Rudhramadevi (2015) - full transcript

Queen Rudrama Devi's reign in southern India during the 13th century is herein recounted.

'My name...'

' Marco Polo'

'Italy is my motherland'

'Approximately for 25 years...'

'...I have travelled through
Persia, China, Burma, India'

'...and Singhalese countries'

'Venice, Italy
13th century A.D'

'After seeing the wonders of Asia...'

'...and buying valuable memorabilia'

'...I reached Italy'

'But Republic of Genova was
in the throes of a terrible war'

'The King and the people were
trembling in fear of losing'

(Liquor consumption
is injurious to health)

This amazing article...paper!

Discovery of the Chinese

We no longer need to write
on leaves and textiles anymore

In our present predicament...

...we don't need these fancy gifts

Marco Polo

We need an escape plan

(Liquor consumption
is injurious to health)

Because I don't have a male heir...

...I was compelled to comply
and bow my head to our enemies

You have travelled around the world

You were granted an audience by
Genghis Khan's grandson Kublai Khan

With your worldly knowledge...

...hoping you would help us
with an escape strategy

...we invited you here

(Liquor consumption
is injurious to health)

Then you must learn more about
the mighty Kakatiya emperor...

...who became the supreme ruler
of the Telugu kingdom

Who is that mighty emperor?



'The Kakatiya reign that spread
fame in all 8 directions...'

' not a kingdom
to be trifled with'

'From Kalinga in the East'

'Karnata in the West'

'Madhyadesa in the North'

'...Kakatiya kingdom extended
till Kanchi in the south'

'With Orugallu as their capital...'

'...the Kakatiyas ruled
providing prosperity and plenty'

Praise be to Goddess Kakatamma
consort of Lord Shiva, destroyer of evil

King Ganapati Deva's wife,
our queen will deliver a royal heir

This news will be announced shortly

If our queen gives birth
to a daughter...

...king of Devagiri's army will
lay siege and enslave us again

'The hell we suffered when they held
King Ganapati Deva captive is enough'

If the same situation arises
we might as well die

We only want a prince to be born!

God Rudralinga

Bless our queen
with a little prince

Guardian deity Ellamma!

Let our queen be
blessed with a baby boy

Guardian deity Ellamma!
Bless us with a little prince

My dear brother
Hari Hara Deva

Look how high the expectations
of the people are

They want our old cousin
to have a son

If it's a daughter...

(scornful laughter) will be a case of
empty expectations!

What you said is absolutely true

King Ganapati Deva is not
destined to have a male heir

Only a girl baby will be born

With the help
of buried treasure... complete building
the 7 walls of the fort an incarnate of Goddess Shakti

...that girl child will save
our entire kingdom


To satiate the desires of men
and to serve their every need...

...Lord Brahma created
this beautiful angel called 'girl'

Not to rule a kingdom

Keep aside the king's horoscope

Check if my master's horoscope
predicts he will ascend the throne

The Kakatiya throne
belongs to us

Find the auspicious date
for our coronation

Murari Deva

Ask the feudal chieftains
who favor us to be prepared

As soon as his daughter is born
if the king renounces his throne... least his life will be spared

Otherwise he will set foot
on his journey to Heaven

Your words echo
my thoughts, brother

My lord, unaware of the fact
you are the local thieves here...

...they are afraid of king Singhana
of Devagiri who is our neighbor

If he lays siege on our land...

...we will be wiped out

Dust to ashes!

'Devagiri kingdom'

To close the chapter of
the Kakatiya dynasty...

...get our troops
ready for action

Sharpen your weapons which will
slash even eye lashes to pieces!

Heighten the spirits of cavalry
and elephantry with spirits!

Make them mighty and strong

If a daughter is born
to king Ganapati Deva...

...he and his people
will be broken hearted

Right then let the death-bell toll

That ring is the invitation
for us to advance and attack

I will gift the Kakatiya Kingdom... my 2nd grandson, Mahadeva

Soldiers, get ready to fight

'Kakatiya kingdom'

Good news, my lord

Queen Somambadevi has given
birth to a beautiful girl baby

You indeed gave me good news

But this is not
the wish of the people

They wanted a male heir

When this news reaches
our enemies' ears...

...they will probably
be happier than us

Shiva Devaiah, even before
you gave me this good news...

...I got the news
through my spies

Our enemies of Devagiri are sharpening
their swords to attack our people it seems

Our allies and feudal chieftains
are eyeing our throne with interest

We can stop them temporarily

But what will become of
our kingdom without a male heir?

Should my people
be enslaved again?

What will be the future
of my clan and my kingdom?

Only if there is no male heir
should you be scared

What are you saying?

Your Majesty!

The gender of the baby is known
only to my wife who was the midwife...

...our queen, you and me

This child born as an incarnate
of Lord Shiva as Rudra...

...let us name her Rudramadevi

To our people we will introduce him
as the prince Rudradeva

You want me to lie and
deceive my own people?

To avoid danger, we should
forget the word 'impossible'

Not only to our enemies
and our own people

Even the new born baby
should never know she is a girl

Heir to the Durjaya dynasty

The future prince
of the Kakatiya kingdom

Sri Sri Sri Rudradeva
The little prince

Long live prince Rudradeva

Long live our future heir to the throne

Long live our little prince

Can you hear that?

The sound of people cheering

Heir to the throne and
our enemy is born


The scriptures cannot go wrong

Birth and death are God's will

God writes, huh?

Your death is
written in our hands

'Unable to kill the new born baby
they killed the astrologer'

He wasn't even lucky enough
to wear this pearl necklace

Ganapati Deva has a son?

A new enemy is born
for our Devagiri dynasty

And to top it all, he is named
after Lord Shiva as Rudradeva

My father Jaitugi,
king of the Yadavas...

...brutally killed Rudradeva,
Ganapati Deva's uncle

They have named
this child after him!

This feud has been spouting
hatred for 2 generations

Is he extending this enmity
to the third generation?

Ganapati Deva has
not forgotten anything

Shall we wage a war, Your Majesty?

Happiness is half the strength

To Ganapati Deva, his male heir
gives strength equal to the mountain

Let us be calm for a while

The chance to dethrone Ganapati Deva
has slipped from our hands

If you are scared
of the new male heir...

...what can we do, Your Majesty?

Army chief

Do you think I will be scared
of the Kakatiya male heir?


Not at all

Right before my eyes my grandson
is growing up like a hungry tiger's cub


First tell our prince, knives are
not used to cut nails

Knives cut necks
as well as nails!

Grandfather, whenever the time
is right, Orugallu fort is mine

Kakatiya crown is also mine

'Secret hide-out in a dense forest'

Bravo! Rudradeva

Your swordsmanship is
noteworthy at this young age

Like Karna's armor and ear-ring...

...this armor and sword
will be your strength

To me Shiva Devaiah's order
is like Lord Shiva's command!

Rudradeva, to combat your enemies...

...and protect your kingdom
your training ends today

Life will now teach you how to
uphold justice and Dharma

Your coronation awaits you

Let us now proceed to Orugallu

Welcome, prince of Kakatiya kingdom

The dove Shiva Devaiah
has taught to fly...

...has flown into the fortress after 14 years

Tomorrow or day after this bird
will be sacrificed by our sword or spear

(Holy chant)

Salutations to my father

Long live prince Rudradeva

Rudradeva, these princes are here
to greet and welcome you...

...from our neighboring kingdoms

Veerabhadra Chalukya
Prince of Nidavartyapuram

Hail Veerabhadra Chalukya

Long live
Veerabhadra Chalukya

On the banks of
our river Godavari...

...we have heard many
stories of your valor

Will you consent to
clash swords with me?

Prince of Vardamanapuram

Son of Gona Buddha Reddy

Prince Gona Ganna Reddy

Welcome Gona Ganna Reddy

Hail Gona Ganna Reddy

Prince, it seems
you are a brave warrior

Are you prepared
for a duel with me?

He is 2 years younger than you

But in warfare tactics...

...he is the bravest of the brave
Gona Ganna Reddy



The way you swirl your sword...

...looks like you will be my only rival
in this kingdom, Ganna Reddy

Gona Ganna Reddy

Prince, you are wanted back
in Vardamanapuram at once

Your father's younger brother
Lakkumaiyah Reddy has sent word

Leave immediately

I take leave, prince

We will meet again in
'The festival of the Brave heart'

I take leave, sir

His father, Gona Buddha Reddy
has passed away unexpectedly

Vardamanapuram is in a state of shock

This news is so distressing

Even a warrior has
to face distress

Do not get dejected, young prince

If we roam around
the streets of Orugallu... will feel relaxed
and rejuvenated

- Come with me
- What?

