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Anaganaga O Dheerudu
Theatrical poster
Directed by Prakash Kovelamudi
Produced by Prakash Kovelamudi
Shobu Yarlagadda
Prasad Devineni
Written by Choudekar Haricharan Madnoor
Starring Siddharth
Shruti Haasan
Lakshmi Manchu
Baby Harshitha
Music by Salim–Sulaiman
M. M. Keeravani
Mickey J Meyer
Cinematography Soundarrajan
Editing by Sravan Katikaneni
Studio Disney World Cinema
A Bellyful of Dreams Entertainment
Arka Media Works
Walt Disney Pictures India
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Release date(s) 14 January 2011 (2011-01-14) (India)
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 27 crore (US$4.6 million)
Money made 50 crore (US$8.5 million)

Anaganaga O Dheerudu (English: Once Upon a Warrior) is a 2011 Indian Telugu-language fantasy adventure film directed by debutant Prakash Kovelamudi in his first mainstream film. Co-produced by Disney World Cinema, and Arka Media Works with veteran director K. Raghavendra Rao at a budget of 270 million, it stars Siddharth, Shruti Haasan, and Baby Harshitha as protagonists with Lakshmi Manchu as the antagonist. This film marks the Telugu debuts of Haasan and Manchu. It features a musical score by Salim–Sulaiman, an ensemble soundtrack by Salim-Sulaiman, M. M. Keeravani, Koti and Mickey J Meyer, while cinematography and editing are handled by Soundar Rajan and Sravan Katikaneni, respectively. Anaganaga O Dheerudu focuses on the journey of Moksha, a nine-year-old girl with special healing powers, and Yodha, her fierce warrior bodyguard, as they travel to a faraway village to save its children, under the constant menace of the evil witch Irendri.


Irendri (Lakshmi Manchu) is a sorceress who terrorizes people of Anga Rajyam. A guru arrests her, doesn't allow her to play with the lives of people, and destroys her. Before she was destroyed, Irendri takes her soul away and traps it in a locket. Though she dies, her soul lives in the locket. Her great-great-granddaughter is Priya (Shruthi Haasan), and she lives as a gypsy.

Priya too possesses magical powers as she was born into a sorceress' family. Yodha (Siddharth) is a travelling swordsman who always romances women whenever there is opportunity. He is smitten by Priya's beauty and falls in love with her. Sudigundam (Ravi Babu) is a local goon, and he attacks the gypsies' village. Yodha prevents him and defeats him in a fight. However, Sudigundam makes a stealth attack, ties Yodha's hands, and sets afire the entire village.

In this process, the locket in Priya's neck falls down, and Irendri's soul comes out with the touch of fire. The sarpa sakthi (power of the serpents) tells her that she could gain power with a drop of Priya's blood. So, Irendri takes away Priya and imprisons her. Meanwhile, Yodha turns blind as Sudigundam pierces his eyes. However, Yodha gets saved by a swami (Subbaraya Sharma) and appoints to save a girl named Moksha (Baby Harshitha), who has divine powers. Irendri, to take revenge, attacks Agartha, a village in Anga Rashtram, and makes the children of the village senseless.

Druki (Vallabhaneni Ramji) goes to Pushpagiri to bring Moksha, who could save their children. Druki, Yodha, and Moksha start from Pushpagiri and reach Agartha. At this juncture, the sarpa sakti tells Irendri that Moksha's blood would make her invincible if it was taken by her on lunar eclipse day. So, Irendri sends her men to capture Moksha. But Yodha kills all of them. Irendri again sends Sudigundam, the commander-in-chief, to bring her. Yodha follows them in search of Moksha, finds Priya alive, and saves Moksha and Priya. Moksha brings back Yodha's vision with her divine power. Yodha decides to completely destroy Irendri as she is trying to harm people and succeeds in the climax.


  • Siddharth as Yodha
  • Shruti Haasan as Priya
  • Lakshmi Manchu as Irendri
  • Subbaraya Sharma as Lama
  • Baby Harshitha as Moksha
  • Ravi Babu as Sudigundam
  • Brahmanandam as Jaffa
  • Ali as Jilebi
  • Vallabhaneni Ramji as Druki
  • Tanikella Bharani as Kakshira
  • Hari Teja as Chitra


Nandi Awards
  • 2011 - Nandi Award for Best Villain - Lakshmi Manchu
  • 2011 - Nandi Award for Best Special Effects - Phani Eggone
CineMAA Awards
  • 2012 - CineMAA Award for Best Female Debut - Shruti Haasan
  • 2012 - CineMAA Award for Best Supporting Actress - Lakshmi Manchu
Filmfare Awards South
  • 2012 - Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South - Shruti Haasan
Other awards
  • Hyderabad Times Film Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role (Female) - Lakshmi Manchu.
  • 2012 - SIIMA Award for Best Female Debut (Telugu) - Shruti Haasan


Anaganaga O Dheerudu
Soundtrack album by
Mickey J. Meyer
M. M. Keeravani
Released 2011 (2011)
Recorded 2010
Genre Soundtrack
Length 25:10
Label Walt Disney Music
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No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Ninnu choodani"   Anuj Gurwara, Chaitra 4:30
2. "Premalekha"   Salim Merchant, Shreya Ghoshal 4:20
3. "Pralaya Kaalabelaa"   Geetha Madhuri 3:23
4. "Chandamaamala"   Karthik, Sahiti 4:09
5. "Tharumukosthondi"   S. P. Balasubramanyam 2:48
6. "Premalekha" (remix) Abhijith 3:58
7. "Yodha Theme"   Rajiv Sundaran, Rishikesh 2:02
Total length:

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