Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||B. Gopal|
|Produced by||Chengala Venkat Rao|
|Written by||Paruchuri Brothers (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||K. V. Vijayendra Prasad|
|Story by||K. V. Vijayendra Prasad|
|Music by||Mani Sharma|
|Cinematography||V. S. R. Swamy|
|Edited by||Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao|
|Box office||₹22 crore|
Samarasimha Reddy is a 1999 Telugu action drama film produced by Chengala Venkat Rao under the Satyanarayanamma Productions banner and directed by B. Gopal. It stars Nandamuri Balakrishna, Simran, Anjala Zaveri and Sanghavi in lead roles and music composed by Mani Sharma. The film was recorded as an All Time Industry Hit at the box office surpassing previous records set by Pedarayudu.  Over the years, the movie was termed to be a trendsetter and achieved cult status and affirmed Balakrishna as a trademark for the role as a faction leader. It has been dubbed in Hindi as Rakhwala One Man Army and in Tamil as Shanmuga Pandian.
Sangeetha and her two sisters live with their cruel aunt, who runs a small hotel. Abbulu joins their hotel as an employee. He later tells Sangeetha that he is their brother, Vasu, who ran away in childhood. He solves all their problems and romances with Srikakulam Chittamma.
Veera Raghava Reddy is an amputee Rayalaseema don who is seeking revenge on Abbulu. When his sons fail, he sends his daughter Anjali to destroy him. In the process, she reveals that Abbulu is actually Samarasimha Reddy and that he had killed Vasu. To prove his love for Vasu's sisters, Anjali challenges him to drink poison and Abbulu/Vasu/Samarasimha lands in a hospital. Satyanarayana, a police superintendent, reveals Samarasimha's true story.
Veera Raghava Reddy had killed Samarasimha's parents, his fiancée (Sanghavi), sister and brother-in-law. Seeking revenge, Samarsimha severed Veera's legs and right arm, in the process Samarasimha kills two of Veera's four sons. In the fight Samarasimha Reddy accidentally killed Vasu. Samarasimha then assumed Vasu's duties as a brother.
Learning this, Anjali repents for her actions. Samarasimha Reddy accepts the collective decision to marry Anjali to end the feud between the two families. After the marriage, Veera goes back on his word and tries to kill his own daughter Anjali and Samarasimha, but fails. Anjali is admitted to the hospital where she recovers. Seeing everyone, including his sons, supporting Samarasimha Reddy, Veera Raghava Reddy commits suicide. In making of film there are some interesting things. Writers Paruchuri brothers and director B. Gopal discussed nearly 25 to 30 Stories for this film. Finally they finalized this story. At that time for few years love and family based Stories dominated. It was only the film became box-office hit without love track at that time. And also it is the first film which was industry hit with faction based Stories. This film showed the path to Telugu film makers a successful commercial plot. In the later years so many faction based story movies came in Telugu film industry.
- Nandamuri Balakrishna as Samarasimha Reddy / Abbulu / Vaasu
- Simran as Srikakulam Chittamma
- Anjala Zaveri as Anjali
- Sanghavi as Neelaveni
- Jaya Prakash Reddy as Veera Raghava Reddy
- Satyanarayana as Police Commissioner
- Kota Srinivasa Rao
- M. S. Narayana
- Venu Madhav
- Gundu Hanumantha Rao
- Ahuti Prasad
- Prudhvi Raj as original Vaasu
- Mohan Raj
- Suresh Yerra
- Satya Prakash
- Bandla Ganesh
- Ironleg Sastry
- Duvvasi Mohan
- Siva Parvathi
- Sangita Madhavan Nair
- Ramya Sri
- Padma Jayanthi
- Master Baladitya
- Art: Raju
- Choreography: Raghava Lawrence, Kalla
- Fights: Vikram Dharma
- Dialogues: Paruchuri Brothers
- Lyrics: Veturi Sundararama Murthy, Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry, Bhuvana Chandra, Vennelakanti
- Playback: SP Balu, Mano, Udit Narayan, Chitra, Sujatha, Radhika
- Music: Mani Sharma
- Story: K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
- Screenplay: K. V. Vijayendra Prasad, Ratna Kumar
- Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
- Cinematography: V. S. R. Swamy
- Producer: Chengala Venkat Rao
- Director: B. Gopal
- Banner: Satyanarayanamma Productions
- Release Date: 13 January 1999
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|Mani Sharma chronology|
|1.||"Nandamuri Nayakaa"||Bhuvana Chandra||SP Balu, Chitra||5:12|
|2.||"Andhaala Adabomma"||Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry||Udit Narayan, Sujatha||4:44|
|3.||"Lady Lady"||Bhuvana Chandra||Mano, Sujatha||5:01|
|4.||"Raavayya Muddula"||Vennelakanti||SP Balu, Chitra||4:01|
|5.||"Adees Abbabba"||Veturi Sundararama Murthy||Mano, Radhika||4:34|
|6.||"Chaligaa Vundannade"||Bhuvana Chandra||SP Balu, Chitra||4:56|
- The film had a 227-day run at three theatres, 175 days run at (28 direct + 1 shift) total 29 centres,50 days at 122 centres, 100 days at 72 direct and late & indirect 32 centres, total 104.
- The film had a 365-day run at one theatre.
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