Vaana (translation: Rain) is a 2008 Telugu romantic drama film starring Vinay (in his only Telugu film to date) and Meera Chopra in the lead roles, while Suman, Jayasudha, Naresh, Seetha, and Diganth play supporting roles. M. S. Raju produced and directed the film while debutant Kamalakar composed music for the project. It is a remake of Kannada language Blockbuster film Mungaru Male, which featured Ganesh and Pooja Gandhi. The film was dubbed into Tamil and released in 2013 under the title Gnabagangal Thaalattum.
|Directed by||M. S. Raju|
|Produced by||M. S. Raju|
|Written by||M. S. Raju|
|Story by||Yogaraj Bhat|
|Cinematography||Sekhar V. Joseph|
Abhiram (Vinay) is the only son of Uma (Jayasudha) and Babji (Naresh). On a visit to a mall amidst a heavy wind, he spots a pretty girl named Nandini (Meera Chopra). Whilst staring at her, he inadvertently falls into a manhole. Nandini rescues him from the pit, but in the process loses her heart-shaped watch that she had just bought.
While accompanying his mother to Araku, Abhi confronts a man named Jaanu (Ajay). Jaanu, who has been following Nandini, beats up Abhi, mistaking him to be dating her. Abhi, unaware that Jaanu has vowed not to allow anyone near Nandini, thrashes him and his gang in return.
In Araku, Abhi meets Nandini unexpectedly. He identifies himself, expresses his love, and offers to tie the watch as an indication of his intention to marry her. Nandini, who is already engaged, rejects his proposal. Still, Abhi vows to marry her if she meets him again. Uma takes Abhi to her friend Bharathi's (Seetha) house. There, Abhi discovers that his host in Araku, Col. Choudary (Suman), is Nandini's father. Choudary is deaf, and Nandini's marriage is only a week away. Dejected, Abhi throws Nandini's watch away. Nandini calls him and asks him to meet her. Delighted, Abhi goes in search of her watch. While searching for it, he spots a rabbit, which he names Devadas and brings along with him. Eventually, he finds the watch.
Since Nandini's friends are due to arrive from Mumbai for the marriage, Abhi takes Nandini to the railway station. The train from Mumbai is delayed by five hours, so Nandini and Abhi decide to visit a nearby temple. While returning from the temple, Abhi and Nandini are caught in the rain. An old couple offers them shelter inside their hut. Abhi, still in two minds about expressing his love to Nandini, grabs a few toddy bottles, goes out in the rain, and starts drinking. When Nandini walks towards an intoxicated Abhi, offering an umbrella, he tells her that he had better stay away from her to keep from making a move on her.
Nandini is now in love with Abhi and is in a dilemma as her wedding is in a few days. She requests him to take her to the top of a waterfall and expresses her love to him, standing at the edge of the waterfall. Abhi, intent on marrying Nandini, takes Choudary for a morning jog to discuss his marriage with her, but Choudary, a heart patient, tells Abhi that he is expected to die anytime, and his only wish is to get Nandini married off to Gautam (Diganth). On the night before the marriage, Abhi drives away without taking Devadas. He then starts drinking in a bar. He finds Gautam asking the bar owner (Narsing Yadav) for directions to Choudary's home. When Jaanu tries to kill Gautam, Abhi saves Gautam and convinces himself that only Gautam is suitable to marry Nandini.
The following day, Abhi drops Gautam at the marriage venue but declines to attend the marriage. Gautam asks for the heart-shaped watch as a remembrance, but Abhi refuses to give it and leaves. As he is leaving, Nandini asks Abhi if he told their story to her father, to which Abhi replies that he doubted her love. Hurt, Nandini tells him not to show his face again. With tears in her eyes, she marries Gautam. Abhi leaves, taking her memories and Devadas with him. On the way, he goes to the waterfall where Nandini proposed to him. There, Devadas dies. The story ends with Abhi burying Devadas's body near the edge and returning to his house, heartbroken.
- Vinay as Abhiram
- Meera Chopra as Nandini
- Suman as Col. Chowdary
- Jayasudha as Uma
- Naresh as Babji
- Seetha as Bharati
- Diganth as Gautam
- Ajay as Jaanu
- Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao as Chowdary's friend
- Krishnudu as Chowdary's servant
- Narsing Yadav as Bar Owner
- Dharmavarapu Subramanyam as Vithal
- Rajitha as Vithal's wife
- Prabhu Deva in a Cameo appearance in the song "Unnattaa Lenattaa"
- Sunil in a cameo appearance
The soundtrack of this film is composed by Kamalakar. This album consisted of eight tracks. All the lyrics were penned Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry.
|3.||"Muvvante Maina"||Mallikarjun & Gopika Poornima (humming)||6:05|
|4.||"Sirimalle Vanna"||K. S. Chithra & Ranjith||4:07|
|6.||"Akasa Ganga (Sad Version)"||Karthik||1:22|
|7.||"Yeduta Nilichindi (Male)"||Karthik||4:50|
|8.||"Yeduta Nilichindi (Female)- Ventapadutundi"||K. S. Chithra||1:12|
The film released to mixed reviews. Sify praised the performances of several members of the cast.