Annayya (English: Elder Brother) is a Tollywood film which released on 7 January 2000 and was directed by Muthyala Subbaiah. This film stars Chiranjeevi, Ravi Teja, Soundarya, Sarath Babu and Kota Srinivasa Rao. The music was composed by Mani Sharma. While Bhupati Raja provided story, writer Satyanand penned the dialogues.
The film had collected a distributors' share of Rs.60 million in the initial two weeks after its release. It completed 50 days in 92 centres and 100 days in 60 centres, which made Annayya one of the highest acclaimed films of Chiranjeevi in his career. The film was dubbed in Tamil as Moothavan. Then was remade into Bengali titled Devdoot (2005), Starring Mithun Chakraborty and Sreelekha Mitra. The Film Also Dubbed In Hindi As "Khoon Ka Rishta" . The film recorded as Blockbuster at box-office.
Rajaram (Chiranjeevi), owner of a fleet of lorries, meets Devi (Soundarya), a garment factory owner. After that acquaintance, she once seeks his help in dealing with two street ruffians, who were teasing her sisters, Lata (Chandini) and Geetha (Sishwa), and is shocked when the culprits turn out to be his brothers, Ravi (Ravi Teja) and Gopi (Venkat). Rajaram takes the incident lightly as the pranks of youngsters and is very lenient to them. With more such incidents, the two fall in love, with the brothers and sisters not far behind.
On his brothers' request, Rajaram approaches Devi for her sisters' hands in marriage to his brothers. But she curtly refuses her consent on grounds that the two are wayward drunkards. Rajaram reacts sharply to it and vows to get his brothers married to her sisters.
Since then on he is more exacting with his brothers and brings about a transformation in them. Devi agrees to their marriage. But the incorrigible brothers come in an inebriated condition for their engagement and Rajaram faces the brunt of Devi's ire. She insults him and leaves with her sisters. An outraged Rajaram kicks his brothers out of home.
The two brothers being state rank holders in engineering find favor with a businessman, Rangarao (Sarath Babu), who employs them. Rajaram, who is genuinely fond of his brothers, sells away his property and gives money secretly to Rangarao, paving way for a partnership deal between Rangarao and his brothers. Piqued at being kicked out of home, his brothers, unaware of his hand in securing the partnership for them, nurse a grudge against their brother and insult Rajaram in Devi's presence. She, being in the know, slaps them and opens their eyes by informing them of his sacrifice. This brings about a total change in them and the repentant duo go to Rangarao to restore the property to their brother.
Rangarao has other plans and tries to have them killed with gundas. The brothers escape death and land in a hospital with injuries. A furious Rajaram goes to Rangarao, who reveals his real identity. Rangarao is the brother of Chinna Rao (Bhupinder Singh), a criminal who was caught in the police dragnet with Rajaram's help and later died. This is Rangarao's vendetta. In the ensuing melee, Rangarao is killed. Rajaram and his brothers reunite.
The film ends with all the three brothers getting married; Rajaram with Devi, Ravi with Latha, and Gopi with Geetha.Chiranjeevi as Rajaram
Soundarya as Devi
Ravi Teja as Ravi
Venkat as Gopi
Chandni as Lata
Sishwa as Geeta
Kota Srinivasa Rao as Babai
Sarath Babu as Rangarao
Bhupinder Singh as Chinna Rao
Gangadhar Panday as Personal Secretary
Simran in an item song
Mani Sharma composed the Songs while Veturi Sundararama Murthy, Bhuvanachandra, Jonnavittula, Vennelakanti penned the Lyrics. The audio was an Instant Hit and the songs were Chart busters. The track "Hima Seemallo" sung by Hariharan along with Harini was a huge hit among the songs and it went on to win a Nandi Award for Best Playback singer male to Hariharan.