In the 19th century, a zamindar (Prakash Raj) insults Goddess Durga by stealing her idol from a temple in a state of intoxication. An enraged Goddess kills him and casts a curse on his heirs that she is going to take one family member every 48 years as a sacrifice. As the curse said, one male heir dies accidentally at the end of every 48 years. The present year denotes end of another 48 years and now it's the turn of Murari (Mahesh Babu).
One day, Murari travels to his native village with his mother, where he meets Vasundhara(vasu) (Sonali Bendre). Vasundhara's family is related to Murari's family by his mother, but are separated due to family feuds. They both fall in love and both of their families make formal arrangements for marriage. However, his grandmother Sabari (Sukumari), returning from a pilgrimage, does not accept the marriage after getting informed of Murari's curse. Later on, she reveals the dark secret that is kept under wraps, and that the curse can be stopped only if a ritual is performed by Murari himself.
Murari decides to bring Vasundhara back and marry her after performing the rituals, but is instead stabbed by his relative. Seeing this, Vasundhara loses her consciousness. Murari, in immense pain, manages to take Vasundhara and himself back to the temple, and performs the rituals. Will he succeed in completing the rituals and put an end to the curse?
The film marks Sonali Bendre's Telugu cinema debut.
Krishna Vamsi, who wrote, edited and directed, claimed that the plot of 'Murari' is inspired from a true life incident, that happened in a village and also that some of the characters are inspired from Lord Krishna.
This movie marks the debut of stunt master Peter Hein, who is the action director for this film.
The movie did exceptionally well at the box office, having a successful a 100 day run in 34 centres. It also won numerous awards, including the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film in 2001.
17 Feb 2001 ● Telugu ● 3 hrs 0 mins
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