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Movie poster
Directed by Puri Jagannadh
Produced by C. Ashwini Dutt
Written by Puri Jagannadh
Starring Ram Charan
Neha Sharma
Prakash Raj
Ashish Vidyarthi

Music by Mani Sharma
Cinematography Shyam K. Naidu
Edited by M.R. Varma
Distributed by Vyjayanthi Movies
Release date
  • 28 September 2007 (2007-09-28)
Running time
149 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 17 crore (US$2.6 million)
Box office 22.08crore (US$3.3 million)

Chirutha (English: Leopard) is a 2007 Indian Telugu action film directed by Puri Jagannadh. The film marks the debut of Ram Charan, son of the popular Telugu actor Chiranjeevi, in the lead role. Delhi-based model Neha Sharma plays the female lead with Ashish Vidyarthi, Prakash Raj, Brahmanandam, and Ali playing supporting roles. The film revolves around a man who searches for the person who murdered his father during his childhood. In the process, he falls in love with a girl and also finds his mother. The rest of the plot shows how the man avenges his father's death.

Chirutha was produced by C. Ashwini Dutt under the banner Vyjayanthi Movies. The film features a soundtrack by Mani Sharma, cinematography by Shyam K. Naidu and editing by Saibaba. Its filming began in 2007 and was shot extensively around Thailand. Chirutha was released worldwide on 28 September 2007. The film was dubbed into Tamil as Siruthai Puli. On 14 September 2012 the movie was released in its Malayalam dubbed version named Cheetah. It was remade in Bengali as Rangbaaz with Dev and Koel Mallick in the lead. The film was also later dubbed into Hindi under the same name by Goldmines Telefilms and released in 2013.


An auto driver (Surya) sees Mattu Bhai (Ashish Vidyarthi) murdering a journalist. The driver manages to capture Mattu and his henchmen. Afterwards, the driver returns home to his wife (Pragathi) and son Charan. Unfortunately, Mattu and his henchmen break into their house that night. The driver is killed, his wife is severely injured, and Charan survives. Charan's mother is in critical condition, but Charan and his uncle (Tanikella Bharani) do not have enough money to pay for her operation. The local mafia leader's son has committed a murder and offers Charan a deal. In order to pay for his mother's surgery, Charan has to go to prison accepting the crime.

12 years later, Charan (Ram Charan) is released from prison. When he meets his uncle again, he finds out his mother died. Charan falls in love with Sanjana (Neha Sharma), who lives with her father Karthikeya (Prakash Raj), a rich business magnate. ASP Ajay (Sayaji Shinde) helps Charan get a passport. Charan plans to go to Bangkok to join a travel agency. Sanjana and her friends also arrive in Bangkok as tourists. Charan is one of the tour guides. Later, Biku (Daniel Balaji) and his henchmen bother Sanjana, and Charan attacks them. A few days later, Biku and his henchmen see Sanjana again, and Charan fights them. Charan and Sanjana use a water bike to escape. They get stuck in the middle of the sea when their bike runs out of gas. They later swim to a nearby island.

Karthikeya and the other people believe Sanjana is kidnapped by Charan, so Karthikeya arranges helicopters to search for her. Charan reveals he came to Bangkok to kill Mattu as he found out that he is a notorious international criminal with networks in Hong Kong, Bangkok, and other places, and has shifted base to Bangkok. Charan tells Sanjana that Biku is Mattu's son. In Bangkok, Charan tried to kill Mattu, but the latter escaped and stopped coming to Bangkok. Soon, Karthikeya comes in a helicopter. Seeing him, Sanjana tells him not to hit Charan. At first, Karthikeya tells her to leave him, and the goons oblige. When Sanjana tells him that she loves him, her father tells the goons to kill him, and they hit Charan on his head. A member of the company for which Charan works searches finds him and takes him back. An argument takes place between Sanjana and Karthikeya, and she runs away to Charan. Karthikeya calls Charan and tells him his mother is still alive, and he will trade Charan's mother for Sanjana. Charan takes Sanjana to a building, where he tells her that he is going to trade her for his mother. He tells her that she has Karthikeya, but his mother has just him. Karthikeya comes and takes her and gives Charan his mother back.

