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Oopiri




Summary

Oopiri (lit. Breath) is a 2016 Indian comedy-drama film directed by Vamsi Paidipally. A remake of Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano's French comedy-drama The Intouchables (2011), the film was produced by Prasad V. Potluri and Kavin Anne of PVP Cinema in Telugu and Tamil, the latter as Thozha (lit. Companion). It features Akkineni Nagarjuna, Karthi, and Tamannaah in the lead roles; Prakash Raj, Ali, Vivek, and Jayasudha play supporting roles.

The film focuses on the lives of Vikramadhitya (Nagarjuna), a quadriplegic billionaire, and Seenu (Karthi), his ex-convict caretaker. Their realisation of the primacy of life and relationships over money and disability forms the major part of its story. Gopi Sunder composed the film's soundtrack and score, and P. S. Vinod was its cinematographer. Madhu and Praveen K. L. edited the Telugu and Tamil versions, respectively. Principal photography began in March 2015, ending the following February. Most of the film was shot in and around Chennai, Hyderabad, and in Europe in Paris and Belgrade.

Produced on a budget of ₹500–600 million, Oopiri and Thozha were released globally on 25 March 2016. Both received critical acclaim for the performances of the principal cast, the cinematography, and Paidipally's work in adapting the original. They were commercially successful, grossing over ₹1 billion worldwide.