V is a 2020 Indian Telugu-language action thriller film written and directed by Mohana Krishna Indraganti and produced by Dil Raju under the banner of Sri Venkateswara Creations. The film stars Nani, Sudheer Babu, Nivetha Thomas and Aditi Rao Hydari along with Vennela Kishore and Tanikella Bharani in supporting roles. It marks Nani’s 25th film as a lead actor, in which he plays an antihero for the first time in his career. In the film, a decorated police officer tries to hunt down a serial killer.
Principal photography began in May 2019, after the film’s official announcement, and was shot predominantly across Hyderabad, Mumbai and Thailand, before the shooting wrapped in January 2020. The film’s score is composed by S. Thaman, with the soundtrack album being composed by Amit Trivedi. The cinematography is handled by P. G. Vinda and editing done by Marthand K. Venkatesh.
After a scheduled theatrical release of 25 March 2020, coinciding with Ugadi, was postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 pandemic, the film was released on Amazon Prime Video on 5 September 2020, thus becoming the first mainstream Telugu film to have a digital release. It received mixed reviews from critics, praising the principle cast performance, stylized action sequences, technical praise and direction but criticised its clichèd writing. However, it was the most watched Telugu film in a streaming platform in 2020. The film was re-released in theatres on 1 January 2021 following its digital release. Babu, won the Critics Choice Award for Best Actor – Telugu, at the 10th South Indian International Movie Awards for his performance.