Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||K. Raghavendra Rao|
|Produced by||V. Doraswamy Raju|
|Written by||J. K. Bharavi |
(Story / Dialogues)
|Screenplay by||K. Raghavendra Rao|
|Music by||M. M. Keeravani|
|Edited by||A. Sreekar Prasad|
Annamayya is a 1997 Indian Telugu-language-language biographical film produced by V. Doraswamy Raju under the VMC Productions banner, directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. It stars Akkineni Nagarjuna, Mohan Babu, Suman, Ramya Krishna, Bhanupriya, Roja, Kasthuri playing the lead roles and music composed by M. M. Keeravani. Later in the year 2006 the movie was dubbed in Hindi by Tirupati Shree Balaji . The film portrays the life of the 15th century composer, Annamacharya. Upon release, the film received positive reviews and won eight Nandi Awards, three Filmfare Awards and two National Film Awards. The film was premiered at the 1998 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.
Vishnu listens to requests from his consort Lakshmi, that there weren't many people singing songs in praise of the Lord. In response, the Lord sends his sword Nandaka, to be born as Annamacharya (Annamayya) to a childless couple - Narayana Suri and Lakkamba in Tallapaka village, Kadapa District. Growing as a normal young man, Annamayya is in love with his 2 cousins Timakka and Akkalamma and thinks that his cousins are the most beautiful creations of god.
Lord Vishnu appears in front of Annamayya in disguise and accepts a challenge from him to show someone more beautiful than his cousins - God in the form of Lord Venkateswara in a temple in his village. Upon discovering the beauty of the Lord, Annamayya is lost in a different world and ends up making a pilgrimage to Tirumala Venkateswara Temple without planning or informing his parents. As he finds pilgrims entering the holy hills (Saptagiri- seven hills), he embarks his journey towards Him. But, he is lost and is helped by Goddess Lakshmi herself in the form of an old lady by informing him that his footwear was preventing his progress. Also weakened by fasting, Annamayya accepts Laddu - a prasadam from the food consecrated by the Lord himself. Upon reaching Tirumala, he is enthralled by the beauty of God and settles there to write and sing hymns in praise of the Lord.
Meanwhile, Annamayya's parents get worried regarding Annamayya's whereabouts. Then, the Lord Venkateshwara, hearing the prayers of Lakkavaamba (Annamayya's mother), himself comes in the disguise of a Hunter along with his consorts and tells them that Annamayya lives in Tirumala. Then, Annamayya's parents, cousins, aunt, uncle and his 2 friends come to Tirumala and watch him worship the Lord.
When Annamayya is asked to marry his 2 cousins, he refuses saying that his life is dedicated to the service of the Lord and marriage would become a hindrance to it. But, he is then convinced by the Lord himself who has now taken the form of a Brahmin. The Lord personally conducts the wedding of Annamayya with his cousins - Timakka and Akkalamma. After the birth of children, Annamayya settles in Tirumala leaving his children in the care of his parents. Through encounters with the local administrator (Tanikella Bharani), he comes in contact with the ruler of the country - Saluva Narasimha (Mohan Babu), who becomes a fan of his songs and make him the court poet. On hearing a Sringara Sankeertan, the King and Queen (Roja) request that Annamayya sing a sankeertan in their praise as well, something Annamayya rejects as he would sing only for the Lord and not for any human being. Jailed for not heeding the King, Annamayya invokes the Lord in the form of Narasimha (human-lion) and to the surprise of the King, jailors and everyone - the iron rods burst into flames and release Annamayya.
Realizing that their husband was born for humanity and Lord's service, his wives give up their lives freeing Annamayya of any earthly attachment. Annamayya, realizing the divine order, takes to writing poems and sankirtans and reaches old age. Priests and Brahmins unhappy with his social inclusion of lower caste people in the temple try to destroy his writings. When Annamayya decides to sacrifice his life because all his works were lost, a significant portion of his work is saved by Lord's grace from the fire. Saluva Narasimha and Annamayya's son's convert his work from palm to copper inscriptions thus preserving his works for eternity. On completion and dedication of the work in the temple sanctum sanctorum, the Lord and his consorts appear one last time, in their divine form. The Lord grants salvation and Annamayya's atma returns as Nandaka.
