Exactly 12 years back Puri Jagannadh’s directorial venture took the Tollywood box-office by storm. The film, which released amid normal expectations, went on to become an Industry hit and created many records. Yes, we are talking about Supers star Mahesh Babu and Ileana D’cruz starrer Pokiri, which was released on 28th April 2006. Nasser, Ashish Vidyarthi, Sayaji Shinde, Bramhanandam played the supporting role.
Mahesh played the role of gangster cum cop whereas Ileana as a yoga instructor in this film. Pokiri opened to mixed talk but the shocking climax and the positive word of mouth made the movie one of the biggest hits in the history of Telugu cinema.
Pokiri completed 50 days in 299 centers, 100 days in 200 centers and 175 days in 63 centers. The film was jointly produced by Puri Jagannadh and Mahesh Babu’s sister Manjula Ghattamaneni. Pokiri won 4 Nandi Awards. The chemistry between Mahesh Babu and Ileana, dialogues, Songs, Puri’s direction were the major highlights.