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Sri Ramadasu

This article is about the film. For the historical person with same name, see Kancherla Gopanna.
Sri Ramadasu
File:Sri ramadasu.jpg
Directed by K. Raghavendra Rao
Produced by Konda Krishnam Raju
Written by J. K. Bharavi
K. Raghavendra Rao
Starring Akkineni Nagarjuna
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Nagendra Babu
Sarath Babu
Music by M. M. Keeravani
Cinematography S. Gopal Reddy
Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad
Release date(s) 30 March 2006
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget INR12 crore[1]
Box office INR32 crore

Sri Ramadasu is an epic Telugu film released on 30 March 2006 and was directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. The film stars Akkineni Nagarjuna in the lead role and Sneha, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Nassar and Nagendra Babu in the supporting roles. Music was composed by M. M. Keeravani, who composed 19 songs for the film. Cinematography and editing were handled by S. Gopal Reddy and Sreekar Prasad respectively. Along with being critically acclaimed, the film became a major hit at box office.


The film starts with the penance of Sage Bhadra who becomes a hill with the blessings of Lord Rama. In later centuries, Dammakka, the tribal lady and worshiper of Lord Rama unearths and looks after the idols of Rama on the hill and awaits someone who can construct a temple there. On the other hand, Gopanna and his cousin Kamala fall in love and marry after a small conflict with their parents. After the marriage, Tanisha, the emperor of Golconda, with the recommendation of Akkanna and Madanna (the uncles of Gopanna), appoints Gopanna as Tehsildar of Husnabad. Thus, a Muslim who had been the Tehsildar to the place is dethroned for the sake of Gopanna. That ignites disgust among a few groups who attempt to murder Gopanna. However, Dammakka saves him while he lies unconscious on the bank of Godavari. She shows him the place of Bhadragiri and Gopanna becomes an ardent devotee of Rama. After a series of incidents, he decides to construct the Rama Mandir on the hill. He collects funds from people and with the help of Kabirdas, his guru, completes the construction of temple. Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Seetha and Anjaneya live in invisible forms in the place during the construction. They keep on guarding Gopanna until he accomplishes his mission. Thus, with immense bhakthi on Lord Rama, Gopanna becomes Ramadasu.

The enemies of Ramadasu pass on negative message to Tanisha about him, stating that he constructed the temple with money taken from other people without the king's permission. Exasperated, Tanisha imprisons Ramadasu. After many ordeals faced by Ramadasu in prison, Lord Rama and Lakshmana appear to Tanisha in a dream and pay the required amount to him. Then Tanisha releases Ramadasu from prison and discovers that the two who cleared the debt were Lord Rama and Lakshmana. After being released from prison, Ramadasu is frustrated that he never obtained a darshanam (appearance/glimpse) of Rama. He realizes that Rama is in his heart and cuts open his chest. Sri Rama and Sitamma appear from his heart and heal his wounds. Rama offers Gopanna the chance to go to Vaikunta as a living man, a boon granted to few. When Gopanna asks what is there in Vaikunta (The Highest Heaven), Rama says there is only happiness and no need to pray. However, Gopanna can only find happiness in saying Rama's name. As the only man ever to refuse Vaikuntha, Rama grants his wish: Ramadasu's spirit will remain forever in the Bhadrachalam Temple. The movie ends with Kancherla Gopanna, now Sri Ramadasu, looking down fondly at the temple in modern day.



Actor Role
Nagarjuna Kancherla Gopanna/Bhakta Ramadasu
Sneha Kamala
Akkineni Nageswara Rao Kabirdas
Suman Lord Rama
Veda Sastry Goddess Seeta
Vindu Dara Singh Hanuman
Nagendra Babu Ravana
Sarath Babu Sage Bhadra
Sujatha Dammakka
Nassar Tanisha
Jaya Prakash Reddy Muslim Tahsildar


The film has nineteen songs composed by M. M. Keeravani:

Song Singer(s)
"Sri Raghavam" (Traditional) M. M. Keeravani
"Adigo Badradri" S.P. Balasubramaniam
"Hylessa" M. M. Keeravani, Devi Sri Prasad & Malavika
"Antha Ramamayam" S.P. Balasubramaniam
"Isvaku Kula Tilaka" Shankar Mahadevan
"Allah" Shankar Mahadevan & Vijay Yesudas
"Idhigidhigo Na Ramudu" Sunitha
"Charanamulane Nammithi" Madhu Balakrishnan, K.S. Chitra & Ramachari
"Chalu Chalu" S. P. B. Charan & Sunitha
"Nanu Brovamani" S.P. Balasubramaniam & Sunitha
"Sri Rama Rama Ramethi" (Shloka) M. M. Keeravani
"Entho Ruchira" S.P. Balasubramaniam
"Paluke Bangaramayena" M. M. Keeravani & K.S. Chitra
"Shuddha Brahma" Pranavi
"Bhadra Shaila" Hariharan & K.S. Chitra
"Yetheeruga Nanu" Vijay Yesudas
"Thandrimata" Sunitha
"Dasaradhi" S.P. Balasubramaniam & K.S. Chitra
"Mangalam" Brundham


Sri Ramadasu was released in 229 screens including 173 in Andhra Pradesh 18 in Karnataka, two in Chennai, one in Mumbai and 25 overseas.

Box-office performance

The film had a 100-day run in 67 centres and collected over 300 crores.[2]


Nandi Awards (2006)
CineMAA Awards


External links

  • Official website
  • Internet Movie Database
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