GenreFamily Music directorSaluri Koteswara Rao ProducerM.R.V. Prasad WriterM.R.V. Prasad LanguageTelugu
Release date27 May 1999 (1999-05-27) CastNandamuri Balakrishna (Pruthvi), Roja (Sultans Wife), Krishnam Raju (Musthafa), Brahmanandam (Anji), Deepti Bhatnagar (Vandana) Similar moviesNandamuri Balakrishna appears in Sultan and Goppinti Alludu
Sultan (English: Empire) is a 1999 Telugu Action film, produced by M. R. V. Prasad on P. B. R. Art Productions banner and directed by Sarath. The film stars Nandamuri Balakrishna, Krishna, Krishnam Raju, Roja, Rachana, Deepti Bhatnagar in the lead roles and music composed by Koti. The film was released on 27 May 1999, met with negative reviews from critics as well as audience and termed as a box-office bomb. The film was later remade into Hindi as Sultaan with Mithun Chakraborty.
The films begin with CBCID department of India appointing powerful officer Ashok (Krishna) for nabbing a hardcore notorious terrorist Sultan (Nandamuri Balakrishna) who always changes his getups by hiding his real identity. There is secret intelligence report that Sultan is going to attack a Minister, so Ashok is patrolling at the place where Sultan arrives as an old man and kills the Minister. Ashok chases him, in the fight Sultan escapes leaving his mask. However, Ashok finds out the real identity of Sultan by computer graphics.
Next day the same person joins as a forest officer in the name of Prithvi Raj (again Nandamuri Balakrishna) he loves and marriages a beautiful girl Renuka (Rachana). Meantime, Ashok is busy tracing Sultan, he once finds Pruthvi with Renuka, arrests him on the spot and keeps him at an unidentified place and harasses him to reveal the secrets. Renuka raises the issue to the higher authorities and Government transfers the case from CBCID to CBI department and a special officer Mustafa (Krishnam Raju) is appointed. The day he was put on the mission, Mustafa gets a rude shock in the form of a bomb from Sultan that he manages to escape, where Mustafa spots Sultan. Thereby Mustafa gets confident that Pruthvi and Sultan are two different persons. Immediately, Mustafa fly down to Hyderabad try to convince Ashok that Sultan & Pruthvi are lookalikes but Ashok is not ready to accept it there arises a conflict between them.
Later on, Ashok & Mustafa finds out that Pruthvi & Sultan are twins and Pruthvi is adopted by an army officer. Now they find a strategy to nab Sultan by using Pruthvi as a weapon. In the beginning, Pruthvi doesn’t agree but the knowing greatness of his country he gets ready for the mission with the help of Ashok & Mustafa. Once they start their mission Pruthvi explores Sultan has a girlfriend Vandana (Deepti Bhatnagar) tracing her he successful reaches Sultan’s house where he has mother & wife Revati (Roja). In no time Sultan realizes that some this is amiss and he plans the counter attack and Mustafa die while protecting Pruthvi. Meanwhile, Sultan kidnaps Renuka takes to his island, however, Ashok & Pruthvi reaches to the island. Through Ashok Sultan realizes that foreign militants used him as the pawn in the destruction process of India. Now Sultan as a changed man destroys the entire militant activities and saves the country by sacrificing his life.