Outside the fort?

I am not allowed to step out

That too for you?

It won't be interesting
if you are bound by rules always

But if Shiva Devaiah gets to know?

We'll be back
before he finds out

Come quickly

My dearest friend...!

This waterfall jumps in joy
just like us and weaves its way

I also grew up amidst
these trees and creepers

But do you know how happy I feel
roaming around with you like this

Is this what you came
running to see, prince?

Did this beautiful sculpture
lure you here?

Poets and sculptors have
varied vivid imagination

With unlimited imagination
and aesthetic sense...

...they create women
in wonderful poses


Then what...?

Did you see the beauty
of her upper torso?

Only Rati, the Goddess of Love
is blessed this way

Only the apsara Menaka
has such a petite waist like this

Urvasi's full lips

Graceful curve of Rambha's neck

All these sculpted together
is this beautiful work of art

There is no other girl
as beautiful on this earth



Instead of a female, can a male
possess such graceful curves?

'Will you skinnydip
in the river with us?'

Outside, in the open?

When girls bathe together...

...why can't we boys
do the same?

Climb up

Come, my dear prince






There is no difference
between you and me, right?

Why are you dressed like this then?

Why did you raise me like this?


Oh! My dear child

'Not just your upbringing'

'Even raising you like this is essential
for the history of our kingdom'

To stop the annexing greed
of neighboring countries... retain the resources and
cultural heritage of our land

...instilling fear in enemies

...we should be a strong
and very powerful kingdom




And after the Chalukyas of Vengi...

...our Kakatiya kingdom
is the most powerful

Enemies on all 4 sides are
Yadavas of Devagiri, Seuna


Tribes from Turpu


We are surrounded by scheming
and self centered allies

These power-crazy
crafty foxes thrive here

In our kingdom known
for its righteous rule...

...common people will suffer
much more than our soldiers

If our enemies had got wind of
our heir-apparent's gender right then...

...our Kakatiya kingdom would have
merged with the dust long ago

Noose for kings

And handcuffs around people's wrists

...our culture and lineage
would have perished

'To infuse fear into
our enemies' minds...'

'...confidence in the hearts
of our own people'

'...we were forced to lie about
your birth and upbringing'

As a child it was easy
for us to convince our subjects

Now that she has
attained puberty... it right to make them
believe she is a boy?

Till date we were able to
achieve what we had planned

Now whatever maybe
the repercussion...

...we have to face it

We shall announce
in the assembly

Make the necessary arrangements

You took a bold decision
for the welfare of our kingdom

I shall remain as Rudradeva
till that goal is fulfilled

'10 years later'

King's kith and kin

Hari Hara Deva and Murari Deva's
brother-in-law Nagadeva... coming to tame
the mad elephant



Face me

Like tugging the sari off a woman...

...he thought it easy
to tame an elephant

Is there no brave man in Orugallu
to tame this mad elephant?

How can that be, Prasad Aditya?

Of course there is

Our valiant prince Rudradeva

Even if you don't remember...

...we haven't forgotten

Fearless and courageous

As brave as a lion and
one who knows all the tricks

All that is mere folklore

We haven't seen the valor
of our prince face to face

Despite being your kith and kin

Even the people of our kingdom...

...have not set eyes on
prince Rudradeva it seems

Will our prince appear
at least today being a special day?

Will we be blessed
by his august presence?

We want Rudradeva
The young prince

We want to see our prince

Rudradeva, our future king

Your Majesty

It is the king's duty to fulfill
the wishes of his people

Prasad Aditya

Ask Rudradeva to come

'Already this elephant is wild'

'If I feed this brew, I dread
to think of the prince's plight'

Our future king
prince Rudradeva

Bravest warrior on earth

Welcome prince Rudradeva

Long live prince Rudradeva!

(loud cheers)

Chief minister

My eyes perceive
Rudradeva as a lion

Long live young prince Rudradeva

(continuous cheering)

Our future king
Prince Rudradeva

Long live!

The bravest of the brave

Long live

Long live!

Who told you the Hindu God of love
Manmadha has no form, Ganapamba?

Look over there

Perfection in form and skill
is your brother Rudradeva

To prevent young girls
like me from abducting him...

...did he stay behind
in his fort all along?

Muktamba is on a poetic spree

I am his sister

And I hardly see him, except
during festivals or special events

(overlap of voices)

Where on earth are the guards?

When girls fall all over him...

...isn't it their duty
to restrain them?

Are you angry about them
falling all over him?

Or sad you are unable to?!

Did you notice this, chief minister?

Look at the attention he is
receiving from all the girls here?

We must fix the perfect
alliance for him at once

Otherwise like the 'gopikas'
drawn to Lord Krishna... many girls will
flock towards our prince?

Wonder how many zenanas
we may have to build

Prince of Kakatiya kingdom Rudradeva

Long live!

"King of kings, Maharaja"

"Shri Ganapati Deva"

"A mighty king courageous"

"Brave warrior with sun's radiance"

"Shiva and Shakti's devotee"

"Advocator of honesty"

"May you record victory
in the annals of history"

"In directions 8, a torch to guide
your fame is acclaimed far and wide"

"Examples of the king's bravery
magnify sky high his story"

"You are our life's lamp, we revere
You are our dawn everywhere"

"In a land which extols the scriptures
no place ever for woes or remorse"

"Like lashes to the eyes, our protector
Beloved king, our shield and shelter"

"Treating all girls like his mother
Most dignified king ever"

"In directions 8, a torch to guide
your fame is acclaimed far and wide"

"Examples of the king's bravery
Amplify sky high his story"

"Beat the drums in perfect rhythm
Let celebration gain momentum"

"Stage shall I decorate?
Change your dance to celebrate"

"To be like a stone
is of no use to anyone"

"Time isn't the loser
But you are"

"As long as you realize
what's wrong and be wise"

"Ignore the past, don't analyze"

"Chariot lends a festive air
Rejoicing everywhere"

"Success will be
on our side only"

"Good for the reigning king
to rule out people's suffering"

"Ours is a kingdom which has seen
many kings change in between"

"As long as dharma flourishes here
bravery will embellish without fear"

"People's hearts will flower
who think of love as mother"

"With religious equality"

"With no race or rank disparity"

"Music of integrity"

"King's fame for eternity"

"The whole world lauds your name
Our hearts rejoice hearing the same"

"In directions 8, a torch to guide
your fame is acclaimed far and wide"

"Your fame has no boundary
A beacon of light exemplary"

The curiosity of
Rudradeva's whereabouts

And his enigmatic appearance
to be considered on one hand

After my grandfather
King Singhana died... brother Krishna Bhupathi ascended
the throne on the other hand

We were forced to
play a waiting game

We cannot wait any longer

First we should ride rough shod
over our enemy using our intelligence

Rising from the highlands of Devagiri...

...the rivers Krishna, Godavari,
Manjira flowing into Orugallu land

...are our new weapons

Stop the rivers that serve as life source
flowing into the Kakatiya kingdom

Build dams

Sacrifice those who restrain
your efforts to the Goddess of that dam

Without water, instead
of falling at our feet...

...will the Kakatiyas die hiccupping?

Wait and watch

With just the wave of my hand... I, Mahadeva, will reduce
the Kakatiyas to tears

To good health
and gladness!

Why is the spirit so strong?
Didn't you mix enough water?

The chieftains gathered here
should please forgive me

People are dying without water
to quench their thirst

How can we mix water to spirit?

Ever since the king of Devagiri
stopped the flow of water...

...not only to bathe

...we might have to use spirits
for other ablutions too!

True, searching for food and water
people are running from pillar to post

They are also opposing

Without any fanfare,
king Mahadeva is preparing... lay siege on
the Kakatiya kingdom

Who is Mahadeva?

The Kakatiya throne
belongs to us, Ambadeva

Exactly my thought

Let us use the dissatisfaction
and confusion amongst the people... our advantage

With this as an excuse...

...let us instigate Rudradeva
to wage a war against Mahadeva

He will muster up his army
and leave his kingdom to fight

When he has travelled
considerable distance...

...half way through, we will stop
the armies of our neighboring kingdoms

Rudradeva by then would have
reached Devagiri with his army

As far as I know...

...till now no Kakatiya ruler has won
any battle with the Devagiri kings

Neither has he come back alive

We can occupy Orugallu fort
which will be left unprotected

First we solve
our internal problem

Only then we fight
our external problems

Is this Rudradeva's new
political strategy?


