Sarileru Neekevvaru

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Sarileru Neekevvaru
Sarileru Neekevvaru.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnil Ravipudi
Written byAnil Ravipudi
Produced byRambrahmam Sunkara
CinematographyR. Rathnavelu
Edited byTammiraju
Music byDevi Sri Prasad
Distributed byAK Entertainments
Release date
  • 11 January 2020 (2020-01-11)
Running time
169 minutes[1]
Budget75 crore[2]
Box officeest. 200 crore[3]

Sarileru Neekevvaru (transl. Nobody can match you) is a 2020 Indian Telugu-language action comedy film[4] written and directed by Anil Ravipudi. It is produced by Sri Venkateswara Creations, G. Mahesh Babu Entertainment and AK Entertainments. The film stars Mahesh Babu, Rashmika Mandanna and Vijayashanti while Prakash Raj and Rajendra Prasad play supporting roles. Devi Sri Prasad composed the music while R. Rathnavelu handled the cinematography.

Production began on 31 May 2019 in Hyderabad. Shooting began on 5 July 2019 at Kashmir and lasted till mid-November 2019. The film released on 11 January 2020 on 2050 screens worldwide coinciding with Sankranti. Produced on a budget of 75 crore,[2] upon release, it received praise for its humor, performances, cinematography, and action sequences, but criticism aimed at screenplay, story and excessive length, and the film was commercially successful grossing more than 196 crore worldwide.[3] According to box-office tracking portal Box Office Mojo, the film has grossed US$24.39 million worldwide.[5]


Ajay Krishna is a Major in Para SF of the Indian Army, where another person, also named Ajay joins his regiment (Parachute Regiment). During a shootout in a rescue operation, Ajay gets severely injured. Ajay's Brigadier sends Ajay Krishna and his colleague Siva Prasad to inform the news to Ajay's family by ensuring that Ajay's sister's wedding preparations are not disturbed. On the way to Kurnool on a train, they come across Samskruthi, who is an irritating-comic girl. Samskruthi sees Ajay Krishna and falls in love with him. She tries to impress Ajay unusually, but to no avail.

In Kurnool, Ajay's mother, Bharathi went into hiding with her family to escape from MLA Yeddula Nagendra. When they are caught by Nagendra's men who threaten to kill them, Ajay Krishna arrives and thrashes the men with a warning that he would deal with Nagendra in the same way. Nagendra's main henchman narrates this to Nagendra. Meanwhile, Bharathi reveals to Ajay Krishna that she lodged a case against Nagendra for planning the murder of her brother's son, which was covered up as a suicide. When Nagendra threatens her to withdraw the case, she stood her ground.

Consequently, Bharathi is suspended from the college on the allegation of leaking the exam paper and her daughter's marriage gets called off. Ajay Krishna, along with Bharathi leaves for Nagendra's house and challenges him, stating that he will change him into a responsible citizen, by making him surrender after fetching all the evidence. Ajay Krishna learns that Nagendra has been involved in a scam through Ramakrishna, a government officer, who along with a bank officer (Bharathi's brother's son) tried to uncover the scam with the help of a techie, who works in Nagendra Technologies (which is founded by Nagendra and is running his scams).

At the same time, Ajay Krishna re-arranges Bharathi's daughter's marriage with the same person. Meanwhile, Ajay is declared dead and Ajay Krishna informs the family after the wedding. After performing his last rites, Ajay Krishna and Prasad decide to return to Kashmir, while Ajay Krishna also accepts Samskruthi's proposal in between. Despite gathering the evidence, Ajay Krishna spares Nagendra from being jailed as he might use sympathy to leave prison and resume his corrupt activities. Instead, Ajay Krishna tells Nagendra that he is appointed to the Indian Army so that he will be disciplined and lead an honest life thereafter. Three months later, Nagendra is a reformed leader who believes in discipline and respects everyone and Ajay Krishna is marrying Samskruthi.




