Tagore (film)

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Tagore
Tagore Telugu DVD.jpg
Directed by V V Vinayak
Produced by B. Madhu
Written by A. R. Murugadoss
Starring Chiranjeevi
Jyothika
Shriya Saran
Sayaji Shinde
Prakash Raj
Music by Mani Sharma
Cinematography Chota K. Naidu
Edited by Gowtham Raju
Distributed by Leo Projects Private Limited
Release dates
24 September 2003
Running time
176 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 10cr
Box office 35cr

Tagore is a 2003 Telugu language Indian crime drama film directed by V V Vinayak. Chiranjeevi, Jyothika and Shriya Saran play the lead roles. The film was screened at the International Indian Film Academy Awards, along with Pokiri. Tagore was a remake of the 2002 Tamil film Ramanaa directed by A. R. Murugadoss with Vijayakanth in the lead.

Plot[edit]

The film is about a common man who decides to abolish corruption altogether in the society at various levels. 15 Tahsildars are found missing and then the police find that 14 of them have been released after 3 days but one of them is killed. They find some files and a tape along with the body of the dead tahsildar. These files carry details of why the kidnap of the 15 tahsildars had been done and the reason for the murder of one of them and have the words ACF written on it. It is understood by the police that these men where the tahsildars who had indulged themselves in bribery and that they were the top 15 of the list of the corrupt tahsildars. ACF sends the tape, with the message that they shall continue the kidnap of the corrupt officers in all the departments and that the No.1 corrupt shall be sentenced to death according to the law of the Anti Corruption Force. ACF similarly kidnaps officials from PWD and Police department and kills the top corrupt official.

There is fear among the corrupt officials. They come forward to file their returns. For a while there are no illegal transactions done, but the corruption soon continues in the society due to the threatening of the local mob to sign illegal documents and accept bribes. Meanwhile, the ACF finds that it is Shinde who is the real reason behind this corruption scenario. Then the kidnapping continues. The case is investigated by group of several old aged senior level officials who are very slow moving in their progress. However an IPS passed guy who is working as constablePrakash Raj (unable to pay the bribe to get the Officer level job) takes up the case in order to get promotion in the department and moves ahead of those officials in a short time.He investigates the case starting with finding of the non-corrupt official in every government office assuming that official would have collected the information of other corrupt officers and passed it to ACF. He tries to figure out what is the common thing which unites them under one roof.He gradually finds out that they are alumni of National College and working for the ACF under their professor and the leader of the ACF, Professor TAGOREChiranjeevi.

Tagore is a simple man who leads a simple life during day time along with his adopted kids from different cultures(one is a muslim,one is an American, one is hindu, etc). Looking like a timid character by looks but brave in terms of his action he is loved by all of his peers. Tagore once takes one of his kids to hospital for treating injury and finds that the hospital is a place full of corruption who play with the lives of people for sake of money. Tagore decides to expose the truth and catches them red-handedly by faking a dead body as a patient. The hospital unaware of his plans continue their treatment even though they know that the person is dead and demand lakhs of money for treatment. Tagore produces the documents and receipts related to their fake treatment and gets the hospital sealed by government. The hospital dean is arrested but he commits suicide. The father of the dean Bhadrinarayanan (Shinde) is enraged by this and attempts to take revenge on Tagore. He finds Tagore in the CCTV camera and is shocked as according to him he was dead several years ago.

Tagore is a happy professor with his wife who is expecting second child and daughter. On a Deepavali day, when the whole apartment is celebrating the festival,the entire building collapses due to some fault in the construction of a nearby highway and many of the residents including Tagore's wifeJyotika and daughter lose their lives. Tagore rushes to the Government Officials and he comes to know that all this was due to one person namely Bhadrinarayanan, owner of a construction company and builder of that highway. Tagore finds that the highway was constructed on a lose soil by which the contractions caused to collapse was very well known to him. Bhadrinarayanan and his men thrash Tagore heavily and beat him to death. However Tagore escapes from them. The incidents that he faced at the office and seeing corrupt puppets in the hands of Bhadrinarayanan, he gets frustrated and he forms the ACF (Anti Corruption Force) to fight against corruption. He also kidnaps Bhadrinarayanan and kills him like he killed other corrupted officials.

The constable finally finds out the people working for ACF are the ex-students and the police force capture all of them. Police men torture them to open the identity of their leader however they refuse to do so. Tagore on seeing his students suffer, surrenders to the police and requests the Indian police to release his students. Tagore is given death sentence for the murders he committed. People are enraged by this and demand his release. The rising support for Tagore makes the Chief Minister to meet him for higher appeal. Tagore refuses to appeal as he wants to stress the concept in the minds of everyone that if we make mistake we will be punished and he himself doesn't want to violate it as he did a crime of killing four people. Tagore gives a speech in the court explaining what a student power the country has but corruption is what is letting it down. In the end, Tagore is given a normal punishment of 5 years and is to be released by then.

Cast[edit]

Shriya Saran was selected as lead heroine marking her first collaboration with Chiranjeevi.

Remakes & Character Map[edit]

Ramanaa 2002
(Tamil)
Tagore 2003
(Telugu)
Vishnu Sena 2005
(Kannada)
Gabbar is Back 2015
(Hindi)
Vijayakanth Chiranjeevi Vishnuvardhan Akshay Kumar
Ashima Bhalla Shriya Saran Gurleen Chopra Shruti Haasan
Simran Jyothika Lakshmi Gopalaswamy Kareena Kapoor Khan
Vijayan Sayaji Shinde Ashutosh Rana Suman Talwar
Mukesh Rishi Puneet Issar Pankaj Dheer Jaideep Ahlawat
Yugi Sethu Prakash Raj Ramesh Arvind Sunil Grover

Box office[edit]

The film opened in 605 screens[1] and collected a distributors' share of Rs. 95 million in its opening week. It collected Rs. 150.4 million in 2 weeks and Rs 25.35 crores in its full run. The film had a 50-day run in 253 centres[2] and a 100-day run in 191 centres.[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

Tagore
Tagore 2003 ACD.jpg
Soundtrack album to Tagore by Mani Sharma
Recorded 2003
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Telugu
Label Aditya Music
Producer Mani Sharma
Mani Sharma chronology
Palnati Brahmanayudu
(2003)
Tagore
(2003)
Abhimanyu
(2003)

All music composed by Mani Sharma.

Track listing
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Koditey kottali"   Shankar Mahadevan 5:13
2. "Nenu Saitham"   S. P. Balasubramaniam 4:05
3. "Manmadha manmadha"   Malikkarjun, Mahalakshmi Iyer 5:01
4. "Vaanochchenante"   Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal 5:08
5. "Chinnaga Chinnaga"   Hariharan, K. S. Chitra 5:21
6. "Gappuchippu"   K. S. Chitra, Mano 4:09

DVD[edit]

The DVD of Tagore was released by KAD Entertainment with exclusive interviews.

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