Arjun (అర్జున్) (2004) Review

Arjun (Telugu: అర్జున్) ( Dubbed into Tamil as Varenda Madhuraiku and Dubbed into Malayalam as Arjun and Dubbed into Hindi as Maidaan-E-Jung ) is a Tollywood film released on 18 August 2004, and was directed by Gunasekhar. This is the second time Mahesh Babu and Gunasekhar have teamed up after delivering the blockbuster Okkadu. The movie stars Mahesh Babu, Shriya Saran, Keerthi Reddy, Raja, Prakashraj, Saritha and Murali Mohan.

Plot ::
Arjun(Mahesh Babu) and his twin sister Meenakshi (Keerthi Reddy) finish college. During college days Meenakshi falls in love with her classmate, which she expresses later to her family when she is shown proposals from others. Arjun sets out to Madurai in Tamil Nadu where Uday is about to get married who also awaits for Meenakshi, to elope with. Arjun makes a dramatic appearance, with no apparent disapproval from the parents Meenakshi gets married to Uday. Meanwhile Arjun meets a girl, Shriya Saran who happens to be from Madurai too. After the marriage Uday's parents (Prakashraj, Saritha) secretly plan to kill Meenakshi as they had lost a chance to grab a millionaire's property by the arranged marriage. How Arjun meets the plans to kill his sister and saves each time is the crust of the story. In this film, the name of the character played by Mahesh Babu is not revealed till the end. The other roles call him with the name of the relation, but none call him Arjun, and this is revealed only at the end.

Soundtrack ::

This film consists of 6 songs, all composed by Mani Sharma:
*Okka Matta (Picturized on Mahesh)
*Oh Cheli (Picturized on Sriya and Mahesh)..this song was shot in Moscow.
*Madhura Madhura (picturized on Keerthi Reddy and Mahesh in the temple setting)
*Raa Raa (Sriya and Mahesh: shot outside the temple setting)
*Hey Pilla (picturized on Mahesh and sriya)
*Dum Dumare (picturized on Mahesh, Sriya, and Keerthi Reddy)

Cast ::

*Mahesh Babu ... Arjun
*Shriya Saran ... Roopa
*Keerthi Reddy ... Meenakshi
*Raja ... Uday
*Prakash Raj ... Bala Nayagar
*Saritha ... Andal
*Murali Mohan ... Anandrao

Crew ::

*Director: Gunasekhar
*Screenplay: Gunasekhar
*Story: Gunasekhar
*Dialogue: Paruchuri Brothers
*Producer: G. Ramesh Babu
*Music: Mani Sharma
*Choreography: Raju Sundaram & Raghava Lawrence
*Editor: A. Sreekar Prasad
*Director of Photography: Sekhar V. Joseph
*Lyrics: Veturi Sundararama Murthy
*Art Director: Thotta Tharani
*Stunts: Vijayan

Production ::

The film was produced by Mahesh's brother Ramesh. This was Mahesh's last film released before he tied the knot with Namratha Shirodhkar. On the other hand, this was the first movie (and the last as on July 2008) for Keerthi Reddy after his marriage.
The Madurai Meenakshi temple shown in this film is a colossal set of the real one. It was created by art director Padma Sri Thotta Tharani.
The film was later dubbed in Tamil as Varenda Maduraiku.

Box Office Performance ::
The dubbed version of the movie released later in Tamil Nadu was an average grosser there. The film was released in 40 prints and it had a 50-day run in 35 centres and a 100-day run in 14 centres.

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