Venky is a 2004 Indian Telugu-language comedy thriller film written and directed by Srinu Vaitla, and produced by Atluri Purnachandra Rao. The film stars Ravi Teja, Sneha, and Ashutosh Rana while Devi Sri Prasad composed music. The film marks Vaitla's first collaboration with writers Kona Venkat and Gopimohan.
|Directed by||Srinu Vaitla|
|Written by||Srinu Vaitla|
|Produced by||Atluri Purnachandra Rao|
|Edited by||Marthand K. Venkatesh|
|Music by||Devi Sri Prasad|
|Distributed by||Lakshmi Productions|
Released on 26 March 2004, the film was successful at the box office.
Venkateswarlu "Venky" is a wayward youth from Vizag. After several unsuccessful attempts of finding employment, Venky and his friends (Suri, Ramana, and Bujji) luckily clear a police recruitment test, and they are selected for SI training. They travel to Hyderabad on a train, Godavari Express to attend the training. Venky meets Sravani on the train and instantly falls for her. He proposes the same to her but she harshly rejects the proposal. Furious Venky threatens to murder Sravani's father Prasad Rao and a lady co-passenger, in a state of inebriation. To their astonishment, both of them are found dead the next morning. Venky and his friends quickly escape from there.
On a belief that the police academy is the only safe haven for them, they join the training immediately. The academy chief Yogendra Kumar Sharma is a very strict officer and is a close friend of ACP Bharath, the officer who is assigned the train murders case. In order to escape the scrutiny, they enter Sharma's office at night to tamper with the date of their arrival. But they find that Sharma himself is responsible for the murders. They come to know that Sharma is after Prasad Rao's camera and Sravani would also be killed. Venky saves Sravani and keeps her in an old building behind their academy.
Later, they overhear that Bharat has found Venky's camera as evidence and its reel is given for development. They go to the studio beforehand and get those photos. Upon looking at them, Venky finds out that Gajala, who introduced himself as a software engineer is actually a thief. They trace him and enquire about Prasad Rao's camera but he lies that he had already sold it.
Meanwhile, Sharma finds out that Venky and his friends are after him. He publicizes their names in the media and pressurizes their parents so that they would turn themselves in. He also finds out about Sravani's hideout and attacks her but she escapes. Venky and Sharma make a deal to hand over Prasad Rao's camera which he doesn't honour. Gajala sees an opportunity in this and calls Sharma to make a deal in exchange for the camera but Venky takes away the camera from him.
With the camera, they see that Prasad Rao recorded Sharma murdering Sarat Kumar IPS, a senior officer to escape from a fake stamp case. Prasad Rao unknowingly called Sharma to report the murder. He came to their home to take the camera but they escaped to their village. While returning, unaware that it was Sharma who came to their home, Prasad Rao gave away their berth numbers. Sharma then sent his hitman to kill them, murdering him and a lady who slept on Sravani's berth.
Sharma's henchmen attack them for the camera but Venky fights them off. Sravani seeks the Governor's appointment to directly submit the camera as evidence. Sharma tries to shoot them but is caught red-handed in front of the Governor. Venky and his friends are awarded medals in appreciation of their bravery.
- Ravi Teja as Venkateswara Rao “Venky”
- Sneha as Shravani
- Ashutosh Rana as Yogendra Sharma IPS
- Srinivasa Reddy as Suri Babu
- Chitram Seenu as Ramana
- Ramachandra as Veerabhadram “Bujji”
- Brahmanandam as G.K. Gajala
- Dharmavarapu Subramanyam as Biksham
- AVS as Bokka Subbarao
- Venu Madhav as Nippu Nagaraju, ticket collector
- Mallikarjuna Rao as Jagadamba Chowdary "J.C."
- Tanikella Bharani as Venky's father
- Delhi Rajeshwari as Venky's mother
- CVL Narasimha Rao as Prasad Rao, Shravani's father
- Krishna Bhagavan as Bhagvan, fake employer
- Master Bharath as train passenger
- Jeeva as Jeevaji
- Bharath Teja as ACP Bharath
- Ahuti Prasad as Sarat Kumar IPS
- S. S. Kanchi as Train Passenger
- Apoorva as train passenger
- Kaushal Manda
- Cameo appearances
|Soundtrack album to Venky by|
|Producer||Devi Sri Prasad|
|Devi Sri Prasad chronology|
The music and background score was composed by Devi Sri Prasad.
All lyrics are written by Sahiti.
|1.||"Maar Maar"||Manikka Vinayagam, Srilekha Parthasarathy||05:14|
|2.||"Gongoora Thotakada"||Pushpavanam Kuppusamy, Kalpana||04:51|
|3.||"Silakemo"||Sriram Parthasarathy, Malathy Lakshman||04:43|
|4.||"O Manasa"||Venu, Sumangali||04:15|
|5.||"Anaganaga Kathala"||Karthik, Sumangali||05:05|
|6.||"Andala Chukkala Lady"||Mallikarjun, Kalpana||04:42|
A review from Sify opined that Venky was a mishmash of three films, the Malayalam film No.20 Madras Mail and the American films Training Day and Police Academy. They added that the film failed to impress as it missed a "natural flow of one leading to another." Idlebrain.com rated the film 3/5 appreciated the film for its humour but wrote the film falls flat as the suspense is revealed.
- "List of Telugu films released in year 2004". www.idlebrain.com.
- "Venki". Sify. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
- "Telugu cinema Review - Venky - Ravi Teja, Sneha - Seenu Vytla - Raasi - Devi Sri Prasad". www.idlebrain.com. Retrieved 5 May 2021.