Directed by K. Vijaya Bhaskar
Produced by Nagarjuna Akkineni
Written by Trivikram Srinivas (story / dialogues)
Screenplay by K. Vijaya Bhaskar
Starring Nagarjuna Akkineni
Sonali Bendre
Music by Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography Sameer Reddy
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Release dates
  • 20 December 2002 (2002-12-20)
Running time
142 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Manmadhudu is a 2002 Telugu romantic comedy film produced by Nagarjuna Akkineni on Annapurna Studios banner, directed by K. Vijaya Bhaskar. The film Starred Nagarjuna Akkineni, Sonali Bendre, Anshu in the lead roles and has a highly successful soundtrack composed by Devi Sri Prasad. The story and dialogues for the film were written by acclaimed writer Trivikram Srinivas. The film was released on 20 December 2002 to highly positive reviews and further went on to become one of the biggest hits in Nagarjuna's career. The film recorded as Blockbuster at box office. The film was later remade as Aishwarya in Kannada, marking the debut of Deepika Padukone and also remade in Bengali as Priyotoma.[1] This film is partially inspired by Hollywood film What Women Want.


Abhiram (Nagarjuna Akkineni) was a manager in an ad agency, owned by his paternal uncle Prasad (Tanikella Bharani). He despises women and expresses his hatred in every minute. But his office was populated by women as it was an ad agency and he has to live with it. Prasad appoints Harika (Sonali Bendre) as the new assistant manager and Abhiram hates to have another female employee in his office. He never leaves an opportunity to belittle her and gradually Harika gets fed up and goes to Chairman Prasad to submit her resignation. Prasad asks her to think about it twice and tells her about Abhiram's past and why he deeply hates women.

Abhi loses his parents when he was too young and his grandfather brings him up. He was the only heir to their family business and enjoys life in his own way. He meets and falls in love with Maheswari (Anshu), who is the niece of an employee (Chandra Mohan) in Abhi's grandfather's company. Alarmed that he just play with her and leaves her, Maheshwari's uncle takes her away to his hometown and arranges her engagement with another man. Abhi goes there and tries to bring Maheswari with him assuring her uncle that he is going to marry her. But on the way to his grandfather's home, they meet with a serious accident. When Abhi gets back his consciousness, his grandfather tells him that Maheswari married another person and shows him the invitation card. Abhi feels cheated and starts to hate all the women and thinks that they all are superficial and treacherous.

After listening this, Harika feels sympathy towards Abhi's pain and his child like mind. She decides to stay with the company and Prasad promotes her as manager and demotes Abhi as assistant manager for some time. Though infuriated, Abhi has no choice but stay and goes with her to Paris on a business trip. There they go close and Harika helps him to come out of his phobia towards water bodies. Abhi starts to feel for Harika but gets disappointed and distanced when she reveals that she is engaged to be married.

After they come back to India, Abhi behaves in a childish manner to come out of his disappointment. Harika also feels affection and love towards Abhi but unable to decide about her marriage as Abhi wouldn't express his feelings. Meanwhile, Abhi's aunt reveals that Maheswari was actually died in the accident and they hid that information fearing that Abhi might not come out of the shock of that news. Abhi starts to loose his hatred towards women but too shocked to express his feelings to Harika. At last Harika dares and tells him that this marriage was her parents choice not hers, indirectly indicating that she was ready to come to him if he asks. Prasad comes to know that Abhi and Harika have feelings for each other and encourages Abhi to go and get her. Finally he asks her to marry him and she breaks her previous engagement and marries him.


Sonali Bendre was selected as female lead marking her first collaboration with Nagarjuna.


