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S. S. Rajamouli

Release date
July 11, 2003 (India)




Action, Drama

85 million INR

M. Rathnam

Jr. NTR wearing black long sleeves and black pants at the movie poster of 2003 film, Simhadri

Release date
11 July 2003

Theme Music I: "The Revenge"

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Simhadri is a 2003 Telugu action film directed by S. S. Rajamouli. The film was presented by V. Doraiswamy Raju and produced by V. Vijay Kumar Varma for the production company VMC Combines. The film stars Jr. NTR, Ankitha, and Bhoomika Chawla in lead roles with Mukesh Rishi, Nassar, and Rahul Dev portraying supporting roles. The film's story was penned by Rajamouli's father V. Vijayendra Prasad and the dialogues were penned by M. Rathnam.


Jr. NTR of Simhadri got 175 days in 52 centres All Time Indian Record

The film revolves around Simhadri who grows up under Ram Bhupal Varma. Simhadri takes care of Indhu, who happens to be the grand-daughter of Ram Bhupal Varma. It is then revealed that Simhadri was earlier as a goon called Singamalai in Kerala who gains enimity with Bhai Saab.

Jr. NTR smiling while wearing off-white long sleeves and necklace

The cinematography and editing for the film was handled by Ravindra Babu and Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao respectively.

Jr. NTR holding his weapon while wearing yellow long sleeves at the DVD cover of 2003 film, Simhadri


It's a Telugu action film released in 2003 and directed by S. S. Rajamouli.

The film has Jr. NTR, Ankitha, and Bhoomika Chawla in lead roles.

The film has Mukesh Rishi, Nassar, and Rahul Dev in supporting roles. 

The film's story was written by Rajamouli's father V. Vijayendra Prasad.

The film ran over 100 days in theatres.

The film's background music and soundtracks were composed by M. M. Keeravani.

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Jr. NTR holding his weapon while wearing yellow long sleeves at the  2003 film, Simhadri

An orphan and good-hearted lad Simhadri (NTR) is 'adopted' and grows up under Ram Bhupal Varma's (Nassar) family care in Visakhapatnam. The bond they share is like a father and son. Kasturi (Ankitha) is the granddaughter (youngest daughter's daughter) of Ram Bhupal Varma. Kasturi likes Simhadri a lot. Once a week, Simhadri visits a mentally challenged girl called Indu (Bhoomika Chawla). He entertains her and provides money to her caretakers (Rallapalli and Ragini).

Bill board of Simhadri (2003 film)

When Ram Bhupal Varma and his wife discover Kasturi's wish to marry Simhadri, Ram Bhupal Varma decides to get them married. He makes a formal announcement to officially adopt Simhadri. At this time, it is revealed that Simhadri is very close to Indu. The alliance breaks off when Simhadri refuses to leave Indu (who is suspected to be his mistress).

Meanwhile, two separate groups are in search of Simhadri. They find him at the banks of Godavari River along with Indu. In the ensuing confrontation between one group (gangsters) and Simhadri, Indu gets injured. Simhadri is helped by the second group who call him 'Singamalai Anna' (Brother Singamalai). When Indu comes back to her senses, she remembers her past and the first thing she does is stab Simhadri with an iron pole. Simhadri is hospitalized in critical condition. Then we see many buses carrying hoards of people demanding to see 'Singamalai Anna'. The leader of the second group who was searching for Simhadri explains 'Singamalai Anna' story in a flashback.

In the flashback, it is revealed that Ram Bhupal Varma's oldest daughter Saraswati (Seeta) elopes with her lover, a Keralite named Aravind (Bhanu Chander). After some harsh words and saddened over Ram Bhupal Varma's rejection over her choice to marry her love, they both settle in Kerala. Learning of the sadness surrounding Ram Bhupal Varma and his wife, Simhadri takes up the job of uniting the family and visits Thiruvananthapuram. He joins the medical and spiritual therapy spa operated by Saraswati and her family under the disguise of a patient.