Retaliation for Mahadeva's
underhand politics

It is not right to label the problem
of our people as their fate

And go on a war footing

We owe our people
an explanation

Oho! Does that mean you will
sit under a banyan tree...

...and announce with the beat of drums
convening a public meeting?

Indeed, Ambadeva

I will go from village to village

I will talk to my people

Only after I solve their problem
will I wage a war

I never dreamt a Kakatiya heir
would be such a coward

And he would flee fearing war

Not even in my wildest dreams!

Imagine a king meeting
his people face to face

Wonder what depths of misery
our kingdom will sink to!

The very thought of it scares me

We as chieftains here
show our unanimous dissent

We walk out of this assembly

'Rudradeva who trampled
the conspiracy of the chieftains...'

'...disregarding the danger of
his well-guarded secret being revealed'

'...started on his journey
to reach out to his people'

'His footprints outside the fort...'

'...started writing a new chapter
in the annals of history'

Without even a drop of water
we are facing severe drought

We are suffering without water
to drink or even 1 square meal a day

It's better to die in war
than in this gnawing hunger

We are ready to die

Why are you retreating, prince?

We will fight!

But not to die

To make our next generation live

Afflicting our lands with
drought, hunger and thirst...

...Mahadev of Devagiri has
stopped the flow of the rivers

He can stop the rivers

But can he stop
the rain by fencing it?

Will raindrops not fall?

Won't leaves sprout?
Will our land not be lush green?

Rain water is enough for us

We will store rain water in reservoirs

To save rain water
as per Kakatiya lineage... the name of King Ganapati Deva

'Ganapa Samudram'

In the name of the king's sisters

'Paiyamba Sagaram'
and 'Raja Samudram'

'Rudra Samudram'
in the name of our prince

The task of building
reservoirs has begun

We are dying of thirst here

And you claim digging a well
will provide us water

That is the reason
we are organizing...

...canals to be dug
and channelized

Water will be provided
for agriculture

Until this water scarcity is solved
we abolish all taxes

Until we are able to
stand on our own feet...

...we have no time
to think of war

After that, the battlefield
is never too far

Only if you live that long!

Don't dig lakes
Dig your own grave first

Not just water

Our king Mahadeva will
destroy every blade of grass

Long live
King Mahadeva!

Mahadeva's men have
sneaked into our land

You dare stop our water?

We will gather the blood of
your Devagiri conspirators...

...we will wash our hands
in our Kakatiya waters

Even if a hundred Mahadevas arise... prince Rudradeva will do
to destroy injustice

Long live Rudradeva
Prince of Kakatiya!

(cheering continues)

Well done, Rudradeva

For a valiant man like you...

...laying siege once is not enough

Let many obstacles
befall you because of me

Only then will the taste buds of
our enmity enjoy the flavor

Soldiers of Devagiri entered
our city yesterday

How do we know Mahadeva
won't attack our fort tomorrow?

Orugallu that stands
without protection...

...even God cannot save!

True, even God cannot save
our land that lacks protection

King Ganapati Deva,
my father's wonderful dream...

...was to fortify and strengthen
the Kakatiya defenses

He wanted to build
7 walls around our fort

Let us start to complete
the 7 walls to our fort now

'The son who excels his father'

You are a fine example
of this, Rudradeva

Armor for the warrior

Fortified walls for the kingdom

Your deed will be etched in history

This will not find
a place in history

The king himself was unable to
finish building the walls of our fort

Wonder why our prince is in haste
or what spurns his anger?

Is all this even possible, prince?

When ambition is strength and
hard work is in each breath...

...'impossible' does not even exist

Walls made of stone, gravel,
sand, iron, thorn...

Shell lime and sand plaster
And finally bamboo

Finish building these 7 walls
with immediate effect

Your wish is our command

Hit hard


Strike it strong


Pull with force

Speed up
Heave ho!

Dig deep
Heave ho!

Faster, faster
Heave ho!

To raise funds to
build the 7 walls...

...there are 2 special features
in this festive event

Whoever scales up
this bronze pillar...

...that represents the magnificence
of our Kakatiya dynasty

...will be awarded the title,
'Brave heart, bravest of the brave'

The second feature

Gona Varada Reddy,
son of Lakkumaiah Reddy...

...and Anamika Devi, daughter of
Yelikikona Reddy of Adavoni

...will be united in matrimony
graced by his Majesty

Not just 2 hearts

2 kingdoms will merge
to become one

We offer our wedding gifts
as a royal fund

Bravo! Lakkumaiah Reddy!

Instead of contributing
from your treasury... burden the people

God's will that will end well

Let the contest for
the Brave heart begin

I wish the same too

First is the contest
Only then the wedding

After the wedding,
we get the real gold

Fake gold for the treasury

Son Varada, even if you eat mud
this title is only for you

Let the contest begin


I am your husband
No matter what!

Come, dear

Is there no brave man in the entire
Kakatiya kingdom to scale this pillar?

Bravest of the brave
in Kakatiya land

Long live Brave heart!

Praise be to the bravest of
the brave in Kakatiya land


Warrior, your feat is unparalleled

Who may you be?

State your name
and your origin

And claim your award

Not answering is equal to
disrespecting the king

We give you another chance
because you are the winner

Who are you?

kOtai Sandiveera


(cheering continues)

'The way you swirl your sword...'

'...looks like you will be my only rival
in this kingdom, Ganna Reddy'

'Gona Ganna Reddy!'

Like his father and my brother
Gona Buddha Reddy...

...I thought Gona Ganna Reddy
would be an ally of the Kakatiyas

But he is getting ready
to oppose us

He changes into a robber and grabs
the riches and lives of minor chieftains

Yes, indeed

kOtai Sandiveera

A lot of people
seem to know about me

Many who have seen me
face to face are no longer alive

Long live Brave heart!

Be quiet

Scaling this pillar,
scratching your back

Stamping mud

Do you call these a challenge?

Amulet on my hip thread!

Can't one who is equipped to
milk a tiger do the same to a cow?

Tell us straight to our face

Why did you come here?

I will tell you

My father's brother betrayed
my father and killed him

I let him live

The king who was
supposed to protect...

...failed in his duties

I ignored that as well

They branded me as a robber
because I fought for the poor

I let that go as well

If injustice happens to me,
I will not shed a tear

But if I see it happen
in front of me...

...I will not let it go!

A girl is being coerced into marrying
the prince in front of the king?

It will not happen!

Gona Ganna Reddy!

What is it, Varada?

My wicked cousin

Like a jasmine stuck to
the mouth of a lizard...

...why do you want this wedding?

Why do you keep
falling from this pillar?

Amulet on my hip thread!

If you are half baked
in everything like this... cannot even father a goat-kid!

You half baked warrior!

A half baked warrior
is still a warrior!

My son-in-law went half way up
That is enough for me

He will please even his wife only halfway

Is that enough too?

Prince, Gona Ganna Reddy is now
interested in my daughter Anamika

He has come here
to abduct her now

Not only Anamika
but also the throne of Kakatiya

Shut up, Hari Hara Deva

Eligibility for a king
is not just having an heir

But to be a brave warrior!

Has no one ever told you
the throne is for the courageous

- Ganna Reddy!
- Gona Ganna Reddy!!

Yes, of course

Robber Sandiveera

Opposing the king
is an unpardonable crime

Why would you not say so?

How would you know the difference
between right and wrong?

For you to step out of the fortress,
an elephant must get mad and trumpet!

Every chieftain here
is a mad elephant

They trample the people

Even if you turn a blind eye
to these mad elephants...

...I refuse to do so

- What arrogance!
- Forgive me

My body is full of arrogance

Are you playing with words?

I am a hunter who
knows how to play

The hunt is ours

Prasad Aditya

Surround him

We'll protect our brother

My lovely little lion cubs

You threaten these people
with your tiny catapults!


We won't show any concession
for you as children, move back

Admirable indeed!
Your love and concern

My dear cubs, I will manage

Run along

'We are retreating only because
our brother says so!'

'We will even give up
our lives for our brother'

Gona Ganna Reddy

You were right, I am not
interested in this royal alliance

But Varada Reddy
is a half baked warrior

He won't let you take me away

If you are brave,
then defeat him

Then I will come with you
of my own accord

Your wish is my command, prince

Today is my wedding day
and the day of his death

Both by my hand only

I have been waiting
to kill him for so long

Anamika, get ready

Brave men, encircle Ganna Reddy!