Meanwhile, Mattu tells Biku to kidnap Sanjana, and Biku does the same when the exchange of Sanjana and Charan's mother goes. In the process, gunfire takes place where Karthikeya's men get shot. Charan kills some of Biku's men, but Biku gets away with Sanjana. Karthikeya gets shot in his leg and tells Charan that he saw how much he loves his mother and screams that someone is taking away his fiancé, so he reminds him to go and get her. Leaving Karthikeya in his mother's care, Charan runs after Biku's car but fails to get him. One of Biku's men gets to him and gives him a phone, where he talks with Mattu. The goons take Charan to an island where Mattu and Biku are there. Mattu lets them escape saying he would hunt them, but Charan kills Mattu's men and Biku. Charan lures Mattu into his trap and kills him the same way he killed his father.[1]



The film had completed its Bangkok schedule and also the Hyderabad schedule. Again the unit left for Bangkok for the final schedule. After the launch and a few days of shooting at Bangkok, the unit returned to Hyderabad.[2] On May 2007, a fight sequence was shot in a huge set was erected at a cost of around Rs 70 lakhs at Annapurna Studios under the supervision of Vijayan.[3] Later, the unit left for Bangkok to continue its shooting there. The introductory song was choreographed at Hyderabad recently under the dance direction of Raghava Lawrence in August.[4]


Soundtrack album by Mani Sharma
Genre Telugu
Length 32:28
Label Aditya Music[2]
Mani Sharma chronology

Mani Sharma composed the film's soundtrack and score. The audio of the film was released on 22 August. The soundtrack received huge response and cassettes and CDs were sold like hotcakes.[5] The lyrics for Telugu version was penned by Sirivennela, Ramajogayya Sastry, Bhaskarabhatla, Viswa, Kandikonda while Jeyamurasu, Tamil Amuthan, Suthanthirathas penned for Tamil version.[6]

# Song Artist(s)
1 "Yamaho Yama" Tippu
2 "Love U Raa" Deepu, Rita
3 "Yenduko" Karunya
4 "Chamkaa Chamkaa" Ranjith, Geeta Madhuri
5 "Maro Maro" Rahul Nambiar, Suchitra
6 "Kanniti" Mallikarjun
7 "Ivvale" KK, Sunitha
8 "Innala" Ush


The film was initially slated to release on 22 September but postponed to 29 September.[7] The film released in 708 screens including 532 in Andhra Pradesh, 44 in Karnataka, 4 in Tamil Nadu, 3 in Odisha and 115 overseas. Chirutha collected a first day distributors' share of nearly 3.81 crore (US$530,000).[8] In Chennai, it debuted at no. 1 and averaged 100% collections from 3 screens in its opening weekend.[9]


Critical reception

Chirutha received generally positive reviews from critics. Y. Sunita Chowdary of The Hindu mentioned that: "Chiruta is garnished well with commercial trappings. You’ll find an adequate dose of romance, sentiment and dollops of violence" and praied Charan's performance that he "earn some serious brownie points for effortless dancing and fights".[10] Sify appreciated Charan's performance stating that: "Ram Charan has rendered excellent performance in the dance and stunts departments [..] He looks smart and promising".[11] Idlebrain rated the film 3 out of 5 stating "The first half of the film is alright. The second half slows down a bit. The plus points of the film are Ram Charan Teja, songs and fights. On the flip side a better heroine and a better second half would have done wonders to the film".[12]

Box office

Chirutha collected a share of 12 crores in AP alone for 7 days.[13] The film collected 22.08 crore (US$3.1 million)(share) in 50 Days and declared as a Box Office Hit worldwide. Chirutha completed 50 Days in 178 direct centres and 15 other shifted centres.[14] the film completed 100 Days in 40 direct centres.[15]

Dubbed versions and remakes

The film was dubbed into Tamil as Siruthai Puli.[16] On 14 September 2012 the movie was released in the Malayalam dubbed version named Cheetah. It was remade in Bengali as Rangbaaz with Dev and Koel Mallick in the lead.[17]


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