Ramayya Vasthavayya

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Ramayya Vasthavayya
Ramayya Vasthavayya Cd Cover.jpg
Directed byHarish Shankar
Produced byDil Raju
Screenplay byRamesh Reddy,
Sathish Vegnesha
Story byHarish Shankar
StarringN. T. Rama Rao Jr.,
Samantha,
Shruti Haasan
Music byS. Thaman
CinematographyChota K. Naidu
Edited byGautham Raju
Production
company
Release dates
  • 11 October 2013 (2013-10-11)
Running time167 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
BudgetINR400 million (US$6.5 million)[1]
Box officeINR309 million (US$5.0 million)[2]
 
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Ramayya Vasthavayya
Ramayya Vasthavayya Cd Cover.jpg
Directed byHarish Shankar
Produced byDil Raju
Screenplay byRamesh Reddy,
Sathish Vegnesha
Story byHarish Shankar
StarringN. T. Rama Rao Jr.,
Samantha,
Shruti Haasan
Music byS. Thaman
CinematographyChota K. Naidu
Edited byGautham Raju
Production
company
Release dates
  • 11 October 2013 (2013-10-11)
Running time167 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
BudgetINR400 million (US$6.5 million)[1]
Box officeINR309 million (US$5.0 million)[2]

Ramayya Vasthavayya , also known as RAV is a 2013 Telugu action film written & directed by Harish Shankar. It was produced by Dil Raju and featured N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Samantha and Shruti Haasan in the lead roles. The soundtrack was composed by S. Thaman while the cinematography was handled by Chota K. Naidu. The film released worldwide on 11 October 2013 to mixed reviews from critics who criticized its storyline.[3] The film eventually flopped at the box office.[4]

Plot[edit]

Nagabhushanam (Mukesh Rishi) escapes a murder attempt from two assassins (Ajay & Bharani) at Coorg who later threaten him to kill soon. The story shifts to Hyderabad where Nandu (N. T. Rama Rao Jr.), a lonely college student lives. He spends his time with his friends and happens to fall in love in first sight with a girl named Akarsha (Samantha) who stays with her grandmother Baby Shalini (Rohini Hattangadi). With his wits and tactics he tries to make Akarsha fall in love with him and succeeds after a brief time. Nandu accompanies Akarsha to her sister's marriage in her hometown and by then, Nandu is treated as a family friend by Akarsha's family. That night, Nagabhushanam is killed by Nandu and those two assassins who happen to be a team. It is shown later that Nandu used Akshara as a bait to reach Nagabhushanam to kill him.

After the murder, Nandu makes sue that no clues are left at the spot. Police officer Avinash (Rao Ramesh), who is investigating the case, finds that Nandu is behind those killings. When Avinash tries to arrest Nandu, he kidnaps Akarsha at gun point & escapes the arrest. When she asks him why he murdered her father, he reveals his past. Nandu's real name is Ramu who loves a girl named Ammulu (Shruti Haasan) who lives in a village named Adityapuram and later gains her love too. Their families also accept for their marriage. Nagabhushanam along with home minister Umapathi (Kota Srinivasa Rao) and his son Bhikshapathi (P. Ravi Shankar) plans to grab a land that was very fertile. Bhikshapathi is a womanizer and lusts over Ammulu when she confronts him. When he misbehaves with her, he is attacked by Ramu which makes them rivals. The trio resort to lot of bloodshed and finally grab the land and share among themselves.

