Om Namo Venkatesaya

Om Namo Venkatesaya is a 2017 Indian Telugu-language biographical film directed by K. Raghavendra Rao and produced by A. Mahesh Reddy on AMR Sai Krupa Entertainments banner.[2] The film stars Akkineni Nagarjuna as Hathiram Bhavaji, with Anushka Shetty, Jagapathi Babu, Saurabh Raj Jain, Sai Kumar. and Pragya Jaiswal. It has music composed by M. M. Keeravani. The film failed at the box office.[1]

Om Namo Venkatesaya
Om Namo Venkatesaya.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. Raghavendra Rao
Produced byA. Mahesh Reddy
Written byJ. K. Bharavi
(story / dialogues)
Screenplay byK. Raghavendra Rao
StarringAkkineni Nagarjuna
Anushka Shetty
Saurabh Raj Jain
Jagapathi Babu
Sai Kumar
Pragya Jaiswal
Music byM. M. Keeravani
CinematographyS. Gopal Reddy
Edited byGautham Raju
Production
company
AMR Sai Krupa Entertainments
Release date
  • 10 February 2017 (2017-02-10)
Running time
144 mins
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
Box officeest. ₹20 crore[1]

PlotEdit

Rama (Akkineni Nagarjuna) born in Dalpatpur Uparhar village in Ayodhya, India, leaves the house in childhood itself in search of God and meets a saint Anubhavananda Swamy (Sai Kumar) who assures him, it will definitely happen and he also plays with him, so, he teaches Rama the dice game and later advises to meditate. After 15 years, Lord Venkateswara (Saurabh Raj Jain) appears in a form of child and disturbs his meditation when Rama asks him to getaway. After that, he reaches back to the hometown where his parents (Tanikella Bharani & Sudha) fixes his alliance with his cousin Bhavani (Pragya Jaiswal). Just before the marriage, Rama gets a call from his mentor in the dream that time has arrived to play with god. So, he immediately rushes towards him when he says that the boy appeared to him is none other than the Lord Venkateswara. So, heads towards Tirumala Hills. At Tirumala, Krishnamma (Anushka Shetty) is another ardent devotee who believes herself as the wife of Lord Venkateswara and dedicated her entire life to his service. Govindarajulu (Rao Ramesh) the temple administrator performs a lot of illegal activities, misuses the temple funds and makes the workers as his slaves.

Meanwhile, Rama reaches Tirumala and calls the Lord in the name of Balaji out of love and affection. But Rama is not allowed into the temple, so, Rama sits outside for 7 to 8 days without having food and sleep. Govindarajulu orders his men to remove him up and they beat him very badly when the temple elephant rescues him. Later Krishnamma treats him in her Ashram’. In her guidance, Rama learns regarding Sthala Puranam (History of the temple) and decides to begin a new horizon at Tirumala by campaigning it to the pilgrims to make them aware regarding the true nature of the Lord. He also encounters Govindaraju by protecting pilgrims & employees from his atrocities. Now Rama constructs a new Ashram’ at the hilltop and starts cultivating their own flowers & fruits and growing byre (Goshala) for milk products to the temple. Here Govindarajulu provokes King Giridhara Rayalu (Sampath Raj) against Rama. But he recognizes the original facts and honesty of Rama. So, he allocates the temple authority to Rama and demotes Govindarajulu as a sweeper. In a short while, Rama makes many changes in the temple by introducing a new form of prayers (Poojas), services (Seva) such as offering Harathi with butter (Navaneetha Harathi), everyday marriage (Nitya Kalyanam) to the god, amenities for devotees and make sure that the temple flourishes with all rituals as per the Holy Scriptures.