We couldn't handle Gona Ganna Reddy
when he was standing face to face

How can we nab him now?

You must save
my son somehow

The only brave and fearless man
who can oppose Gona Ganna Reddy... my dear friend
Veerabhadra Chalukya

Where is your leader,
the looter Sandiveera?

I have dedicated my life
to kOtai Sandiveera

I will not tell

Kill me

You killed the chieftains

Gona Ganna Reddy,
you are not a human

You are a savage beast

But you will not escape
from my clutches

I must kill
Gona Ganna Reddy

In order to kill him
first you must be alive

Gona Ganna Reddy!

I am going back
to save Varada Reddy

Do not assume
the hunt is over

It has only just begun

Without discerning the gender...

...we can be carefree and
get intoxicated with ambrosia

(Liquor consumption
is injurious to health)

This Kaumudi festival is ours

We can unlock the secret desires
from the chambers of our heart

Gona Ganna Reddy is
extremely handsome

Warrior who is
the bravest of the brave

He came to save me

But most unnecessarily...

...he carried away Varada Reddy

For our enemies, Rudradeva
is like a wild elephant

Only for teenage girls
he is the God of love

To marry the prince... the dream of all the princesses
of the neighboring lands

Of course

Wonder how many will compete

Wonder how many cat-fights
will be waged!

Victory or heavenly abode?!

We should wage a war for him

'This Kaumudi festival is
not to indulge in idle chat'

'To let all our secret wishes
embedded in our hearts to fly free'

'If we miss this opportunity...'

'...this happiness cannot be
experienced for another year'

She is more beautiful
than the milky moon

Who is this heavenly damsel?

"Full moon flower
Play with us forever"

"Bathed in silver light
let's share stories all night"

"From the palace, a koel solitary
along with her brood voluntary"

"Her youth springing, from her prison
she winged to fly to a new horizon"

"Is she reading this youthful hymn
in the still of the night in the garden?"

"Full moon flower
Play with us forever"

"Bathed in silvery light
let's share stories all night"

(Liquor consumption
is injurious to health)

'Who is this enchanting enchantress?'

'She gives a new meaning to beauty'

"Clouds tease a dulcet display
of fresh raindrops at play"

"Waves orchestrate a rhapsody
Waving and weaving melody"

"Is this the veena strumming
in silence a sweet soft humming?"

"Where is the scent of the soul
which abducted my heart whole?"

"Is it the chilly air tingling
from the dewy waterfall singing?"

"Is it the climbing creeper
bearing the jasmine flower?"

"Is it the flute that plays
lilting music always?"

"Is it the waves of joy filling
the heart with a blissful feeling?"

"I am not 'me' now really"

"A poetry crossing the boundary"

"Full moon flower
Play with us forever"

"Bathed in silver light
let's share stories all night"

"Full moon flower
Play with us forever"

"Bathed in milky white moon light
let's share stories all night"

'There is no other girl
as beautiful on this earth'

'My dear friend...!'

Such a beautiful girl
cannot exist on earth


It is true

This statue has life
and is bathing in the river

The petite waist of Rati,
the consort of God of love

The alluring curves of
Rambha the celestial nymph

Lips as red as they can get

Urvasi's features

Menaka's graceful form

Tilotamma's divine face

Who are you?

Which 'swayamvara' should
I win to make you my wife?

Which kingdom should I capture?

Oh! It is customary to
first introduce myself

I am Veerabhadra
of the Chalukya dynasty

I hail from Nidavartyapuram

For further details...

...shall I ask your prince Rudradeva
to speak on my behalf?

Are you in such a hurry?

I will ask the same Kakatiya prince... snip the tail of temerity
of youngsters like you

Jaganmohini the enchantress

Wherever you may hide... cannot escape
from my clutches

Friend, are you meditating?

Or day-dreaming

That's what I don't know

Did Gona Ganna Reddy escape
even though you caught him?

If they vanish like a flash
of lightning, where do I search?

How can I find the enemy?

If we stop looking for our enemies
they will come in search of us

But a lady love is not the same

Lady love?

Where did you see her?

'Last night at the Kaumudi festival'

'She flashed bright like lightning'

'She struck my heart
and conquered it'

Don't you believe me?

I should have taken you
with me last night too

You would have also
fallen in love with her

Then we would have both
fought a duel for real

Friends you and me
would have turned into enemies

Then I should see her

No, she is like your sister-in-law

You can see her
at the wedding

That's not our priority now

Just because he spared
Varada Reddy's life...

...don't underestimate
Gona Ganna Reddy

Gona Ganna Reddy
is an eagle in the sky

Crocodile in the pond

Even if he is as slippery as an eel...

...I'll definitely capture him

Then till you capture Ganna Reddy... cannot leave this kingdom

I won't go
even if you ask me to

Even if I am exiled
I won't move

Not till I get
Gona Ganna Reddy

Till I make my beautiful
lady love say 'yes' to me

We thought king Ganapati Deva needed
7 births to build 7 walls of the forts

But in just 7 months...

...2nd wall has been built
and the 3rd is also ready

Your Majesty!

Wherever they are digging
to build the walls of the fort...

...they are unearthing treasures

'With the help of
underground treasures...'

'...the half-finished walls
of our fort will be completed'

'As an avatar of Goddess Shakti...'

'...this kingdom will be
saved only by that baby girl'

When precious gems were unearthed
while building the 7 walls of the fort...

...whether really a girl
was born to the king

...a seed of doubt sprouted in
the minds of the Deva brothers

Who was the enchantress Nagadeva saw?

Why is Rudradeva still unmarried?

Along with questions danger also arose

Our prince to be married?


Is Rudradeva like Bhishma
a sworn bachelor?

Or is he not eligible
like Shikandi?

This is not my question

Our people are indulging
in idle gossip

To stop these rumors...

...this is the best opportunity

My elder brother's opinion

You have proved yourselves
to be partners

My mind is enthralled with
your care and concern for royalty

Prince Rudradeva's wedding
has been finalized long ago

Our prince will marry Muktamba
the daughter of Jayabasena

The wedding was fixed
in my presence long ago

As well-meaning
relatives of the king... should grace the occasion
and conduct the wedding

Like a barren woman
blessing a pregnant lady...

...should they oversee the wedding?

Hasn't the prince arrived as yet?

You are royally ignoring
the ones who are present

And worried about the absentees

Why do I even talk to you?
Get away from me

Is the gold plaque ready
for the list of dowry items?

20,000 horses
10,000 elephants

Only 100,000 cows?

Is this all the dowry
my father is giving his son-in-law?

Here comes prince Rudradeva

'She thinks an engagement
is for eating fruits and snacks'

'And display various gifts'

(Holy chants)

Secret tunnel to
the ladies chambers

The Kaumudi festival where
the enchantress appeared...

...and this royal family are
linked in some special way

- Uncle, I found it
- Found what?

An underground passage
to the zenana in the palace

Is that so, Nagadeva?

Where is that tunnel?

Uncle, how eager you are

I won't tell you

Until I finish the job, you'll put me
on a pedestal calling me Chanakya

Then you'll insult me
by calling me all sorts of names

Okay, you don't have
to tell us the way

But listen to me

Go through that tunnel

If you see the enchantress,
enjoy her as much as you please

Kill Rudradeva before
he gets to the wedding stage

We are the ones
organizing the wedding

The entire marriage hall
is surrounded by our men

Rudradeva is in your hands
in the zenana

The wedding hall is in my hands

The entire royal family will be
wiped out including Ganapati Deva

Hereafter I am the emperor
of the Kakatiya kingdom

Hari Hara Deva

Princess, you're in such a rush?

If I come early,
you say I rush

If I come late... say women take
all day and night to get ready


Women are not the reason
for the delay in getting dressed

Men are to be blamed

Your friend himself
hasn't arrived as yet


If one must sit majestically
next to a beauty like me...

...even a renowned prince must
take extra care in getting dressed

My guess was right

My enchantress is here

First I must send
the prince to hell

And then taste
a slice of heaven

Prince, here I come

So you are a woman?

You got away
fooling everyone

You have enacted this play for 25 years
because women have no right to rule?

If I kill you now
this secret will die with you

But if the secret is
brought out in the open...

...the entire Kakatiya kingdom will be ruined

Prince Rudradeva
is not in the palace

Veerabhadra, some danger
has befallen the prince

Close all exits and entrances

Warriors, send word
to Prasad Aditya


If the auspicious time is nearing
tie the sacred thread to this sword

This wedding must definitely
happen as planned

Look! My brother is coming

What happened, friend?

