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February 12, 2021
2hr 27min
Status: released

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Uppena Movie Details:

Movie NameUppena
Country India
Language Telugu
GenreRomance, Drama
Release Date12 February 2021
Running Time2hr 27min
CastPanja Vaisshnav Tej
Krithi Shetty
Vijay Sethupathi
Directed by Buchi Babu Sana
Written byBuchi Babu Sana
Produced byNaveen Yerneni
Yalamanchili Ravi Shankar
Cinematography by Shamdat Sainudeen
Edited by Naveen Nooli
Music byDevi Sri Prasad
Production CompanyMythri Movie Makers
Sukumar Writings
Budget₹13–15 crore
Box Office Collection₹83−100 crore

Uppena Movie Cast and Characters:

  • Panja Vaisshnav Tej as Aasirvadham “Aasi”
    • Master Raghavan as Young Aasirvadham “Aasi”
  • Krithi Shetty as Sangeetha “Bebbamma”(Voice dubbed by RJ Swetha).
  • Vijay Sethupathi as Kotagiri Sesha Raayanam, Sangeetha’s father
  • Sai Chand as Jalayya, Aasi’s father
  • Mamilla Shailaja Priya as Raayanam’s sister
  • Gayatri Jayaraman as Sangeetha’s mother
  • Mahadevan as Raayanam’s father
  • Rajeev Kanakala as a mandal revenue officer
  • Kancharapalem Raju
  • Naga Mahesh as Govindu
  • Jai Krishna as Thalimpu
  • Ravi Varma
  • Rajsekar Aningi as Bus driver


The son of a fishing community falls for a village head’s daughter, but they face violent opposition from the girl’s doggedly old-fashioned father.

About Uppena Movie:

  • In mid-October 2018, Sukumar decided to back the project of the untitled film, helmed by his former assistant Buchi Babu Sana, in his directorial debut.
  • Mythri Movie Makers, eventually collaborated with Sukumar Writings, the director’s home banner, to co-produce the film.
  • The makers roped Panja Vaisshnav Tej to play the lead role, marking his debut in film industry, and Sukumar’s regular collaborator Devi Sri Prasad was roped in to score music for the film.
  • The film is reportedly set in the backdrop of Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, and deals with the issue of honor killings, with Vaisshnav Tej, essaying the role of a fisherman.
  • In March 2019, Vijay Sethupathi was roped in to play the antagonist, in his second Telugu film after Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy.
  • On 6 May 2019, the makers revealed the film’s title as Uppena. Initially, it was speculated that the film would be titled Jalari, the title Uppena was finalized and registered in the Film Chamber.
  • The launch event of the film was held on 21 January 2019, at the office of Mythri Movie Makers, with Vaisshnav Tej’s relatives, including actors Chiranjeevi, Nagendra Babu, Allu Aravind, Allu Arjun, Sai Dharam Tej, Varun Tej, Niharika Konidela, among others, attending the event.
  • Four months later, the principal photography of the film started on 25 May 2019. The film was shot for 35 days in Kakinada. On 21 August 2019, Vijay Sethupathi joined the sets and it was reported that 40 percent of the film was completed.
  • The film was later shot in Hyderabad and was completed in late-September 2019. The second schedule took place in October 2019 for 90 days at Puri, Kolkata, and Gangtok. A few scenes were shot at Jagannath Temple, Puri.
  • In January 2020, the makers completed the shooting of the film and started post-production work.
  • After Tamil actor Sethupathi deciding not to dub for his character in Telugu language citing his voice might not suit the character, director Buchi Babu Sana hired P. Ravi Shankar for the dubbing of the character. He completed the dubbing work in three days in Hyderabad. The majority of the post-production work was completed by June 2020.
  • A pre-release event was held on 6 February 2021 for promoting the film in Hyderabad,[citation needed] with actor Chiranjeevi as the chief guest. A success meet was held on 17 February 2021 at Rajahmundry, with actor Ram Charan as the chief guest.
  • The film is released theatrically on 12 February 2021 and was commercially successful at the box office. Uppena emerged as the highest-grossing Telugu film for a debut actor, surpassing the record of Chirutha (2007).
  • The film is loosely based on the 1998 Tamil film Nilaave Vaa.
  • Digital rights of the film were acquired by Netflix at a reported amount of ₹7 crore. Digital premiere of the film was initially scheduled to 2 April 2021 and later postponed to 11 April 2021. But the film has finally premiered on 14 April 2021. The television broadcast rights of the film were acquired by Star Maa. The television premiere was broadcast on 18 April 2021. The first premiere on television registered a target rating point (TRP) of 18.51, while the second registered a TRP of 11.37.