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Janatha Garage (English: People's Garage) is a 2016 Indian Telugu-language action film written and directed by Koratala Siva, produced by Naveen Yerneni, Y. Ravi Shankar, and C. V. Mohan under their production house Mythri Movie Makers, distributed by Eros International.[6] The film stars Mohanlal and Jr NTR in lead roles, while Samantha, Nithya Menen , Devayani, Saikumar, Unni Mukundan and Suresh appear in supporting roles. The story revolves around Anand (Jr. NTR) an environmental activist who is recruited by Sathyam (Mohanlal), who operates a large automobile service center named "Janatha Garage" and undertakes law enforcement through his group of automobile mechanics, because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate.

Janatha Garage
Janatha Garage poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKoratala Siva[1]
Produced byNaveen Yerneni
Y. Ravi Shankar
C. V. Mohan
Written byKoratala Siva
Nithya Menen
Music byDevi Sri Prasad
Edited byKotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 1 September 2016 (2016-09-01)[2]
Running time
162 minutes
Budget50 crore[3][4]
Box office135 crore[5]

Janatha Garage was released worldwide on 1 September 2016.[7] The film registered the highest opening for a Telugu film in 2016 and is the second highest Telugu opening of all time, behind Baahubali: The Beginning.[8] Janatha Garage was the highest-grossing Telugu film of the year. The film won two awards at the 64th National Film AwardsSpecial Jury Award for Mohanlal and Best Choreography for Raju Sundaram. It also won seven Nandi AwardsBest Popular Feature Film, Best Actor (Jr. NTR), Best Supporting Actor (Mohanlal), Best Story Writer (Koratala Siva), Best Choreographer (Sundaram), Best Art Director (A. S. Prakash), and Best Lyricist (Ramajogayya Sastry).


Sathyam (Mohanlal) is a small workshop owner in a village. His brother Shiva (Rahman) works in Hyderabad and opens a workshop for Sathyam there. The brothers and their faithful allies run the garage happily as Janatha Garage.

One day, a poor man who is a friend of Sathyam loses his collegegoing daughter in a road accident. Sathyam and his friends get to know she was raped and killed by some goons. They ask Shiva's friend DSP Chandrashekar's (Saikumar Pudipeddi) help, but he is helpless as there is no proper evidence against them and also they are highly influential. Then Janatha Garage becomes a self-appointed group of citizens led by Sathyam who undertake law enforcement by killing the goons and making it look like an accident. Chandrasekhar becomes aware of this and warns against taking law in their hands as he is worried about the consequences.

Janatha Garage becomes popular among the local people as they believe that they'll get justice from them. Shiva gets married to a Mumbai-based guy Suresh's (Suresh) sister, and they have a son Anand. One day Mukesh (Sachin Khedekar), a powerful business magnate with lot of criminal dealings and who was also the brother of a goon who was killed by Sathyam, visits and warns him. A few days later, Shiva and his wife get ambushed by Mukesh's men, and both are killed. Sathyam, fearing for Anand's safety, asks Suresh to take him away from Janatha Garage.

As the years pass, Anand (N. T. Rama Rao Jr.) grows up as an environmental science graduate and activist in Mumbai, who is against any activity which can harm the environment. Suresh's daughter Bujji (Samantha Ruth Prabhu) and Anand are in love with each other, and her parents are happy with that. Anand also befriends a girl Anu (Nithya Menen), whom he scolds for using firecrackers. She falls for him, but she won't express it to him, because she knew that he is in love with Bujji. He gets into some fight with a powerful MLA, and fearing for his safety, Suresh sends him to Hyderabad under the pretext of a university exchange program. There he meets Sathyam's arrogant son Raghava (Unni Mukundan), who got married to Mukesh's daughter without his parents' approval. Sathyam meets with an accident planned by Mukesh, but recovers. Janatha Garage is now inactive solving the problems of the common men as Sathyam and his allies are getting old. Anand fights off Raghava's thugs regarding an illegal mining field. Sathyam meets with Anand, and both develop a mutual respect for each other, without knowing they are uncle and nephew. Sathyam asks Anand to take over Janatha Garage. Anand quickly becomes a family member of the house. They save a strict government officer Vikas (Rajiv Kanakala) from some of Mukesh's men. Janatha Garage becomes popular among the public once again.

