Bheeshma Narayan (Prakash Raj) is a religious guru who prepares an army for the protection of all the ancient Hindu temples. Of all the valiant and talented warriors in this elite army, Badrinath (Allu Arjun) is one who is groomed by Bheeshma Narayan and wishes to make Badri his successor. Once, some criminals attacked Amarnath Temple and killed some devotees, Badri fought and killed those criminals, saving both the temple and the devotees.
Meanwhile Alakananda (Tamannaah), who is a staunch agnostic due to certain circumstances, along with her family is visiting Badrinath Temple, to which Badri is appointed as the protector. Her grandfather explains to Badri that she is in danger as Sarkar (Kelly Dorjee), a dreaded don, is trying to force her marriage with his son. On the request of her grandfather, Badri helps Alaknanda to gradually believe in God’s existence.
Eventually Alakananda falls deeply in love with Badri, unbeknownst to him, and is not willing to lose him at any cost. Sarkar and his men follow Alaknanda to Badrinath, and try to kidnap her. Although Badri manages to save her, he is heavily injured and goes under medication. Meanwhile Bheeshma Narayan is shocked upon seeing Alakananda’s affectionate behaviour towards Badri when he lay injured. As it is a strict rule that only an unmarried man must be the next guru who would lead the elite warriors, Bheeshma Narayan becomes highly suspicious that Badri is in love with Alakananda, which is not the real situation. Badri promises Alakananda that he would bring her back to Badrinath Temple for success in her love, unaware that he is the object of her love in the first place.
As per the promise, Badri goes to Bellary to free Alakananda from the clutches of Sarkar, who is planning to fix the marriage, and escort Alaknanda back to the holy shrine. He fights with all the goons and escorts her to Badrinath. Sarkar vows revenge on Badri as Sarkar’s son is severely hurt in the process by Badri. Subsequently Sarkar leads his goons to Badrinath and destroys Bheeshma Narayan’s ashram.
Feeling that Badri is the real traitor and loves Alakananda, Bheeshma Narayan orders Badri to vacate Badrinath Temple. Meanwhile Alakananda is being taken away by Sarkar’s men, and Alakananda proposes to Badri to which he rejects as he has dedicated his life to his guru. After seeing Alakananda’s pure love for Badri, Bheeshma Narayan is moved and orders Badri to bring her back and marry her. Following his guru’s orders, Badri saves Alakananda and finally marries her. In the end, Bheeshma Narayan asks them to hand over one of their children so that he can make him his successor to which they agree happily.
- Allu Arjun as Badrinath
- Tamannaah Bhatia as Alakananda
- Prakash Raj as Guru Beeshma Narayana
- Kelly Dorji as Sarkar
- Ashwini Kalsekar as Sarkar’s wife
- Pragathi as Alakananda’s maid
- Tanikella Bharani as Badrinath’s father
- Kovai Sarala as Badrinath’s mother
- Bramhanandam as Batting Baba
Badrinath got positive reviews. Prashast Singh, a viewer gave it 4.5/5 calling it a solid film. idlebrain.com gave a review of rating 3/5 stating “A film of this grandeur needs emotional support to make it likable. V. V. Vinayak who proved himself as a highly successful mass director with his earlier films falter this time to handle a subject of such a huge canvas.” Despite mixed record tendered by critics, the acceptable storyline and script work, the thrills and stunts, the gyrations of choreography by Allu Arjun have lured the audience to the screens. Thus it was declared as success grosser at the box-office and proved to be a blockbuster.
Badrinath was made with a budget of INR42.5 crore (US$6.9 million), it collected INR16 crore (US$2.6 million) in its first weekend INR28 crore (US$4.5 million) on its first week, it finished with a collection of INR39 crore (US$6.3 million) in its total run. Producer of the film Allu Aravind announced that Badrinath collected INR32 crore (US$5.2 million)(Share) in 50 Days. At its function he said that none of his son Allu Arjun films have end up with losses. Badrinath managed to collect INR34 crore (US$5.5 million)(Share) in 100 Days worldwide delivering a gross figure of INR48 crore (US$7.8 million).