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23rd January 1998- Drama, Philosophical, Thriller
An unusual love story between a film director and an actress narrated through multiple flashbacks within flashbacks and reverse screenplay. The film deals with the dark truths of cinema like the casting couch.
Director: Upendra
Keywords: psychology

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A: upendra and chandini

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Movie Details

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Movie NameA
Original Language Name
Release Date23rd January 1998
Languages Kannada
StorylineAn unusual love story between a film director and an actress narrated through multiple flashbacks within flashbacks and reverse screenplay. The film deals with the dark truths of cinema like the casting couch.
Story SummaryA foreign woman, Marina, wants to distribute the unreleased controversial film A directed by Soorya. However the censor board permits only twenty random minutes to be screened and the climax is censored to such an extent that it no longer made any sense. She suggests its producers to re-shoot the film. However, Soorya is not in a position to participate in the film's shoot as he became a drunkard after actress Chandini, who debuted with his film, rejects his love. Soorya's family is unable to meet their ends after he stops directing films. Lost in her thoughts, he wanders near her house every night drunk, only to be expelled by her henchmen.

On one of such nights, Soorya is badly beaten up and is admitted to a hospital by Marina and team. There, one of Soorya's former assistant directors explain Soorya's past to Marina. Soorya was a successful director who had no feelings, especially for a woman's love. After his current female lead fails to act properly, he casts Chandini after a chain of events. Initially, Soorya rejects Chandini's love, but after frequent run-ins, and days of pursuit, Soorya falls in love with her madly. He later meets a rich and busy Chandini, who lives in a big bungalow and as the mistress of a wealthy married businessman. She defends herself saying that Soorya's views on materialistic world influenced her to give priority to money over everything else after her father's death. He tries to explain her that she is wrong, but is expelled.

Since then, Soorya gave up everything and became an alcoholic, wandering near her house everyday with a hope that she would accept him. He escapes from the hospital and is confronted by Marina, to whom Soorya explains about his love for Chandini. He then saves a novice actress named Archana from a group of henchmen who are revealed to be Chandini's. Archana reveals that Chandini is used as a bait by the politicians to trap Soorya and stop his A from release and Chandini in turn exploited the weakness of those politicians by a way of casting couch. She proves this to Soorya, who along with his father and Archana, is arrested on charges of prostitution. Those police were bribed by Chandini who abducts Archana while Soorya and his father are arrested.

Soorya and his father are released on bail by Marina and the plight of his family makes Soorya swear revenge. He restarts the shoot of A and meanwhile turns out to be a superstar due to the success of the films starring him. The climax shoot is pending and Soorya wants to shoot it real, which actually is the murder of Chandini in a burning house. The camera rolls and Soorya kidnaps Chandini from her house where she kills the businessman. He brings her to the location and sets it on fire after rolling the camera. She knocks him out who falls unconscious after hitting a rock. Archana, Marina and the producers come to the spot to save him.

Archana shows him the footage of the film that was shot after revealing that Chandini is actually a good woman who wanted to bring Soorya back to normal by acting as a ruthless criminal who is destroying the lives of many actresses like Archana. The footage shows a naked Chandini dying and revealing the truth. She says that the businessman was a friend of few corrupt politicians who wanted to have sex with her. They kill her father and raped her. This process is captured in a camera and the businessman blackmails Chandini of showing them. As per their directions, she had to cheat Soorya. But with the help of Archana, she brings him back to normal and gives A a perfect ending. Soorya tries to save her by entering the house but she dies asking him to live long and make films that could make his people proud.
Run Time148 Mins

Movie Crew

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Writer (story)Upendra
Writer (Screenplay)Upendra
Music DirectorGurukiran
ProducerB Jagannath, B G Manjunath
CinematographyH C Venu
Writer (Lyrics)G P Rajarathnam, Upendra, S Muralimohan
Writer (Dialogue)Dr Agnidivya
Film EditingT Shashikumar
Assistant DirectorG Ramesh, Babu, Sriraj, M V Joshi, Gopal
ChoreographyThribhuvan, Chandru
Playback SingerRajesh Krishnan, L N Shastry, Upendra, Prathima Rao, Gurukiran, S P Balasubrahmanyam
Production ExecutiveChandrappa
Publicity DesignNagabhushan Ghee Chee
Director (Associate)Dr Agnidivya, R Raghunath, Rajaram
Production (Banner)Uppi Entertainers
StuntsVikram Dharma
PresenterB V Ramakrishna
Sound Recording (Songs)Murali Rayasam
Sound Recording (Dialogues)Kodandapani, Rajendran
Sound Recording (Rerecording)Murali Rayasam
Production ControllerK J Prasanna
Public RelationsD V Sudheendra, Venkatesh
Dubbing ArtistSunethra, Rajendra, Mahesh, Champa Shetty, Veena, Jothishwar, Seema, Jairaj, Sowbhagya, Shivamurthy

Interesting Facts and Trivia

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  1. The movie was dubbed into Telugu and released in Andhra Pradesh. The film was remade in Tamil as Adavadi
  2. Upon release, A collected more than ₹20 crore at the box office.
  3. It was Gurukiran's first film as a music director


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  1. loud and disjointed, like the ramblings of a delirious mind, but made a lot of sense

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