Rudhramadevi is a 2015 Indian Telugu 3D historical movie based on the life of Rudrama Devi, one of the prominent rulers of the Kakatiya dynasty in the Deccan Plateau, and one of the few ruling queens in Indian history. The film written and directed by Gunasekhar is narrated by Chiranjeevi, it features Anushka Shetty as Rudrama Devi, alongside an ensemble cast of Allu Arjun, Rana Daggubati, Vikramjeet Virk, Prakash Raj, Krishnam Raju, Nithya Menen, Baba Sehgal and Catherine Tresa. The film’s soundtrack and background score were composed by Ilaiyaraaja.
Rudhramadevi was released worldwide on 9 October 2015, with dubbed versions in Hindi and Malayalam languages. The Tamil dubbed version was released by Sri Thenandal Films on 16 October. Upon release, the film received positive reviews, with critics praising the direction, narrative style, background score, and Anushka’s performance. The film became the fifth highest opening day grossing Indian film of 2015. It grossed 32 crores worldwide in the opening weekend.
Ganapatideva, was the emperor of the Kakatiya dynasty who ruled in Orugallu. Rudrama was formally designated as a son and given the male name Rudradeva, through the ancient Putrika ceremony. Rudrama Devi begins to rule the kingdom jointly with her father as his co-regent from 1259–60 under the name of Rudradeva Maharaja.
In the first two or three years of their joint rule, the kingdom was thrown into confusion and disorder due to Jatavarma Sundara Pandya I’s invasion and the disastrous defeat of the Kakatiyas and their allies on the battle field of Muttukur, near Nellore. Though Ganapatideva was ultimately successful in turning back the tide of invasion, he suffered loss of territory and prestige and his hold over his feudatories and nobles was shaken. Under these circumstances, he retired from active politics. Rudramadevi gets married to Veerabhadra, a Vengi Chalukya (a branch of the Chalukyas of Badami) prince of Nidadavolu.
Directed by Gunasekhar
Produced by Gunasekhar, Raagini Guna, Neelima Guna & Yukthamukhi
Screenplay by Gunasekhar
Starring Anushka Shetty, Allu Arjun, Rana Daggubati, Vikramjeet Virk, Prakash Raj
Narrated by Chiranjeevi
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Ajayan Vincent
Edited by Srikar Prasad
Production Gunaa Team Works
Release dates October 9, 2015
Running time 157 minutes