Naandhi (transl. Beginning) is an Indian Telugu-language legal drama film released in 2021. It marks the directorial debut of Vijay Kanakamedala and is produced by ‘Naandhi Satish Varma. The film features Allari Naresh and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in the lead roles, with Priyadarshi, Harish Uthaman, Vinay Varma, and Praveen in supporting roles. The music for the film is composed by Sricharan Pakala, and the cinematography is handled by Sid.
Naandhi Telugu Movie 2021 Cast, Plot, Production, & Reception
Naandhi proved to be a commercial success, earning a gross revenue of over ₹9.5 crore at the box office. Its impactful storytelling and strong performances resonated with the audience, contributing to its financial triumph. The film’s achievements led to the announcement of a Hindi remake, with renowned actor Ajay Devgn slated to play the lead role. The Hindi remake is being produced by Dil Raju, adding further anticipation to the project.
Surya Prakash, an honest software engineer, leads a content life with his loving parents. He holds their dreams close to his heart, as they selflessly sacrificed their aspirations for his upbringing. Everything seems to be going well when Surya gets engaged to Meenakshi. However, the state is thrown into turmoil following the untimely demise of Rajagopal, a respected and upright lawyer.
The police force, under immense pressure to apprehend the killer, finds themselves entangled in the case. In a shocking turn of events, Surya is unjustly implicated by CI Kishore, the officer in charge. Despite Surya’s innocence, all the potential witnesses who could support his claims mysteriously turn against him, succumbing to threats from Kishore. As a result, Surya finds himself behind bars as an undertrial prisoner.
|Real Name||Role Name|
|Allari Naresh||Surya Prakash|
|Harish Uthaman||Inspector Kishore|
|Srikanth Iyengar||Public Prosecutor|
|Varalaxmi Sarathkumar||Lawyer Aadhya|
|Priyadarshi Pulikonda||Radha Prakash|
|Vinay Varma||Minister Naagender|
|Devi Prasad||Surya’s Father|
The film is Vijay Kanakamedala’s directorial debut. Naresh, who is known for his comic roles, is cast as an under-trial prisoner. Varalaxmi Sarathkumar is seen as an advocate that helps falsely convicted victims. Srikanth Iyengar is a crooked lawyer while Priyadarshi is seen as a controversial YouTuber.
The filming of the movie commenced in January 2020 at Ramanaidu Studios in Hyderabad. The initial schedule was successfully wrapped up by February 2020. Additionally, certain scenes were shot at an Aluminum factory in the city to add authenticity to the film. The production team made significant progress, with approximately 80% of the shoot being completed by June 2020.
All music is composed by Sricharan Pakala.
|“Cheli” (Backing Vocals: Sricharan Pakala)||Sri Mani||N.C. Karunya, Haripriya Maranganti||3:35|
|“Idhe Naandhi” (Backing Vocals: Sricharan Pakala, S. Anant Srikar)||Chaitanya Prasad||Vijay Prakash||3:20|
|“Devathalantha”||Kittu Vissapragada||Anurag Kulkarni||3:45|
According to Thadhagath Pathi from The Times of India, the film was given a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. The review highlighted the excellent writing skills of director Vijay, stating that the film goes beyond the typical narrative of a protagonist seeking revenge after being wronged and getting bail. The reviewer appreciated the unique storytelling approach taken by Vijay.
The film grossed ₹6.4 crore in the first week. It is Naresh’s first commercially successful film after nearly 8 years.
The premiere of Naandhi took place on 12 March 2021 following its acquisition by the Aha streaming platform.
Theatrical Release Poster
|Box office||est. ₹9.5 crore|
|Dialogues by||Abburi Ravi|
|Directed by||Vijay Kanakamedala|
|Edited by||Chota K. Prasad|
|Music by||Sricharan Pakala|
|Produced by||Satish Varma|
|Production Company||SV2 Entertainment|
|Release date||19 February 2021|
|Running time||146 minutes|
|Screenplay by||Vijay Kanakamedala|
|Story by||Toom Venkat|
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