Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTrivikram Srinivas
Written byTrivikram Srinivas
Produced byS. Radha Krishna
Starring
CinematographyP. S. Vinod
Edited byNaveen Nooli
Music byS. Thaman[1]
Production
company
Haarika & Hassine Creations
Release date
  • 11 October 2018 (2018-10-11)[2]
Running time
162 minutes[3]
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
Box officeest. 165 crore[4]

Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava (transl. Veera Raghava along with Aravinda) is a 2018 Indian Telugu-language action drama film[3][5] written and directed by Trivikram Srinivas, and produced by S. Radha Krishna on Haarika & Hassine Creations banner. The film stars N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Pooja Hegde, Eesha Rebba, and Jagapathi Babu while Sunil, Naveen Chandra and Supriya Pathak play supporting roles. The film features score and soundtrack composed by S. Thaman.

The film revolves around a young man whose life changes after engaging in a violent fight with henchmen from the rival village. He escapes to Hyderabad and decides to stay away from violence in order to bring peace between the two villages whose people have been constantly affected by the feud for 30 years.

The film was released theatrically on 11 October 2018. Following the positive critical reception, it became a commercial success.[6]

Plot

A 30-year-long war between two rival faction groups from two villages—Kommaddi led by Narappa Reddy, and Nallagudi led by Basi Reddy—has been affecting the lives of people from both gangs. Narappa Reddy's son Veera Raghava Reddy, who was in London for 12 years, returns to the village. On his way home, he ends up losing his father in an attack by the opposition, following which he undergoes a violent transformation. He participates in the fight, murders Basi Reddy's gangsters, and stabs the latter himself, and everyone believes he has been murdered. Upon realizing that violence might not be the ultimate solution, he decides to leave for Hyderabad, hoping that the fights will reduce as the opposition will not have anyone to fight with. He goes to Hyderabad, befriends Neelambari, and circumstances force him into living with two women, Aravinda and Sunanda's family. Aravinda influences his beliefs and thoughts, and falls in love with Veera Raghava. Meanwhile, Basi Reddy is found alive, and orders his gang, headed by his son, Bala Reddy, to chase Veera Raghava.

Meanwhile, Veera Raghava helps Aravinda and Sunanda's younger brother, a schoolboy, in writing a story about violence, which is inspired by his own life. The story eventually gets published and seen by Basi Reddy, who realizes it to be similar to the life of Veera Raghava. Basi Reddy orders his henchmen to kidnap Aravinda and Sunanda's brother from his school. The henchmen attempt to kidnap Aravinda and Sunanda's brother but are stopped by Veera Raghava, who fights them off while making sure no one gets killed. He eventually learns from one of the gangsters that Basi Reddy is alive. Soon, Aravinda is kidnapped by Bala Reddy but rescued by Veera Raghava who threatens him on the phone. Later, he explains his past to Aravinda and Sunanda then he leaves for his village. Aravinda is intrigued and accompanied by Neelambari to Veera Raghava's village. They film a documentary about people affected by the corruption caused by the organised crime groups, while Veera Raghava attends a meeting with Bala Reddy and some ministers. He tries to convince them to stop fighting, but eventually fights off the henchmen when Basi Reddy's son refuses to comply. Veera Raghava manages to emotionally convince him for the peace treaty, following which Basi Reddy murders Bala Reddy. Aravinda and Neelambari, who were staying at Basi Reddy's house since their car broke down, learn his truth and are held hostage.

Veera Raghava is contacted by Basi Reddy, who calls him to an open field. Basi Reddy slashes Aravinda's arm, stabs Neelambari, and attempts to fight Veera Raghava, who keeps dodging in an attempt to not start another fight. Basi Reddy tells him he killed Bala Reddy, and now no one would stand for peace but is shocked when his gangsters, who have had a change of heart listening to Veera Raghava's words, take Aravinda and Neelambari to the hospital despite being threatened. Enraged by the death of Bala Reddy, who was his only ray of hope, Veera Raghava murders Basi Reddy using a knife and sets him on fire so that no one can learn about his murder.

Veera Raghava confesses to Basi Reddy's wife that he has murdered Basi Reddy. The latter, who is heartbroken at her own son's death at her husband's hand, washes the weapon and takes Veera Raghava to the village. She files a complaint with the earlier corrupt police that her husband murdered her son and escaped, thereby ending the fight in the village. Veera Raghava nominates her as an MLA, which she wins unanimously.

