Sokkali Mainor (English: The Young Man is a Charmer) is a 2016 Indian Telugu-language supernatural drama film directed by Kalyan Krishna Kurasala. In addition to producing the film under his Annapurna Studios banner, Akkineni Nagarjuna played dual roles. Ramya Krishnan and Lavanya Tripathi were the film’s female leads. Nassar, Pithamagan Mahadevan, Sampath Raj and Brahmanandam played key supporting roles.
Written by Ram Mohan P, Sokkali Mainor revolves around the soul of Bangarraju, a flirtatious zamindar whom Yama (the god of the underworld) sends back to earth to reconcile his son (Ram “Ramu” Mohan) and his wife Seetha; they are on the brink of divorce. In the process, he learns about his death and its connection with a local Shiva temple.
Ram “Ramu” Mohan is a socially-inept cardiologist practicing in the United States. His wife, Seetha, feels lonely since Ramu pays very little attention to her because of his work. They decide to divorce and leave for Sivapuram, Rajahmundry, where Ramu’s mother Satyabhama lives. Satyabhama, shocked to learn that Ramu and Seetha are divorcing, shouts at a portrait of her deceased husband Bangarraju (a benevolent, flirtatious zamindar who died nearly 30 years ago in an accident).
Bangarraju’s soul is in Naraka, where he continues to flirt. Yama, at Shiva’s command, sends him back to earth because there is a mission only he can fulfil. Bangarraju, who can be seen and heard only by Satyabhama, tries to solve his family’s problems. After several unsuccessful attempts, Bangarraju possesses Ramu’s body on his birthday. He meets Ramu’s young female cousins, and invites them to his home. On his way back Ramu meets Suri, a frightened drunk who runs away as Ramu and Bangarraju look identical. To free himself from guilt, Suri later admits that he murdered Bangarraju with a lorry after he was bribed. Before he can disclose more details, Suri dies in an accident and Bangarraju learns that his family is in danger. Ramu spends quality time with his cousins, making Seetha jealous.
Bangarraju is confronted by Satyabhama, who is unaware of recent events. He suggests that she help Seetha impress Ramu. At Satyabhama’s suggestion, Ramu and Seetha go to a theatre to watch a film. When she is taunted, Ramu (possessed by Bangarraju) overpowers her tormenters. Seetha is pleasantly surprised, since Ramu failed to confront the same group earlier in a similar situation. The couple slowly grow closer, and Seetha realises that Ramu does love her. Bangarraju learns from Athmanandam, a godman who can communicate with souls, that his uncle Rudraraju masterminded his murder. Rudraraju and his cousin, Veerababu, wanted to steal jewellery from a 1,000-year old temple to Shiva. They murdered Bangarraju, bribing Suri to silence him.
After Rudraraju’s son dies when he is bitten by a divine snake, a tantrik warns that only Bangarraju’s descendants can open the lock; others would be killed by the snake. The tantrik captures Bangarraju’s soul and gives a few threads to Sampath, Rudraraju’s grandson, telling him to tie them to the hands of every member of Bangarraju’s family to keep his soul from communicating with them. After Sampath and the others leave, the snake kills the tantrik and saves Bangarraju’s soul.
Bangarraju reaches the temple, where Satyabhama can neither see nor hear him and he cannot possess Ramu. Rudraraju and Sampath attack Ramu and Seetha after the jewellery is removed from the treasury. Rudraraju tells his henchmen to put the couple in a car with the jewellery, which will make the villagers think that they are the thieves. The thread to Ramu’s hand comes loose, and Bangarraju possesses him. Bangarraju fights them and retrieves the jewellery before leaving Ramu, who operates on an injured Seetha in a nearby hospital. Satyabhama removes the thread and can see Bangarraju. Ramu and Seetha reconcile, and Yama orders Bangarraju to come back in accordance with Shiva’s instructions. When Satyabhama begs Bangarraju to stay, Yama gives him a chance to wipe away her tears. He asks her to keep smiling and live happily for his sake, and returns to Naraka.
Directed by Kalyan Krishna Kurasala
Produced by Akkineni Nagarjuna
Screenplay by Ram Mohan P
Story by Ram Mohan P
Starring Akkineni Nagarjuna, Ramya Krishnan, Lavanya Tripathi
Music by Anup Rubens
Cinematography P. S. Vinod & Siddhardh Ramaswami
Edited by Prawin Pudi
Production Annapurna Studios
Distributed by Annapurna Studios
Release date 15 January 2016
Running time 145 minutes