|Produced by||V. Anand Prasad|
|Written by||M. Ratnam (dialogues)|
|Music by||Mani Sharma|
|Edited by||Marthand K Venkatesh|
Souryam (English: Bravery) is a 2008 Telugu action film produced by V. Anand Prasad on Bhavya Creations banner, directed by Siva cinematographer, who makes his directorial debut. Starring Gopichand, Anushka Shetty in the lead roles and music composed by Mani Sharma. The film recorded as Super Hit at box office.
The film was dubbed and released in Malayalam as Souryam and in Hindi as Meri Shapath and emerged as a huge commercial success. The film has remade into Kannada as Shourya with Darshan and Madalasa Sharma, into Dhallywood as Mone Boro Kosto with Shakib Khan and Apu Biswas, and into Tamil by Prabhu Deva as Vedi with Vishal Krishna and Sameera Reddy in the lead roles, which also did well at the Box Office.
Vijay (Gopichand) comes to Kolkata in search of his lost sister. In a series of events, he ends up getting caught in a brawl with some goons and in self-defense chops a man's arm off. Later Vijay approaches a college in Kolkata to apply for a job and he is asked to get a signature in the sports quota. He later meets Gymson (Ali) and finds out he is the strongest teacher in the college. He meets a bubbly college girl Swetha (Anushka Shetty) and soon, they fall in love. One day, the gangster's son named Ajay (Ajay) finds out that Vijay is alive and he swears to avenge his father's lost arm.
At a party, Ajay finds and meets Swetha and asks if she wants to sleep with him and cuts her blouse down. Swetha was disrespected and embarrassed, then later, Ajay follows her and Divya (Poonam Kaur), and cornering the girls with his men. After his father sent him a picture of the person he needs to abduct, Ajay found out that Divya is the key and abducted her by force. Divya was able to escape from the goons then she finds a man who comes to rescue her, who was apparently Vijay, and fights them in vain and also kills Ajay. Its aftermath resulted to an injured Divya as she was taken by Vijay to the hospital. At the hospital, Vijay revealed to Swetha that he was looking for Divya, his long lost separated sister who hated him for ignoring her when they were kids. But unbeknownst by Divya, he was forced to ignore her sister because of his dream for her to have a better life than to live in the streets with him. He hides his identity from her and grew up with the influence of a police officer until he is ready to find her in the present day to meet her. But when gangsters chase Swetha and Vijay at the hospital, Vijay was forced to fight and kill some of Ajay's goons in front of Swetha which made her scared of him on the way he fights ruthlessly and grimly.
Vijay then finally decided to end the problem. He finally faced Sivarama Goud (Manoj K. Jayan), Ajay's gangster father and the ruthless mastermind who also terrorized an innocent village. He created a clever plan to make Sivarama and his men to be punished in all of their crimes from the village and to other people making them end behind bars.
After a while, Vijay, who decided to check on Divya, finds out that she was abducted again. Vijay is shocked to see Sivarama out of jail again and takes Divya as bait. Divya, still innocent of Vijay's true relation to her, pleads on Vijay not to fight for her anymore because they are not related. But because Sivarama made her realize that his long lost brother will die in front of her, he emotionally forgives him for the past as she griefly watches Vijay being beaten up by Sivarama's goons.
Vijay had the strength to finish the job successfully when he felt his sister finally acknowledging him as her brother. After a while, it was seen that Vijay and Divya are leaving to start a new life again as siblings and the two invited Swetha to come along with them.
- Gopichand as Vijay
- Poonam Kaur as Divya
- Anushka Shetty as Swetha
- Manoj K. Jayan as Sivarama Goud
- Ajay as Ajay
- Ali as Gymson
- Tanikella Bharani as Karim
- Dharmavarapu Subramanyam as Swetha's father
- M. S. Narayana as Dr. Aarogyam
- Sarath Babu as Commissioner Sarath
- Krishna Bhagawan as Dr. Krishna Bhagawan
- Raghu Babu as Athidhi Sastry
- Ramachandra as Student
- Pruthviraj as Police Officer
- Fish Venkat as Sivarama Goud's henchmen
- Vijaya Rangaraju as Goon
- Banerjee as D.C.P
- Ramaraju as Divya's uncle
- CVL Narasimha Rao as Principle
- Malladi Raghava as Judge
- Hema Sundar as Judge
- Subbaraya Sarma as Church father
- Sudha as Swetha's mother
- Vinaya Prasad as Commissioner Sarath's wife
- Aarthi as Aarthi
- Pavala Shyamala as Colony women
|Film score by Mani Sharma|
|Released||21 August 2008|
|Mani Sharma chronology|
Music composed by Mani Sharma. Music released on ADITYA Music Company.
|1.||"Hello Miss"||Ramajogayya Sastry||Karthik, Priya||4:53|
|2.||"Buggalona"||Ramajogayya Sastry||Deepu, Malavika||4:17|
|3.||"Ole Ole"||Bhaskarabhatla||Rahul Nambiar, Suchitra||4:50|
|5.||"Ammi Ammi"||Ananta Sriram||Hemachandra||4:04|
|6.||"Pillo Naa"||Bhaskarabhatla||Tippu, Rita||4:45|
Souryam received positive reviews. Idlebrain rated it 3/5, stating that "The film is aimed mainly at the masses and B/C center crowds. The film's commercial success depends on how the crowds embraces the sister sentiment in the film." Sify also rated it 3/5, giving it the verdict of "mass entertainer" Greatandhra similarly rated it 3/5,calling it"Full Length Mass Entertainer" 123telugu rated it 3/5,calling it "another 'Gopichand' brand flick" Fullyhyd rated it 3.25/5,stating "If you are looking for a masala entertainer, and can tolerate the excessive blood and gore, you will enjoy Souryam."
Souryam being a mass entertainer, managed to go down well with the audiences and, therefore, became a huge Box Office success.