Dookudu

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Dookudu

Film poster
Directed bySreenu Vaitla
Produced byRam Achanta
Gopichand Achanta
Anil Sunkara
Written byGopimohan
Kona Venkat
Srinu Vaitla
StarringMahesh Babu
Samantha
Kota Srinivasa Rao
Brahmanandam
Vennela Kishore
Prakash Raj
Sonu Sood
Music byS. Thaman
CinematographyK. V. Guhan
Prasad Murella
Editing byM. R. Varmaa
Studio14 Reels Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • September 23, 2011 (2011-09-23)
[1]
Running time175 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
BudgetINR35 crore (US$6.34 million)[2]
Box officeINR101 crore (US$18.28 million)[3]
 
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Dookudu

Film poster
Directed bySreenu Vaitla
Produced byRam Achanta
Gopichand Achanta
Anil Sunkara
Written byGopimohan
Kona Venkat
Srinu Vaitla
StarringMahesh Babu
Samantha
Kota Srinivasa Rao
Brahmanandam
Vennela Kishore
Prakash Raj
Sonu Sood
Music byS. Thaman
CinematographyK. V. Guhan
Prasad Murella
Editing byM. R. Varmaa
Studio14 Reels Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • September 23, 2011 (2011-09-23)
[1]
Running time175 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
BudgetINR35 crore (US$6.34 million)[2]
Box officeINR101 crore (US$18.28 million)[3]

Dookudu is a 2011 Telugu action comedy film directed by Sreenu Vaitla and distributed by 14 Reels Entertainment. The ensemble cast, stars Mahesh Babu and Samantha.[4] The film was released with the largest worldwide opening for a Telugu film. Opening to generally positive reviews, the Los Angeles Times quoted 'Dookudu' as "the biggest hit you've never heard of."[5] The film set a box office record for the Telugu film industry by collecting a gross of more than INR1 billion.[6][7]

Contents

Plot

Shankar Narayana (Prakash Raj) is a politician driven by idealistic values and a sense of social service. His followers are his brother (Rajiv Kanakala), and supporters (Sayaji Shinde and Supreeth Reddy). The people of Shankar's constituency elect him as an M.L.A. during the political realm of the late N. T. Rama Rao. Although Shankar is an ardent follower of NTR, he does not wish to join NTR's party, and establishes his own independent political empire. Shankar's dream is to see his son as a politician revered by people. During this time, Shankar meets with a fatal accident.

Years later, Shankar's son Ajay Kumar (Mahesh Babu) is a daring super-cop in Mumbai. He is on a mission to apprehend mafia don Nayak (Sonu Sood), who is involved in illegal drug trade, extortion and arms trafficking. It is later revealed that Shankar actually survived the accident but ended up in a state of coma. However, this truth is hidden by Shankar's family from the people. Ajay maintains a low profile to catch Nayak. In an undercover operation in Istanbul, Ajay gets hold of Nayak's brother, Bunty (Ajaz Khan). Later, it is revealed that corrupt opposition leader Mallesh Yadav (Kota Srinivasa Rao), who is also tied up with Nayak, was the mastermind behind Shankar's accident, and had planned to derail Shankar's political empire.

Ajay falls in love with Prashanthi (Samantha Ruth Prabhu), who he meets in Istanbul during his operation. Prashanthi is the daughter of Ajay's boss (Nassar), a cop who reports to the police commissioner (Suman) in Hyderabad city. When Ajay's dad comes out of the coma, doctors advise his family that Shankar is at risk if he encounters or hears anything upsetting, disturbing or shocking. Ajay hides the events surrounding his dad's accident. Ajay shifts his family to his dad's previously abandoned mansion, which is now being used for filmmaking.

Ajay creates a dummy political set-up at this mansion. In the guise of a reality television program, Ajay tricks an aspiring but unsuccessful film actor Padmasree (Brahmanandam), by making him believe that the television show is being sponsored by film star Nagarjuna Akkineni's television channel, and that Nagarjuna wants to offer Padmasree very high remuneration for his realistic performance in the show. On the other hand, an aspiring actor Bokka (M. S. Narayana) is also tricked by Ajay. Ajay also tricks Mallesh Yadav with a real estate business deal, to exploit Mallesh Yadav's criminal nexus. Ajay keeps this drama under wraps from Shankar, by making Shankar believe that Ajay is now an M.L.A. revered by people fulfilling his dad's wishes. He also marries his love, Prashanthi, to make his father happy. The rest of the plot reveals the politician-criminal nexus behind Shankar's accident, the comic misadventures which lead to Shankar knowing the truth, and Ajay's retaliation over Nayak and Mallesh Yadav's political corruption.

