Lakshmi (2006 film)
|Directed by||V.V. Vinayak|
|Produced by||Nallamalupu Bujji|
|Written by||Siva Akula|
|Screenplay by||V.V. Vinayak|
|Music by||Ramana Gogula|
|Cinematography||Chota K. Naidu|
|Edited by||Gautham Raju|
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions
|Budget||₹120 million (US$1.7 million)|
|Box office||₹335 million (US$4.8 million)|
Lakshmi is a 2006 Indian Telugu-language action drama film produced by Nallamalupu Bujji on Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions on banner, directed by V.V. Vinayak and cinematography by Chota K. Naidu. Starring Venkatesh, Nayantara, Charmme Kaur in the lead roles and music composed by Ramana Gogula. The film was Blockbuster at box office. The film was dubbed into Hindi as Meri Taaqat in 2007 and into Malayalam and Tamil under the same name.
Lakshmi Narayana (Venkatesh), the MD of Lakshmi Group of Companies, is an elder son in a family with two brothers and two sisters. He is very strict about disciplining his brothers so that they become the men that their father (Ranganath) wanted them to be, to the point of beating them for coming home drunk. He owns a factory that is worth hundreds of crores. Shailaja a.k.a. Shailu (Charmme Kaur), an employee in Lakshmi's company, has a huge crush on him. Janardhan (Sayaji Shinde), a former employee of Lakshmi Industries who was accused of forgery, plans to take revenge on Lakshmi by creating divisions in his family. Soon, Lakshmi's sister falls in love with a man, and he is accepted by Lakshmi, with the marriage concluding in a grand manner. It is later revealed that the man is Janardhan's nephew. This leads to Lakshmi revealing to his siblings that he and his sister (the youngest of the five) were actually adopted by their parents at a young age as they were orphans who were being ill-treated by their uncles and aunts. All this leads to the splitting of the siblings with Lakshmi and his sister being thrown out of the house by their younger brothers. The people standing beside Lakshmi are all the people in his factory and his other sister. Lakshmi even ends working in his factory for all this. He even moves into a small house with his sister, where he is later joined by his mother. Later, it is revealed that Lakshmi had fallen in love with a girl named Nandini (Nayantara) earlier, who was the niece of his foster father. Nandini was threatened by a young man who was the son of a Kolkata-based don named Rayudu (Pradeep Rawat). Lakshmi beats up the guy and sends him into a coma, which earns him Rayudu's wrath. The rest of the story is about how Lakshmi stands up to all these people together.
- Venkatesh as Lakshmi Narayana "Lakshmi"
- Nayantara as Nandini
- Charmme Kaur as Shailaja "Shailu"
- Pradeep Rawat as Rayudu
- Sayaji Shinde as Janardhan
- Jayabharathi as Lakshmi's mother
- Ranganath as Lakshmi's father
- Uma as Lakshmi's sister
- Sharwanand as Lakshmi's brother
- Rajiv Kanakala as Lakshmi's brother
- Sunil as Suresh
- Sudha as Nandini's mother
- Telangana Shakuntala as Shakuntala
- Venu Madhav as Tiger Satti
- Ahuti Prasad
- Chalapathi Rao
- Fish Venkat
- L. B. Sriram
- Naramalli Sivaprasad
- Sameer as Lakshmi's brother-in-law
- Satya Prakash
- Kallu Krishna Rao
- Shanta Ho
- Master Teja as Young Lakshmi
- Master Prem Kumar
- Master Sumanth Raj
- Master Venkat
- Master Manoj
- Baby Rajayanni
- Baby Vaish
|Film score by|
|Ramana Gogula chronology|
Music composed by Ramana Gogula. All songs are blockbusters. Music released on ADITYA Music Company.
|1.||"Dhaga Dhaga"||Vishwa||Ramana Gogula,Ganga||4:19|
|2.||"Taara Taluku Taara"||Chandrabose||Raju, Sunitha||4:11|
|3.||"Hey Satyabhama"||Chandrabose||Shankar Mahadevan,Sudha||4:01|
|4.||"Ammayi Andhra Mirchi"||Kulasekhar||Tippu, Shreya Ghoshal||4:31|
|5.||"Ne Puttindi Neekosame"||Kulasekhar||Rajesh, Ganga||4:44|
|6.||"Hey Satyabhama (remix)"||Ramana Gogula|
IMDb gave the film 5.7 out of 10 stars. Indiaglitz gave the film 2 out of 5 stars and said "V V Vinayak's direction is on safe lines. He keeps to the linear path, without taking any chances. He knows whom he is catering to and delivers what he promised". Jeevi of idlebrain.com gave the film 3 out of 5 stars and said "First half of the film is OK and the scenes before interval are good. The second half divulges into a entirely different flashback episode. There are certain good moments in the film and has got orientation towards masses and family crowds. However, the VV Vinayak could not blend in Venkatesh’s family image and Vinayak’s mass taking in a smooth way. The biggest advantage of this film is that Lakshmi is the only mass film for the entire season of Sankranthi which gives good market penetration in C and D centers as well in the first week itself".
The film was released in 316 screens, including 284 in Andhra Pradesh, 11 in Karnataka, 3 in Mumbai, 2 in Orissa, 2 in Chennai, and 14 overseas. The film collected Rs.8 crores in its opening week. Lakshmi was declared a "super hit" and collected around Rs.22 crores($3,520,000). It had a 50-day run in 215 centres. The film had a 100-day run in 94 centres.
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