Lord Venkateswara is impressed by it and lands on earth to play dice with Rama. Henceforth, every day the Lord visits to spend some time with Rama. In the beginning, the Lord loses a ring in the bet which is given by Padmavati (Vimala Raman) as a token of love, but Rama is still under dichotomy whether the event occurred or not. Later on, he craves for another glimpse of the lord, the exact moment Balaji appears before him and plays the dice, in which the Lord loses his entire jewelry. The next day, when the temple doors are opened, the Lord's statue is found empty and they are identified at Rama's Ashram. King Giridhara Raaya arrives to conduct interrogation when Rama says that Lord himself has given it to him. But no one believes it, so the King keeps a test to Rama to prove his innocence by locking him in a prison with full of sugar cane, and asks him to eat every bit before dawn otherwise he will be sentenced to death. Soon, Lord Balaji appears in the form of an elephant and finishes it off, and disappears. In the morning, the king is surprised to know the miracle. There onwards, Rama adored by the name of Hathiram Bhavaji and the pilgrims start visiting him, before seeing the god, Rama gets fed-up and decides to leave the Tirumala. Noticing it, Balaji follows behind and takes an oath that not to leave the hill when Rama keeps a condition to bury him alive (Sajeeva Samadhi) at the hilltop, as per the vow the Lord has to do so. Afterward, his wives Padmavati & Bhudevi (Ashmitha) blames him for the deed. Finally, the Lord replies that Hathiram Bhavaji is immortal in the day to day services offered to him at the temple.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

Om Namo Venkatesaya
Film score by
Released
  • 7 January 2017 (2017-01-07)
Recorded2016
GenreSoundtrack
Length48:44
LabelLahari Music
ProducerM. M. Keeravani
M. M. Keeravani chronology
Lacchimdeviki O Lekkundi
(2016)
Om Namo Venkatesaya
(2017)
Baahubali: The Conclusion
(2017)

The music was composed by M. M. Keeravani and released on Lahari Music Company. The Audio launch held at Hitex N-Convention Centre, in Hyderabad, on 8 January 2017, coinciding with Mukkoti Ekadasi. Akkineni Naga Chaitanya and Akhil Akkineni has launched the audio, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Amala Akkineni, K. Raghavendra Rao, M.M.Keeravani, Jagapathi Babu, Dil Raju, Anushka Shetty, Pragya Jaiswal and several other members of the film industry attended the event.[3]

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Veyi Naamaala Vaada"VedavyasRamya Behara4:50
2."Anandam"ChandraboseSarath Santosh, Shweta Pandit4:05
3."Akhilanda Koti"VedavyasSarath Santosh, T. Sreenidhi4:22
4."Brahmanda Bhandamula"VedavyasM. M. Keeravani1:16
5."Kaliyuga Vaikuntapuri"VedavyasSP Balu, T. Sreenidhi, Ramya Behara9:10
6."Vayyari Kalahamsika"K. Siva Shakti Dutta, Dr. K. Rama KrishnaRevanth, Sunitha3:25
7."Anda Pinda"VedavyasBalaji, Muniraju, Sneha, Mohana Bhogaraju2:20
8."Maha Padma Sadme"VedavyasSaketh1:02
9."Kamaneeyam Kaduramaneeyam"Ramajogayya SastrySP Balu5:04
10."Brahmothsava"VedavyasT. Sreenidhi3:11
11."Pareeksha"Ananta SriramShankar Mahadevan4:37
12."Govindha Hari Govindha"VedavyasDhanunjay, T. Sreenidhi5:22
Total length:48:44

Critical receptionEdit

Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu said, "Watch the film for Nagarjuna who comes up with another memorable performance. As you watch the story of a devotee who puts his love for the Lord above everything, it might make you go a little deeper and understand faith beyond rituals".[4] A reviewer from the The New Indian Express wrote, "The grandeur on display is unquestionable and the film is certainly a visual treat. But the actors, in their fine splendour, seem to dully run through the motions and the film fails to strike a chord overall."[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Hooli, Shekhar H. (31 December 2017). "Tollywood in 2017: 10 flop Telugu movies that incurred huge losses to distributors". International Business Times. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Nagarjuna's next film is 'Om Namo Venkatesaya'". The Hindu. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Audio of Om Namo Venkatesaya released". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  4. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (10 February 2017). "Om Namo Venkatesaya: Aesthetic devotional". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  5. ^ "'Om Namo Venkatesaya' Review". The New Indian Express. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2021.

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