Sankham (transl. Conch) is a 2009 Indian Telugu-language action comedy film produced by J Bhagavan, J Pulla Rao under Sri Balaji Cine Media banner and directed by Siva and associated by Shiva Rama Krishna. Starring Gopichand, Trisha and Sathyaraj, the music was composed by S. Thaman.
|Written by||Anil Ravipudi (dialogues)|
|Produced by||J Bhagavan|
J Pulla Rao
|Edited by||Gautham Raju|
|Music by||S. Thaman|
Sri Balaji Cine Media
|Box office||20 cr|
The film follows a Chandu, an NRI living in Australia with his uncle and friend. When Chandu's girlfriend Mahalakshmi is forcefully taken to India by her violent family members, he arrives in India to marry her but is assigned a task that would eventually pull him into an ages-old feud with the rival village and lead him to the discovery of his true identity.
The film was released theatrically on 11 September 2009 and became a biggest blockbuster hit leading to one of the highest-grossing film list in the year. Trisha earned praise for her glamorous role and created her own fandom after this film. The film was also dubbed and released in Hindi as Phir Ek Most Wanted (transl. Again a most wanted) in 2010 and in Tamil as Sivappu Saamy (transl. Red God). It was remade in Dhallywood as Kothin Prothishodh starring Shakib Khan & Apu Biswas.
Chandu (Gopichand) is a rich, rough youth brought up by his uncle Krishna Rao (Chandra Mohan) in Australia. Mahalakshmi (Trisha) stays in Australia along with her uncle Pichaiah (Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam), who runs a restaurant. Chandu is fond of martial arts, but he never gets a chance to exhibit them in real situations. Mahalakshmi is another martial arts freak. After a few misunderstandings, they fall in love. One day, Mahalakshmi is forced to come back to her hometown in Rayalaseema. Chandu comes in search of her. Meanwhile, Sivaiah (Sathyaraj) and his archenemy, Mahalakshmi's father Pashupati (Kota Srinivasa Rao) are the rich leaders of two neighboring villages, in Rayalaseema. They have longtime enmity. Chandu comes to Mahalakshmi's village and asks her hand in marriage. Though Pashupati's sister opposes this, Pashupati agrees based on one condition, that Chandu must escort his brother from railway station to home safely. The brother Rajappa (Supreeth), has been on a 23-year self-imposed exile from the district, due to his life being under threat of Sivaiah and his entire village. Chandu agrees and does so, beating 30 men of Siviah on the way. Then Chandu is challenged to go to Siviah alone to his house. While walking in Sivaiah's house, he is beaten up badly by Sivaiah's men that he laid at the door of the house. When Sivaiah saw his face, he recognized Chandu and rushed him to the hospital where he is saved. The incident reached to Chandu's uncle who flew to India. Uncle Krishna Rao is shocked to see Chandu with Siviah and proceeds to tell Chandu about his parents. Siviah is actually Chandu's father. 23 years ago, there was a big feud between village for sharing water, in which multitude of lives were lost in clashes. Siviah's wife pleads him to stop the fight, to which he pays no heed. She gives birth to twins, but one child and her parents are killed in a car-bomb, before her very eyes. This makes her to take Chandu and go to her native. After 2 years, she has a change of heart and comes to meet Siviah. As they are about to reconcile, Rajappa ambushes Siviah, and kills his wife before his eyes, despite his pleas. He sent Chandu with the uncle and has paid for all of his expenses since then. Chandu then joins Siviah as his heir, and the rest of the story is how he defeats both Pasupati and his brothers.
- Gopichand as Chandu
- Trisha as Mahalakshmi
- Sathyaraj as Sivaiah (Chandu's father)
- Chandra Mohan as Krishna Rao a.k.a. Kittu (Chandu's uncle)
- Kota Srinivasa Rao as Pashupati (Mahalakshmi's father)
- Ali as Saif Ali Khan
- Dharmavarapu Subramanyam as Pichaiah (Mahalakshmi's uncle)
- Tanikella Bharani as Narrator
- L. B. Sriram as Villager
- Venu Madhav as Prem Kumar
- Krishna Bhagavaan as Lawyer
- Raghu Babu as Doctor
- Supreeth as Simha Gajapati Naidu (Pashupati's brother)
- Banerjee as Suri
- Prudhvi Raj as Pasupati's brother-in-law
- Srinivasa Reddy as Seenu
- Raghunatha Reddy as M.P.
- Subbaraya Sharma as Doctor
- Chitti as Collector
- Melkoti as Feroz Khan
- Fish Venkat as Pasupati's henchmen
- Telangana Shakuntala as Pashupati's sister
- Seetha as Parvathi (Sivaiah's wife and Chandu's mother)
- Rajitha as Pichaiah's wife
- Swathi as Katrina
- Ramya Chowdary
- Usha Rani
- Anil Ravipudi (cameo)
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||19 August 2009|
|S. Thaman chronology|
|1.||"Mahalakshmi"||Ramajogayya Sastry||Karthik, Megha, Janani Iyer, Priya Himesh, Divya||4:30|
|2.||"Dhakku Dhakku"||Bhaskarabatla||KK, Rahul Nambiar, Priya, Megha, Priyadarshini||4:15|
|3.||"Maamu"||Ramajogayya Sastry||Udit Narayan, Manikka Vinayagam||4:18|
|4.||"Dheeradhi"||Acharya Srishesham||Pushpavanam Kuppuswamy, Ranjith||4:51|
|5.||"Ie Baboi"||Bhaskarabatla||Ranjith, Naveen, Priya Darshini||3:56|
|6.||"Sankham"||Acharya Srishesham||Karthik, Ranjith, Naveen, Rahul Nambiar, Sathyan, Vasu||1:52|
Sankham received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Idlebrain rated it 2.5/5, calling it a clichéd film. 123telugu rated it 3.25/5, along with stating that "Shankam can be watched once as it does meet the minimum audience expectation of watching a timepass movie."