Chandrashekar, now the Commissioner of Police, finds out about Anand and brings Suresh and his family. Sathyam and others are shocked to know that Anand is his late brother's son. Suresh, who is bothered about Bujji's safety, asks Anand to choose either his daughter or Janatha Garage. Anand, with a heavy heart, chooses to stay with his father's family, and he and Bujji say goodbye tearfully. She gets married to a boy of her parents' choice. Meanwhile, Raghava and his wife leave Sathyam's house because of their uncultured lifestyle, creating a ruckus with Anand and the family. In order to overthrow the government, Mukesh and Raghava plan and execute a bomb blast in Hyderabad. Bose (Ajay), one of Sathyam's closest friends, loses his loved one in the blast. The next day, Bose's body is found in the railway track, with reports citing he committed suicide out of depression. The police chief asks Chandrasekhar to close the case. He comes to Janatha Garage for help. Anand finds out that Bose was killed by Raghava as Bose had found that it was Raghava who planned the blasts. Sathyam decides that even though Raghava is his son, he doesn't deserve to live.

Anand and others from Janatha Garage beat up Mukesh's men in their hideout. Anand kills Mukesh, and Raghava pleads for mercy. Sathyam arrives and kills Raghava without remorse. Later, on the occasion of Diwali, Anand, despite being requested to stay at home for the festivities by Padma (Devayani), goes to help someone with Sathyam's approval, while Anu, who is Chandrashekar's daughter and now Anand's wife, smiles at him.



Production began on 25 October 2015 in Hyderabad and principal photography commenced on 22 February 2016.[9] Music from the film was released on 12 August 2016.[10]


There were several rumours during mid July that Jr. NTR might team up with Koratala Siva after NTR finishes Nannaku Prematho and Koratala Siva finishes Srimanthudu.[11][12] During early October 2015, it was reported that this project will be produced by Mythri Movie Makers and it will be launched by the end of October and regular shooting will begin after NTR finishes Nannaku Prematho.[13] During mid October it was reported that this project will be launched on 25 October 2015.[14] This project was officially launched on 25 October 2015. The makers originally announced that the film would be released on 12 August 2016,[15] but the release date was postponed to 2 September 2016.[2]


During mid October there were rumours that Amyra Dastur might play one of the heroines in this film.[16] During early November, there were rumours that the makers are considering Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Parineeti Chopra to play the leading lady opposite NTR.[17][18] During the end of November 2015, the makers have announced that Mohanlal has signed this movie.[19] This marks Mohanlal's third Telugu film after a cameo appearance in the 1994 film Gandeevam and the 2016 film Manamantha. During Late December, it was confirmed that Samantha Ruth Prabhu will be playing the leading lady opposite NTR for the fourth time after Brindavanam, Ramayya Vasthavayya, and Rabhasa.[20][21] During the end of December 2015, it was reported that Nithya Menen will be playing the second heroine in this movie making her first collaboration with NTR.[22][23] During Late January, it was reported that Malayalam actor Unni Mukundan is a part of this film playing the villain.[24][25][26] It was also reported that Unni Mukundan will be playing the role of the son of Mohanlal and Cousin of Jr. NTR. Reportedly, this movie is a family drama, and it deals about the issues between two cousins, played by NTR and Unni Mukundan.[20] During early February 2016, it was reported that former Tamil actress Devayani would play the wife of Mohanlal's character.[27] Brahmaji confirmed his inclusion during mid-February 2016.[28] During Mid February, It was reported that Sai kumar would play the father of Jr. NTR.[29] Inclusion of well known actors like Ajay, Sithara was also confirmed during mid-February 2016.[9] During Early March, Rahman was reported to be part of this movie playing as brother to Mohanlal.[30]


Devi Sri Prasad directed the film's music. Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is the film's editor and Tirru is the film's cinematographer. A. S. Prakash is the Art Director. They decided to release the movie on 1 September but due to some unknown reasons it released on 2 September[31]


The regular shooting of this film was expected to begin on 9 February 2016.[32][33][34] Art Director AS Prakash erected a huge set at Saradhi Studios, Hyderabad during the first week of January 2016.[35] During Late January, it was reported that this movie will be shot mainly in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Kerala.[24] Later the regular shooting was delayed to 22 February, and the first schedule kicked off in Ramoji Film City and it was wrapped up in four days.[36] The second schedule commenced in Mumbai on 5 March, it continued till 22 March after which the unit returned to Hyderabad. Jr. Ntr, and Nithya Menen were part of this schedule.[citation needed] The third schedule began in Hyderabad on 25 March in the specially erected set at Saradhi Studios.[37] Samantha joined the shooting in this schedule, and scenes featuring Mohanlal, Jr. Ntr, Samantha, and Unni Mukundan will be filmed in this schedule.[citation needed]


Janatha Garage
Soundtrack album by
Released12 August 2016
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelLahari Music
ProducerDevi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
Sardaar Gabbar Singh
Janatha Garage
Khaidi No. 150

