John Appa Rao 40 Plus

John Apparao 40 Plus is a 2008 Indian Telugu film starring Krishna Bhagavan, Simran and Ruthika. The film is produced and directed by Kuchipudi Venkat under the Black and Eight banner. Comedian Krishna Bhagavan plays the lead role in this film. The film released on 20 March 2008 throughout the world with seventy prints.

John Apparao 40 Plus
Directed byKuchipudi Venkat
Written byKuchipudi Venkat
Produced byKuchipudi Venkat
StarringKrishna Bhagavan
CinematographyV. Gopinath
Music byKiran Varanasi
Distributed byBlack and Eight Production
Release date
  • 20 March 2008 (2008-03-20)
Budget12.5 crores


Appa Rao (Krishna Bhagavan) is a career-oriented fashion designer who is in his 40s. He is still a bachelor due to lack of opportunities and career orientation. That is when a posh lady, Pravallika (Simran), approaches him and makes him fall in love with her. She offers him a new career and great business in the UK. Meantime, it is revealed that there is a dreaded ISI agent called John Alias Mastan (Krishna Bhagavan) who looks just like Appa Rao. The rest of the story is all about what happens to Appa Rao when his look-alike John spots him.



The film is directed by Kuchipudi Venkat, who previously directed Modati Cinema (2005) with Krishna Bhagawan (in his lead debut) and Simran in the lead roles.[1][2] A song was shot in Bali. Rutika was cast as the second lead.[3] The film was shot in 2007.[4]


This film contains six songs, all remixes. The music director was Kiran Varanasi. The soundtrack was launched on 2 February 2008.

Song Singer(s) Duration
"Ennenno Janmala Bandham" Hemachandra, Geetha Madhuri 3:53
"Meghalalo Telipommannadi" Sainoj, Delsy Ninan 4:22
"Kajara Mohabbatwala" Tanya and Kiran Varanasi 2:42
"O Bangaru Rangula Chilaka" Dr. Banti, Pooja 3:54
"Ninnukori Varnam" Pranavi 4:14


The film was scheduled to release on Sankranti in 2008.[5] A critic from Sify gave a negative review and opined that "Director Venkat has no grip on the screenplay and his directorial skills prove he is inexperienced. Remix songs by old hits are good. On the whole, the film fails to impress".[6] Y. Sunitha Chowdhary of The Hindu wrote that "The comedian who is known for his poker faced and spooky one liners comes across as a versatile actor here, never once overacts but unfortunately the double meaning dialogues and sexual innuendos make the film unfit for family viewing".[7]


  1. ^ "John Appa Rao 40+ press meet - Telugu cinema - Krishna Bhagawan & Venkat Kuchipudi".
  2. ^ "Happy 55th Birthday to talented comedian Krishna Bhagavan! - Times of India". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "John Appa Rao nearing completion - Times of India". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "In the evening of life". The Hindu. 12 October 2007.
  5. ^ * Release News
  6. ^ "John Apparao 40+".
  7. ^ "Strictly for the 40 plus Film Review". The Hindu. 21 March 2008.

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