Nothing, I came
by another way

He has a long lifeline

He escaped from
Nagadeva's clutches

(Holy chant)

Don't lose heart, brother

The newly married couple
will go to the royal premises

In the name of
Gona Ganna Reddy...

...the obstacle we have created
will be Rudradeva's death knell

Long live
Prince Rudradeva!

For your wedding,
the bandit Gona Ganna Reddy...

...has sent this toy elephant as a gift

The target is ours
Blame is on Gona Ganna Reddy

The royal family will be totally
destroyed thanks to him

Long live
Brave heart!

Long live
kOtai Sandiveera

You thought I'd be far away
and not come here?

I am like my mother tongue

I'll be here and everywhere

I would be the last person
on earth to hide and fight

You lesser mortals
equal to my amulet!

It is not in my blood
to be a coward

My war is only with Rudradeva

And only face to face

An auspicious event
is happening here

With only the scent of sandalwood
Not blood splashed all over

That's why I am sparing you


If you use my name
in a wrong manner...

...I'll string your intestines
and garland the fortress walls

Veerabhadra Chalukya,
if the crime must be exposed...

...don't let Gona Ganna Reddy
cross the fortress walls


All the incarnates of God Shiva
and Goddess Shakti as witness

Let me tell you now

Rudradeva, put this on record

The sword I have sharpened will fly
in mid-air and target only you


'It became evident to everyone
that danger lurked for prince Rudradeva...'

'...and the Kakatiya throne
in the form of Gona Ganna Reddy'

'The sword that I have honed
will directly target...'

'...only you!'

'In order to catch
that murderer-'

Gona Ganna Reddy!

'Veerabhadra Chalukya
left no stone unturned'

Come out if you have the courage

'To make the enemies believe
the might of the Kakatiya elephantry...'

'...the entire land's sugarcane yield
was heaped inside the fort'

'To give the impression
of a strong army...'

'...enormous piles of leaves serving
as plates were strewn outside the fort'

'This was a clever ruse to dupe
the Devagiri spies by Shiva Devaiah'

'Falling for this ploy,
the king of Devagiri...'

'...instead of direct combat'

'...looked for ways of
deceptive combat'

Hari Hara Murari Deva brothers

I revoke your powers till I know
your part in the Ganna Reddy conspiracy

'Hari Hara Murari brothers
used a female as decoy'

Madanika, Rudradeva
is strong in every aspect

But only one weakness-

Hidden in the zenana

My lover Nagadeva died
in his quest to find out the truth

Even if you wanted to
investigate personally...

...after the attempted murder were barred from
entering the palace

As the dear friend of Muktamba
I'll secure a firm hold in the palace

And find out the secret

Tie the garland there!

Oye, decoration expert

This is my domain

Why are you throwing
your weight around?

Sister-in-law, the groom
should be the first to enter...

...the bedroom for
the wedding night

Is that a new rule?

Or has it been written
in the scriptures?

Jaggery from Ahobilam

Did you order it specially
because I'm fond of it?


How can you start eating
before my brother comes in?

When I see something I like
my taste buds get impatient!

I can't wait

Not only you

The prince is on his way
unable to wait patiently

That's enough

All of you leave

My dear prince...?

You've come clad in your armor
even to the bedroom?

Instead of tussling with kisses...

...does the prince indulge
in fighting with knives?


Forgive me for appearing like this
on such an auspicious night

I have taken a righteous vow
for the welfare of the people

Till it is fulfilled,
I cannot touch a girl

As my wife if you agree
I will continue with my vow

If you don't approve-

How can you even ask me?

I am born for you

Will I ever say no?

Until your vow is fulfilled...

...I accept this abstinence gladly

'Even if Rudradeva got
a reprieve on the personal front...'

'...he had to face
a danger of a different kind'

'He brandished his sword bravely
and entered the battlefield'

'Victorious, he occupied
Vengi and Rajamahendravaram'

'King Veeraganda Gopala and Kalinga king
Narasimha-I were overpowered'

'Telugu kingdom was saved from being
annexed by the neighboring lands'

'This victory was inscribed in the temples
of Draksharama and Bheemeshwaram'

I swear on Godavari river

If my people suffer
I will not spare your lives

Various silks of different
shining satiny hues

Like the colors
of the nine gems

Which silk sari would you
like to pick, Your Royal Highness?

I want the silk with which I can
hug the prince like a monitor lizard

Oh! All yours at once

Only when you drape it
will you know if it will cling or not

Give the floral one
to Manohara

One with the white lotus
to Subramani

Pick that

This one...give me this


Our Royal Highness and
all the womenfolk go inside

Make the merchants kneel
with their hands tied at the back

To show this is the plight of spies
who intrude into our kingdom...

...chisel his back with a knife and
throw him in the Devagiri border

'To find out the secret of the fort
this secret agent will assist you'

'Our spy sacrificed
his life for this cause'

'But Madanika will find out
the Kakatiya secret before she dies'

Bravo Madanika!

Well done

You've proved you are
a true Devagiri girl

I will capture
the Kakatiya army

And I will chop Rudradeva's head

The day to parade
his severed head... not too far away

To oppose Mahadeva...

...we must be prepared
in all the ways possible

Mahadeva has a mighty army

In the event of a war tomorrow
our own army is considerably less

We will be forced to depend
on the army of our chieftains

Should we rely
on our feudatories?

They are waiting with
bated breath for a chance

Already Chagis, Haihayas, Cholas
of Nellore and other feudatories...

...are announcing
their independence

To count on such traitors
as allies is complete foolishness

Therefore every eligible man
in our land should enlist

And we should form
an army of our own

Excellent idea, Rudradeva!

Start immediately to
strengthen our armed force

I have already entrusted
this responsibility... my friend
Veerabhadra Chalukya

Why has he not
come to this meeting?

More than assembling an army...

...he is captivated
by some lady's charm

In the midst of art and sculpture
he is intoxicated all the time

Without seeing her again...

...I don't know if he can
concentrate on our need

"Thanks to you, my dear damsel
of its own accord my heart fell?"

"I don't know what speared me
I don't know 'me' because of this beauty"

"Because of you, standing before you
of its own accord my lashes lowered, beau"

"When I confess this feeling
my cheeks turn a bright pink"

"You are my moon at noon"

"I am a festival to revel"

"2 hearts ripen to converge
in romantic poetry they submerge"

"Thanks to you, before you blithely
why did my heart fall spontaneously?"

"When I express this feeling, beau
I blush a deep pink thanks to you"

"My eyes too turned pink
drenched in shyness to the brink"

"Love beyond our control
made a connect soul to soul"

"Stimulated by my femininity
played a melody in rhapsody"

"Godsend for a lifetime assigned
A divine face and innocent mind"

"Did a lion appear
face to face, my dear?"

"Professing love bravely
hands reaching out to me"

"The hunter turned hunted, dear
You are that irresistible deer"

"Thanks to you, before you willingly
why did my eyes flip voluntarily?"

"Expressing this feeling
my cheeks turn a bright pink"

"You are my moon at noon"

"I am a festival without a rival"

"2 hearts ripen to unite
in romantic poetic delight"

"Thanks to you, my dear damsel
of its own accord my heart fell?"

"When I express this feeling, beau
I blush a deep pink thanks to you"

When our love is so intense
I can't wait anymore

Let's tell Rudradeva
and get married

Don't you have any other goal
besides getting married?

What greater goal can one have
other than love at this age?

Girls tend to dream a lot
on the ideal husband

Tell me what

I'll do it in a split second

You can't do that

Is it that difficult?

You haven't fulfilled the duty
the prince entrusted you with

Even the rooster in Orugallu
is crowing aloud!

What other goals do you have
apart from drinking and gallivanting?

I'll fulfill that duty right away!

Then I'll tie the sacred thread
around your neck

Plus bridle for my bride!

Be ready to marry me
in mid January

If people cut their hair
you tax even the hair!

To trample your temerity
we have tonsured your heads

If your king Uppalasoma
treats his subjects callously...

...his head will be chopped
by our anna kOtai Sandiveera

Beheader of Uppalasoma
kOtai Sandiveera

Long live!

We will return the tax money
grabbed from you by these officials

Long live
kOtai Sandiveera

Veerabhadra is heading this way

This is not the right time to be
fighting the Chalukya warrior

Leave now

Chase...and catch them

You don’t have to be
scared of anyone

We will capture Gona Ganna Reddy
who steals your money

Very soon

To oppose such tricksters
and crafty men who scheme...

