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Shadow is a 2013 Indian Telugu-language action crime film produced by Paruchuri Kireeti on United Movies banner and directed by Meher Ramesh. The film stars Venkatesh, Tapsee, Srikanth, Madhurima in the lead roles and music was composed by S. Thaman.[1] The film was released on 26 April 2013.[5]

Shadow
Shadow poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byMeher Ramesh
Produced byParuchuri Kireeti
Written by
Screenplay byMeher Ramesh[1]
Story by
  • Kona Venkat
  • Gopimohan[1]
Starring
Music byS. Thaman
CinematographyPrasad Murella
Edited byMarthand K. Venkatesh
Production
company
United Movies
Distributed bySuresh Productions (USA & Canada)[2]
Release date
  • 26 April 2013 (2013-04-26)[3]
Running time
160 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
Budget30 crore (US$4.3 million)[4]

The film was later dubbed into Hindi as Meri Jung: One Man Army by Sumeet Arts in 2013.

Contents

PlotEdit

Rajaram (Venkatesh) is the son of Raghuram (Naga Babu), an investigative journalist in a United Nations agency. He infiltrates the criminal organization of Nana Bhai (Aditya Pancholi) and earns his trust. He gathers proof against the activities of Nana and hands them over to newspaper publisher Chaitanya Prasad alias CP (Sayaji Shinde). This is discovered by Nana Bhai and he murders Raghuram in an exceedingly brutal manner. He additionally destroys Raghuram's family. Rajaram manages to flee from the Massacre and vows to get revenge on Nana. With the assistance of Baba (Nassar), Rajaram grows up to be a strong young man. He assumes the identity of Shadow and starts looking for members of Nana's gang. Meanwhile, Prathap (Srikanth), a tricky cop in UN agency, is also searching for Nana Bhai and his gang. As expected, the methods of Rajaram and Prathap cross resulting in friction. However, Rajaram soon learns that he has a terribly sturdy association with Prathap. At last, he manages to reach Nana Bhai and destroys him.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

Shadow
Soundtrack album by
Released15 March 2013 (2013-03-15)
Recorded2013
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length20:59
LanguageTelugu
LabelT-Series
ProducerS. Thaman
S. Thaman chronology
Jabardasth
(2013)
Shadow
(2013)
Baadshah
(2013)

The music of the film was composed by S. Thaman and released on T-Series Audio Company. The title track of this film was released at Ramanaidu Studios in Hyderabad. Venkatesh, V. V. Vinayak, Meher Ramesh, Producer Paruchuri Prasad, Paruchuri Kireeti, Kona Venkat, Gopimohan and Thaman attended this event. Vinayak launched the title song of the movie.[6]

The audio launch of this film was held at Shilpakala Vedika in Hyderabad on 15 March 2013. Vinayak unveiled the T-Series audio albums and handed one to Boyapati Srinu.[7] Gopichand Malineni, K. L. Narayana, Nagababu, Boyapati Srinu and V. V. Vinayak launched the songs of the movie. Madhurima, Kona Venkat, Gopimohan, Baba Sehgal, Adithya Pancholi attended this event.[8]

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Shadow"ChandraboseBaba Sehgal, Naveen, Chorus3:53
2."Gola Gola"ViswaHemachandra, Ramya N.S, Vandhana3:24
3."Pilla Manchi Bandhobasthu"BhaskarabhatlaHemachandra, Suchitra4:04
4."Naughty Girl"BhaskarabhatlaGeetha Madhuri, Simha4:10
5."Aythalaka"Ramajogayya SastryHari Charan, Ranjith, Rahul Nambiar, Megha, Reeta, Anitha4:01
6."Revenge of Shadow"Ramajogayya SastryChorus1:27
Total length:20:59

ProductionEdit

This is the first Tollywood film, played in Prasad multiplex screen equipped with the high quality Auro 11.1 3D sound with 55 speakers.[9]

CastingEdit

The media reported that Venkatesh played the role of a mafia don in this film.[10] However, he said that this was not the case[11] Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi is making his debut as villain in Telugu for this film.[1]