In that process, Ramu loses Ammulu and his near and dear ones and migrates to Hyderabad and changes his name to Nandu. He also tells that he had only killed Akarsha's brother and leaves her safely at her home through his friends. Through a girl (Hamsa Nandini), Nandu plans to invite Bhikshapathi to a youth fest as the chief guest. Bhikshapathi lusts at her and accepts to attend. There he sees Ramu as Nandu and plans to attack him with his henchmen but he escapes. Later he informs Bhikshapathi that he kidnapped Umapathi and challenges him to face him at Adityapuram. When Nandu kills Bhikshapathi after a brief duel, Umapati dies because of heart arrest. The film ends with Nandu starting a trust in the name of his mother in the village and Akarsha teaching the children there.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Harish Shankar announced his project with N. T. Rama Rao Jr. which was said to be produced by politician Kodali Nani. Due to political differences between them, Dil Raju replaced Kodali Nani as the film's producer on Sri Venkateswara Creations banner.[5] The movie was officially announced by Harish Shankar in July 2012 and revealed that the project would start once N. T. Rama Rao Jr. completes his part for Baadshah. The titles MLA: Manchi Lakshanalu unna Abbai and Jana Gana Mana were speculated as the film's titles which were later ruled out by Dil Raju and said that the movie does not have a title yet. On 18 October 2012 the film's muhurtham and pooja ceremony were held in Dil Raju's office in Hyderabad.[6] Chota K. Naidu and S. Thaman were announced as the cinematographer and music director respectively. Ramesh Reddy and Sathish Vegnesha provided the screenplay while Gautham Raju was selected as the editor.[7][8]

Casting[edit]

Harish Shankar announced that there will be two female leads in the film and Tamannaah was rumored as one of them.[9] Later Samantha was selected as the main female lead.[10] Meanwhile it was known that N. T. Rama Rao Jr. will be seen as a college student.[11] Shruti Hassan was selected as the second female lead. Harish planned no combination scenes for both the female leads in this film and forgone his extra remuneration for casting both of them.[12] She later confirmed it to be a special character with less length adding that it was a cameo appearance.[13] Vidyullekha Raman was selected to play the role of N. T. Rama Rao Jr.'s friend which was said to be a crucial one.[14] Hamsa Nandini was selected for an item number in the film.[15]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began on 4 January 2013 in Hyderabad.[16] The first schedule lasted for 9 days and ended on 13 January 2013.[17] Shruti Haasan started working on this movie on 26 March 2013 and many vital scenes on herself and N. T. Rama Rao Jr. were shot.[18] In late June, Samantha rejoined the film's sets in Hyderabad after returning from Europe.[19] The film shoot had a night schedule where the scenes were canned till 5:30 AM in the morning.[20] Few wedding scenes were shot at Sierra Garden and Friendly Line areas of Ramoji Film City.[21] A song was shot at Annapurna Studios on N. T. Rama Rao Jr.[22] The climax was shot in August 2013 at Hyderabad and 1000 Junior Artists joined the scene. 1 day talkie shoot and 3 songs were left to be shot.[23] Out of 3, 2 songs were planned to shoot in Spain.[24] A song on Hamsa Nandini and N. T. Rama Rao Jr. was shot at Annapoorna Studios on whose completion the filming ended.[25]

Music[edit]

Release[edit]

The film was planned for a release on 27 September 2013 to coincide with the 12th anniversary of N. T. Rama Rao Jr.'s first blockbuster Student No.1.[26] It was postponed to 11 October 2013 due to political Disturbances prevailing in the state.[27] The film was awarded an 'A' certificate by Central Board of Film Certification due to some heavy action sequences without any cuts and 1200 screens were locked globally.[28][29] Lorgan Entertainment distributed the film in Australia.[30] My3 Movies distributed the film in USA.[31]

Marketing[edit]

The film's first look poster was unveiled on 20 April 2013 which also confirmed the film's title.[32] The film's teaser was unveiled on 20 May 2013 to coincide with N. T. Rama Rao Jr.'s birthday.[33] A video teaser of the song Jabilli Nuvve Cheppamma was released on 30 August 2014 which became an instant hit receiving 1.2 million views and about 10,000 likes in 5 days of its release in YouTube.[34] On 17 September 2013 Harish Shankar posted the making video of the song Neneppudaina Anukunnana in YouTube and spoke about its filming.[35] The film's theatrical trailer was released on 21 September 2013.[36]

Home Media[edit]

Aditya Videos released the DVD and Blu Ray of the film in India and an online version was uploaded by them in YouTube on 20 February 2014.[37] The film's satellite rights were acquired by Zee Telugu for a undisclosed price. The film's worldwide Television premiere happened on 16 March 2014.[38] The film's overseas DVD was released in NTSC format on 21 March 2014 by Bhavani Videos while the Blu Ray Disc released two days later.[39][40] The film's official online release in YouTube received tremendous response. It received 1.2 million views in 2 days and increased day by day turning highly successful online.[41]