...Prince Rudradeva has
devised a new plan

A warrior from
every house volunteers

To form the ‘Rudra army’

Young men, volunteer
and enlist in the army

Your fear will fragment to bits

To ensure our family
is fed 1 square meal...

...just because we toiled in the fields

...if we are taxed 16 different taxes
do we survive or die, sir?

Didn’t our prince abolish all taxes
realizing your suffering?

That is only in your record

But chieftains squeeze our blood
and extract taxes from us

If this atrocity continues... won't have a warrior
from every house

Every house will be
represented by a robber...

...who will follow
kOtai Sandiveera

Yes, sir

Gona Ganna Reddy has not
swindled our treasury alone

People's hearts too

If people should believe
in our reign once again...


...if 1 'varaha' is collected
as tax from our people

...even if chieftains they will be
liable to severe punishment

My dear friend Veerabhadra

You can start
forming your army

If Veerabhadra concentrates
on forming the army...

...that robber Gona Ganna Reddy
will target and torture us

He has already
killed 12 chieftains the most barbaric manner

We are clutching our lives
in the palm of our hands now

Each one of you rule a territory

Aren't you ashamed of
letting fear rule you like this?

Till that murderer kills you
will you be meditating?

Surround Karumalai jungle
with your armies

Go now


Hunt for him

Destroy Gona Ganna Reddy

If yes, it is Heaven

If not...Lord Yama's kingdom

There are so many other chieftains
who have wronged more than me

Egg befits the chicken

The punishment
fits the crime

Killing him was
the right thing to do

I'll advise everyone

The mother-in-law who advised
the daughter-in-law...

...had her own fling on the side

I didn't do anything wrong

He bundled his sins
in his loin cloth

And went on a pilgrimage
to Kasi praying for redemption

Who, anna?

How should I know?

I burped the town's wealth

My call

You levied tax in a ruthless way

My wish!

I'll give you 4 reasons

One, you tortured
the people with punishments

Two, you ill-treated children


Then third?

My calculation
My whim!

Shut up

(Liquor consumption
is injurious to health)

(Liquor consumption
is injurious to health)

You are caught now
Gona Ganna Reddy

I will arrest you
and put you behind bars

Men put their swords back
in their sheaths when they see me

But a man hasn't been born
as yet to imprison me

(Liquor consumption
is injurious to health)

(Liquor consumption
is injurious to health)

(Liquor consumption
is injurious to health)

(Liquor consumption
is injurious to health)

I'm not Abhimanyu to get
caught in the 'Padmavyuha'

(Liquor consumption
is injurious to health)

I am like Lord Krishna
The father of 'Chakravyuha'

Will you die?

Or will you join me?

Long live Brave heart
kOtai Sandiveera

'kOtai Sandiveera
accumulated numerous allies'

'Kotagiri kings in the west
Muthukur kings in the south'

'The Naganoors in the north
to the Kalingas in the east'

'He reigned supreme
with his death chapter'

Do you know
who our enemies are?

They are not armies
of any enemy

What segregates us
is only caste and religion

To unify this rift I will personally
perform inter-caste marriages

This is not to oppose caste system

Unity among our castes
will protect our kingdom

'Rudradeva sought to show
the people new ways of progress'

'He built canals and
artificial reservoirs'

'He saved rain water without
a single drop going waste...'

'...there was a surplus of grains'

'People were prosperous and happy'

'Exports and imports
reached right up to the sky'

'Wealth accumulated abundantly'

'The people of Kakatiya kingdom
became as rich as Kubera'

For this clan

For the Kakatiya kingdom

'To fight in a war however huge...'

'...Veerabhadra got the army ready'

Army of Rudradeva!

'While everyone was progressing
towards their respective goals...'

'...Madanika started unearthing
the secrets of the palace one by one'

'She sent news to Devagiri
now and then also'

'The 7 walls were fortified
to prevent enemies'

This is the correct figure
of the Kakatiya army?

Till now canvassing
wrong figures...

...Shiva Devaiah deliberately
deceived all of us

This news is enough
for me to raze...

...the 7 walls of the fort to the ground


Your fort is mine

And also the Kakatiya crown!

I fulfilled my promise

The girl who asked for it...?

It's almost the end of January

You neighed just like this
when she came here last've come alone

Where are your guards?

Everyone says you've fallen
in love and become a lunatic

I came alone to find out
how true the rumor is

You are happily married to
Muktamba, my dear friend

But I am all alone in solitude

You've come
at the right time

My beloved will come now

You must get her family to consent
and conduct our wedding

If I should do that,
you must win a challenge

Even though you are
head over heels in love...

...prove you haven't forgotten
to cross swords

The loser must heed
the winner's words

I'll win my love's hand
by defeating you

Rudradeva, look at Muktamba once

If she continues this vow,
the physician says it may kill her

(Holy chant)

Wearing this armor
is a weary load

I have to remove it

Will you help me?

Even the plants here
will have eyes

If you remove it, won't your
life's secret be known to all?

That means... know my secret?



On the day of the engagement

Won't a girl recognize
another girl's first touch?

You knew before the wedding?

And still-

Why did you bow your head
and marry me?

For you to walk with
your head held high

I let you tie this
protection thread

I don't think of this
as a big sacrifice

You are the epitome of sacrifice

You don't bear the weight
of your armor alone

But the burden of this kingdom

I did not save only you

But millions of people too

You have understood
my plight so well

I bow my head
to your good heart

From this moment,
I accept you as my daughter

I'll also get you married
so that your life is not ruined

An ideal match from
the Chalukya clan...

...will be your perfect spouse

My wedding is not priority

When do you intend
marrying Veerabhadra?

This birth is for my people

My next birth is for you

Poignant philosophical lines

Touch your heart and tell me
you don't love me

Why do you betray yourself
by not having the guts to answer?

More than your life and
your personal desires...

...more than our friendship and our love
when the people matter more to you

...I can't bury my love within me
and still stay with you


I am not destined to
be married in this life

I will remain
as Rudradeva always

For the people of Kakatiya,
you sacrifice your comforts

To meet face to face
such a noble woman

And to serve her

I am indeed blessed

Don't worry about me

Focus on your duty

The man who ensures the people
of Kakatiya hear and sleep soundly

The man whose name makes
men like you wake up quaking in fear

That man
Rudradeva... not a male

But a female


25 years

We've been taken for
a royal ride for 25 years!

Ganapati Deva!

Just watch how we expose
this tremendous secret

For divulging such
earth shattering news... do I, Madanika, get rewarded?

Will you leave me with just
this gold jewelry I am wearing?

We knew you were the spy
of Mahadeva rather belatedly

You must lean only to one side
even if you're a spy and courtesan

If you play a double game
this will be your fate!

This revelation is our most potent
weapon like the one created by Brahma

Shiva Devaiah!

They have probably come
to pay their respects in person

They are kith and kin after all

King Ganapati Deva is about to proclaim
a revelation of vital importance



Do you intend building
another new temple?

Color the fort walls?

Be silent and listen to the king

- Sure
- So be it

My dear subjects
and chieftains

Crowned as prince by me

And while seated in my assembly...

...he spread the glory of
Kakatiya reign in all 8 directions

I hereby announce the coronation
of prince Rudradeva as king

Long live, future king of
Kakatiya kingdom, Rudradeva!

Long live!

Long live!

What did I just hear you say?

Crowning ceremony for Rudradeva?

The prince will become the king?

Is that all or is there more?

Conform to the norms of
respecting the assembly

We will announce
what we intended to say


You be respectful first

Then there is plenty of respect
we have to show in return

The person you thought
was prince Rudradeva... not a male

But a female birth a girl


We announced a girl baby
to be a boy...

...for the welfare of the people

For our country's protection

For the Kakatiya reign
to prosper in the future

Rudramadevi was raised
as prince Rudradeva

And he regarded you
as his own children

Rudramadevi who made
Kakatiya period a golden one...

