Ugramm

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Ugramm
Directed by Prashanth Neel
Produced by Inkfinite Pictures
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Prashanth Neel
  • K. Ram ShriLaxman
Starring
Music by Ravi Basrur
Cinematography
Edited by Srikanth
Production
company
Inkfinite Pictures
Distributed by Thoogudeepa Distributors
Release date
  • 21 February 2014 (2014-02-21)
Country India
Language Kannada

Ugramm is a 2014 Indian Kannada action thriller film directed by Prashanth Neel and produced under the banner Inkfinite Pictures with his brother Pradeep Neel as the executive producer. It stars Srimurali and Haripriya as the lead pair, supported by Thilak Shekar, Atul Kulkarni, Avinash, Jai Jagadish and others. Cinematographer Ravi Varman made his debut in Kannada with the film.[1] It completed a run of 100 days, after which it was re-released in some theatres across Karnataka. Following good response from critics and fans alike, the film was considered one of the best in Kannada in 2014.[2]

A sequel to the film titled Ugramm Veeram to be made in 2015, was announced by Srimurali in July 2014.[3] It was remade in 2016 in Odia as Agastya starring Anubhav Mohanty.

Cast[edit]

Synopsis[edit]

Ugramm is a Sanskrit word derived from One of the Greatest Verses of Hindu Mythology. It means Momentous Anger Induced by a Great Period of Tolerance. An Indian girl who lives in Australia comes back to Karnataka, India to visit her mother's grave. This is when she finds trouble and story of Ugramm begins. The movie tells the past story of the lead actor SriMurali and the present story of the lead actress Haripriya and connection between these two stories forms the crux of the story.

Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

Ugramm was the first film ever to be shot outside the Bharat Gold Mines Limited cyanide dumps at Kolar Gold Fields. The other locations where the film was shot at include Chintamani, Kolar, Mysore, Gargeshwari, Nandigrama and Bangalore.[4] Eight different cameras were used to suit different situations and locations.

Soundtrack[edit]

Ugramm
Ugramm audio.jpeg
Soundtrack cover
Soundtrack album by Ravi Basrur
Released 21 February 2014
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 23:37
Language Kannada
Label D Beats

The music for the film and soundtracks were composed by Ravi Basrur with lyrics written by Ram Narayan, S. Sarvesh and Basrur.[5] The soundtrack has six songs.[6]

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Legend of Narasimha" Ravi Basrur Ravi Basrur 4:08
2. "Chanana Chanana" Ram Narayan Anuradha Bhat 4:40
3. "Ondu Hudugi" Ram Narayan Ravi Basrur, Anuradha Bhat 3:37
4. "Chittara Moodo" S. Sarvesh Priyanka Bharali 3:46
5. "Ugramm Theme" Ravi Basrur Ravi Basrur 3:48
6. "Chittara Moodo Unplugged" S. Sarvesh Priyanka Bharali 3:38
Total length: 23:37

Reception[edit]

Reviewing the soundtrack album, Kavya Christopher of The Times of India wrote, "Apart from the title track – Ugramm Veeram – which rightfully captures the essence of the title, translating to aggression, the rest of the numbers take you into a romantic journey of dream sequences that many stories try to rely on to bring in some breathing space in an otherwise adrenaline-packed plot."[7]

Marketing and release[edit]

The trailer of the film was released on YouTube on 25 November 2013 and received positive responses from filmgoers and impressed a section of the Kannada film fraternity.[8][9] Srimurali promoted the film in various shopping malls and places such as Tumkur, Gulbarga, Belgaum and other towns. He also uploaded pictures with his fans on a regular basis on social networking sites.[10] The film made its theatrical release on 21 February 2014 in 142 theaters across Karnataka.[11] Two shows of the film have been organised in Melbourne, Australia on 18 May.[12]

Reception[edit]

Upon its theatrical release, Ugramm received positive reviews from critics who praised the performances, the screenplay, the cinematography and the direction. B. S. Srivani of Deccan Herald wrote of the film, "The screenplay is a beauty .. and dialogues .. do their job very well." and concluded writing, "An overdose of violence to simple-minded families, Ugramm, however, is a treat for those looking for instant kicks."[13] A. Sharadhaa of The New Indian Express wrote, "This is a landmark gangster film that balances commercial elements with a stirring screenplay." and concluded writing, " A very well-made film, Ugramm is full of action, drama and fleshed out characters."[4] Shyam Prasad S. of Bangalore Mirror gave the film a rating out 3/5 and wrote, "The film is technically brilliant, but what it lacks is a style to the excessive energy that is drummed up."[14]

Box-office[edit]

Ugramm opened strongly at the box-office and collected 15.0 million (US$230,000) in Karnataka after its first week of release.[10] It completed a 125-day run in theatres in Karnataka.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ram-Leela famed Ravi Varman makes debut in Kannada". The Times of India. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "The best of Sandalwood, 2014". Bangalore Mirror. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "'Ugramm' sequel to be made in 2015". daijiworld.com. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "A Grand Avatar of Sri Murali in 'Ugramm'". The New Indian Express. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ugramm songs lyrics". Kannada Song Lyrics. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ugramm (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – EP". iTunes Store. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ugramm Music Review". The Times of India. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sandalwood Stars Go Gaga Over 'Ugramm' Trailer". International Business Times. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sandalwood stars praise Ugramm trailer". The Times of India. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "'Ugramm' Box Office Collection: Sri Murali Starrer Performs Well; Earns Rs. 5.5 Crore in First Week". International Business Times. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ugramm Creates New Records at Box Office!". oneindia.com. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Ugramm in Australia". chitraloka.com. 8 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Shaping rage into strength". Deccan Herald. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Movie review: Ugramm". Bangalore Mirror. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Pirate Helps Ugramm Assess Losses". The New Indian Express. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 

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