Cast

Production

Development

The discussion for this film began with NTR, when Rao was shooting Nannaku Prematho in 2015 and finally materialised in 2018.[7]

Cast and crew

Pooja Hegde was selected to collaborate with Rao. for the first time,[8] Anirudh Ravichander, who was initially signed on composing the music was replaced by S. Thaman after the failure of Agnyaathavaasi.[9]

Filming

The shooting for the film began on 6 April 2018 with an action sequence.[10]

Themes

Aravinda Sametha is based on the factionalism present in the region of Rayalaseema, a theme which was dominant in Telugu cinema during late 1990s and early 2000s.[11]

"In most of the films based on Rayalaseema factionalism, only the act of violence was glorified; however, none of those films focused on the aftermath of a war. Both Jr NTR and I became interested in starting our story with a bloody act of war to give the film a context and then explore how the protagonist shuns that path to bring peace. Later, when I came up with the idea of focusing on the lives of women and how families are torn apart due to such violence, it gave us a lot more depth to explore."

— Trivikram Srinivas, on why he chose such genre.[11]

Music

Main article: Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava (soundtrack)

S. Thaman composed the soundtrack album and background score for the film. The complete soundtrack album is scheduled to be unveiled on mid-September, without launching any singles from the film. However, the lyric video of the first single track titled "Anaganaganaga" was released on 15 September 2018, and the song was unveiled in all streaming platforms the same day.[12] On 18 September 2018, the makers unveiled the second single track titled "Penivitti" sung by Kaala Bhairava, which was termed as an intense, raw, rustic number.[13] The lyrical video of Yeda Poyinadu was released on 25 September 2018.

The tracklist was unveiled on 19 September 2018, and the complete soundtrack album was unveiled the following day, on 20 September 2018.[14] The makers released the lyric videos and the promos of the songs before the film's release.

Marketing

On 19 May 2018, the title of the film was revealed as Aravinda Sametha.[15] Jr. NTR was featured in a chiseled avatar who worked out extensively with international trainer Lloyd Stevens for his new look for the film.[16] Also S. Thaman's background music in the motion poster was appreciated by fans.[17] The promotions of the film were commence on 10 September 2018.[18]

A pre-release event was held on 2 October 2018, at H.I.C.C. Novotel hotel in Hyderabad, where the makers also launched the theatrical trailer of the film.[19] The trailer received predominantly positive response from all corners.[20]

Critical reception

The Times of India gave 3.5 out of 5 stars stating, "An emotional drama camouflaged in a commercial exterior, here's a film that's courageous to stand apart from slapstick madness. Trivikram's treatment of this plot scores over his indulgence as Jr NTR delivers another fine performance".[21]

India Today gave 3 out of 5 stars stating, "Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava is a commercial actioner backed by Trivikram's engaging script and Jr NTR's excellent performance. After the debacle of Pawan Kalyan-starrer Agnyaathavaasi, director Trivikram Srinivas has bounced back with Jr NTR's Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava".[22]

News18 gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "Jr NTR Elevates Tried, Tested Story of Factionalism".[23]

Hindustan Times gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "Jr NTR is the torchbearer of peace in a film on factionalism".[24]

Awards and nominations

Date of ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
10 August 2019 Sakshi Excellence Awards Best Actress Pooja Hegde Won [25]
15 & 16 August 2019 8th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Film – Telugu Haarika & Hasinee Creations Nominated [26]
Best Director – Telugu Trivikram Srinivas Nominated
Best Actor – Telugu N. T. Rama Rao Jr. Nominated
Best Music Director – Telugu S. Thaman Nominated
Best Lyricist – Telugu Ramajogayya Sastry Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer – Telugu Kaala Bhairava Nominated
21 December 2019 66th Filmfare Awards South Best Actor – Telugu N. T. Rama Rao Jr. Nominated [27][28]
Best Actress – Telugu Pooja Hegde Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Telugu Jagapati Babu Won
Best Music Director – Telugu S. Thaman Nominated
Best Lyricist – Telugu Ramajogayya Sastry Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer – Telugu Kaala Bhairava Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu Mohana Bhogaraju Nominated
29 September 2019 17th Santosham Film Awards Best Comedian Sunil Won [29]
Best Music Director S. Thaman Won

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