...on the full moon day in November

...we will express our gratitude
by crowning her as queen

With this, the court is dismissed

What was dismissed is not the court

But their royal bloodline


'Shiva Devaiah realized
the secret was exposed'

'So he himself divulged the secret'

'And played a shrewd
political game'

The wishes accumulated
for 25 long years... foiled in just
1 second, Shiva Devaiah

Don't think this is over

Cleaning the house spic and span
does not conform a festival

A proclamation does not
constitute a coronation

We will show you
our skill and expertise

"In the zenana, a statue lo and behold"

"Eyes flashing desire multi-fold"

"A stage of youthfulness
Perfect and peerless"

"A peacock dancing gracefully
in a jungle joyously"

"Bevy of roe deer aglow
fragrance bestow"

"Lands far and near
will laud your beauty, dear"

"At dusk under the jasmine bower,
a time to garland, capture the rapture"

"This beautiful damsel, zestful
enjoying life in its bounty plentiful"

"Maiden like a swing beckoning
Unbidden, pulse quickening"

"A joy forever
in the ladies chamber"

"A peacock dancing gracefully
in a jungle joyously"

"Like a parasol of silver"

"From the cloud's veiled cover"

"The moon shines bright as ever"

"Like the breeze walks with the river"

"In the drizzle of dewy powder"

"At leisure
we will saunter"

"Crossing armies and boundaries
without any adversaries"

"Gently blows the cool breeze"

"Lightning riding the blue skies
ruling breadth and lengthwise"

"What is the defending armor
for a girl's dream to flower?"

"In this heart and mind swing
a zillion swings breathtaking"

"When day and night
dance in delight"

"In the zenana, a statue captivating"

"A peacock dancing
in a mood tempting"

Don't force a girl
on us as our queen

We object to a lady-ruler

We don't want
a lady to be our ruler

Very well said indeed

For a woman to be seated...

...this is only the right place

Hey Ambadeva!

How dare you humiliate my own
daughter in front of my eyes?

I will-

Why trouble yourself, my king?

One command from you

I will chop his head
and bring it to your feet

Prasad Aditya

Cut our heads too along
with Ambadeva's head then!

It's better to die than
be ruled by a woman

Because a woman didn't know
the place she should be in...

...don't we know how many
wars were initiated?

Like the war between
Lord Rama and Ravana...

...and the Kurukshetra war

...who was the reason?

A female, right?

Have we not seen kingdoms
fall because of women?

This land must not face
such a predicament again

We oppose

We don't want a woman in power!

We don't want

We object stron-

People of our Kakatiya kingdom

Stay calm

Without the strength of
His consort Shakti...

...fearing He would
lose His mighty power

...even Lord Shiva shared
half His body to Goddess Shakti

To a woman who is considered
one half of Lord Shiva...

...what is wrong in
giving our throne?


In what way is
a woman inferior?

Not Sita, but Ravana was
the cause for the war against Lanka

It was the Kauravas and not Draupadi
who initiated the Kurukshetra war

Every man who disrespects a woman

Whoever he may be...

...he digs his own grave
to destruction!

Don't seal our lips with
anecdotes from the past

Even if we brush
old stories aside...

...can history be changed, Uppalasoma?

Have you forgotten Satakarni
of the Satavahana dynasty...

...who prefixed his mother's name
Gautami and stabilized his rule?


Even after looking at
Rudramadevi's golden rule...

...don't you have faith?

She abolished taxes

With foresight she built
lakes for agriculture

She distributed agricultural
amenities to one and all

She built maternity hospitals
specially for women

All creature comforts

Prosperity and peace in plenty

She ensured you had
access to all of this

This is tomorrow's history

Chronicles for the future

Like Vikramarka period

And Shalivahana era

People will acclaim and pay tribute
to Rudramadevi's reign!

Hari Hara Deva, Murari Deva
and Ambudeva

After 1000 years if history records
your name and mine in its annals...

...remember the sole credit
goes only to this lady

My dear subjects

We are striving to start
a new chapter in History

Until yesterday... cheered for
prince Rudradeva


For what?

Today why are you
opposing Rudramadevi?

Only because she is a girl

As soon as they knew
a woman is ruling our land...

...they robbed our houses
and set our fields ablaze

We women are scared
to even step out

Religious shelters are being
targeted all over the kingdom

Many religious leaders
are being killed

Of course

(multiple voices in assent)

It is the conspiracy of a few minds

If that is so, why didn't it happen
when Rudradeva was our prince?

Because men symbolize fear

And women are inferior

For 25 years you hid the truth
because of this same fear?

Despite our unstinted support
to your reign all these years...

...we have lost faith
in the Kakatiya rule

We will ourselves rule over
our territories independently

Our Kamba land is
independent from today

Muriki land will not pay taxes
to Kakatiya kingdom from now on

Our Baga land is
also independent

If we cheer a woman ruler...

...what happens to the prestige
of our Renadu region?

Let us split!
Let us split!

(multiple voices in dissent)

Beloved subjects of my kingdom

Feudatory chiefs

I did not come to the throne
as Rudradeva to rule our kingdom

I shouldered this responsibility
for the welfare of the people

'You took a bold decision
for the welfare of our kingdom'

'I shall remain as Rudradeva
till that goal is fulfilled'

You are overlooking
my reforms as Rudradeva

You are merely looking at
my female form of Rudramadevi

Will not a woman who
transforms her house... able to reform her kingdom?

I will not ask you
such a question

I leave it to each one of you to decide

If me being a woman is
the root cause of your problem

If it will give you immense
happiness if I cease to exist...

...I do not want this throne

If you think being Rudradeva
all these years was a crime...

...I will accept whatever
punishment you mete out to me

Let the elders introspect
and announce their decision

Whatever scriptures
we look into carefully...

...befitting punishment for
Rudramadevi's crime death sentence

However because she is a lady...

...we make an exception and
exile her from the kingdom

She should renounce
any link to royalty

And live as a commoner

She must never use any weapons

The punishment should be
brought into effect immediately

25 years ago, the danger we feared
forced us to take this bold decision

That danger has now boomeranged
as an earthquake, Your Royal Majesty

A mere female?

Has a girl been the one
subjugating us all these years?

This Kakatiya secret that has
been revealed to the world... I aware of it only now?

Did Madanika sacrifice her life for us?

Is this how skilled
you are in spying?

Offering of blood for
the mighty sword is done

This war against
the Kakatiya kingdom...

...should make the Kurukshetra war
pale into insignificance

It should exceed the piles of dead bodies
from Ashoka's Kalinga war

My dear brave warriors!

Beat our war drums

You've come to
the right temple

Everyone's mother
is Goddess Ellaiamma

This brave Goddess

Poor soul!

She sacrificed her head
to her own son Parasurama

You are the same

You have forsaken everything
for the welfare of your people

Queen of Orugallu

You've now laid your head
on the lap of this Goddess

Scars are a natural
consequence of war

These wounds are not
from your enemies

But from your own kith and kin

Come, let's go to

I'll place a throne in my heart
and make you my queen

If that's what
my father had wanted...

...he would have
raised me as a girl

My parents brought me up this way
for the welfare of my people

I need to fulfill
my father's desire

The lives of my people
should blossom anew

Even if the enemies cross swords
you want to shower flowers on them?

Don't you want
a life of your own?

Don't you love yourself?

You are here
in my life to love me

That's enough

But Rudramadevi
and Orugallu kingdom...

...cannot be separated by anyone

Your speech gives me goose bumps


Like a woman behind
every victorious warrior...

...I will be behind your bravery

Tell me what I should do

With my army, shall I wage war
against Hari Hara and Murari?

My father is still on the throne

Don't forget that

There is a greater danger
than these internal thieves

Stop Mahadeva the king of Devagiri
who is attacking us with his army

Go up straight west and
stop him in his tracks

Fight so that he does
not cross our boundary

You will hear news
of his death soon

Your Majesty! More than
the enemies of Devagiri...

...we have to escape from
the schemes of your kith and kin

Your game is over, old man!

We have found out the tunnel
inside the palace itself

That will be the victorious way
for the army of Mahadeva

Have you joined hands
with the enemy?

We even chop heads
for the sake of the throne

What does it matter
if you join hands...

...or fall at others' feet?

Shiva Devaiah!

Our first enemy
is your intellect

I will-

His heart gave out before
my sword could be troubled

Throw his corpse to feed
the crocodiles in the moat

To the winner
is this Kakatiya kingdom

'On one hand the greedy chieftains
fought between themselves'

'The problem of Sandiveera
still loomed large on the other hand'

'The Kakatiya dynasty
was almost in shambles'

'Blood of the innocent
flowed like a river'

'The land was in chaos
without a proper ruler'

'People who shunned Rudramadevi...'

'...were oblivious of the fact she would
protect them like their mother'

'Shiva Devaiah who held his breath
under water opened his eyes'

(voices in despair and uproar)

"The kingdom is in dire straits"

"Caught in anarchy, look what awaits"

"Every direction every place
stream of blood in a maze"

"Our protecting deity
shower us your mercy"

"Why...o' why?"

