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Sarileru Neekevvaru
Sarileru Neekevvaru.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnil Ravipudi
Produced by
Written byAnil Ravipudi
Starring
Music byDevi Sri Prasad
CinematographyR. Rathnavelu
Edited byBikkina Thammiraju
Production
company
Distributed byAK Entertainments
Release date
‹See TfM›
  • 11 January 2020 (2020-01-11)
Running time
169 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
Budget750 million[2]
Box officeest. 305 crore[3]

Sarileru Neekevvaru (transl. Nobody can match you) is a 2020 Indian Telugu-language action comedy film written and directed by Anil Ravipudi.[4] The film stars Mahesh Babu and Rashmika Mandanna along with Vijayashanti who makes her comeback into films after 13 years while Prakash Raj and Rajendra Prasad play supporting roles. It was produced by Anil Sunkara, Dil Raju and Mahesh Babu under the banners AK Entertainments, Sri Venkateswara Creations and G. Mahesh Babu Entertainment respectively. Devi Sri Prasad composed the music while R. Rathnavelu handled the cinematography.

Production began on 31 May 2019 at Hyderabad. Shooting began on 5 July 2019 at Kashmir and lasted till mid-November 2019. The film released on 11 January 2020 in 2050 screens worldwide coinciding with Sankranti. Produced on a budget of 750 million,[2] upon release, the film was commercially successful grossing more than 2.6 billion worldwide.[3]

Plot

Ajay Krishna is a major in the Indian Army, while another person named Ajay joins his regiment. During a shootout, 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 in a train, they come across Samskruthi, who is to marry a below-average guy. On deciding to run away and marry a good-looking guy, she sees Ajay and falls in love with him. She tries to lure Ajay by accusing him of raping her, but he remains unbudged.

In Kurnool, Ajay's mother, Bharathi, is on a hideout with her family to escape from MLA Yeddula Nagendra, a corrupt minister. When they are caught by Nagendra's men who threaten to kill them, Ajay comes to their rescue and beats up the men with a warning that he would deal with Nagendra in the same way. Nagendra's main henchman narrates this to Nagendra and tells him that he has seen Alluri Seetharama Raju in his guts. Meanwhile, Bharathi tells Ajay that Nagendra is after them as she lodged a complaint against him for killing his friend's son, which was covered up as a suicide. When Nagendra threatens her to withdraw the complaint, she stands on her ground. Consequently, she is suspended from the college on the allegation of leaking the question paper and her daughter's marriage gets called off.

Ajay then goes to Nagendra's house and challenges him that he will change him as a responsible citizen by making him surrendered after fetching all the evidence. Ajay then understands that Nagendra has been involved in a scam through Ramakrishna, a government officer, and Bharathi's brother, a bank officer. Ramakrishna tried to uncover the scam with his help and another girl. At the same time, Ajay 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. Performing his last rites, Ajay and Prasad head back to Kashmir, while Ajay also accepts Samskruthi's proposal in between. Despite gathering the evidence, Ajay spares Nagendra from being jailed as he might use the sympathy to come out of jail and resume his corrupt activities. Ajay instead tells Nagendra that he is appointed to the Indian Army so that that he will be disciplined and lead an honest life thereafter. The film ends with Nagendra being reformed and Ajay marrying Samskruthi.

Cast

Production

Development

After many speculations movie title was announced as Sarileru Neekevvaru.[6] Opening ceremony was conducted on May 31, 2019.[7]

Casting

Rashmika Mandanna was signed to play the leading lady in the movie opposite Mahesh Babu.[8] Vijayashanti was signed in for this film,[9] which marked her comeback after 13 years.[10] Tamannaah was signed in for a party song.[11] The film also marks the comeback of Sangeetha and Bandla Ganesh into movies after many years.[12]

Filming

The first schedule was shot in Kashmir from July 5 to July 20, 2019.[13][14] 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$560,000).[15] On 8 November 2019, with the Kerala schedule the talkie part of the film wrapped up.[16]

Soundtrack

Sarileru Neekevvaru
Soundtrack album by
Released5 January 2020
Recorded2019
StudioBrindavan – The Garden Of Music
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length21:06
LanguageTelugu
LabelLahari Music
T-Series
ProducerDevi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
Maharshi
(2019)
Sarileru Neekevvaru
(2020)
Uppena
(2020)
External audio
audio icon Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

Devi Sri Prasad composed the soundtrack album and background score for the film. The album was launched digitally on 5 January 2020 and the songs were performed by Devi Sri Prasad and his musical crew at the pre-release event that was held on 5 January 2020, at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in Hyderabad.