He finds that Indu is the first granddaughter of Ram Bhupal Varma. He convinces the separated family to reunite and ask for forgiveness. During this time, Saraswati is killed by a local goon Bala Nair (Rahul Dev). A don named Bhai Saab (Mukesh Rishi) controls the mafia of Kerala. Nair and Bhai Saab belong to the same mafia. Simhadri takes law into his hands and eradicates Bala Nair and his small gang in Kerala. The local Kerala people start calling him 'Singamalai'. In the ensuing scenes, Simhadri finds himself developing into "Singamalai," eradicating Bhai Saab's network and illegal activities. Indu finds herself alone and constantly worrying about him. She proposes to her father that they should return to Andhra Pradesh because she cannot stand their home without her mother and Simhadri ignores her now.

Indu and Aravind decide to return to Visakhapatnam. Simhadri receives a call that Indu's father is carrying a bomb in his briefcase. Aravind is seen rushing to catch a moving train, and Indu was about to lend him a hand. Unable to warn him, Simhadri has two choices: to let Indu's father die, so people on the train can live or let the bomb kill everyone on board, including the father and Indu herself.

Simhadri chooses to the first option. As soon as Aravind catches the train bar handle, Simhadri shoots him in the back. Surprised at Simhadri's action; Indu jumps off the train to catch her falling father and she gets hit her head against a pole, causing her amnesia and become mentally challenged. After the flashback ends, people are seen and heard chanting Singamalai Singamalai outside the hospital. Bhai Saab and his men arrive at the hospital to finish off Simhadri. But Simhadri has gained consciousness with the help of his friends, police and family (now reunited), he takes down Bhai Saab and his army.


  • Jr. NTR as Simhadri/Singamalai
  • Bhoomika Chawla as Indu / Indira
  • Ankitha as Kasturi
  • Mukesh Rishi as Bhai Saab
  • Nassar as Ram Bhupal Varma
  • Sharat Saxena as Police officer
  • Brahmanandam as Talupulu
  • Rahul Dev as Balanayar
  • Bhanu Chander as Aravind
  • Venu Madhav as Iyer
  • Rallapalli as Indu's caretaker
  • Seetha as Saraswathi
  • Ragini as Indu's caretaker
  • Kota Srinivasa Rao
  • Chalapathi Rao
  • Dharmavarapu Subramanyam
  • Ramya Krishnan as Item number in the song "Chinnadamme Cheekulu".
  • Production

    After the success of Student No. 1 (2001), Rajamouli was initially supposed to direct a fantasy film with Kovelamudi Surya Prakash however the project was shelved due to high budget and lead actor's debut film Neetho (2002) became a failure.

    Rajamouli narrated the subject of Simhadri to VMC Combines who agreed to produce the film. The film was supposed to be made with the pair of B. Gopal and Balakrishna which was dropped.


    Soundtrack was composed by M. M. Keeravani. Keeravani revealed that Rajamouli mostly selected tunes which are already used and left unused. The song "Ammaina" was originally used for the film Kishkinda Kanda and the song "Chinnadamme" for Samarpana.


    After the success, the film was subsequently remade in Tamil as Gajendra (2004) with Vijayakanth by Suresh Krissna. The film was also remade in Kannada as Kanteerava (2012) with Duniya Vijay.


    Simhardri distribution rights were sold for 15.5 crore (US$2.4 million). It was made with a budget of 5.5 crore (US$860,000) of production cost.

    Critical reception

    Jeevi of Idlebrain gave a positive review for the film citing that the story is "pretty strong"and praised Jr. NTR's performance stating that the "character offered him the chance to use all his histrionic capability to impress the crowds and became all time south indian bigghest hit at that time and he utilized every frame of it to make a deep impact on the hearts of the viewers."


    Simhadri ran for over 100 days in theatres.


    The success of Simhadri established Jr. NTR as a star and S. S. Rajamouli as a director in Telugu cinema. Simhadri was parodied in Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao's comedy film Sudigadu (2012) in the scene where the protagonist threatens to kill a female crime boss with weapons designed by Rajamouli, which includes the huge weapon used by Jr. NTR. Satellite rights sold to ETV


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