Rajakumarudu (translated in promotional material as The Prince) is a 1999 Indian Telugu-language romantic comedy film directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. It stars Mahesh Babu and Preity Zinta. The film was produced by C. Aswani Dutt under the Vyjayanthi Movies banner. Krishna made a guest appearance. The music was composed by Mani Sharma. The film was released on 30 July 1999.

Directed byK. Raghavendra Rao
Written byParuchuri Brothers (Dialogues)
Screenplay bySatyanand
Produced byC. Aswani Dutt
StarringMahesh Babu
Preity Zinta
CinematographyAjayan Vincent
Edited byKotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Music byMani Sharma
Release date
  • 30 July 1999 (1999-07-30)
Running time
162 minutes

Raja Kumarudu is debut film of Mahesh Babu in a lead role after previous roles as a child actor. The film received positive reviews and was commercially successful.[1][2][3] The film won two Nandi Awards.

Plot edit

Raj Kumar goes on a holiday to Khandala and stays with his uncle Dhananjay. He comes across Rani and falls for her. However, he ends up teasing her and she begins to despise him. She is determined to avoid him, but he won't leave her alone. Raj Kumar saves Rani from some thugs, and she is impressed. After spending some time together, she begins to like him and eventually love him.

Unfortunately his uncle has made other plans for him. He reveals the past of the hero's parents and his family. He mentions the challenge that he made with his in-laws to get the hero married to his daughter. Complying to this, the hero informs the heroine that their relationship needs to end there.

Going with his uncle to the village for his uncle's daughter, to his joy he sees that it's none other than Rani.

The rest of the movie revolves around the plot that is woven by him and his uncle to gain the heroine's hand and re-uniting the uncle with his family. This is done in a fun, comical way.

Cast edit

Soundtrack edit

Raja Kumarudu
Soundtrack album by
LabelSupreme Music (Telugu)
Aditya Music (Telugu)
Saregama (Hindi)
ProducerMani Sharma
Mani Sharma chronology
Iddaru Mitrulu
Raja Kumarudu

Music was composed by Mani Sharma.

Original Tracklist
1."Godari Gattupaina"ChandraboseUdit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy5:05
2."Enduke Praayamu"VeturiS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chitra5:07
3."Rama Sakkanodamma"Suddala Ashok TejaSukhwinder Singh, Chitra5:41
4."Indurudo Chandurudo"VeturiS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chitra4:34
5."Eppudeppudu"VeturiS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sujatha4:50
6."Bollywood Balaraju"VeturiShankar Mahadevan5:15
Total length:30:33

All lyrics are written by Ravinder Rawal and Dev Kohli

Hindi Tracklist
1."Ganga Ke Ek Kinare"Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy5:05
2."Sharmane Lagi"Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal5:07
3."Munda Pataka"Sukhwinder Singh, Jaspinder Narula5:41
4."Ab Tu Meri"Vinod Rathod, Krishna Kumar, Poornima4:34
5."Pyar Kar Shuru"Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan4:50
6."Aashiq Hai Naam Dosto"Sonu Nigam5:15
Total length:30:33
Tamil Tracklist
1."Karkandu Kannam"5:05
2."Nenjile Poo Poothathu"5:07
5."Yeppa Ippadi"4:50
Total length:30:33


Release edit

Rajakumarudu released with 78 prints in 116 screens.[5] Jeevi of Idlebrain.com wrote that "There are some excellent scenes in the second half that will make us realize how good is Mahesh at comedy. He is got perfect timing. He will the force to reckon with in the future".[6]

Box-office edit

The film had a 50-day run in 80 centres and a 100-day run in 44 centres. Raja Kumarudu collected a share of 10.51 crore from Andhra Pradesh. It was dubbed in Hindi as Prince No. 1 and in Tamil as Kaadhal Vennila. The film was again dubbed and released theatrically in Tamil during January 2017 as Ivan Oru Thunichalkaran.[7]

Awards edit

Nandi Awards[8]

References edit

  1. ^ "Box-Office Records And Collections – Maheshbabu's Debut Film Rajakumarudu". CineGoer.com. 4 September 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Interview with Krishna Vamsi Part – II by Jeevi". Idlebrain.com. 13 February 2003. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2022. Mahesh Babu's first film 'Raja Kumarudu' was a hit. His subsequent films Yuvaraju and Vamsee are flops.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Zamin Ryot. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Raaga.com. "Kadhal Vennila Songs Download, Kadhal Vennila Tamil MP3 Songs, Raaga.com Tamil Songs". www.raaga.com. Archived from the original on 4 July 2023. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  5. ^ "CineGoer.com - Box-Office Records And Collections - Maheshbabu's Debut Film Rajakumarudu". cinegoer.com. Archived from the original on 22 June 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  6. ^ Jeevi (30 July 1999). "Rajakumarudu - A review". Idlebrain.com. Archived from the original on 3 December 2022. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
  7. ^ "Ivan Oru ThunichalKaran || இவண் ஒரு துணிச்சல்காரன்". 28 January 2017. Archived from the original on 28 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  8. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Archived (PDF) from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)