Ninnu Kori

Ninnu Kori (transl. Wanting you) is a 2017 Indian Telugu-language romantic comedy drama film directed by debutant Shiva Nirvana and produced by DVV Danayya under DVV Entertainments. The film stars Nani, Nivetha Thomas and Aadhi Pinisetty in the lead, while Murali Sharma and Tanikella Bharani play supporting roles.[4] Gopi Sunder composed music for the film. Prawin Pudi and Karthik Ghattamaneni are the editor and cinematographer of this movie respectively.[5]

Ninnu Kori
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byShiva Nirvana
Produced byD. V. V. Danayya
Written byShiva Nirvana
Screenplay byKona Venkat
Story byShiva Nirvana
Nivetha Thomas
Aadhi Pinisetty
Music byGopi Sunder
CinematographyKarthik Ghattamaneni
Edited byPrawin Pudi
DVV Entertainments
Kona Film Corporation
Release date
  • 7 July 2017 (2017-07-07)[1]
Running time
137 minutes
Budget₹18 crore[2]
Box officeest. ₹52.3 crore[3]

The plot revolves around Uma (Nani), Pallavi (Thomas), and Arun (Pinisetty). When Uma declines her proposal to elope, Pallavi marries Arun and emigrates to the US. Uma who still is in love with Pallavi also lands up in the US a year later in the hope of getting her back.

The film was commercially successful, grossing over 52 crore at the box office. A Tamil-language remake titled Thalli Pogathey is under production.[6]


On the day of her first wedding anniversary, Pallavi (Nivetha Thomas), under the pretext of running errands for their party, travels to Los Angeles from her home in San Francisco without the knowledge of her husband Arun (Aadhi Pinisetty) to meet Uma (Nani), her former lover.

One and a half years ago in Vizag, Pallavi is a student who wishes to make a recording of a dance performance so that she can show it to her family post marriage. However, a lack of natural talent forbids her from doing so. Uma Maheswara Rao, a young statistics student, is an orphan whose godfather Murthy (Tanikella Bharani), happens to be the principal of his institution. Uma wishes to pursue a Ph.D. in his subject and settle in life. Pallavi happens to spot him dancing at a friend's wedding and requests him to teach her. Uma agrees for the large fee she offers as he is in need of money. He helps her, not only with her dancing but also with other issues, including confronting a bully who torments her. Pallavi wins a dancing competition and the two realize they are in love with each other.

Pallavi tactfully clears the penthouse her family owns so that Uma can stay in the same house as her. Uma starts giving tutoring classes in the penthouse and earns the money he requires. When Pallavi's family starts looking for marriage alliances, she requests Uma to elope with her, and he reluctantly agrees. However, a chance encounter with Pallavi's father, Chandramouli (Murali Sharma), makes Uma realize that he is ineligible to marry her as he hasn't fully settled in life. Taking this to heart, he requests Pallavi to allow him to go to New Delhi and get a Ph.D., thereby securing a future for both of them. Pallavi allows him tearfully, and he leaves for Delhi. For the next few months, she continuously ignores Uma, who keeps trying to contact her. She is soon approached for marriage by Arun's family, and her family agrees. When Pallavi contacts Uma, she realizes that she is not ready to take the guilt if he blames her later on for the failure in his career, and unwillingly marries Arun. A year later, Pallavi is contacted by Prof. Murthy who informs her that Uma has gone into depression and is now an alcoholic. He is on the verge of being fired by his firm in Los Angeles and is spiraling toward a self-destructive path. Feeling responsible, Pallavi travels to meet Uma.