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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20] The second single track "Suryudivo Chandrudivo" was released on 9 December 2019, which was rendered by B Praak.[21] The song resembles numbers, like "Idhe Kadha Nee Katha" from Maharshi (2019) and "Srimanthuda" from Srimanthudu (2015), which were composed by Devi Sri Prasad.[22] 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.[23] 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.[18] The fifth single track "Daang Daang" was released on 30 December 2019, which was sung by Nakash Aziz and Lavita Lobo.[24]

Track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
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

Home media

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Gemini TV,[25] 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.[26] The film's digital rights were acquired by Prime Video and made available for streaming since 1 March 2020.[27][28]

Reception

Critical response

The editor of Times Of India Neeshita Nyayapati, rated the film 2.5/5 stars and stated "Mahesh Babu does a good job of playing a man who will serve the country, crack jokes and protect. Rashmika Mandanna woos, gets hyper, dances, has a catch-line, all for the male lead, but why she exists in this tale, other than to fawn over him is a mystery. Vijayashanthi gets a solid role, and the way she's set up you expect so much more from her character. Prakash Raj and Ajay in roles they can play in their sleep. His background score however works and gets the job done without overpowering the narrative. Rathnavelu's cinematography too works but is unfortunately overshadowed by subpar VFX shots. The action by Ram- Lakshman is engaging."[29]

The editor of India Today Janani K, rated the film 2/5 stars and called it a "Mahesh Babu film is utterly disappointing." She stated that "Screenplay is replete with disjointed stories that are forced together," The review also criticized 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.[30] First post editor Hemanth Kumar rated the film 3.25/5 stars and stated "Neekevvaru movie review: Mahesh Babu hits it out of the park in Anil Ravipudi's fine blend of heroism and comedy."[31] Indian express editor Manoj Kumar rated the film 3.5/5 stars and wrote "Mahesh Babu shines in mind bending popcorn fare."[32] The editor of Sify gave the film 3/5 and called it a "A commercial action-entertainer."[33] The editor of The Hindu wrote "Mahesh Babu's film is a partly entertaining mixed bag."[34]

Behindwoods editor gave 3/5 stars and wrote "On the whole, the film can be watched for Mahesh Babu's outstanding performance, while Prakash Raj appears as a menacing villain role at the start, but as the film progresses his character become less threatening. Amidst all these issues, it is Mahesh Babu's performance that makes the film watchable. He dances, acts, fights, and more importantly delivers clean fun. He entertains you so much and that's probably the only redeeming factor. Among the supporting actors, Vijayashanti, Vennela Kishore, and Prakash Raj's performances stand out."[35]

The editor of Hans India rated the film 3/5 stars and praises a few of the characters: "Mahesh Babu's impeccable performance is one of the major driving factors behind the film. The actor has carried the entire movie on his shoulders and the way he has portrayed his character is too good. Rashmika Mandanna has impressed with her performance. Vijaya Shanthi is truly an asset to this film. The actress gave her 100% for the role and has grabbed the attention of the audience."[36] Koimoi editor, Shubham Kulkarni states "Mahesh Babu Wins Our Heart In The Film That Is Confused About Which Story It Wants To Tell while."[37]

Box office

Sarileru Neekevvaru on the opening day collected 680 million (US$9.5 million) gross,[38] beating Mahesh Babu's previous best Maharshi 590 million (US$8.3 million) gross worldwide.[39] The film grossed 1 billion (US$14 million) in three days,[40][41] and 2 billion (US$28 million) in 10 days.[42] After a run of 50 days, the film grossed 2.6 billion (US$36 million) at worldwide box office,[3] becoming on the one of the highest-grossing Telugu films.[43]

Domestic

In Telugu-speaking states (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana), the film collected a share of ₹327.7 million on the opening day.[44] Collecting over ₹1 billion share in Telugu states in 10 days, Sarileru Neekevvaru is reported as the first Telugu film to do so, after the Baahubali franchise.[45]

Overseas

At the USA box office movie collected US$759,000 through premiere shows.[46] On the opening day movie collected A$ 236,744 in Australia, NZ$ 20,750 in New Zealand and GB£ 55,234 in United Kingdom and in two days the movie collected US$1.31 million in United States of America.[47] In three days the movie collected CA$6,454 (457,000) from Canada, US$1,624,974 (115.1 million) from USA and GB£70,689 (6.51 million) from UK.[48][49] In nine days the movie collected US$2 million (142.1 million) from USA, A$349,258 (17.1 million) from Australia GB£96,218 (8.88 million) from UK and NZ$35,566 (1.67 million) from New Zealand.[50] 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 Maharshi and Bharath Ane Nenu.[50]

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