Nannaku Prematho (English: To father, with love) is a 2016 Telugu action-drama film written and directed by Sukumar and produced by B. V. S. N. Prasad under Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra, Bhogavalli Bapineedu and Reliance Entertainment. The crossover cinema set up in London, features NTR Jr. and Rakul Preet Singh in the lead roles while Jagapati Babu and Rajendra Prasad played crucial supporting roles. Nannaku Prematho marks the 25th film of N T Rama Rao Jr. as an actor.
Devi Sri Prasad has composed the film's music and background score. The cinematography is provided by Vijay C Chakravarthy and Navin Nooli edited the film. Principal photography commenced in August 2015. The audio launch of this film was held on 27 December 2015. This film was released worldwide on 13 January 2016.
Abhiram (Jr. NTR), the youngest son of London-based Subramanyam (Rajendra Prasad), quits his job and starts his own company, KMC Pipes and Canals. He comes to know that his father is suffering from pancreatic cancer and has roughly a month or more to live. Subramanyam reveals his name as Ramesh Chandra Prasad, one of London's richest entrepreneurs, who lost all his wealth because of a cunning man, Krishnamurthy Kautilya, who made his empire cheating Ramesh Chandra. He was then forced to change his name to Subramanyam and got rich again after years of work. Subramanyam requests his 3 sons to take revenge on his behalf. His son, lies to him that he has filed a lawsuit against Krishnamurthy in order to pacify him. But Abhiram ends up taking matters into his own hands. He sets a time period of 30 days to bring Krishnamurthy to zero and hires three youngsters who are shown to love their fathers dearly. He targets Krishnamurthy's daughter Divyanka in order to reach him. He uses all methods necessary to woo her, including saving her from a kidnapping and spending every last penny of their family bank balance to buy her a 25 crore worth painting. He finally meets Krishnamurthy at Divya's birthday party. But Krishnamurthy turns out to be aware of Abhiram's intentions.
Subramanyam gets admitted at the hospital as his condition turns critical. Abhiram's brothers break up with him after they come to know that Abhiram wasted their property on the painting. Krishnamurthy plants a bug in Abhiram's lair because of which he comes to know of their plans and Divya too comes to know of Abhiram's intentions. She breaks up with him. Krishnamurthy had grabbed a gas project from businessman Kapil Sinha in Spain, to where he goes with Divya. Abhiram follows them with his group but gets kidnapped by Divya. She does so as she wants to find his plans of ruining her father. During this period, Abhiram regains Divya's love and also gets her to meet her mother in jail whom she had not met since she was of four years and reveal her mysterious dream. Her father had put drugs in their bag during one of their travels, but the airport officials find the bag with Divya's mother when Krishnamurthy and Divya were in the washroom. Krishnamurthy leaves his wife to save himself and his daughter. Divya begins to loathe her father.
Meanwhile, it turns out that the painting gifted to Krishnamurthy had a camera in it and that Abhiram too was aware of Krishnamurthy's plans. He finds out Krishnamurthy's bank number and accesses the account, transferring the 35,000 crores to his family account. It is also revealed that the gas land Krishnamurthy grabbed was no real gas land and the gas there was given by tunnels planted by Abhiram's KMC company i.e. Krishnamurthyni Mosam Chese company ('Cheating Krishnamurthy company'). Kapil Sinha is revealed to be Satpal Singh, Subramanyam's friend. Krishnamurthy becomes of the same condition as Ramesh Chandra Prasad and absconds and changes his identity to Subramanyam. Divya and her mother moves in with Abhiram's family but sadly Ramesh Chandra succumbs to his disease. Abhiram still does not cry as he thinks his father will go the day he cries.N. T. Rama Rao Jr. as Abhiram
Rakul Preet Singh as Divyanka / Divya
Rajendra Prasad as Ramesh Chandra Prasad alias Subramanyam
Jagapathi Babu as Krishna Murthy Kautilya
Srinivas Avasarala as Abhiram's brother
Rajiv Kanakala as Abhiram's brother
Ashish Vidyarthi as Satpal Singh / Kapil Sinha
Naveen Neni as Abhiram's assistant
Thagubothu Ramesh as Abhiram's assistant
Madhubala as Divya's mother
In May 2015, Sukumar came up with a story written by himself. In August 2015 The film's shooting was started and in December post-production will be done. Nanaku prematho First Look has released on 17 September 2015 on occasion of Vinayaka Chavithi. The film teaser was released on 21 October 2015 on occasion of Vijayadasami (Dasara) festival. The teaser created a record of Most liked Telugu teaser. Also most viewed Telugu film teaser. And another poster was release as Deepavali Special which was the dancing still of Jr.NTR.
Rakul Preet Singh was selected to play female lead role opposite Jr. NTR. Rajendra Prasad is playing Jr. NTR's father role in this film. Initially it was rumoured that Jagapati Babu and NTR's own father Nandamuri Harikrishna were approached to play the NTR's father role in the movie but due to some reasons both refused. Jagapati Babu is instead playing the main negative role.
Principal photography commenced in the United Kingdom. It was a 40-day schedule, where all the actors took part. The MRMC Bolt High Speed Cinebot, the fastest camera robot in the world which is used to obtain shots of extremely high speed objects with absolute detail was used in some crucial scenes during the UK schedule. After wrapping up the UK schedule, the team returned to Hyderabad. Whilst Sukumar was directing Nannaku Prematho, he was simultaneously producing Kumari 21F movie, so he took a break because Kumari 21F was nearing its release date. The 'Nannaku Prematho' team then finished some part of the title song shoot in Hyderabad near Toopran. Afterwards Nannaku Prematho team shifted to Spain for the final schedule of the film. The movie team wrapped up its Spain schedule by end of December 2015. Finally, the team shifted back to Hyderabad to shoot a few final sequences. Shooting wrapped on 5 January 2016.
Music of this film was composed by Devi Sri Prasad, who collaborated for the fifth time with both Jr. NTR and Sukumar. The audio rights were bought by Junglee Music.
After the death of Satyamurthy, Prasad's father and former film screenplay and story writer, the album was dedicated to the former in an audio launch ceremony on 27 December 2015.
For the fifth time in his career, Jr. NTR lent his vocals for a jazz-style number called Follow Follow.
Behindwoods.com gave the soundtrack 3 out of 5 stars, stating that " Nannaku Prematho is a fun album with ample dose of trendy as well as mass numbers with a tinge of experimentation. All in all, it is another winner in the combo of Sukumar- DSP!". Another film news website, Indiaglitz.com also rated the album 3 out of 5 stars and stated that "Devi Sri Prasad, Sukumar and NTR are an exciting combination. This album brings out this uniqueness in its choice of lyrics. It is not vintage DSP at his best. All that you can expect from this album is good dose of energy and verve, DSP-style, NTR-style". 123telugu.com quoted this album as a "different album from the crazy combo" and finally stated that "On the whole, the audio of Nannaku Prematho is quite different from Devi Sri Prasad’s regular albums. Even though the tunes are not in the regular commercial format, they are elevated well by some meaningful and catchy lyrics.
The overseas theatrical distribution rights were acquired by CineGalaxy Inc. for ₹7.1 crores. RansiTech Solutions Ltd. bagged the UK distribution rights in late October 2015 "Reliance" Raghu of Shantha Pictures acquired the Ceded distribution Rights for ₹8.6 crores. This is the highest price offered to any movie in this region after Baahubali: The Beginning which was bought for ₹13 crores.
Nannaku Prematho grossed ₹68.50 crore (US$10 million) worldwide in the first nine-days after it was released and by the end of its second week had grossed an estimated ₹100.98 crore (US$15 million).