Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara?

Uu... Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? (transl. Will say Yes or will get scared?) (alternative spelling: Oo Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara?), commonly referred to as UKUP,[6] is a 2012 Indian Telugu-language fantasy action comedy film produced by Lakshmi Manchu on Manchu Entertainment banner and directed by Sekhar Raja. Starring Nandamuri Balakrishna, Manoj Manchu, Deeksha Seth, Lakshmi Manchu, and Sonu Sood[7] music composed by VidyaSagar, Bobo Shashi along with Chinna's background score. Cinematography is handled by B. Rajasekar. The soundtrack of the film was launched on 30 May 2012. The film was released worldwide on 27 July 2012.

Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara?
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Theatrical release poster
Directed bySekhar Raja
Written byLakshmi Bhupal (dialogues)
Screenplay bySekhar Raja
Story bySekhar Raja
Produced byLakshmi Manchu
Mohan Babu (Presents)
CinematographyB. Rajasekar
Edited byM. R. Varmaa
Music byVidyaSagar
Bobo Shashi
(Background Music)[2]
Distributed byManchu Entertainment
Cool Flicks Cinemas (overseas)[4]
Release date
  • 27 July 2012 (2012-07-27)[1]
Running time
134 minutes
Budget201 million[5]


The story of the film revolves around a palace known as ‘Gandharva Mahal’ which belongs to Rayudu (Prabhu), the present head of a royal family that has lost its former splendor. Rayudu lives with his wife (Meena Kumari) and two daughters Visalakshi (Madhumitha) and Jagadha (Deeksha Seth) in a small house beside the Mahal. Rayudu rents out the palace to make ends meet. He is shown as a soft and generous man. Some of the tenants take this generosity for granted and harass Rayudu, without paying the rent.

Into this scenario comes Manoj (Manoj Manchu), as someone seeking a place to rent. He slowly gets rid of the problematic elements in the palace and restores control to Rayudu. Manoj falls in love with Jagadha. A happy Rayudu decides to get Visalakshi married and decides to give away the Gandharva Mahal as dowry. One night, Manoj comes to Rayudu with a bloodied nose and claims that he saw a ghost that tried to kill him and warned him about selling the Mahal. Rayudu reveals that the ghost might be his dead father, Rudramaneni Narsimha Rayudu (Nandamuri Balakrishna) and explains the history of Gandharva Mahal to Manoj.

Gandharva Mahal has been with the Rudramaneni family for centuries and was passed on to Narasimha Rayudu (Nandamuri Balakrishna), a Zamindar who is well respected in the village. He lives with his wife (Panchi Bora) and sister Jagadamba (Simer Motiani). He marries his sister Jagadamba to Phanindra Bhoopati (Sonu Sood). A few days after the marriage, Bhoopati insults Narsimha Rayudu and asks him to give their share of the family property. Deeply hurt by the incident, Narsimha Rayudu gives half of everything he owns including the Gandharva Mahal to his sister and walks out of the house. He also gives a hundred acres of land to Seshayya (Bhanu Chander), his trusted employee and friend. It is later revealed that Bhoopati married Jagadamba only for the money and wants to marry his sweetheart Amrutha Valli (Lakshmi Manchu). Amrutha doesn't want to marry Bhoopathi since he already has a wife. Consequently, Bhoopathi kills Jagadamba and makes it look like a suicide.

On hearing the news, Narasimha Rayudu is devastated. Only a week after Jagadamba's death, Bhoopathi tries to marry Amrutha in the Gandharva Mahal. Narasimha Rayudu, angered by Bhoopathi's actions, confronts him. Bhoopathi gets into a fight with Narasimha Rayudu and stabs him with a sword. He also reveals to Amrutha and the dying Narasimha Rayudu that he was the one who murdered Jagadamba. In anger, Narasimha Rayudu kills Bhoopathi and dies in the Mahal. Amrutha, saddened by the events, blames herself for the whole incident and eventually turns into a beggar.

In the present, Gandharva Mahal is readied for the marriage of Visalakshi. The bridegroom Rishi (Rishi) and his family arrive for the wedding. It is revealed that Rishi's uncle Bujji (Sai Kumar) wants to take the palace and convert it into a hotel. Later that night, Bujji sees Narasimha Rayudu's ghost and gets scared. Bujji seeks the help of a Mantrik (Ajay) who reveals that the house is indeed haunted by the souls of Bhoopati and Narasimha Rayudu. He captures the violent soul of Bhoopathi and traps it in a bottle. It is also revealed that Manoj is Seshayya's grandson and was sent by his mother Suguna (Suhasini Maniratnam), Seshayya's daughter to help Rayudu and his family. Manoj reveals to Jagadha that he was never attacked by a ghost and tells her it was part of his plan to avoid giving the Mahal as dowry. He also reveals that it was not a ghost but him that scared Bujji. Bujji overhears the conversation and is angered. Believing that the Mantrik too was a fraud, in anger he breaks the bottle in which the Mantrik captured Bhoopati's soul. Now freed, Bhoopathi's soul enters Rishi's body and tries to kill the family. Narasimha Rayudu's soul enters Manoj's body and tries to stop Bhoopathi. Mantrik brings Amrutha Valli to stop Bhoopathi. Amrutha Valli lies to Bhoopathi that she got married and kills herself to stop him. In the end, Visalakshi marries Rishi and Manoj marries Jagadha. Manoj also sees the ghost of Narsimha Rayudu sitting on a chair and smoking a cigar, indicating that he would forever protect the Mahal.



