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Sunday, October 18, 2015


(Anushka Shetty plays the role of Rudhramadevi)

Releasing today (October 18) is the Tamil, Telugu historical film Rudhramadevi.

Based on the life of Rudhramadevi, one of the prominent rulers of the Kakatiya dynasty in the Deccan Plateau, and one of the few ruling queens in Indian history, the film is written and directed by Gunasekhar and was simultaneously made in Tamil & Telugu.

The film features Anushka Shetty in the role of Rudhramadevi as well as Allu Arjun, Rana Daggubati, Vikramjeet Virk, Prakash Raj, Krishnam Raju, Nithya Menon, Baba Sehgal and Catherine Teresa, among others.

Rudhramadevi had begun to rule the kingdom jointly with her father as his co-regent from 1259-60 under the name of Rudhradeva Maharaja. She succeeded her father to the Kakatiya throne at the age of 14, assuming the title Rani (Queen) and the name Rudhradeva. Though she assumed full sovereignty in 1262-63 AD, she was not the crowned queen until 1269 when her father died. Her nomination and ascension to the throne was not entirely accepted; indeed, some people had turned against Ganapatideva during his lifetime because of his decision to appoint a woman as his heir. On her accession some nobles who were unwilling to submit to a woman's authority, took up arms against her.

The film's soundtrack and background score were composed by Ilayaraja.