Seetimaarr (transl. Blow the whistle) is a 2021 Indian Telugu-language sports action drama film written and directed by Sampath Nandi, and produced by Srinivasaa Chitturi under the banner of Srinivasaa Silver Screen. The film stars Gopichand, Tamannaah, Digangana Suryavanshi, and Bhumika Chawla. The plot follows Karthi (Gopichand), the coach of the Andhra women's Kabbadi team who seeks to win the nationals with the help of Telangana's Kabaddi coach Jwala Reddy (Tamannaah) to save his school in the village. It features music by Mani Sharma and cinematography by Soundararajan. The film's production and released were deferred due to COVID-19 pandemic. Seetimaarr was theatrically released on 10 September 2021, coinciding with Vinayaka Chaviti.

Seetimaarr
Seetimaarr poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySampath Nandi
Written bySampath Nandi
Produced bySrinivasa Chitturi
StarringGopichand
Tamannaah
Digangana Suryavanshi
Bhumika Chawla
CinematographySoundarrajan
Edited byTammiraju
Music byMani Sharma
Production
company
Srinivasaa Silver Screen
Release date
  • 10 September 2021 (2021-09-10)
Running time
138 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
Budget₹25 crore[1]
Box officeest. ₹15.10 crore[2]

PlotEdit

Karthi works at a bank in Kadiyam, not far from Rajamundry. His purpose is to coach the Kabaddi women's team. Seeing his village team represent the State of Andhra Pradesh at the Kabaddi National Championship is his goal. He trains the girls from the village to be professional players. He and his team land in Delhi for the championship, and as they get ready for D-Day, Maakhan Singh abducts the girls.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Development and castingEdit

Initially Sampath Nandi narrated a story, which is based on the education in India. The film was officially announced in September 2019 and was launched in October 2019, with a formal pooja ceremony.

Tamannaah was announced to be part of the cast, in September 2019.[3] Sampath has auditioned over 700 girls, after which two teams of 24 players were cast. In an interview to Deccan Chronicle, director Sampath Nandi told: "I have hired four national players, and trained them in acting. And it was with great difficulty that I finally managed to select the rest of the players," adding that “We all underwent training for three months on the basics of the sport, the rules, techniques, and strategies."[4] In January 2020, Bhumika Chawla joined the production.[5] It was reported that she will be playing the role of Gopichand's sister.[6] Digangana Suryavanshi was cast to a play a news journalist.[7]

Filming and post-productionEdit

Principal photography of the film began in December 2019.[8] In the same month 15 days of first schedule of filming was done. Then the second schedule began in January 2020 and lasted till March 2020, before the production stopped due to the first lockdown in India due to COVID-19 pandemic.[9] As of August 2020, 60% of the filming was completed.[10] After pausing the filming due to COVID-19 pandemic in India, it was announced that the filming will be resumed in the second week of August 2020.[11] Later, it was again postponed and resumed in Hyderabad in November 2020.[12][13] The film was in the final schedule of the filming,[14][15] with the crew moving to Jaisalmer, Rajasthan in February to shot few scenes.[16] After wrapping the shoot in Jaisalmer, the team returned to Hyderabad in the same month, for filming the song "Jwala Reddy".[17] Filming was wrapped up in March 2021.

Tamannaah completed her part of dubbing for the film in March 2021.[18] Sound design of the film was completed in August 2021.

SoundtrackEdit

Seetimaarr
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedSeptember 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)
Recorded2021
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length16:49
LanguageTelugu
LabelAditya Music
ProducerMani Sharma
Mani Sharma chronology
Narappa
(2021)
Seetimaarr
(2021)
Acharya
(2022)
External audio
  Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Singles from Seetimaarr
  1. "Seetimaarr Title Song"
    Released: 2 March 2021
  2. "Jwala Reddy"
    Released: 12 March 2021
  3. "Pepsi Aunty"
    Released: 20 March 2021
  4. "Kabaddi Anthem"
    Released: 24 August 2021

The first single "Seetimaarr Title Song" was released on 2 March 2021 by Aditya Music.[19] The second single "Jwala Reddy" was released on 12 March 2021.[20] Third single "Pepsi Aunty" was released on 20 March 2021.[21] Last single "Kabaddi Anthem" was released on 24 August 2021.[22] The soundtrack album (jukebox) was released on 8 September 2021. The entire score was composed by Mani Sharma.

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Seetimaarr Title Song"Kasarla ShyamAnurag Kulkarni, L. V. Revanth, Varam4:12
2."Jwala Reddy"Kasarla ShyamShankar Babu, Mangli4:06
3."Pepsi Aunty"VipanchiKeerthana Sharmma4:34
4."Kabaddi Anthem"Kalyan ChakravarthyAnurag Kulkarni, Sai Charan, Ramya Behara, Sahiti Chaganti3:57
Total length:16:49

ReleaseEdit

TheatricalEdit

The filmmakers planned a release in mid 2020, but production was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[23] Initially scheduled to release on 2 April 2021, it was postponed to 3 September 2021,[24][25] due to delay in the post-production work.[26] Later, it was again rescheduled and theatrically released on 10 September 2021 coinciding with the festival of Vinayaka Chaviti.[27] It lasted 138 minutes and was certified CBFC U/A.[28]

Home MediaEdit

The film was released on Disney+ Hotstar on 15 October 2021.[29][30]

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Ram Venkat Srikar of Cinema Express called Seetimaarr a "fairly enjoyable potboiler." He said that though the film was filled with masala film tropes like unrestrained heroism, unabashed action sequences and problematic politics, the narrative style in the second half was rather fresh.[31] The Times of India critic Thadhagath Pathi also shared a similar opinion, writing "The mass masalaness of it all truly make us ignore the many flaws in Seetimaarr which have nothing to do with the fact that there's a strong script backing it. This film is a paisa vasool (transl. value for money) one in this OTT era."[32]

In another positive review, The Hindu critic Y. Sunita Chowdhary wrote: "The crime elements and kabbadi portions blend well with good writing and performances, to deliver an action-packed entertainer." She praised Nandi's direction and his handling of production design, music and cinematography. Chowdhary, however, found Tamannaah's Telangana dialect "unsettling" and felt that someone else could have dubbed for her.[33] A reviewer from The Hans India stated: "Despite having a regular story, the director has succeeded in grabbing the attention with the entertainment. Though the second half and pre-climax are not up to the mark, the film delivers a good message in an entertaining way."[34]

Appreciating the performances of Gopichand and Tamannaah, Anji Shetty of Sakshi rated the film 2+34 stars out of 5. He said that barring over-the-top action sequences, Nandi has succeeded in making an engaging sports film with a message.[35] A reviewer from Eenadu also appreciated the cast, particularly Tamannaah's diction of Telangana dialect. While praising the music, cinematography and production, they felt that the screenplay could have been better.[36]

Box officeEdit

The film was made on a budget of ₹25 crore.[1] It has grossed ₹4.75 crore on its opening day in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, with a distributors' collection of ₹2.98 crore.[37][38] In contrast, trade analyst Kaushik LM reported that the film has collected a distributors' share of ₹3.5 crore, on its opening day.[39]

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