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Gautamiputra Satakarni - Nandamuri Balakrishna - Shriya Saran | Sandalwood Movies

Gautamiputra Satakarni (transl. Satakarni, son of Gautami) is a 2017 Indian Telugu-language epic historical action film written and directed...

Gautamiputra Satakarni

(transl. Satakarni, son of Gautami) is a 2017 Indian Telugu-language epic historical action film written and directed by Krish. The film was produced by Y. Rajeev Reddy, Jagarlamudi Saibabu on First Frame Entertainment banner. Based on the life of 2nd century CE Satavahana ruler Gautamiputra Satakarni, the film stars Nandamuri Balakrishna in the titular role, alongside Shriya Saran, and Hema Malini. It marks Balakrishna's 100th film as an actor. The music is composed by Chirantan Bhatt.


Gautamiputra Satakarni is the 2nd century CE Satavahana ruler of Amaravati whose dream is to unite all of the 32 kingdoms in the country to stop internal skirmishes and establish peace. He takes an oath to his mother Gautami Balasri, starts his mission at the age of 18, and gives only two options to the kings on his way: peace (by surrendering their sword) or war. After 18 long years, he takes entire South India under his control. For the time being, Satakarni marries Vasishti Devi, and they have a son named Pulumavi (Master Snehit Chowdary). Nahapana, the important ruler of the Western Kshatrapas, is a powerful and villainous person who forcibly locks up the princes of his feudatory kingdoms as royal prisoners to protect his kingdom on all sides. Now, it is a difficult task for Satakarni to reach Nahapana, so he uses a strategy and decides to go along with his son Pulumavi to the battlefield. However, Vasishti opposes, but Satakarni still stubbornly does so. Simultaneously, Greek Emperor Demetrius is waiting at the border for the result of their battle, thereafter to conquer the country. Meanwhile, Satakarni moves towards Nahapana's fort. On the way, he assures the feudatory kings to safeguard and secure their children. Finally, he reaches Nahapana's fort, destroys him, rescues the princes, brings the entire country under one flag, and slaps his thigh.

Satakarni then returns to Amaravathi, with the 32 swords which he has obtained from the rulers of India, and Balasri orders him to make a powerful sword by melting the 32 swords. Everybody welcomes him with great enlightenment and joy, but his wife Vasishti is fed up with his dictatorial mentality. She decides to leave him, but now he has to perform Rajasuya Yaaga, a grand ritual that is impossible without a wife. At the request of her mother-in-law, Vasishti agrees to stay until its completion. During the ritual, the Emperor must give Agra Pooja honor to the topmost person in the kingdom. Satakarni gives it to his mother by spreading the greatness of women, and from there onwards, he changes his name to Gautamiputra Satakarni and also names his son as Vasishtiputra Pulumavi, where his wife Vasishti understands the virtue of her husband. Satakarni declares a new era called Salivahana Sakha and the day starts as Ugadi. That night, Kanjira, one of the feudatory kings, backstabs his compatriots by aiding Demetrius and lets his men enter the fort to knock out Satakarni. Still, Gautami Balasri protects her son by breaking up their tactics.

Satakarni learns that Demetrius has entered the borders of Sindhu Kingdom to conquer the country, whose army is 10 times that of his. He then gets ready for the final battle. At that point, Vasishti senses bad signs that someone has poisoned her husband, so she requests him to avoid this battle when Satakarni explains to her his childhood dream of uniting the entire country which he had done so. Now, he has to protect it from invaders. His only choices are victory or martyrdom. Gauthami Balasri consults a Bhikkhu and explains to him regarding these bad signs, who gives her an antidote to the poison. At last, Satakarni reaches the Sindhu Kingdom. During the first day of battle, Satakrani destroys almost half of the Greek army. There, Demetrius understands that it is difficult to conquer India as long as Satakarni is alive. He sends a woman named Athena (Farah Karima) to Satakarni as a messenger. Unfortunately, he drinks a juice laced with poison that she offers. He foams at the mouth and faints, screaming. The next day, when Satakarni is under treatment, all other Kings are confused as to whether to fight or retreat. They understand the goal of Satakarni is not only to win the country, but also to develop unity among them, and decide to partake in the battle. Meanwhile, Satakarni recovers reach the battlefield, and defeats Demetrius, affirming, "Nobody can destroy the Unity of India".

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