Simha (film)

Simha (transl. Lion) is a 2010 Indian Telugu-language action film directed by Boyapati Srinu and produced by Paruchuri Kireeti under the United Movies banner. The film stars Nandamuri Balakrishna in a dual role, along with Nayantara and Sneha Ullal while Rahman, Sai Kumar, Adithya Menon, Namitha, Kota Srinivasa Rao and K. R. Vijaya play supporting roles.[4] Music is composed by Chakri, art direction by A. S. Prakash, cinematography by Arthur Wilson and editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBoyapati Srinu
Produced byParuchuri Kireeti
Written byKoratala Siva
Music byChakri
Chinna (background score)
CinematographyArthur A. Wilson
Edited byAnthony
United Movies
Release date
30 April 2010
Running time
156 minutes
Budget₹180 million[1][2]
Box officeest. ₹360 million[3]

Released on 30 April 2010, the film was commercially successful and ended up becoming one of the highest-grossing Telugu films of the year.[1] Balakrishna received his second Nandi Award for Best Actor for this film.


Srimannarayana (Nandamuri Balakrishna) is a university lecturer in Hyderabad who lives with his grandmother (K. R. Vijaya). He does not tolerate injustice anywhere and beats up people who dare to break the law, a personality which makes him feared and respected among others. A female lecturer Mahima (Namitha) is attracted to him, though he doesn't reciprocate her feelings. While beating up a goon who threatened to throw acid on a girl after she spurned his advances, he accidentally punches a comatose man on the head, waking him from his 28-year coma. This man's name is Veerakesavudu (Sai Kumar).

One day, a new student Janaki (Sneha Ullal) joins the college where Srimannarayana is teaching. She initially thinks he is a rowdy after an earlier encounter with him and seeing how everyone in the college fears him, but once she finds out about his true personality, she develops a crush on him. One day, after Srimannarayana rescues her from a group of thugs, she reveals her past. Her father, businessman Jagadish Prasad (Rahman), has a business rivalry with Gopi (Adithya Menon), a gangster who happens to be Veerakesavudu's son. After Veerakesavudu woke up from his coma, he ordered Jagadish to give Janaki's hand in marriage to Gopi so their mutual rivalry is finished, to which he agreed, fearing Veerakesavudu's wrath. But Gopi killed Janaki's brother Anand Prasad (Ravi Prakash) during the wedding after he insulted him, prompting Jagadish to send Janaki to Hyderabad to continue her studies. The thugs who tried to kidnap her were Gopi's henchmen. On hearing this, Srimannarayana vows to protect Janaki and accommodates her next to his house. He soon reciprocates her feelings for him, prompting Maheswari to drop her love for him.

Unfortunately for Janaki, Gopi finds out she is with Srimannarayana and kidnaps her, only for Srimannarayana to rescue her after a dramatic car chase. When they reach home, they are confronted by Gopi's henchmen. Jagadish arrives there at the same time that Srimannarayana is fighting the henchmen and in a bid to help, accidentally stabs Srimannarayana's grandmother. Srimannarayana is enraged and attempts to kill him, but his grandmother stops him. Jagadish immediately leaves with Janaki. Later, Srimannarayana confronts his grandmother and asks her why she didn't let him kill Jagadish. In reply, she reveals about their past.

30 years ago, in the town of Bobbili, Veerakesavudu and his family ran a ruthless self-government, tormenting the townsfolk and supported by the police. The only person who dared to fight them back was a doctor named Narasimha (Nandamuri Balakrishna), who belonged to the Bobbili royal family and was the father of Srimannarayana. He took the law into his own hands and killed many of Veerakesavudu's henchmen, including his brothers, when he caught them tormenting others. While not killing others, he ran a 24x7 hospital which provided treatment free of cost. His wife Gayatri (Nayantara) was an ideal wife who was always affectionate towards Narasimha and supported all his methods. Jagadish, who was Gayatri's brother and who wanted to start a business with Veerakesavudu's help, warned her about Narasimha's dangerous behaviour, but she brushed the warnings aside, having full faith in her husband and his methods. Veerakesavudu and his father (Kota Srinivasa Rao) decided to eliminate Narasimha and his family by attempting to poison them during a temple function. When the temple priest warned Narasimha about the threat to his life, Narasimha rushed to Veerakesavudu's house and killed all his men as well as his father. However, Veerakesavudu was ultimately successful in killing Narasimha and Gayatri. But just before he died, Narasimha hit Veerakesavudu on the head, sending him into a coma which he woke up from after 28 years. Narasimha's mother, who happens to be Srimannarayana's grandmother, took the young and newly orphaned Srimannarayana away with her to Hyderabad so that he could be brought up away from the violence in Bobbili.