Cast

Release

The film was released on September 23, 2011.[1] The film had the second largest worldwide opening for a Telugu film, releasing globally in 1,600 screens,[8] including 71 screens in Hyderabad, India.[9] It also shattered records by releasing in 15 screens in Chennai and 79 theaters in the United States, the highest ever for a Telugu film in both the cases.[10] [11] In the rest of North, East and West India, it opened up in 21 cities.[12] The satellite rights of the film were sold to MAA TV for INR 5.4 crore.[13]

Overseas, it released in 21 countries.[12] The film became the first Telugu project to release in Botswana and was opened in a single screen with one show by the Telugu Association of Botswana.[14] Further, it was released in Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, Dubai and Finland[12] the first for a Telugu film, and in regular overseas markets like Singapore, Malaysia and UK, making it the biggest overseas release for a Telugu film as well.[15] The producers of the film approached the high court for a John Doe order to prevent piracy of the film.[16] The film is all set to release in Malayalam soon.[17]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Times of India3.5/5 stars[18]
CNN-IBN3.5/5 stars[19]
Deccan Chronicle3/5 stars[20]
Rediff2.5/5 stars[21]

CNN-IBN gave three and half stars said "Dookudu is a treat for Mahesh's fans. But others can also enjoy this film for its comedy elements and Mahesh's powerful presence."[22] The Times Of India also gave a three and half rating noted ""Dookudu" is a typical Srinu Vytla film with a generous sprinkling of comedy. His narrative manages to keep the audience engaged until the end of the movie."[23] Deccan Chronicle rated three stars commented "Although, it is a tale of a honest cop who is on the trail of a dreaded don, director Sinu Vaitla relies on a band of comedians like Brahmanandam and M.S. Narayana to sustain audience interests, before his protagonist accomplishes his mission."[24]

Sify praised the lead performances writing "Mahesh Babu`s role, particularly in the action episodes, rocks."[25] NDTV stated "Mahesh Babu's style, dialogues and his fight sequences are a plus. Samantha Ruth Prabhu is largely an eye-candy in the film. Despite the star cast, the film's biggest flaw is the weak screenplay and several illogical sequences".[26] Venkat of Greatandhra.com said "Overall, the film has the right ingredients to appeal the family audience and though most of it is expected, it is the pace and ability with which the audience is engaged and the entertainment value they get."[27] Idlebrain.com, a movie news site, rated the film 3.5 out of 5, also predicting that it would "smash records in the days to come".[28]

On the other hand, the film also received some mixed and negative reviews from other critics. Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff gave it 2.5 out of 5 and criticized the film's screenplay and logic-defying sequences, while praising the performance of Mahesh Babu, calling his role a "cakewalk" and recommending the film for his fans in particular.[29] Prakash of Oneindia.in said "To sum up, Dookudu is just another average entertainer and not in the same league as Mahesh Babu’s earlier blockbusters like Athadu and Pokiri."[30] Haricharan Pudipeddi of nowrunning.com said "Mahesh shines in Dookudu but movie falls short." giving it 3 out of 5 stars.[31]

Box office

The film had the largest opening for a Telugu film, and collected a share of INR 10.11 crores, and a gross of INR 12.58 crores, on the first day of its release.[32] It collected a share of INR 35.01 crores and grossed INR50.07 crores in its first week.[33] After two weeks, it grossed INR70 crores [34] and at 47 days, it grossed INR 100 crores.[35] The movie crossed the million dollar mark in USA, and grossed INR 1.5 crores within two days, in UK, Australia, Dubai and Canada.[36]

Dookudu also completed 50 days in 312 centres.[37] Some reports say that the movie has a share of about INR 64.97 crore in the first 8 weeks [38] Dookudu is the only Telugu Film to feature in Google's list of "Top 10 Most searched films in India" in the year 2011. It was ranked at the 9th place in the list.[39]

Home Media

The film was released on Anamorphic widescreen DVD and VCD on December 31, 2011, by Volga videos in India.[40] The release will be produced in DVD widescreen, and will include a Telugu language track, and English subtitles. The release date of the DVD also coincides with the 100th day of the movie. The movie has been released on a 1080p High Definition Blu-ray Disc in January 2012. Overseas, a high-quality 2 disc Blu-ray and an Anamorphic widescreen DVD was released by Ficus Inc., in January 2012.[41]

