Pogaru is a 2021 Indian action drama film written and directed by Nanda Kishore and produced by B. K. Gangadhar.[6] It was shot simultaneosly in Kannada and Telugu languages and later dubbed into Tamil. The film stars Dhruva Sarja and Rashmika Mandanna as the lead couple, with Chikkanna, P. Ravi Shankar, Pavitra Lokesh, and Raghavendra Rajkumar in supporting roles, and Sampath Raj, Dhananjay, Kai Greene, Morgan Aste and Dharma as antagonists. Chandan Shetty and Gummineni Vijay composed the soundtrack, while V. Harikrishna composed the background score. Cinematography and editing are performed by Vijay Milton and Mahesh S respectively.[7][8]

Pogaru
Pogaru poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNanda Kishore
Produced byB. K. Gangadhar
Written byNanda Kishore
Starring
Music by
CinematographyVijay Milton
Edited byMahesh S
Production
company
Sri Jagadguru Movies
Release date
  • February 19, 2021 (2021-02-19)[1]
Running time
160 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguagesKannada
Telugu[2]
Budget₹25 crore[3][4]
Box officeest.₹45 crore[5] (6 days)

Cast

Production

The film was shot simultaneously in Telugu and Kannada languages and dubbed to Tamil as "Semma Thimiru".[9][10]

Soundtrack

Pogaru
Soundtrack album by
Released2021
Recorded2019
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length15:56
LabelAnand Audio
Chandan Shetty chronology
Digbayam
(2019)
Pogaru
(2021)
Dubari
(2022)

Chandan Shetty compose the songs. Movie audio released on 14 February 2021 in Davangere with ex-CM Siddaramaiah as Chief guest.[11]

Kannada

No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Bande Bathale"Chethan KumarChandan ShettyVijay Prakash3:56
2."Karabuu"Chandan ShettyChandan ShettyChandan Shetty3:39
3."Pogaru Title Track"Chandan ShettyChandan ShettyChandan Shetty, Shashank Sheshagiri, Aniruddha Sastry3:51
4."Jeeva Kottavalu"Aniruddha SastryGummineni VijayAniruddha Sastry4:24
5."Dialogue Trailer"  Dhruva Sarja, Rashmika Mandanna3:20

Telugu

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Karabuu"Bhaskarabatla RaviAnurag Kulkarni3:46

Release

The film was scheduled to be released on 24 March 2020,[12] but has been postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in India.[13] The film marks the Tollywood debut of Dhruva Sarja.

Pogaru was released on 19 February 2021, with the Kannada and Telugu versions titled as Pogaru and the Tamil dubbed version as Semma Thimiru.[14][15]

Box office

Movie opened with 95% occupency and collect ₹14.55 crore from 2 days [16] On success met producer announced movie collected ₹45 crore in 6 days.[17]

Controversies

The video of the song titled 'Karabuu', in which the protagonist and scores of his other side kick goons appear to be harassing the leading lady (Rashmika Mandanna), came under controversy. The character played by Dhruva Sarja was touching a woman inappropriately and visibly unconsented throughout the video. There were violent scenes like setting bikes ablaze to get her attention, and threatening her with a knife on streets while his sidekicks keep cheering him to do more of this to the terrified woman, who ironically is his love interest. The video appears to be glorifying the harassment and eve-teasing, and was panned for the same by women right activists in media.[18][19] The actress, who has earlier done a Telugu film Dear Comrade with 'women harassment' as a major plot point, was also called out for signing such a movie, was alleged that she did so just for the money.[20] A police complaint was registered against the director about the brutal eve teasing.[21][22] "In the song, hero Dhruva Sarja is trying to win Rashmika Mandanna’s heart by showing her knives, getting his henchmen to destroy vehicles as she walks, doing pull-ups with her holding onto him" stated the article[23]

An additional controversy arose shortly after the film's release, where the film was accused of demeaning Brahmin priests. After the controversy arose, director Kishore stated that these scenes would be removed and the film would be edited accordingly for re-release.[24][25] 14 scenes were removed which leads to controversy and add 8 minutes new footage to movie for re-releasing on 26 February 2021.[26]

References

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  2. ^ https://www.cinemaexpress.com/stories/news/2019/oct/14/dhruva-sarja-starrer-pogaru-to-be-a-kannada-telugu-bilingual-14902.html
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  4. ^ https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/dhruva-sarja-s-next-director-nanda-kishore-will-be-entertainer-135827
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  11. ^ "Pogaru Audio Launch: ದಾವಣಗೆರೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪೊಗರು ಆಡಿಯೋ ಲಾಂಚ್: ಪೊಗರು ಶಿವನಿಗೆ ಜೊತೆಯಾದ ಟಗರು..!". News18.com. 15 February 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
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  13. ^ "Hitha shares fun lockdown diaries with hubby Kiran - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Dhruva Sarja-starrer Pogaru to be Kannada-Telugu bilingual". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  15. ^ "Dhruva Sarja's 'Pogaru' to release in Kannada and Telugu". The News Minute. 16 October 2019. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  16. ^ "'Pogaru' Box Office Collection Day 1 & 2: Action Entertainer Garners Massive Appreciation". 22 February 2021. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  17. ^ "ಇದೀಗ ಹೊಸ ಪೊಗರು; 8 ನಿಮಿಷ ಟ್ರಿಮ್, 45 ಕೋಟಿ ಗಳಿಕೆ!". Kannada Prabha. 26 February 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  18. ^ S, Varalakshmi (13 April 2020). "రష్మిక కన్నడ సాంగ్ పై ఫైర్ అవుతున్న మహిళా సంఘాలు". TeluguStop.com (in Telugu). Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  19. ^ "Dhruva Sarja's Karabuu From Pogaru Becomes The Most Viewed Kannada Song In 24 Hours On YouTube!". FilmiBeat. 4 April 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  20. ^ Ravi, Murali (13 April 2020). "Rashmika Mandanna is in problem Rashmika Mandanna is in problem". Tollywood. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  21. ^ K, Manaswini (13 April 2020). "Police Complaint on Rashmika Mandanna's Director for Brutal Teasing". mirchi9.com. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  22. ^ Poonacha, Sahitya P. (13 April 2020). "Rashmika Mandanna's director faces police complaint after brutal eve-teasing in Pogaru". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  23. ^ "Rashmika Mandanna's director faces police complaint after brutal eve-teasing in Pogaru". Buzz Street Times. 13 April 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  24. ^ "'Pogaru' faces ire from Brahmin community". Deccan Herald. 23 February 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  25. ^ "Makers of 'Pogaru' Movie Agree to Delete Scenes After Objections From Brahmin community". News18. 23 February 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  26. ^ "14 scenes to be removed from Dhruva Sarja's Pogaru after Brahmin community takes offence". India Today. 25 February 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2021.

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