The movie received highly positive critical feedback. Particularly, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Trivikram Srinivas and Devi Sri Prasad received rave reviews for their respective works in this film. Popular reviewing website Idlebrain rated 4.5 out of 5 stating "When director and hero have latest hits behind their back, the comparison is inevitable. This film is definitely better than Santosham (Nagarjuna's earlier film). Manmadhudu is as good as Nuvvu Naaku Nachav (Vijaya Bhaskar's earlier film). First half of the film is extremely entertaining (total comedy + flashback romance). And second half (comedy + story) is even better than first half. 95% of the scenes in the film are comedy dialogues. There are few sentiment scenes. But these very few sentiment scenes are bound to leave impact on you. Nagarjuna dominated the show and won accolades from audiences. It's a must recommended hilarious film for all Telugu film lovers."[2] Another popular reviewing website Sify gave an extremely positive review and wrote "Though the story is wafer thin, the director has been able to package the film well with an innovative presentation. Nagarjuna and Sonali are excellent and have played their roles with conviction. The music of Devi Sri Prasad is hummable. The film is out to wallop some fun ‘n’ frolic.", giving a verdict that it is a "Rip-Roaring Entertainer".[3] Another reviewing website gave a positive review stating "Nagarjuna lends significantly to the character of Abhiram in one of his slickest cinematic performances ever. He perfectly captures the liveliness, complexity and frustration of Abhiram. Unquestionably, Manmathudu proves to be an enthralling vehicle for his crowd-pleasing comeback. Sonali gives a commendable performance as a young and struggling art director who is in love with Abhiram. Devi Sri Prasad's romantic and sometimes ominous musical score nicely complements the images on screen. The dialogues, penned by Trivikram, are chronically mind-boggling. Manmathudu gratifies on many levels. The direction maintains pace and intrigue, the performances are spot on, and the locations are simply sumptuous, be it Smokey Alps or a clean Hyderabad road. All things considered, if you can stomach the thirty minutes of echoing flashback, Manmathudu makes for one intense and rousing entertainment, and if you're on its quirky wavelength, it might just strike you as one of the funniest movies you've ever seen!"[4]


Film score by Devi Sri Prasad
Released 2002
Genre Soundtrack
Length 27:04
Label Sohan Music
Producer Devi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
Thotti Gang

The acclaimed music for this movie was composed by Devi Sri Prasad. The audio was released on 6 December 2002. An audio release function was held at an open dais erected outside glass house in Annapurna Studios. While popular Telugu singer Sunitha anchored the event, the music director of the film Devi Sri Prasad performed some of the songs from the movie. The guests who attended the event include Nagarjuna, director K. Vijaya Bhaskar, lyricist Seetharama Sastry, actors Brahmanandam and Tanikella Bharani.[5]

Addressing the fans, Nagarjuna said "I saw the complete movie yesterday and it came out really well. I can assure you that 'Manmadhudu' would become a super duper hit."[5]

All songs are composed by Devi Sri Prasad. Five out of six songs had lyrics by Sirivennela Sitaramasastri. Music released was on SOHAN Music Company. Often being termed as one of Devi Sri Prasad's finest works, the music got rave reviews and went out to become a huge success commercially.

No. TitleLyricsSinger(s) Length
1. "Don`t Marry"  Sirivennela Sitarama SastryS. P. Balu 5:41
2. "Gundello Emundho"  Sirivennela Sitarama SastryVenu, Sumangali 4:40
3. "Nenu Nenuga Lene"  Sirivennela Sitarama SastryS. P. B. Charan 3:56
4. "Na Manasune"  Sirivennela Sitarama SastrySP Balu, Chitra 4:09
5. "Cheliya Cheliya"  Sirivennela Sitarama SastryShaan 4:16
6. "Andhamaina Bhamalu"  BhuvanachandraDevi Sri Prasad 4:20
Total length:


  1. This website is for sale! – filmz24 Resources and Information. Retrieved on 12 April 2016.
  2. Telugu Cinema – Review – Manmadhudu – Nagarjuna, Sonali Bendre, Anshu – K Vijaya Bhaskar. (20 December 2002). Retrieved on 2016-04-12.
  3. Sify Movies – Review listing. (2 December 2012). Retrieved on 2016-04-12.
  4. Manmadhudu review: Manmadhudu (Telugu) Movie Review – Retrieved on 12 April 2016.
  5. 1 2 Telugu Cinema Etc. (6 December 2002). Retrieved on 2016-04-12.

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