 million in the rest of India on its first day.[156] Early trends suggested that S/O Satyamurthy would net 85 million in Andhra Pradesh,[157] and the official tally was 93.7 million; it was the fourth-highest opening-day grossing Telugu film in the state, behind Attarintiki Daredi, Aagadu and Temper.[c][174] The film earned more than 29 million at the Bangalore box office, with an 80-percent occupancy for two days (the highest of Arjun's films to date). S/O Satyamurthy earned 72 million in two days at the Karnataka box office.[176]

It earned 51.5 million and 40 million on its second and third days in Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, bringing its three-day total to 184.2 million. It earned approximately 25 million in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and elsewhere in North India in three days.[159] By the end of its first weekend, S/O Satyamurthy netted 207.1 million, 35 million and 10 million in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and the rest of India respectively.[160] Its first-weekend gross in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana was 315 million and 66 million, 12 million and 6 million in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and the rest of India respectively.[161]

S/O Satyamurthy performed well on its fifth day, earning 21.6 million in Andhra Pradesh for a five-day total of 228.7 million.[177] The film's sixth-day Andhra Pradesh earnings were 23.8 million, bringing its six-day total in the state to 252.5 million.[178] S/O Satyamurthy was the sixth-highest first-week earning Telugu film in Andhra Pradesh,[162] at 262.4 million. The film earned 39 million and 12 million in Karnataka and the rest of India in its first week.[164] Its Karnataka gross was 47.5 million, the highest ever for a Telugu film in the state.[163]

It was the fourth Arjun film to net 10 million in the Nizam region,[d] after Julai, Iddarammayilatho (2013) and Race Gurram.[163] In eighteen days, the film netted 337.2 million, 54.5 million, 6.3 million and 7.2 million in AP/Nizam, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and the rest of India respectively.[168] During its run S/O Satyamurthy netted 376.5 million, 58 million, 6.3 million and 7.2 million in AP/Nizam, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and the rest of India respectively, 140.5 million in the Nizam region alone.[172]

Overseas[edit]

S/O Satyamurthy grossed 37.5 million on its first day at the overseas box office.[156] According to Taran Adarsh, the film earned $347,267 on its Wednesday premiere in the United States and was the second-highest US premiere grosser (behind Aagadu). It earned $136,168 on Thursday, bringing its two-day US box-office total to $483,435 (about 30.1 million).[180] S/O Satyamurthy earned $233,870 on Friday, bringing its three-day US box-office total to $720,984 (about 44.9 million).[181]

The film passed the million-dollar mark on Sunday, the second Telugu film of 2015 to do so (after Temper).[182] Gross overseas receipts for the first weekend were 84.6 million,[161] with net earnings of 51 million.[160] The film continued a good run on the international market despite a drop in collections in India, earning 56 million in eight days.[164]

S/O Satyamurthy lost 60 percent of its screens after the release of OK Bangaram, but (according to Taran Adarsh) earned $1,235,073 by 19 April 2015. It broke the lifetime records of Temper, Gopala Gopala and Govindudu Andarivadele in 11 days, and was the ninth-highest-grossing Telugu film of all time at the US box office.[183] The film earned 52 million in the US and 7 million at the remaining overseas box offices during its run.[172]

Accolades[edit]

Ceremony Category Nominee Result Ref.
IIFA Utsavam 2015 Best Performance in a Leading Role – Male Allu Arjun Nominated [184]
Best Lyrics Devi Sri Prasad (for the song "Super Machi") Nominated
Gulf Andhra Music Awards Best Commercial Song Devi Sri Prasad and Sravana Bhargavi (for the song "Super Machi") Won [185]
Best Upcoming Singer – Male Yazin Nazir (for the song "Seethakalam") Won
63rd Filmfare Awards
5th SIIMA
  • Best Actress – Samantha Ruth Prabhu – Nominated
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Upendra – Nominated
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Sneha – Nominated
  • Best Comedian – Ali – Nominated
  • Best Music Director – Devi Sri Prasad – Nominated
  • Best Lyricist – Devi Sri Prasad (for "Super Machi") – Nominated
2016 CineMAA Awards

Legacy[edit]

A dialogue from the film, Maa Nanna drushtilo, Bharyante nacchi techukune badhyata, Pillalu moyyalanipinche baruvu. Kani naa drushtilo Nannante marchipoleni gnapakam ("According to my father, a wife is a voluntary duty and kids are the burden we love to bear. But for me, my father is an unforgettable memory") was spoofed by the producers of the film Kobbari Matta in its promotion.[186] Sakshi published a spoof of the film on 19 May 2015 in which Prakash Raj was replaced by Brahmanandam as the protagonist's father, who tells his son not to follow ethics and values but to give importance only to money.[187]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ International Business Times India claims the film's budget as 400 million,[5] whereas Oneindia Entertainment claims it as 500 million.[6]
  2. ^ Prawin Pudi and Trivikram Srinivas collaborated for four films in the past : Jalsa (2008), Khaleja (2010), Julai (2012) and Attarintiki Daredi (2013).[13]
  3. ^ Though the source claims that S/O Satyamurthy stands in the fifth place in the list of all time top five opening day grossers of Telugu cinema at AP/Nizam box office preceded by Attarintiki Daredi (2013), Aagadu (2014), Temper (2015) and Naayak (2013),[174] the official figures reveal that Naayak collected 85.5 million on its first day AP/Nizam box office which is lower than that of this film.[175]
  4. ^ For film trade purpose, the Nizam region includes the three districts of Gulbarga, Bidar, and Raichur in Karnataka and seven districts in the Marathwada region including Aurangabad, Latur, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Jalna and Osmanabad apart from the state of Telangana.[179]

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