Release date1 December 2006 (2006-12-01) WriterGunasekhar, Gopalakrishna Paruchuri (dialogue), Venkateswara Rao Paruchuri (dialogue) Music directorHarris Jayaraj, Mani Sharma SongsByla Bylamo Similar moviesMahesh Babu and Prakash Raj appear in Sainikudu and Okkadu
Sainikudu (translation: Soldier) is a 2006 Telugu action film written and directed by Gunasekhar. The film stars Mahesh Babu, Irrfan Khan, Trisha and Kamna Jethmalani in an item number as well as a cameo appearance. The film starred Irfan Khan as the main antagonist. Prakash Raj was in a supporting role. Harris Jayaraj scored the music for the film. Balasubramaniam handled the camera work while Sreekar Prasad handles the editing. The film was released on 1 December 2006, and the film's music was released on 21 October 2006. The film had a lot of hype at the time of its release, as it released after the industry hitPokiri. It was dubbed in Malayalam as Sulthan, Tamil as Kumaran and Hindi as Ab Humse Na Takrana.
The film starts with floods at Ranga Saipet in Warangal District. Houses, trains and people inundate in flood water and Siddharth (Mahesh Babu), a young man, and his friends, save the people up to their maximum effort. Eight of his friends assist him in the rescue activity.
On the other hand, the Chief Minister (Kota Srinivasa Rao) recommends the candidature of Pappu Yadav (Irfan Khan), for Assembly Elections. Pappu Yadav is a goonda who wishes to earn big through politics and power. To get the attention of people, Pappu Yadav announces a sum of Rs.5 Crore for flood victims.
The food that needs to reach the victims of the flood is taken elsewhere to be sold out, an illegal way of earning money by selling the food and as well backing up the flood relief fund into the pockets of the politicians. Siddharth gets to know this through one of his friend and saves the stock in time and take it to the flood victims for distribution.
This annoys Pappu Yadav for which Mondi Nani (Prakash Raj), Pappu's right hand, threatens Siddharth. A strife develops between Mondi Nani and Siddharth, and the latter declares that his friend Ajay (Ajay) would be contesting in the next Assembly Election opposite Pappu Yadav. Siddharth and his team get accolades from the people for this decision and thus start campaigning. To cut the good-name of the group in the people and to win sympathy, Pappu Yadav conspires for a bomb blast allegation on Siddharth and Co. Mondi Nani works for him and the mission accomplishes. Pappu Yadav declares Siddharth and Co as terrorists and wins the election. Pappu Yadav becomes the Home Minister and his marriage settles with Varalakshmi (Trisha Krishnan). Siddharth, with the help of many college students, kidnaps Varalakshmi from the marriage hall in a dramatic sequence, demanding Pappu Yadav to let out his crimes before the court of law.
The rest of the film shows Home Minister Pappu Yadav chasing Siddharth for getting his Varalakshmi back. ACP (Telangana Shakuntala) also assists him and spills a little comedy with her style of dialogues. The film has no twists and turns and major part goes with chasing aspect.
Finally, how Siddharth puts an end to the game of crooked politicians has to be seen on screen.
Mahesh Babu as Siddharth
Trisha Krishnan as Vara Lakshmi
Prakash Raj as Mondi Naani
Irfan Khan as Pappu Yadav
Telangana Shakuntala as ACP Pochamma
Kamna Jethmalani (guest appearance in song)
Kota Srinivasa Rao as Chief Minister
Ravi Varma as Ravi
Ajay as Ajay
Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao
Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao
Narsing Yadav as Lawyer
Dialogue: Paruchuri Brothers
Producers: Ashwini Dutt
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Art Direction: Anand Sai
Editor: A. Sreekar Prasad
Action Director: Peter Hein,Ram-Laxman,Kanal Kannan
2006 - Nandi Award for Best Special Effects - Nipuna and Spirit
The film has six songs composed by Harris Jayaraj. The music of the film was released simultaneously in 10 chosen venues from five different countries – India, USA, Australia, Singapore and Dubai on the morning of 21 October 2006. The producer of the film, Ashwini Dutt, arranged the use of a satellite transmission to relay the live audio release across the globe. The music proved to be extremely successful upon release.
Tamil track list
Lyrics are written by Viveka, Snehan, Paruthi & Na. Muthukumar