Pelli Choopulu

Pelli Choopulu (transl.Matchmaking) is a 2016 Indian Telugu-language romantic comedy film written and directed by Tharun Bhascker and produced by Raj Kandukuri and Yash Rangineni. It features Vijay Deverakonda and Ritu Varma in the lead roles. Partly based on a real-life incident of "Spitfire BBQ" food truck,[5] the film revolves around a boy and a girl who meet during match-making and how their aspirations bring them together forms the rest of the story.

Pelli Choopulu
Pelli Choopulu poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTharun Bhascker
Written byTharun Bhascker
Produced by
  • Raj Kandukuri
  • Yash Rangineni[1]
Starring
CinematographyNagesh Banell
Edited byRavi Teja Girijala
Music byVivek Sagar
Production
companies
  • BigBen Cinemas
  • Dharmapatha Creations
Distributed by
Release date
  • 29 July 2016 (2016-07-29)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
Budget₹60 lakh₹1 crore[2][3]
Box officeest. ₹30 crore[4]

The film was released worldwide on 29 July 2016 to positive reviews from critics and became a commercial success.[6][7] The film provided breakthrough for the film's cast and crew. It is considered one of the "25 Greatest Telugu Films Of The Decade" by Film Companion.[8]

The film won two National Film Awards for Best Telugu Film and Best Screenplay, two Filmfare Awards, and three SIIMA Awards.[9][10] The film was remade in Hindi as Mitron (2018), in Malayalam as Vijay Superum Pournamiyum (2019) and in Tamil as Oh Manapenne! (2021).

PlotEdit

Prasanth goes to Chitra's house for a matchmaking event. He is a guy who completes his BTech by clearing many subjects for almost 5 years, but he is also lazy and incapable of doing any work. His dream is to become a chef and open a restaurant, but he doesn't get any support from his father. Chitra is a very focused girl who works hard to fulfil her dreams of going to Australia. However, her father shows no interest, as she is a girl. When both of them meet at the matchmaking event her younger cousin, Subhash, accidentally locks the door which jams very often and they get stuck eventually. To pass time, they talk about their past.

Chitra reveals that she was in love with a North Indian guy named Vikram. They both wanted to start a food truck business. Vikram went to Delhi to talk with his father about their love and business. Meanwhile, Chitra started her plan eagerly, and was ready to surprise Vikram by buying the truck. Then things went wrong and Vikram did not come back overpowered by greed of getting dowry. Chitra and her father waited for him but when they realised Vikram wasn't coming back, her father decided to get her married to someone else.

On his turn, Prasanth reveals that he was unemployed and always went out with his two friends. He, along with his friends, made cooking videos, as he is passionate about cooking. But it wasn't profitable enough so, they plan to make prank videos and were caught red-handed by Prashant's father, which ended their plan. He then got a job in a call centre after he was recommended by his father. He started going out with a girl to show off to his friends, but she cheated on him. He found out about it only when her second boyfriend called him at work, and quit his job after having a fight with his boss.

It is then revealed that Prasanth came to the wrong address for his matchmaking event. Later, Prasanth goes to his actual matchmaking event, which was with a rich family. Meanwhile, Chitra tells the guy coming to her matchmaking event that she's not interested in marriage. The family of Prasanth's bride wanted him to be able to run a business, so he and Chitra decide to operate the food truck themselves, with Prasanth as the chef, and Chitra in charge of the business side of things. At first, they face many difficulties, mainly through Prasanth's and his friends' laziness as well as fighting with Chitra and giving up the food truck.

Prasanth visits Chitra's house and informs her father that he should be proud to have such a responsible daughter. He also claims that if he ever gets a child he would wish to have daughter like Chitra and insists him that he let her pursue her dreams. Chitra understands the good nature of Prasanth and later convinces his father that he is a natural cook by cooking them Prasanth's recipe. They kickstart their business with the support from both their parents. After this, their food truck becomes a smashing success. In the process, they fall in love without realising it, but both of them are engaged to other people, so they drift apart. After realising they love each other, they come back together through a radio show organised by their friend, with the support of their family and friends.

CastEdit

  • Vijay Deverakonda as Prasanth
  • Ritu Varma as Chitra
  • Priyadarshi as Kaushik
  • Abhay Bethiganti as Vishnu
  • Nandu as Vikram
  • Anish Kuruvilla as Businessman
  • Kedar Shankar as Prashant's Father
  • Khenisha Chandran as Richa
  • Yogi Khathri as Event Manager
  • Padmaja Lanka as sqtya, Prashanth's Mother
  • Gururaj Manepalli as Chitra's Father
  • Sujata Gosukonda as Chitra's Mother
  • Anisha Alla as Prashanth's Ex-Girlfriend

