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Manjunath (मंजुनाथ) 2014

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BannerViacom 18 Motion Pictures, National Film Development Corporation of India
DirectorSandeep A. Varma
WriterSandeep A. Varma
ProducerViacom 18 Motion Pictures, National Film Development Corporation of India, ICOMO Films
Music DirectorParikrama
CinematographyPrakash Kutty
Film EditingSandeep Francis
Art Director
Camera Operator
Assistant Cameramen
Playback SingersShankar Mahadevan, Papon, Sukriti Sen, Shambhunath Bhattacharjee, Arindam, Mukhopadhyay, K.K
Character Actor/Actress
ManjunathSasho Satiiysh Saarathy
Anjali MullattiDivya Dutta
Seema Biswas
Kishor Kadam
Golu GoyalYashpal Sharma
RainaRajesh Khattar
DevendraAsif Basra
SujataAnjori Alagh
GautamFaisal Rashid
JaiGireesh Sahedev
I.B. SinghVineet Kumar
Shishir Sharma
Mahika Sharma
Saksham Dayma
Today’s hinterland of Uttar Pradesh and state-of-the-art campus of the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM-L), India, 'Manjunath' is the story of a 27-year-old man, Manjunath Shanmugam. After passing out from the IIM, Manjunath joins a petroleum company as a sales officer. He is posted in Lakhimpur Kheri, a remote district in rural Uttar Pradesh. One day Manjunath goes missing. His friends, who know and work with him, panic, because they know that off late he had been very disturbed and was behaving very strangely. He had become very serious and scared. And this was very different from the Manjunath they knew in college, who was always jovial, fun-loving, very friendly and a great entertainer. One of his friends finds him, but Manjunath appears very frantic. They send him back to his hometown. Manjunath's parents try to convince him to leave his job at Bharat Oil that seems to be causing him stress. Initially he seems willing but slowly he realises that he doesn't want to be quitter. Manjunath believes that, being from a top institute in the country, he is one of the cream 5% who has been given the opportunity. Being the eldest son of a mineworker, he has had a humble upbringing. He realises that the kerosene being mixed with diesel, is coming from ration shops – 'it's the poor people's kerosene'. In addition, he also becomes conscious of the extent of pollution caused by burning adulterated fuel. He finds strength and comes back to fight, against his parents wishes. Now we realise why he was under so much stress. There is a clear threat to his life, because he insists on doing his duty to stop petrol adulteration. But this time, Manjunath is not deterred. He continues doing what he considers right, without worrying about the consequences. As a result of this, one night he gets brutally killed by the people who are getting harmed by his doing his duty. His family and friends suffer, cry at his death. Why? They wonder… Why he put himself in so much danger… The question still remains. Is he a failure or a success? Slowly, the worst fears start coming true. Beyond the initial grief, no one wants to come forward to carry on the fight. In the film, Manjunath is shown watching what happens after he dies. We see him starting to feel that it is all pointless. And he cannot watch his parents' tears any more… after all, what was their fault? Maybe he should have compromised. But how can people not see what he has? That what he fought was something very big and very important. Suddenly, like a bolt from the blue, people unrelated to him, who have no connection to him, start to realise the importance of what Manjunath did, and start trying to do something. Like novices, they search their way around, but their will is strong. They start getting help again from unexpected quarters. It is nerve-wracking, with dangers for everyone who is helping them. But suddenly, instead of one or two, there are a lot people helping them. Manjunath, who has lost hope, realises that it's not all going waste. He hopes and prays that they succeed. The film has Manjunath himself as the narrator, and it cuts back and forth from a rock concert. And the conflict of the story is not whether Manjunath lived or died, but if the effect of Manjunath lives or dies, and in the end that's the victory.
Release Date09-May-2014
Budget₹ 3 crore (US$450,000)
Revenue₹ 30 lakh (US$45,000)
Screen Awards(2015):

Best Screenplay - Sandeep A. Varma
Ramnath Goenka Award for Cinematic Excellence - Manjunath

Most Promising Debut Director - Sandeep A. Varma
Most Promising Newcomer (Male) - Sasho Satiiysh Saarathy

5th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival(2015):

Best Actor - Sasho Satiiysh Saarathy

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