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Sri Manjunatha

Sri Manjunatha

Sri Manjunatha is a 2001 Indian hagiographical supernatural film written and directed by K. Raghavendra Rao and produced by Nara Jaya Sridevi. Shot simultaneosly in Telugu and Kannada, the film stars Chiranjeevi, Meena, Arjun Sarja and Soundarya in the lead roles, while Ambareesh, Sumalatha, Dwarakish and Mimicry Dayanand play other supporting roles. Upon release, the film received positive reviews. The film is based on the life of the Shaiva devotee, Bhakta Manjunatha of the Kotilingeshwara Temple.

Plot

Manjunatha (Arjun Sarja) is an atheist, but a good person helping others in need and fighting evil and so even though Manjunatha hates his namesake Lord Manjunatha (Chiranjeevi), the latter loves his would be devotee. Being an atheist, Manjunatha always scolds Lord Shiva which is watched by his Maha Vahanam Shri Nandi (Dwarakish) and Bhrungi (Mimicry Dayanand). Manjunatha meets Katyayini (Soundarya) a to-become devadasi and marries her. Soon they beget a son, Siddhartha ("Siddhu"), who like his mother is a staunch devotee of Lord Manjunatha.