The audio function of the movie was held on 12 August 2016. The cast and crew of the movie attended the function. All lyrics were written by Ramajogayya Sastry.[38]

1."Pranaamam"Shankar Mahadevan3:55
2."Rock On Bro"Raghu Dixit4:05
3."Apple Beauty"Yazin Nizar, Neha Bhasin3:52
4."Jai Ho Janatha"Sukhwinder Singh, Vijay Prakash4:15
5."Nee Selvadigi"Shweta Mohan1:35
6."Pakka Local"Geetha Madhuri, Sagar4:21
Total length:22:03


ReceptionEdit rated Janatha Garage 2.75/5, stating " The movie can be watched for some moments in the second half and NTR’s terrific performance. Not a good movie but not totally bad either".[39] Another reviewer idlebrain Jeevi rated 3/5, complaining about the movie "lacking emotional impact".[40] The Hindu wrote "At 163 minutes, riding on a predictable story, Janatha Garage gets tiresome. A few scenes involving Mohanlal and NTR, and the episode involving Rajeev Kanakala and GHMC staff are the only moments worth rooting for.".[41]

Box officeEdit

The film grossed 41 crore worldwide on its opening day. The film registered the highest opening for a Telugu film in 2016, and is the second highest opening of all time, behind Baahubali: The Beginning.[8] The film crossed 50 crores 'share' mark in its first weekend, making it the second fastest Telugu movie to achieve this mark after Baahubali: The Beginning.[42] The film grossed 100 crore mark in 8 days which was a sensational record only achieved before by one other film.[43] The film also went on to become the highest collected movie in Uttarandra (UA) region in its first week and 2nd highest 1st week collections in 7 other territories.[44] Janatha Garage collected 62cr+ share at the end of 7 days run, becoming the second best opening week of Telugu cinema. The film has grossed 135 crore worldwide at the end of its theatrical run making it the third biggest grosser of all time in Telugu cinema as of its release.[45][46][better source needed] Janatha Garage emerged as the highest-grossing Telugu film of the year.[47]

Theatrical RunEdit

Janatha Garage was released on 1610 screens in India and around 2010 screens worldwide. It was one of the biggest release for a Telugu film.[48] The movie ran for 50 days in 39 centers in AP and Telangana.[49]

It was also dubbed in Malayalam and released in Kerala by Maxlab Cinemas and Entertainments. The film was also dubbed in Hindi as Janta Garage and released on YouTube by Goldmines Telefilms on 24 June 2017.[50] The film was also dubbed in Odia as Janatha Gyarege by Raja Ram Cine Production in 2018.[51]


Ceremony Category Nominee Result Ref.
64th National Film Awards Special Jury Award Mohanlal Won [52]
Best Choreography Raju Sundaram (for "Pranaamam") Won
Nandi Awards Best Popular Feature Film Y. Naveen, Y. Ravi Shankar, C. V. Mohan Won [53]
Best Actor N. T. Rama Rao Jr. Won
Best Supporting Actor Mohanlal Won
Best Story Writer Koratala Siva Won
Best Choreographer Raju Sundaram (for "Pranaamam") Won
Best Art Director A. S. Prakash Won
Best Lyricist Ramajogayya Sastry (for "Pranaamam") Won
64th Filmfare Awards South Best Director Koratala Siva Nominated [54]
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male Mohanlal Nominated
Best Lyrics Ramajogayya Sastry (for "Pranaamam") Won
Best Dance Choreography Shekhar (for "Apple Beauty") Won
6th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Film Mythri Movie Makers Nominated
Best Director Koratala Siva Nominated
Best Actor Jr. NTR Won
Best Actor In A Supporting Role – Male Mohanlal Nominated
Best Playback Singer – Male Shankar Mahadevan (for "Pranaamam") Nominated
Best Playback Singer – Female Geetha Madhuri (for "Pakka Local") Nominated
Best Music Director Devi Sri Prasad Won
Best Lyrics Ramajogayya Sastry (for "Pranaamam") Won
2nd IIFA Utsavam Best Picture Mythri Movie Makers Won [55]
Best Director Koratala Siva Won
Best Actor Jr. NTR Won
Best Performance In A Supporting Role – Male Mohanlal Nominated
Best Music Direction Devi Sri Prasad Won
Best Lyrics Ramajogayya Sastry (for "Pranaamam") Won
Best Playback Singer – Male Shankar Mahadevan (for "Pranaamam") Nominated
Best Playback Singer – Female Geetha Madhuri (for "Pakka Local") Won


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