On hearing about his family's past, Srimannarayana decides to take revenge on Veerakesavudu and heads for Bobbili to finish his father's mission. He single-handedly kills Veerakesavudu, Gopi, and their henchmen, fulfilling the wishes of the Bobbili townsfolk who wanted Veerakesavudu family's reign of terror and horror to be ended for good.



Film score by
Released31 March 2010 (2010-03-31)
LabelAditya Music
ProducerChakri (songs), S. Chinna (score)
Chakri chronology
Gopi Gopika Godavari

While S. Chinna composed the film score, all the songs featured in the film were composed by Chakri. Music released on ADITYA Music Company. The music was released on 31 March 2010 directly into market. The audio function of the movie was called off as Nandamuri Balakrishna met with an accident.

1."Janaki Janaki"BhaskarbhatlaKunal Ganjawala, Tina Kamal4:39
2."Achahai"ChandraboseUdit Narayan, Anjana Sowmya4:36
3."Orabba"ChandraboseSimha, Adarshini5:34
4."Bangarukonda"ChandraboseHariharan, Kausalya4:38
5."Kanulara Chudhamu"Veturi Sundararama MurthyChakri, Malavika6:10
6."Simhamanti"ChandraboseMano, Sravana Bhargavi4:53
Total length:31:03


Upon release, the film opened to mostly positive reviews. Sify noted "Simha is out and out a formulaic movie. The urge of director Boyapati Srinu can be clearly felt in the theatre when he showed Balakrishna in an extraordinary manner."[5] Rediff gave a two star rating saying "One knows what to expect from a Balakrishna film and Simha is a perfect example of that: a true mainstream entertainer catering to the masses with high-voltage action, overdose of violence and the mandatory songs. Balakrishna has put in a restrained performance."[6] The Times of India stated "Balakrishna is back in his element as a fiery doctor and does a good job. Nayantara delivers a knock-out performance. While Sneha has no role to play, Namitha exudes enough oomph. Even baddies like Sai kumar, Aditya Menon and Kota Srinivas Rao put in a decent performance".[7]

Box officeEdit

Simha collected more than ₹360 million and became highest grossing Telugu film of the year.[3] The film ran for 50 days in 338 centers[8] and 100 days in 92 centres.[9] The film's satellite rights were sold off at 50 million.[1]


Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome
Nandi Awards Nandi Award for Best Actor Balakrishna Won
Nandi Award for Best Comedian Female Jhansi Won
Nandi Award for Best Music Director Chakri Won
CineMAA Awards CineMAA Award for Best Actor Balakrishna Won
Santosham Film Awards Santhosham Award for Best Actor Balakrishna Won
Santhosham Award for Best Singer Female Kausalya (Bangaru Konda Song) Won
Santhosham Award for Best Director Boyapati Srinu Won


  1. ^ a b c An Average Fare. Indian Express. Retrieved on 19 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Boyapati Sreenu interview". Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Top Ten Telugu Films of the year". Sify. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012.
  4. ^ Simha Movie Cast Crew.
  5. ^ Movie Review:Simha. Retrieved on 19 November 2011.
  6. ^ Simha is for Balayya's fans – Movies. (30 April 2010). Retrieved on 19 November 2011.
  7. ^ Simha movie review: Wallpaper, Story, Trailer at Times of India. (1 May 2010). Retrieved on 19 November 2011.
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  9. ^ Simha Record 50 days, 338 centres, Rs.62 Crores.(23 June 2010). Retrieved on 19 November 2011.

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