After many speculations Mahesh Babu was announced as a lead hero with movie name titled as Sarileru Neekevvaru.[7] Opening ceremony of the movie was conducted on May 31, 2019.[8]


Rashmika Mandanna was signed to play the leading lady in the movie opposite Mahesh Babu.[9] Vijayashanti was signed in for this film,[10] which marked her comeback after 13 years.[11] Tamannaah was signed in for a party song.[12] The film also marks the comeback of Sangeetha and Bandla Ganesh into movies after many years.[13]


The first schedule was shot in Kashmir from July 5 to July 20, 2019.[14][15] For the second schedule, a replica set of Konda Reddy Buruju was constructed in Ramoji Film City with an estimated cost of 40 million (US$500,000).[16] On 8 November 2019, with the Kerala schedule the talkie part of the film wrapped up.[17]


Sarileru Neekevvaru
Soundtrack album by
Released5 January 2020
StudioBrindavan – The Garden Of Music
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelLahari Music
ProducerDevi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
Sarileru Neekevvaru
Alludu Adhurs
External audio
audio icon Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The music is composed by Devi Sri Prasad, collaborating with Mahesh Babu for the fifth time and with Anil Ravipudi for the second time after F2: Fun and Frustration.[18] The lyrics were written by Devi Sri Prasad, Sri Mani and Ramajogayya Sastry. Composer Devi worked with a special orchestra in Europe for recording the film's soundtrack and score.[19] The makers announced that the film features five songs and all of them will be released as singles, on five consecutive Mondays of the December month. The hashtag #MassMBMondays was trending on social media.[20]

The first single track titled "Mind Block" was released on 2 December 2019, which was sung by Ranina Reddy with Blaaze singing the rap versions. Devi recorded this song while he was recording two other songs for his upcoming two films, on the same day.[21] The second single track "Suryudivo Chandrudivo" was released on 9 December 2019, which was rendered by B Praak.[22] The song resembles numbers, like "Idhe Kadha Nee Katha" from Maharshi (2019) and "Srimanthuda" from Srimanthudu (2015), which were composed by Devi Sri Prasad.[23] The lyrics talk about the protagonist's kindness and greatness. The third single track "He's So Cute" was released on 16 December 2019, which was sung by Madhu Priya. It is termed as a teasing-romantic number.[24] The fourth single "Sarileru Neekkevvaru Anthem" was released on 23 December 2019. Sung by Shankar Mahadevan, it features an orchestra from Europe, which recorded the film's score.[19] The fifth single track "Daang Daang" was released on 30 December 2019, which was sung by Nakash Aziz and Lavita Lobo.[25] The full album was released on 5 January 2020.

Track list
1."Mind Block"Sri Mani, Devi Sri PrasadBlaaze, Ranina Reddy4:23
2."Suryudivo Chandrudivo"Ramajogayya SastryB Praak4:32
3."He's So Cute"Sri ManiMadhu Priya3:30
4."Sarileru Neekevvaru Anthem"Devi Sri PrasadShankar Mahadevan4:27
5."Daang Daang"Ramajogayya SastryNakash Aziz, Lavita Lobo4:14
Total length:21:06

All lyrics are written by Vaibhav Joshi and Raqueeb Alam.

Sarileru (Hindi)
1."He's So Cute"Gul Saxena3:30
2."Veer Tu Ranveer Tu"Rahul Ram1:48
3."Daang Daang"Nakash Aziz, Lavita Lobo3:29

All lyrics are written by V. Nagendra Prasad.

Major Ajay Krishna (Kannada)
1."Mind Block"Vinay KN, Shashikala Sunil, Devi Sri Prasad3:55
2."Nesarano Chandirano"Karibasava Tadakal2:57
3."He's So Cute"Vedika, Devi Sri Prasad3:30
4."Sarisaati Ninagyaaru"Harsha1:48
5."Daang Daang"Vinay KN, Shashikala Sunil3:29
Ivanukku Sariyana Aal Illai (Tamil)
1."Mind Block"3:57
2."Suriyano Chandirano"3:23
3."He’s so cute"3:38
4."Pada Pada Vendru"1:56
5."Daang Daang"3:35


Home media[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Gemini TV,[26] which premiered it on 25 March 2020 for the first time on eve of Ugadi and in its first Television premier movie recorded a TRP of 23.4.[27] The film's digital rights were acquired by Amazon Prime Video and made available for streaming since 1 March 2020.[28][29]

Dubbed versions[edit]

The film was dubbed and released in Tamil as Ivanukku Sariyana Aal Illai in 2020. The Tamil version was released across 200 plus theaters in Tamil Nadu.[30][31] The Hindi dubbed version titled Sarileru was directly premiered on Goldmines TV channel on 15 August 2022. The film was also dubbed and released in Kannada as Major Ajay Krishna and in Malayalam as Krishnan.