Back in the present, Pallavi tells Uma that she is happily married to Arun and does not wish to go back with Uma. Uma objects saying she still loves him and is leading an unhappy life. Back in San Francisco, Pallavi tells Arun about her encounter and tells him they should call Uma to their house for 10 days so he can see how happy they are. She contacts Uma, who tells her that if he fails to see the love between her and Arun, she would have to go away with him. Pallavi, initially hesitant, agrees. Uma lands in San Francisco, and immediately strikes an awkward relationship with Arun. He repetitively irks the couple and mocks their relationship, which annoys Pallavi. However, Arun's colleagues take a liking to Uma, whose pessimistic nature offends a few other people. This is soon disrupted when Chandramouli and his son-in-law, Lovababu (Prudhviraj), unexpectedly land in San Francisco. Uma is introduced as Arun's old classmate and is made to promise Pallavi that he would not reveal his actual reason for being there. Chandramouli reveals to Uma that the daughter of his friend committed suicide after having been married off to a man she doesn't love instead of her lover. He had come to know on the wedding day that Pallavi had a lover from Kavita (Vidyullekha Raman), Pallavi's best friend. Doubting that Pallavi is unhappy with her marriage, he came to San Francisco to find her former lover so that he could get them married if she wanted. Uma, realizing his advantage, indirectly begins to coax Chandramouli and Lovababu into finding the truth themselves. When Kavita is interrogated, she covers up with a fake story saying that the lover is married and Pallavi herself tells her father that she is happy. They all go for a trip to Santa Monica for Arun's business meeting. There Pallavi discovers that Arun is having an affair after seeing him hug another girl secretively in the parking lot. Chandramouli too finds out about Uma from a phone call with Arun's father and Kavita. Pallavi confronts Arun, who lies to her again, confirming to her his infidelity. She confides in Uma, who believes she now hates Arun and wishes to be with him instead. However, when Chandramouli tells Uma that he wishes to get Pallavi married to Uma a few days later, he tells Chandramouli about his encounter with Arun. Having been an introvert since childhood, Arun's first friend was Christie, who he met during his MBA. Her attitude towards him makes him feel he has found a best friend. She unexpectedly proposes to him one day, and he rejects her replying that he has never seen her in that way. He begins to avoid her and soon finds out she is now a drug addict and has attempted suicide. His guilt persuaded him to allow Pallavi to call Uma, as he believed Uma also was heading in Christie's direction.

Uma realizes that even though Pallavi can still be his, it is only right that she stays with Arun. He forces Chandramouli and stages a play where he himself looks like a negative person to Pallavi and coaxes her into realizing Arun's honesty. Arun prepares to leave the house, believing Pallavi would be happy, but she does not allow him to do so, and they clear up their misunderstanding with Arun telling Pallavi that he loves only her. As they embrace at their reunion, Uma is heartbroken and walks out of the house, crying and shattered. A year later, he arrives in Vizag and meets Pallavi and Arun, who now have a daughter, and reveals he has come to meet a girl he met online, hoping to settle and marry.



Ninnu Kori
Soundtrack album by
Released27 June 2017
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelMango Music
ProducerGopi Sunder
Gopi Sunder chronology
Role Models
Ninnu Kori

Music of the film was composed by Gopi Sunder. This is his third collaboration with Nani.

1."Adiga Adiga"SrijoSid Sriram3:48
2."Unnattundi Gundey"Ramajogayya SastryKarthik, Chinmayi5:07
3."Once Upon A Time Lo"BhaskarabatlaArun Gopan3:54
4."Hey Badhulu Cheppavey"Ananta SriramHaricharan3:28
5."Ninnu Kori"Shiva NirvanaArun Gopan2:20


Ninnu Kori was released on 7 July 2017. Later, a Hyderabad-Mumbai based production company, Aditya Movies bought the Hindi dubbing rights of the film. It is dubbed into Hindi as Aaj Ka Khiladi in 2020 which is to have a direct premiere on TV channel. Sony Networks bought the satellite rights of the Hindi dubbed version.


Sowmya Shruthi of The Times of India rated three out of five and wrote "Ninnu Kori is an entertainer with lots of drama and emotion with just the right amount of laughter thrown in," while adding that "Nani, Aadhi and Nivetha breathe life in their characters and you can’t think of anybody else playing those roles with such ease and conviction."[7]

Firstpost's Hemanth Kumar gave 3.5/5 and praised the film for its well written characters. "Ninnu Kori is a character-driven film and Shiva Nirvana invests plenty of time in developing each of the characters who have to deal with their share of pain and turbulence in their lives", Kumar stated. He also added that "[the film] drives home the notion that love is transient and that in pursuit of happiness, you learn to move on from your past." [8]

Sangeetha Devi Dundoo writing for The Hindu opined that "The film is a contemporary take on relationships."[9] Priyanka Sundar of The Indian Express rated two stars out of five, by writing "Shiva Nirvana has presented a love story which initially looked refreshing, but as minutes pass by, the film is too much of stretch with a few laughs thrown in."[10]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
17 December 2017 Zee Cine Awards Telugu Entertainer Of The Year – Male Nani Won [11][12]
Entertainer Of The Year – Female Nivetha Thomas Nominated
Favorite Music Director Gopi Sundar Nominated
Favorite Song "Adiga Adiga" Nominated
16 June 2018 65th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Telugu Nivetha Thomas Nominated [13]
Best Supporting Actor – Telugu Aadhi Pinisetty Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer – Telugu Sid Sriram Nominated
14 & 15 September 2018 7th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Supporting Actor (Telugu) Aadhi Pinisetty Won [14][15]
Best Music Director (Telugu) Gopi Sundar Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer (Telugu) Sid Sriram Nominated


Ninnu Kori was remade in Tamil as Thalli Pogathey in 2020 by R. Kannan starring Atharvaa, Anupama Parameswaran and Amitash Pradhan.[16]


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