Mrugaraju

Mrugaraju (English: King of Animals) is a 2001 Tollywood action adventure film, which was directed by Gunasekhar. It stars Chiranjeevi in lead role whille, Simran, Sanghavi and Nagendra Babu did supporting roles. Mani Sharma composed the music for this film. The film was released along with Devi Putrudu and Narasimha Naidu on the same day. The film was dubbed in Tamil as Vettaikaran and in Hindi as Rakshak - The Protector.

Mrugaraju
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Directed byGunasekhar
Produced byK. Devi Vara Prasad
Written byYandamoori Veerendranath (Script Assist.)
Gunasekhar (Screenplay)
Satyanand (Dialogues)
Nagendra Babu (Adapted Story)
StarringChiranjeevi
Simran
Sanghavi
Nagendra Babu
Music byMani Sharma
CinematographySekhar V. Joseph
Edited byKotagiri Venkateshwara Rao
Distributed byDevi Film Productions
Release date
  • 11 January 2001 (2001-01-11)
Running time
147 minutes
LanguageTelugu

PlotEdit

In a jungle, there is a construction project going for making a railway's bridge. In the downwards Maa Durga statue was found, they put away the statue and many workers say it's wrong Maa Durga will punish us. On that night a lion attacks the Chief engineer. The workers believe that it was the curse from Durga Maa. The railway department asks Aishwarya (Simran) to go on the mission of constructing the bridge. Even after Aishwarya resumes the building, the lion starts terrorizing the crew of the construction team. Raju (Chiranjeevi), the ace hunter of Adavipalli, is entrusted with the job of hunting the lion.

The first half is all about how Raju traps the lion and kills it at the cost of Appanna Dora (Nagendra Babu). But the other lion in the jungle becomes enraged at Raju for killing its companion. There is another trouble for the bridge project in the form of a forest ranger (Surya) and a local smuggler (Rami Reddy). Raju gets rid of these two goons by the interval.

Later it's revealed that Aishwarya is Raju's wife. In flashback, Raju comes to city to participate in the crafts fair to sell the herbs from the jungle. There, he meets Aishwarya, who came to visit a fun stall along with her fiance Vicky (Raja Ravindra). When Aishwarya tries to take a shot at shooting a balloon, Vicky disappoints her saying that she cannot do it. Raju, who is an onlooker, comes forward and gives her confidence and tips to shoot. Then Aishwarya's bullet hits the bull's eye. Impressed with Raju's help, she invites him to come to her engagement party.

At the party, Raju spots Vicky flirting with another girl and tells him about the importance of being a good human being. Aishwarya watches the entire episode from behind, and she decides that Raju is a loyal man compared to the flirtatious Vicky. She seeks Raju's hand and they get married. Aishwary a father cunningly separates the couple by creating misunderstandings. After this scene Aishwarya gets a letter from childcare office that her daughter feeling very upset without her. After the misunderstanding of between the couple, Aishwarya realises that she's pregnant. After few days her daughter was coming to see her. When Raju knows that he has a daughter he was over joyed. When she came Aishwarya doesn't let her to go close to her father. When Raju's parents heard that their grand daughter came they were overwhelmed but Aishwarya doesn't permit them to touch her daughter.That night the man-eating lion again comes and hunts Raju's daughter, however, raju's parents save their grand daughter. Before dying they tell their daughter-in-law about how her dad cheated them for his reputation.

Next morning all the workers leave their jobs and return to their home. Later, Raju's daughter is lost in the forest and the couple starts searching for her and found her standing in front of the man-eating lion, Raju saves his daughter and finally kills the lion.

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SoundtrackEdit

Mrugaraju
Soundtrack album by
GenreFilm soundtrack
Length34:11
ProducerMani Sharma

The soundtrack of the film was composed by Mani Sharma.[1] The album consists of six songs. Lyrics for the three songs were penned by Veturi Sundararama Murthy and the remaining three songs were written by Chandrabose, Kulasekhara and Bhuvanachandra.

Tracklist
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Ramayya Padaletti"VeturiShankar Mahadevan6:00
2."Aley ley Aley ley"VeturiUdit Narayan, S. P. Sailaja5:36
3."Sathamana Mannadile"VeturiHariharan, Sadhana Sargam5:38
4."Chai Chai"ChandraboseChiranjeevi6:00
5."Hangama Hangama"KulasekharRaghu Kunche, K. S. Chithra5:29
6."Dammentho"BhuvanachandraSukhwinder Singh, Swarnalatha5:28
Total length:34:11

Critical receptionEdit

Full Hyderabad wrote "Save for the phenomenal photography, there is nothing new about the film. Except for the part of Chiranjeevi trying to tame the lions, which has been photographed wonderfully, the story is quite contrived. What keeps the film afloat is the adventure drama, but unfortunately the director decides to sink his ship with a flashback that doesn't seem to end, contributing to tears and heartache."[2] Idlebrain wrote "As story is plain and simple, a lot would depend upon screenplay to make the film gripping and interesting. But Guna Sekhar failed stitch the scenes in perfect manner. And he tried to ape the original film in most of the scenes, which resulted in poor copying as we lack the special FX finesse the Hollywood boast of".[3]

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