Critical reception[edit]


The Times of India critic Neeshita Nyayapati, rated the film 3/5 stars and stated, "Sarileru Neekevvaru definitely has its moments but Anil Ravipudi’s bloated narrative that tries too hard." On performances, Nyayapati noted that Babu did a "good job of playing a man who will serve the country, crack jokes and protect," while also appreciating Vijayashanthi's role. She felt that DSP's music was "okay" and action by Ram-Lakshman was "engaging", but Ratnavelu's cinematography was "unfortunately overshadowed by subpar VFX shots."[32] The editor of India Today, Janani K, rated the film 2/5 stars and wrote, "Mahesh Babu film is utterly disappointing." She stated that "Screenplay is replete with disjointed stories that are forced together." Janani also criticized the fake rape scene in the film, "The audacity to involve the heroine’s mother in faking a rape scene should be called out," she added.[33]

First post editor Hemanth Kumar rated the film 3.25/5 stars and stated: "Mahesh Babu hits it out of the park in Anil Ravipudi's fine blend of heroism and comedy."[34] In a review for The Indian express, Manoj Kumar rated the film 3.5/5 stars and wrote "Mahesh Babu shines in mind bending popcorn fare."[35] Sify gave the film 3/5 and called it a "A commercial action-entertainer."[36] Sangeetha Devi of The Hindu wrote "Mahesh Babu's film is a partly entertaining mixed bag."[37] A reviewer of The Hans India rated the film 3/5 stars and wrote, "The movie will be like an eye feast for the audience who have been waiting to see Mahesh Babu in a complete entertaining role"[38]


Nagarjuna Rao of Gulf News felt that Mahesh Babu has nothing to offer and quoted that "Story about an Army Major loses the plot and veers into inane comedy. The less said about Rashmika the better. She’s been reduced to a dumb femme who swoons at the sight of Mahesh and mouths her catchphrase ‘Neeku artham autunda?’"[39]

Box office[edit]

Sarileru Neekevvaru on the opening day collected 680 million (US$8.5 million) gross,[40] beating Mahesh Babu's previous best Maharshi 590 million (US$7.4 million) gross worldwide.[41] The film grossed 1 billion (US$13 million) in three days,[42][43] and 2 billion (US$25 million) in 10 days.[44] After a run of 50 days, the film grossed more than ₹2 billion (US$38 million) at worldwide box office,[3] becoming on the one of the highest-grossing Telugu films.[45]


In Telugu-speaking states (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana), the film collected a share of ₹327.7 million on the opening day.[46] Collecting over ₹1 billion share in Telugu states in 10 days.


At the USA box office movie collected US$759,000 through premiere shows.[47] On the opening day movie collected A$ 236,754 in Australia, NZ$ 20,757 in New Zealand and £ 55,234 in United Kingdom and in two days the movie collected US$1.31 million in United States of America.[48] In three days the movie collected CA$6,454 (457,000) from Canada, US$1,624,974 (115.1 million) from USA and £70,689 (6.51 million) from UK.[49][50] In nine days the movie collected US$2 million (142.1 million) from USA, A$349,258 (17.1 million) from Australia £96,218 (8.88 million) from UK and NZ$35,566 (1.67 million) from New Zealand. And it crossed over $2.3 million in United States and marked as 3rd film to collect $2 million in Mahesh Babu's career after Srimanthudu and Bharat Ane Nenu.[51]


Award[a] Date of ceremony[b] Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Filmfare Awards South 9 october 2022 Best Actor – Telugu Mahesh Babu Nominated [52]
Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Vijayashanti Nominated
Best Music Director – Telugu Devi Sri Prasad Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu Madhu Priya(for song "He's So Cute") Nominated
South Indian International Movie Awards 19 September 2021 Best Film – Telugu AK Entertainments, G. Mahesh Babu Entertainment,
Sri Venkateswara Creations
Nominated [53]
Best Director – Telugu Anil Ravipudi Nominated
Best Actor – Telugu Mahesh Babu Nominated
Best Actress – Telugu Rashmika Mandanna Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Telugu Rajendra Prasad Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Telugu Vijayashanti Nominated
Best Actor in a Negative Role – Telugu Prakash Raj Nominated
Best Music Director – Telugu Devi Sri Prasad Nominated
Best Lyricist – Telugu Devi Sri Prasad(for song "Sarileru Neekevvaru Anthem") Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer – Telugu Shankar Mahadevan(for song "Sarileru Neekevvaru Anthem") Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu Madhu Priya(for song "He's So Cute") Won
Best Cinematographer – Telugu R. Rathnavelu Won


  1. ^ Awards, festivals and organizations are in alphabetical order.
  2. ^ Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.


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