FilmingEdit

DistributionEdit

Earlier sources reports that the film was to be released in the U.S. and Canada by Ficus.[12] However, it was released in those countries by Suresh Productions through Praneeth Media.[2]

ReleaseEdit

Initially the film was scheduled for a Ugadi release on 11 April 2013.[13] Later director Meher Ramesh confirmed that the film was postponed to 26 April 2013.[3] The film was censored with a U/A certificate, obtained from the CBFC on 18 April 2013, and was released on the previously scheduled release date.[14]

Critical receptionEdit

Sashidhar AS from The Times of India website reviewed the film and stated, "It's a mash up of several other movies and does not showcase anything new."[15] Shekhar from the Oneindia website reviewed and gave a rating of 2.5/5 for the film and said, "The director has failed in executing his ideas in crispy way. However, it is good entertainer, which will appeal both class and mass audience. It is a must watch film for Venky fans."[16] A critic from the Way2movies website reviewed and gave a rating of 2/5 for the film and stated, "Even Venkatesh couldn't salvage 'Shadow'."[17] Mahesh S Koneru from the 123telugu website reviewed and gave a rating of 2.25/5 for the film, and stated, "Meher Ramesh must realise that style without substance will never work."[18] A critic from the Supergoodmovies website reviewed and gave a rating of 2/5 for the film, and said that Shadow "is a below average film. Here Meher Ramesh Direction, Screen Play and Story are bad. It is not a worthy flick."[19] Cherukuri Raja from the Apherald website reviewed and gave a rating of 1.5/5 for the film and said, "Biggest Disaster of this Summer, dont waste your bucks on this flick."[20]

Box officeEdit

The film collected a worldwide share of 11.5 crore in its full run.[21]

IndiaEdit

The film collected 3.75 crore (37.5 m)in the first day in Andhra Pradesh.[22]

OverseasEdit

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted that this film collected $22,968 (1.25 million) in two days in the US.[23]

Home mediaEdit

The VCDs, DVDs and Blu-rays of the film were released through the Company BhavaniDVD on 12 July 2013.[24][25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "'Shadow' Audio Release on March 7th". indiaglitz.com. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b "SHADOW in USA & Canada by Suresh Production through Praneeth Media". idlebrain.com. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Venkatesh to clash with Nagarjuna". timesofap.com. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Venkatesh's Shadow movie budget". timesofap.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  5. ^ "'Shadow' will be released on April 26". MSN. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  6. ^ "'Shadow' movie title track launch". indiaglitz.com. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Shadow audio launch". sify.com. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Venkatesh's 'Shadow' audio launch". indiaglitz.com. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  9. ^ "'Shadow' is the 1st Tollywood film using it". indiaglitz.com. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Venkatesh as Mafia don". andhravilas.com. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Venkatesh not playing a don in Shadow". The Times of India. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Venkatesh's SHADOW in USA by FICUS". idlebrain.com. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  13. ^ "Venkatesh's shadow to release on April 11". The Times of India. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  14. ^ "Shadow censored with U/A certificate". The Times of India. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  15. ^ Sashidhar, AS (26 April 2013). "Shadow Telugu movie review highlights". Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  16. ^ Shekhar (26 April 2013). "Shadow - Movie Review: It's Venky show". entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  17. ^ "Venkatesh Shadow Movie Review". telugu.way2movies.com. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  18. ^ "Review : Shadow – Meher's attack on viewers". 123telugu.com. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  19. ^ "Shadow Movie Review". supergoodmovies.com. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  20. ^ Cherukuri Raja (26 April 2013). "Shadow Movie Review, Rating". apherald.com. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  21. ^ "Shadow Movie Closing Business". timesofap.com. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  22. ^ Cherukuri Raja (27 April 2013). "Shadow first day collections". apherald.com. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  23. ^ Sangeetha, Seshagiri (28 April 2013). "'Shadow' Box Office Collection: 'Victory' Venkatesh Movie Earns ₹12.49 Lakh in 2 Days Overseas". International Business Times. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  24. ^ "Shadow DTS® (Pre-Order)". bhavanidvd.com. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  25. ^ "Shadow Blu-ray (Telugu Blu-ray) (Pre-Order)". bhavanidvd.com. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.

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