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

After making numerous short films, Tharun Bhascker made his directorial debut with this film.[11] According to Tharun, Pelli Choopulu "is a very urban comedy set in a middle class in Hyderabad. It shows the contrast between the old and young generations and the comedy of errors that can happen within the space."[12] Tharun had this basic idea of two contrasting personalities meeting for match-making, both getting stuck in a room is a metaphor for dating while food truck is a metaphor for live-in relationship.[11]

CastingEdit

Ritu Verma who earlier worked in Tharun's Anukokunda was selected as lead actress while Vijay Deverakonda who portrayed a supporting role in Yevade Subramanyam (2015) made his debut as lead actor with this film.[13] Vijay agreed to do this role as he found it "realistically very lazy" and "so close to my heart because young attitude, irresponsible behavior was a part of my personal life".[14]

FilmingEdit

Tharun shot the entire film in sync sound as he feels it offers freedom for artists to improvise their dialogues. The sync sound equipment from Mumbai, that was used for Gangs of Wasseypur was used for this film.[12] The filming was completed within 35 days.[14]

Themes and influencesEdit

Tharun followed character arcs from Knocked Up (directed by Judd Apatow). For the food truck business thread, Tharun revealed he drew inspirations from films like 100 foot journey and Chef.[11]

SoundtrackEdit

Pelli Choopulu
Soundtrack album to Pelli Choopulu by
Vivek Sagar
Released29 July 2016
Recorded2016
StudioTapeloop
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length19:18
LanguageTelugu
LabelMadhura Audio
ProducerVivek Sagar
Vivek Sagar chronology
Race
(2013)
Pelli Choopulu
(2016)
Yuddham Sharanam
(2017)

This film has six songs composed by Vivek Sagar and lyrics are written by Rahul Ramakrishna, Shreshta, Shri, & Nikhil Bharadwaj. Music released on Madhura Audio.

Vivek Sagar earlier composed music for Tharun Bhascker's short film Sainma, he revealed that the film's music was conceived only after the film was shot.[15] "With no lip sync songs, the music blended in with the narrative", he said.[16]

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsArtist(s)Length
1."Ee Babu Gariki"Rahul RamakrishnaSooraj Santhosh3:10
2."Chinuku Taake"ShreshtaAmritavarshini KC4:38
3."Raalu Raaga Poolamala"Rahul Ramakrishna, ShriShri, Wilson Herald3:23
4."Merise Merise"ShreshtaHaricharan, Pranavi Acharya5.04
5."Aanandamayenu"InstrumentalTejas Mallela (violin), Ranjani Sivakumar (singer)1:41
6."Spitfire Friends"Nikhil BharadwajNikhil Bharadwaj3:22
Total length:19:18

AccoladesEdit

Award[a] Date of ceremony[b] Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Filmfare Awards South 17 June 2017 Best Film – Telugu Pelli Choopulu Won [17]
[18]
Best Director – Telugu Tharun Bhascker Nominated
Best Actress – Telugu Ritu Varma Nominated
Critics Award for Best Actress – Telugu Won
Best Music Director – Telugu Vivek Sagar Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu Amritavarshini K. C. for ("Chinuku Taake") Nominated
IIFA Utsavam 28 – 29 March 2017 Best Picture – Telugu Pelli Choopulu Nominated [19]
[20]
Best Director – Telugu Tharun Bhascker Nominated
Best Story – Telugu Nominated
Best Actor-Telugu Vijay Deverakonda Nominated
Best Actress – Telugu Ritu Varma Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Telugu Nandu Nominated
Best Performance In A Comic Role – Telugu Priyadarshi Pulikonda Won
Best Music Director – Telugu Vivek Sagar Nominated
Nandi Awards of 2016 14 November 2017 Best Feature Film Raj Kandukuri and Yash Rangineni Won [21]
Best Actress Ritu Varma Won
National Film Awards 3 May 2017 Best Feature Film in Telugu Dharamapatha Creations and Tharun Bhascker Won [22]
Best Screenplay (Dialogues) Tharun Bhascker Won
South Indian International Movie Awards 30 June – 1 July 2017 Best Film (Telugu) Pelli Choopulu – Dharmapath Creations & BigBen Cinemas Won [23]
[24]
Best Debut Director (Telugu) Tharun Bhascker Won
Best Actress (Telugu) Ritu Varma Nominated
Best Comedian (Telugu) Priyadarshi Pulikonda Won
Best Music Director (Telugu) Vivek Sagar Nominated
Santosham Film Awards 12 August 2017 Best Film Pelli Choopulu – Dharmapath Creations & BigBen Cinemas Won
Best Producer Raj Kandukuri Won
Best Debut Director Tharun Bhascker Won

RemakesEdit

Pelli Choopulu was remade in Hindi as Mitron (2018),[25] in Malayalam as Vijay Superum Pournamiyum (2019),[26] and in Tamil as Oh Manapenne! (2021).[27]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Awards are in Alphabetical order.
  2. ^ Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.

ReferencesEdit

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