Pokiri

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Pokiri (Telugu: పోకిరి) is a 2006 Telugu movie directed, written, and produced by Puri Jagannadh. Mahesh Babu plays the lead role while Ileana D'Cruz, Prakash Raj, Sayaji Shinde, and Ashish Vidyarthi play other roles. Mani Sharma, Shyam K. Naidu, and Marthand K. Venkatesh provided music, cinematography, and editing respectively. The film released on April 28, 2006.

The film was premiered at the 2006 International Indian Film Academy Awards, along with Tollywood super-hit Tagore. This film created many records and is currently the highest grossing film in South Indian Film including the Telugu Film Industry. Pokiri was the 2nd highest grossing film ever in India at one point, with a net gross of 66.5 crores. It Is still running in Bhageeratha theatre In Kurnool.

Plot

Pandu (Mahesh Babu) is a mafia hench man who will kill anyone and anywhere for money. Soon, he falls in love with Sruthi (Ileana D'Cruz). Both meet each other several times coincidentally such as on the train, in the market, and even stuck in the elevator together. Sruthi starts to like Pandu, but is hesitant.

Just when Sruthi confesses her love to Pandu, a bunch of mafia goons attack Pandu. But Pandu is able to kill all of them, and in front of Sruthi's eyes. Sruthi has never known that Pandu was working for a mafia gang, and is terrified.

Pandu becomes a part of the gang headed by Ali Bhai (Prakash Raj), a Dubai based don. Ali Bhai wants to kill a minister in public by using a bomb blast, but Pandu refuses as it will cause many innocent deaths. As they are discussing and arguing, the police come and arrest Ali Bhai, who has been wanted for long.

Ali Bhai’s rowdies kidnap the senior police officer's daughter. Blackmailing him with the same, Ali Bhai comes out from prison. After coming from jail, Ali Bhai comes to know that somebody from his group is a police officer.

Not knowing who this is in his gang, he finds out the name of his father and goes there hoping to kill the snitch. He kills a man there believing him to be Krishna Manohar, but soon finds out that the man was only the police officer's step-brother. To find the true identity of the police officer, he kills his father (played by Nasser).

As the news spreads as to his father's death, the police vehicles arrive and out steps Pandu, whose true identity is Krishna Manohar. All along, he was an undercover cop. Krishna Manohar goes to Ali Bhai's hideout, and after a gripping climax, kills him and his gang.

Box Office

In its week of release, Pokiri grossed a share of 9.11 crores. In the US, the film grossed $200,000 USD in the first two weeks and grossed $350,000 by June 2006.Pokiri grossed a total amount of about $500,000 at the US box office.The film completed 50 days in 299 centersand all the shows were houseful, grossing a share of 30 crores. Even after running after 100 days in 219 centers, Pokiri was number one at box office. Pokiri had a 175 day run in 63 centres. Pokiri ran over four hundred days. Pokiri got the biggest and highest collections in Telugu film history - making it the second highest grossing movie of all (adjusted to inflation) and the highest share of any movie (adjusted to inflation).

Trivia
  • This is the first Telugu film to ever cross the 40-crore mark.
  • Pokiri was one of the highest grossers in the Indian film industry for 2006.
  • Vijay & Asin Thottumkal played the lead roles in the Tamil Remake of the movie, with the same title, Pokkiri.
  • The last stunt sequence in the climax was shot for about 10 days.
  • Ayesha Takia was approached to play the role of Shruti but declined the role. It later went to Ileana D'Cruz.
  • Mahesh Babu used the same pair of shoes in the entire film.
  • This film revived Puri Jagannadh's career, as his last 3 films didn't stand up to expectations. (Andhrawala, 143, and Super)
  • Mahesh Babu's other movie Sainikudu was stalled to complete the shooting of this film even though he signed the former first.
  • Mahesh Babu's sister Manjula co-produced this film
  • An Australian technician, who worked for The Matrix Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings, worked for Pokiri for a remote rig operation.
Awards
  • Mahesh Babu - Filmfare Award; Best Actor For The Year 2006
  • Puri Jagannadh - Filmfare Award; Best Director For The Year 2006.
Credits
  • Banner: Vaishno Academy
  • Starring: Mahesh Babu, Ileana, Prakash Raj, Sayaji Shinde, Asish Vidyardhi, Nasseer, Brahmanandam, Ali, Venu Madhav, Ajay, Rajesh, Sudha, Sony Raj, Jyothirana & Mumaith Khan
  • Producer: Srimati Indira, Puri Jagan
  • Director: Puri Jagan
  • Story: Puri Jagan
  • Screenplay: Puri Jagan
  • Dialogues: Puri Jagan
  • Music Director: Mani Sharma
  • Cinematographer: Shyam K Naidu
  • Choreographer: Raju Sundaram
  • Art Director:
  • Stunts: Vijayan
  • Editor: Marthand K Vanekatesh
  • Singers: Naveen, Ranjith, Suchitra, Murali, Nihal, Karthik, Mahalakshmi Iyer
  • Lyrics: Viswa & Bhaskarabhatla
  • Audio:
  • Publicity Designer:
  • Release date: 28th April, 2006
Movie Songs

Devuda

  • Artist(s): Naveen
  • Lyricist: Bhaskarabhatla

Dole Dole

  • Artist(s): Ranjith, Suchitra
  • Lyricist: Vishwa

Ippati Kinka

  • Artist(s): Murali, Suchitra
  • Lyricist: Bhaskarabhatla

Gala Gala

  • Artist(s): Nihal
  • Lyricist: Kandikonda

Choododdhu

  • Artist(s): Karthik, Mahalakshmi Iyer
  • Lyricist: Bhaskarabhatla
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