- Akkineni Nagarjuna as Annamayya
- Suman as Lord Venkateshwara
- Mohan Babu as Saluva Narasimha Rayalu
- Bhanupriya as Goddess Padmavati
- Ramya Krishna as Timakka
- Kasthuri as Akkalamma
- Roja as Saluva Narasimha Rayalu's wife
- Sri Kanya as Goddess Bhoodevi
- M. Balayya as Narayana Suri
- Subha as Lakkamamba
- Kota Srinivasa Rao
- Brahmanandam as Pandit
- Babu Mohan
- Tanikella Bharani
- Mallikarjuna Rao
- Gundu Hanumantha Rao
- Chitti Babu
- Ananth Babu
- Suthi Velu
- "Fight Master" Raju
- Siva Parvathi
Though there have been few changes in the original life history of Shri Tallapaka Annamacharya, one could understand these changes helped the movie to become commercially a big hit.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Producer||M. M. Keeravani|
|M. M. Keeravani chronology|
All music is composed by M. M. Keeravani.
|1.||"Vinaro Bhagyamu"||Annamayya Keerthana||SP Balu, Srilekha, Keeravani, Anuradha, Anand, Gangadhar, Renuka, Purnachandar, Sujatha, Anand Bhattacharya||3:32|
|2.||"Telugu Padaniki"||Veturi||SP Balu, Sujatha, Renuka||3:56|
|3.||"Ele Ele Maradala"||Veturi||SP Balu, Sujatha, Anuradha||4:26|
|4.||"Padhaharu Kalalaku"||J. K. Bharavi||Mano||2:16|
|5.||"Kalaganti Kalaganti"||Annamayya Keerthana||SP Balu||2:53|
|6.||"Adhivo Alladivo"||Annamayya Keerthana||SP Balu||3:57|
|7.||"Podagantimayya"||Annamayya Keerthana||SP Balu||4:10|
|8.||"Vinnapalu Vinavale"||Annamayya Keerthana||SP Balu, Renuka, Srilekha||4:08|
|9.||"Sobhaname Sobhaname"||Annamayya Keerthana||Mano||1:32|
|10.||"Moosina Muthyalake"||Annamayya Keerthana||SP Balu, K.S. Chitra, Sujatha||3:22|
|11.||"Asmadeeya"||Veturi||K.S. Chitra, Mano||3:57|
|12.||"Kondalalo Nelakonna"||Annamayya Keerthana||SP Balu||1:31|
|13.||"Emoko"||Annamayya Keerthana||SP Balu||4:22|
|15.||"Nigama Nigamantha"||Annamayya Keerthana||SP Balu, K. S. Chitra||3:59|
|16.||"Govindaa Sritha"||Annamayya Keerthana||SP Balu, Keeravani, Anand Bhattacharya, Anuradha||8:02|
|17.||"Nanati Bathuku"||Annamayya Keerthana||Mano||1:06|
|18.||"Dachuko Nee Padaalaku"||Annamayya Keerthana||SP Balu, S. P. Sailaja||0:46|
|19.||"Antharyami"||Annamayya Keerthana||SP Balu, S. P. Sailaja||4:15|
|20.||"Brahma Kadigina Padamu"||Annamayya Keerthana||K.S. Chitra, Keeravani, Poorna chandar, Sriram, Anuradha, Sujatha, Radhika||2:05|
- The film turned out to be a hit with a 100-day run in 42 centres.
- The film had a 176-day run in 2 centres.
- The film was a big hit in Chennai too.
- The film album is the highest sold Telugu music album till date.
- Dubbed into Tamil and released as Annamacharya.
- It was dubbed in Hindi as Tirupathi Sri Balaji.
- Best Film – Telugu - V. Doraiswamy Raju
- Best Director – Telugu - K. Raghavendra Rao
- Best Actor – Telugu - Nagarjuna
- Nandi Awards - 1997
- Best Feature Film (Gold) - Doraswamy Raju
- Best Director - K. Raghavendra Rao
- Best Actor - Nagarjuna
- Best Male Dubbing Artist - S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
- Best Costume Designer - Thota Babu Rao
- Best Makeup Artist - T. Mallikarjuna Rao
- Best Art Director - V. Bhaskara Raju
- Best Cinematographer - A. Vincent
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