Drama · 

Release Date: January 9, 2013

Original name: నాయక్

Status: Released

Running time: 2h 40m

Budget: $5,393,500

Revenue: $8,552,550

Filming Locations: Iceland



Naayak (transl. Leader) is a 2013 Indian Telugu-language action comedy film directed by V. V. Vinayak who co-wrote the film with Akula Siva. The film was produced by DVV Danayya and presented by S. Radha Krishna under the banner Universal Media. The film features Ram Charan, Kajal Aggarwal, and Amala Paul in the lead roles, with Brahmanandam, Pradeep Rawat, and Ashish Vidyarthi in supporting roles. S. Thaman composed the film's score and soundtrack. Chota K. Naidu performed the cinematography and Gautham Raju was the film's editor. Charan plays a dual role for the first time as: Cherry, a software engineer in Hyderabad, and Siddharth Naayak, an inspiring young leader in Kolkata fighting against an evil politician named Rawat. The film revolves around Cherry assisting Siddharth in the triumph of good over evil after their paths cross. Production began on 9 November 2011, and principal photography began on 7 February 2012. The film was extensively shot in Hyderabad and Kolkata, while a couple of the songs were shot in Dubai, Iceland, and Slovenia, making Naayak the first Indian film to be shot in Slovenia. Filming ended on 29 December 2012. Released during the season of the Makar Sankranti festival on 9 January 2013, on 1589 screens worldwide, the film received generally positive reviews from critics and was commercially successful, emerging as the fifth highest-grossing Telugu film of 2013.
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