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Directed byJacob Verghese
Written byRadhakrishna Jagarlamudi
Based onGamyam (Telugu)(2008)
Produced byRamoji Rao
StarringSrinagar Kitty
Raghu Mukherjee
Kamalini Mukherjee
Suman Ranganathan
CinematographyR. Velraj
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Music byManikanth Kadri
E. S. Murthy
Release date
  • 10 April 2009 (2009-04-10)
Running time
140 minutes

Savari (transl. The Ride) is a 2009 Indian Kannada language romantic drama film directed by Jacob Verghese and produced by Ramoji Rao of Ushakiran Movies in association with Arka Media Works. The film stars Raghu Mukherjee, Kamalini Mukherjee and Srinagar Kitty in main roles. It is a remake of Telugu film Gamyam (2008) directed by Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi.[1]

The film released on 10 April 2009 across Karnataka and upon release, the film generally met with positive reviews from the critics and audience. It was one of the hit films of the year 2009 completing a successful 50 days run in many cinema halls.[2] The film earned 5 Filmfare awards nominations at the 57th Filmfare Awards South in various categories including the Best Film. Kitty was selected for the Filmfare Special Jury Award for his performance in the film.

In 2014, a sequel to this film titled Savaari 2 was released which retained the actor Srinagar Kitty while replacing the other two main roles.[3]



Abhiram (Raghu) is a rich spoilt brat who believes only in class and hates the company of poor people with low profiles. He is in deep love with Dr. Janaki, an orphan who aims to serve poor people as a doctor and give them proper medication. Though he is in love with her, Abhiram does not like the path traversed by Janaki in helping poor and needy. This breaks their relationship apart and Janaki walks away to remote place on her job. Not able to withstand the agony of separation, Abhiram sets on a journey in finding Janaki again to carry on the relationship. Meanwhile, he meets Gaali Seenu (Kitty), a petty thief who is an expert in robbing the two wheeler vehicles. He strikes a deal with Seenu and further embarks his journey in search of Janaki. En route his search, Abhiram begins to slowly realize the real world and the noble intentions Janaki had in her service. Finally, the lovers meet up and what happens next forms the rest of the story.





Jacob Verghese announced his desire to remake the successful Telugu film Gamyam as his maiden Kannada venture. He teamed up with Ramoji Rao from the famous Ushakiran Movies production and first signed in actress Kamalini Mukherjee to reprise her original role in this remake version too. He told the reporters that he has only retained the original concept while the narrative pattern is dealt with freshly.[4] He later roped in Mr. India contest winner Raghu Mukherjee and Srinagar Kitty to play the roles of Sharwanand and Allari Naresh respectively. The film was shot at the temple town of Kukke Subramanya, Sakleshpur, Kuduremukha and Yadiyur, all in Karnataka state.


Soundtrack album by
Manikanth Kadri
E S Murthy
Released14 March 2009
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelAnand Audio
ProducerMano Murthy

The soundtrack totally consists of 6 songs out of which 4 are composed by Manikanth Kadri and remaining two are by E. S. Murthy. The audio launch was held on 14 March 2009 at a hotel in Bangalore. The first print of audio CDs and Cassettes created a controversy by wrongly crediting the song "Marali Mareyagi" to Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal in the place of Anuradha Bhat. Music composer Manikanth Kadri blamed the Anand Audio company for this error while the company owner put the error on the producer of the film.[5]

Upon release, the soundtrack was immensely popular and was on top of the charts for many weeks. "Marali Mareyagi" and "Ale Aleyo" songs were very well received.

Track listing
1."Ale Ale"KavirajManikanth KadriKarthik, Reeta04:49
2."Marali Mareyagi"Sudheer AttavarManikanth KadriSadhana Sargam04:48
3."Poli Putta"V. Nagendra PrasadManikanth KadriAnuradha Bhat, Manikanth Kadri04:24
4."Marali Mareyagi"Sudheer AttavarManikanth KadriAnuradha Bhat04:46
5."Bisilu Thaagi"Sudheer AttavarE S MurthyRahul Nambiar04:31
6."Rhythm Ide"Sudheer AttavarE S MurthyRanjith04:16



R. G. Vijayasarathy of Rediff.com scored the film at 3 out of 5 stars and says "The musical work in the film has just complemented the narration, but certainly not top class. Compared to the level of technical supremacy seen in Kannada films recently, neither Welraj's photography nor Srikar's editing can be called exceptional. Savaari could have been a better film yet it is a good entertainer for those who have not seen the original".[6] A critic from The New Indian Express wrote "Meanwhile, Abhi goes in search of Janaki. He happens to meet Seena alias Gaali Seenu (Kitty) on the way, a habitual thief. Seenu becomes friendly with Abhi with an intention to steal his motorcycle, but circumstances make Seenu help Abhi. But unfortunately, Seenu falls to Naxalites’ bullets and Abhi reunites with his sweetheart. A well made film, it is sure to appeal to the classes as well as the masses".[7] A critic from Bangalore Mirror wrote  "However, the story mostly revolves around the three characters (with Janaki's character for the most part appearing in flashes of recall) who have put up good performances. An interesting film that you would not like to miss".[8] Deccan Herald wrote, "Savari is a man’s journey of self discovery. Described delightfully in Gamyam, the same tale pales somewhat in comparison. Yet, Savari is not without its attractions, [beginning] with Raghu Mukherjee".[9] A critic from IANS wrote that "Savaari succeeds because of the twists and turns in the second half and refined performances from the major and minor artists".[10]


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  4. ^ "Kamalini goes head to head with a young brigade". Rediff.com. 8 April 2009. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Anuradha ignored on Savaari audio cover". Oneindia. 23 April 2009. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Savaari is engaging". Rediff.com. 10 April 2009. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Savari". The New Indian Express. 22 July 2009. Archived from the original on 29 August 2022. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Savari: One more for the road". Bangalore Mirror. 9 April 2009. Archived from the original on 29 August 2022. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  9. ^ "Savari". Deccan Herald. 11 April 2009. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  10. ^ "'Savaari': Remade but not rehashed (Kannada film review)". IANS. 11 April 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2024 – via India Forums.