"Why this vow of silence, Rudramadevi?"

"To win over generations of enmity
come to save us from this calamity"

"In our own deity's kingdom
atrocities demand a ransom?"

"In Rudra's realm
rivers of blood stream"

"You are no other
than Rudra's mother"

"To wreak vengeance with fervor
For the enemy to surrender"

"To flourish
or to perish?"

"Save us from this catastrophe"


We don't want chieftains
who crave for power

We want Rudramadevi who supports
her people to be our queen

Rudrama, you are our savior

Take this weapon!

Victory to queen Rudramadevi!

Rani Rudramadevi
may you be victorious

Your Majesty,
Shiva Devaiah is alive

Rudramadevi like Goddess Kali
is all set to wage a war against us

People are supporting her

I'll meet you later
if you are alive

Narrow escape!

If she wields a weapon...

...Rudramadevi can kill
thousands with just one stroke

How do we stop her?

Only soul who can stop
Rudramadevi is Mahadeva

Open the underground passage

Pave the way for
the world's greatest war

'Praise be to Goddess Shakti'

'Long live
Eradicator of evil'

'Praise be to Mahishasura Mardhini'

'Long live
The ever-powerful Shakti'

I underestimated
the 7 walls of the fort

Stones rain upon us when
the 1st stone-wall was broken

When the bamboo wall was crossed
waves of fire blaze round us

What a spectacular wonder this is!

What does the 5th wall
have in store I wonder?

Don't fret, brother

This is an iron wall

We are here

Just wait and watch how
Rudramadevi's game ends

Well done, brother

You rightly said our enmity
is equal to that of the snakes

Though just a girl, she has
taken the form of a mongoose

The way she twirls her sword
it may even reach our throats

Who will finish
Rudrama's game?

Look who is here to quell
Rudramadevi's bravery!

Gona Ganna Reddy is here

Kakatiya war has
reached its climax

We have all become friends

Now whom can we
join hands with?

We are not here to join hands
with anyone, Uppalasoma!

With great pleasure we are here
to watch everyone die

Rudramadevi is in the clutches
of Gona Ganna Reddy

Gona Ganna Reddy
in the clutches of Mahadeva

As soon as Hari Hara and
Murari Deva kill Mahadeva...

...we shall aim our sword
at whoever is remaining

In war, it doesn't matter
who is the bravest warrior

The one who wields
the final blow is the victor

He is a warrior of acclaim

He has positioned his army... the eagle formation
to thwart his foes

Like an eagle can
tear a snake apart...

...Gona Ganna Reddy
will kill Rudramadevi

Long live Gona Ganna Reddy!

Long live queen Rudramadevi!

As long as there is
breath within me...

...I will not let even the shadow of Yama,
the Lord of death touch Rudramadevi

Like Virabhadhra is the guardian
to the Goddess Kali of Orugallu...

...Gona Ganna Reddy has become
Rudramadevi's protector

If Ganna Reddy and
Rudramadevi see us-

We should raise
the white flag of truce

Why are your knees trembling?

To murder or dethrone Rudramadevi...

...Gona Ganna Reddy is not a puppet!

I am the Kakatiya people's asset

I ruthlessly killed every feudal lord
who tried to loot this land

I stopped Anamika's wedding
so you don't join hands to gain power

I robbed your treasury... prevent you from forming
an independent army of your own

I returned all that wealth as
treasure troves to build the 7 walls

For Rudramadevi's army
to be strong and mighty...

...I motivated every
youngster to become

...not a robber like me,
but a brave warrior

I was the 1st person to know
Rudramadevi's life-secret

I was also the one to slit Nagadeva's
throat when he found out the secret

I foiled your sinister plans of
destroying Rudramadevi's family

And I saved this kingdom

Branding me as a robber
is not your dishonesty mask

Responsibility offered by
queen Rudramadevi as a royalty mark

You deceived us
with your masquerade

- Betrayal
- Treason

The enemy cautions us
how to plan a war

He also decides
which weapon to use

To your crimes and schemes
this itself is the right verdict

The diamond shield that guards
the dignity of the Kakatiya kingdom... Gona Ganna Reddy

Hey! Gona Ganna Reddy

You escaped my
clutches too many times

My father slaughtered
your father like a dog

I will kill you today
and make your Anamika mine!

And Rudramadevi too-

Shut up!

I said I had marked another
auspicious time for you to die

That is now
This moment


Their story is
in your hands

The auspicious time of death
is not marked for us but for you


Let us fight


Mahadeva is the most
monstrous demon

You could have
killed him yourself

Devagiri Mahadeva is the foremost
enemy of the Kakatiya kingdom

If I killed him
it is not a big deal

The Kakatiya people who dreamt
a male royal heir will protect them...

...their expectations should
be met by a woman

In no way is a woman
any less brave

This is the time for
people to realize it

So Rudrama must kill him

This must become history

My father must not
see your corpse

But your defeat

Beat the drums of victory

(Holy chant)

'Of your own accord you ended
your life as Rudradeva'

'Now I will end your life
as Rudramadevi'

Kill Mahadeva

Don't spare his life

Kill Mahadeva

A war is between
the armies of 2 lands

2 kings should combat

But not between
the subjects of 2 kingdoms

Chief minister!

Without thinking twice,
cut him into pieces

Stop, Veerabhadra

Even if the enmity is
Ganapati Deva's...

...only Rudramadevi
must put an end to it

Who is your enmity directed at?

On our own motherland?

If we keep fighting internally
what will be the fate of our kingdom?

Thanks to our disunity...

...foreigners from Alexander
to Ghazni have tried to rule us

They plundered our wealth

In the end we became slaves to
a slave king Qutubudin Aibak

We were divided and ruled

Did we not learn
from our mistakes?


If those who drank the same
mother's milk can bond as brothers...

...drinking water from the same river
can't we live as brothers and sisters!

Our duty as ruler is to ensure
our subjects are happy

Forgive me, Your Majesty

All these years claiming
to forgive my father... disrespected us
in the most arrogant way

Today in front of everyone...

...I forgive you

Long live, queen Rudramadevi

Mahadeva, where
did you jump from?

You stand here today
like a beggar asking for alms

How strange is your fate

Amulet on my hip thread!

Instead of dissecting you to pieces...

...forgiving you is
a bigger punishment

Rudrama, I'll be with the people


I will protect them

You sacrificed the throne to be
a friend of the people in all ways

Long live Ganna Reddy!

Gona Ganna Reddy!

My dear Anamika

This is not the right time-

Keep quiet

Amulet on my hip thread!

Long live queen Rudramadevi!

'In nature's law, difference
in the gender is only in the uterus'

'But a stupendous victory
without discrimination...'

'...can be achieved by
a man or woman in history'

'Will-power and
diligence will do'

Reason you lost
in the previous war... not because
you didn't have a male heir

You did not raise your daughter
as the heir to the throne

India has shown
a new path to Italy

Let's follow the concept
of the Kakatiya kingdom

(Liquor consumption
is injurious to health)

My daughter is my heir

Paper is not the most wonderful
invention of China, Marco Polo

The story of Rudramadevi's victory...

...that you wrote on it
is even more of a wonder

Long live queen Rudramadevi!

'Queen Rudramadevi's journey
of triumph did not end with this'

'Continuing the progeny and her bravery
was heir apparent Prathaparudhra'

'History will always trumpet her glory'

"Born in our brave soil India
was a woman akin a cheetah"

"With Goddess Kali’s scimitar
seated on a lion she snarled to conquer"

"As Sambavi and Bhairavi
she destroyed evil in forms of fury"

"Like the Goddess Adi Parashakti
avatar of Divine Mother Shakthi"

"Like Vishnu as Parasurama with an axe
Ferocious as a lion when she attacks"

"An everlasting beacon of light
Brave heart day and night"

"Rudramadevi as Bhadrakali
inscribed her name in HIS-story!"

"In directions 8, a torch to guide
your fame is acclaimed far and wide"

"Examples of the king’s bravery
Embellish sky-high his story"

"You are our life's lamp, we revere
You are our dawn everywhere"

"In a land which extols the scriptures
no place ever for woes or remorse"

"Like lashes to the eyes, our protector
Beloved king, our shield and shelter"

"Treating all girls like his mother
Most dignified king ever"

"In directions 8, a torch to guide
your fame is acclaimed far and wide"

"Examples of the king’s bravery
Embellish sky-high his story"

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