Awards and Nominations

CeremonyCategoryNomineeResult
59th Filmfare Awards South[42][43]Best Film - Telugu14 Reels EntertainmentWon
Best Director - TeluguSreenu VaitlaWon
Best Actor - TeluguMahesh BabuWon
Best Actress – TeluguSamanthaNominated
Best Supporting Actor – TeluguM. S. NarayanaWon
Best Supporting Actor – TeluguPrakash RajNominated
Best Music Director – TeluguS. ThamanWon
Best Male Playback Singer – TeluguRahul Nambiar
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Won
Best Female Playback Singer – TeluguRamya
"Poovai Poovai"
Nominated
Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist – TeluguRamajogayya Sastry
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Nominated
2012 CineMAA Awards[44]Best Film14 Reels EntertainmentWon
Best DirectorSreenu VaitlaWon
Best ActorMahesh BabuWon
Best Supporting ActorPrakash RajWon
Best Actor In Negative RoleSonu SoodWon
Best Actor In Comic RoleBramhanandamWon
Best Actor (Jury)M. S. NarayanaWon
Best CinematographerK. V. GuhanWon
Maa Music Awards 2012[45]Musical Film of the Year14 Reels EntertainmentWon
Best Music DirectorS. ThamanWon
Best Singer (Male)Shankar Mahadevan
"Nee Dookudu"
Won
Popular Singer (Male)Ranjith
"Dethadi Dethadi"
Won
Popular singer (Female)Ramya N.S.
"Poovai Poovai"
Won
South Indian International Movie Awards[46][47][48]Best Film - Telugu14 Reels EntertainmentWon
Best Director - TeluguSreenu VaitlaWon
Best Actor - TeluguMahesh BabuWon
Best Actress - TeluguSamanthaNominated
Best Supporting Actor - TeluguPrakash RajWon
Best Comedian - TeluguBramhanandamWon
Best Comedian - TeluguM. S. NarayanaNominated
Best Music Director - TeluguS. ThamanWon
Best Male Playback Singer - TeluguRahul Nambiar
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Won
Best Lyricist - TeluguRamajogayya Sastry
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Won
Best Cinematographer - TeluguK. V. GuhanNominated
Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011[49]Best Film14 Reels EntertainmentWon
Best DirectorSreenu VaitlaWon
Best Actor - MaleMahesh BabuWon
Best Actor in Comic RoleBramhanandamWon
Best Actor in Negative RoleKota Srinivasa RaoWon
Best Actor in Negative RoleSayaji ShindeNominated
Best Music DirectorS. ThamanWon
Best Singer (Male)Rahul Nambiar
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Nominated
Best Singer (Female)Ramya N.S.
"Poovai Poovai"
Nominated
Mirchi Music Awards South 2011[50][51]Best Album of the yearS. ThamanWon
Music composer of the yearS. ThamanNominated
Best Song of the YearS. Thaman/Rahul Nambiar/Ramajogayya Sastry
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Nominated
Male vocalist of the yearRahul Nambiar
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Nominated
Upcoming Female vocalist of the yearRamya N.S.
"Poovai Poovai"
Won
Lyricist of the yearRamajogayya Sastry
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Nominated
Technical - Sound Mixing of the yearChandu, Shadab Rayeen, Muralidhar
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Nominated

Soundtrack

Dookudu
Soundtrack album by S. Thaman
ReleasedAugust 18, 2011 (2011-08-18)
Recorded2011
GenreFilm soundtrack
Length25:32
LabelAditya Music
ProducerS. Thaman
S. Thaman chronology
Kandireega
(2011)
Dookudu
(2011)
Osthe
(2011)

The soundtrack of the film was composed by S. Thaman and released into market through Aditya Music label on August 18, 2011. The album consists six songs. Lyrics were penned by Ramajogayya Sastry, Viswa and Bhaskarabhatla.[52] The audio was launched at Shilpakala Vedika, Hyderabad on the same day.

Tracklist
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Nee Dookudu"  ViswaShankar Mahadevan3:49
2."Guruvaram March Okati"  Ramajogayya SastryRahul Nambiar4:25
3."Chulbuli Chulbuli"  Ramajogayya SastryKarthik, Rita4:26
4."Poovai Poovai"  Ramajogayya SastryRamya N.S., Navin Madhav4:20
5."Dethadi Dethadi"  BhaskarabhatlaRanjith, Divya4:11
6."Adara Adara"  Ramajogayya SastryKarthik, Koti, Ramajogayya Sastry, Vardhini, Ranina Reddy, Megha4:21
Total length:
25:32

Remake

The film is being remade into Bengali by director Raja Chanda as Challenge 2.[53] The film has Bengali actors Dev and Pooja Bose in lead roles.

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Awards
Preceded by
Vedam
Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu)
2011
Succeeded by
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