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Movie title : Rajanna
Release Date : December 22, 2011
Cast: Akkineni Nagarjuna (as Rajanna), Sneha (as Lachamma/Lakshmamma), Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Shwetha Menon (as Dorasani), Pradeep Rawat, Ajay, Nassar (as Music Teacher), Mukesh Rishi, Baby Annie (as Mallamma), Ravi Kale, Supreet
CBFC Movie Rating : U/A
Music : MM Keeravani

Art : Ravi
Photography : Shyam K. Naidu
Presenter : Akkineni Annapurna
Direction : Vijayendra Prasad (debut as Director)
Producer : Akkineni Nagarjuna
Banner : Annapurna Studios

Plot / Movie Story / Movie Review

The movie deals with various social issues such as the growing divide between the upper and lower castes, the tortures that the lower strata have to face etc.

The film is set in the Nelakondapalli village of the late 1940s. The feudal society is under the vice-like grip of an aristocratic family and its head, a Dorasani (Shwetha Menon). Mallamma (Baby Annie) is the darling of the village, which is living in perpetual humiliation. They seek solace in her songs. Brought up by Sambayya, an old man, she develops a mysterious attachment to a basil tree which is regarded as holy by the entire village.

She happens to sing a song in the Dorasani's house which enrages her. Since nobody can have a skill which her daughter has not been able to acquire, she decrees that Mallamma cannot sing if she wants to be alive. However, singing is in her very marrow. After all, she is the daughter of Rajanna, who had inspired hundreds of villagers to revolt against the evil lords through his revolutionary songs. Rajanna believes that each and every one has the right to safeguard their rights and hence when his wife is getting strangled in the hands of a British just after the troop is being attacked by the villages, Rajanna chooses to sing a song and inspire his wife to make her get up and attack the person strangling her.

When the Dorasani finds Mallamma singing for another time, she decides to hound her and kill. The grandpa wants to take her away, but Mallamma refuses to oblige. It is then when she tells him that she cannot abandon the village where she Rajanna meets her every day. The Dorasani, who overhears Sambayya telling her that she is Rajanna's progeny, kills him. A heroine that she is, Mallamma stages an escape with the help of the music teacher (Nassar) and sets off to Delhi to meet Nehru.

The Rajanna story

After killing over a hundred British officers, Rajanna (Akkineni Nagarjuna) is a proud son of a free India. Much to his dismay, he finds the villagers of Nelakondavalli still in servitude and radicalises them to massacre the oppressors. The revolution spreads to hundreds of villages and the nawabs are shaken. Unable to repress the warfare on their own, the local lords seek the help of the evil Razakars.

Ever at the forefront to save the village, Rajanna leads a guerrilla warfare with his four comrades (a Muslim, a Tamil Brahmin, a Punjabi and a Maharashtrian) and achieves martrydom after fighting hundreds of Razakar desperadoes to the finish.

Rajanna lives on in the memories of the people of Nelakondavalli. His spirit arouses Mallamma to put up a never-say-die spirit and rid the village of the beastly doras.

Movie Facts

  • Some scenes of the movie are shot at Hyderabad amidst a Telangana backdrop.
  • The movie is based on a subject based on Rajakars during Nizam"s period.
  • Few shots of the movie are shot at Annapoorna studios during June. The film crew was in Araku valley, Visakhapanatam from June 13, 2011 shooting some scenes. The unit will return to Hyderabad on June 17.
  • The film is planned for release for Dushera 2011 but was actually released in December 2011.
  • The movie release date was pushed ahead by 1 day after the good response received for the audio.
  • A village-set of the movie and a bhoot-bunglow set made for the movie got destroyed in an accident fire. The film shooting got delayed by 2-weeks because of this.
  • The movie was first announced in 2010 that Nagarjuna and Vijayendra Prasad will be making the movie.
  • Vijayendra Prasad, the Story-writer and Director of this movie, is the father of S S Rajamouli
  • Sneha liked the story line of the movie. She was impressed with the traditional rural clothing given to her during the photoshoot after which she agreed to act in the movie. She has all prises for the director Vijayendra Prasad and feels proud to have acted in the movie.

Rajanna Songs

  • Gjijigadu
    Artists: Sanjeev Chimmalgi, Kaala Bhairava
    Lyrics: K Sivadatta
  • Raa Ree Ro Rela
    Artists: Madhumita, Revanth, Shravana Bhargavi, K Sahiti, Amrithavarshini, B. Ramya
    Lyrics: Ananth Sriram
  • Karakuraathi Gundello
    Artists: MM. Keeravani, Kailash Kher
    Lyrics: K Sivadatta
  • Lachuvamma Lachuvamma
    Artists: Deepu, Shravana Bhargavi
    Lyrics: Suddala Ashokteja
  • Chittiguvva
    Artists: Shivani, Venu, Sanjeev Chaimmalgi, Ramya
    Lyrics: Ananth Sriram
  • Okka Kshanam
    Artists: Balaji, Deepu, Revanth, Rahul, Pridhvichandra
    Lyrics: Ananth Sriram
  • Goodu chediri koila
    Artists: Mettapalli Surender, Chaitra
    Lyrics: K Sivadatta
  • Kaaligajje
    Artists: Mettapalli Surender, Chaitra
    Lyrics: Mettapalli Surender
  • Vey, Vey
    Artists: Revanth
    Lyrics: Suddala Ashokteja

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