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Released30 May 2012 (2012-05-30)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAditya Music
ProducerBobo Shashi
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Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara?

The soundtrack of the film was composed by Bobo Shashi, which happens to be his second Manoj Manchu project after Bindaas. One of the songs on the album was composed by popular Indian composer Vidyasagar. Initially, the audio launch event was planned to be held on 18 May 2012 in Guntur. But it was postponed due to unknown reasons. The soundtrack album was released on 30 May 2012 under Aditya Music label at Shilpakala Vedika in Hyderabad.[9] All songs in the album were penned by R. Ramu[10] and the background score of the film was given by Chinna.

1."Anuragame Haaratulaye" (Composed by Vidyasagar)Karthik, Anwesha Datta Gupta4:42
2."Prathi Kshanam Narakame"Ramee, Tupakeys, G-Arulaz4:52
3."Adhi Ani Idhi Ani"Haricharan, Prashanthini4:13
4."Are you ready"Instrumental2:02
5."Abbabba Abbabba"Ramee, Nrithya, Janani, Reeta, Ramya NSK4:38
6."Hai Re Hai"Ranjith, M. L. R. Karthikeyan, Senthil, Sam, Surmukhi Raman, Ramya, Deepa4:48
Total length:25:15


Manoj Manchu was quoted many times stating that UKUP was his dream project. The movie will be shot simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil. Director Shekar Raja worked as an assistant to director Krishna Vamsi. Although planned three years ago, the movie entered pre-production in early 2011. Lakshmi Manchu, along with Manoj, established Manchu Entertainments banner to produce this movie.

Balakrishna Nandamuri was approached for an important role in the movie, which he agreed to do. Dialogues in the movie are penned by Lakshmi Bhupal (of Ala Modalaindi fame) and cinematography will be handled by B. Rajashekar. Rajashekar is also working with Manoj on his other movie Mr. Nokia.[11] On 6 June 2011 the film was officially announced.[12] The regular filming began on 2 August 2011 with Veronica Manchu switching on the camera while Manchu Lakshmi's husband Anand gave the clap for the first shot and Mohan Babu directed the first shot.[13] The entire shoot of the film would be wrapped up in a single schedule. Initial schedule of it was completed in Manikonda by 16 August 2011.[14] It was announced that Balakrishna would be playing the role of Zamindar Narsimha Rayudu, and he joined the filming in Antarvedi along with Sonu Sood and Bhanu Chander. Lakshmi Manchu has announced that a huge Gandharva Mahal set was built with a budget more than 6.5 crores and more than 50% of the shoot would be done in it. Tamil version of the movie was officially launched on 15 December 2011 in Chennai.[15] By end of February 2012, almost 80% of the total filming was completed and filming of the climax will begin at Hyderabad in March 2012.[16] An event took place on 12 May 2012 at the Gandarva Mahal set, where Dasari Narayana Rao, K. Raghavendra Rao and Vara Prasad launched the logo and released the posters of the film.[17] Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padatara? was released on 27 July 2012 in more than 60 theatres in Hyderabad alone.[18]

The logo and posters of Varuvan Thalaivan, the predominantly dubbed Tamil version of the film, was launched in Chennai by Tamil actor Silambarasan on 21 May 2012. The team re-shot certain scenes with actors Pandiarajan, Charle and Manobala for the Tamil audiences. However the Telugu version's poor performance at the box office meant that the Tamil version was not released.


Critical receptionEdit

The film opened to mixed to negative reviews but balakakrishna's performance was praised by critics. Jeevi from Idlebrain gave 3.25 of 5.0 rating and said "UKUP is a special film for two reasons. One is that it introduces a big star like Bala Krishna in a vital role. If big stars accept story oriented films and act as per demand of the role instead of looking for equal screen space, it’s good for the industry. The second reason is that the producer has passionately invested on the project though it’s a story oriented film with a bit of experimentation. Watch it for the performances of Bala Krishna Nandamuri, Manoj Manchu and Lakshmi Manchu. And for the spectacular Gandharva Mahal set".[19] Mahesh Koneru from 123Telugu gave 3.0 of 5.0 rating and said "Balakrishna’s majestic performance is the biggest attraction for UKUP. Though the film has been made with rich production values and has a superb last 25 minutes, a below par first half and unconventionally shot songs work against the film."[20] Karthik Pasupulate from The Times of India gave 2.5 stars and said "Vu Kodathara Vulikki Padathara is one of those films that tries hard push the envelope, but succeeds only in parts. It does offer some moments though, better execution could have raised the movie experience by a fair few notches. "[21]


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  8. ^ Pecheti, Prakash. "St Ann's girl Preethi Asrani dreams big on silver screen". Telangana Today.
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  10. ^ Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara Telugu Mp3 Songs Free Download Torrent. www.AndhraMirchi.net. Retrieved on 8 July 2015.
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  16. ^ "UKUO has a stunning climax". 123 telugu. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  17. ^ Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara logo launch – Telugu cinema functions. Idlebrain.com (12 May 2012). Retrieved on 2015-07-08.
  18. ^ Navya, Darly. "Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara Movie Review". Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  19. ^ Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara (UKUP) review – Telugu cinema – Manoj Manchu, Bala Krishna Nandamuri & Deeksha seth. Idlebrain.com (27 July 2012). Retrieved on 2015-07-08.
  20. ^ Review : UKUP – Balakrishna and Lakshmi’s show. 123telugu.com (27 July 2012). Retrieved on 2015-07-08.
  21. ^ Pasupulate, Karthik (27 July 2012). "Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 July 2012.

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