Reception[edit]

The Times of India wrote "The film is packaged entirely around its hero with NTR looking uber cool and as stylish as ever. He got into the skin of the character and has delivered a fantastic performance to shoulder the film. All in all, Ramayya Vasthavayya's first half is a fun-ride as you see NTR in his elements. However, the second half could be a disappointment."[42] The Hindu wrote "Until a few minutes before the interval, you’re left looking beneath the surface of the comedy, songs and romance to see what the film is trying to communicate to you. And post interval, when the film takes you into a rural hamlet and recalls an ill-fated past followed by revenge, there’s way too much bloodshed that leaves you numb. Watch this film if you are an NTR fan."[43] Sify wrote "Can watch it for its first half and for NTR. Other than that, the movie is just another routine revenge drama that fails to impress" and rated it 2.75/5.[44] IANS called the film a "a hero-worshipping, fan-appealing film that gets almost everything in the book of filmmaking wrong" in its review.[45]

123telugu stated "Ramayya Vasthavayya is a stylish mass entertainer that showcases all of NTR’s abilities very well. The superb first half is a big asset. A predictable and below par second half is a slight let down. However, the film should work well at the Box Office and NTR’s fans will be a delighted lot" and rated the film 3.25/5.[46] Oneindia Entertainment stated "Ramayya Vasthavayya is purely a mass masala entertainer that will impress all classes of audiences. Junior NTR's acting, Harish direction, Samantha's glamour and Thaman's music stand out in the film. It is s brilliant treat from Dil Raju team."[47] IndiaGlitz wrote "In telling an outdated and damn predictable story, Harish Shankar S committed one blunder after another. His only trump card was a romantic NTR, who is seen imitating Dev Anand here and Victory Venkatesh there. A paper-thin storyline is the least of Ramayya's imperfections. Too much violence in the second half rips it of entertainment value" and rated the film 2.75/5.[48]

Box office[edit]

Ramayya Vasthavayya opened to packed houses with 90% to 100% occupancy in single screens and multiplexes. The film grossed approximately INR23.7 million (US$380,000) in Nizam, INR18.8 million (US$300,000) in Ceeded, INR4.6 million (US$75,000) in Nellore, INR12.8 million (US$210,000) in Guntur, INR5.6 million (US$91,000) in Krishna, INR7.3 million (US$120,000) in West, INR7.5 million (US$120,000) in East, INR6.4 million (US$100,000) in Uttarandhra, INR13.5 million (US$220,000) in Karnataka, INR5.5 million (US$89,000) from rest of India and INR25 million (US$410,000) in Overseas on its first day taking its global first day total to INR130.7 million (US$2.1 million).[49] The film stood in the third spot in the list of Telugu cinema with the highest first-day share in Andhra Pradesh with Attarintiki Daredi and Baadshah standing in the first two spots. However the film's collections dropped significantly on its second day except in Guntur, Nellore, Ceded and Karnataka regions while a lukewarm response was observed at the USA Box office.[50][51]

After collecting INR2.76 million (US$45,000) on its second day, it showed improvement in its third day by collecting INR40 million (US$650,000) taking its three day AP share to INR155.4 million (US$2.5 million) and INR245 million (US$4.0 million) in four days due to Dusherra holiday.[52] In its first week the film collected a worldwide share of INR286 million (US$4.6 million) but failed to surpass Attarintiki Daredi which collected a worldwide share of INR492.4 million (US$8.0 million) in its first week.[53] Trade experts opined that the film's business would be closed soon due to the successful run of Attarintiki Daredi.[54] In its full run, the film collected a worldwide share of INR309 million (US$5.0 million) and was declared a failure at the Box office. It earned INR242.3 million (US$3.9 million) in Andhra Pradesh and also became the second biggest earner for N. T. Rama Rao Jr. in Nizam and Karnataka areas, where it fetched INR89 million (US$1.4 million) and INR38.2 million (US$620,000), respectively.[2]

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