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Directed by Srinu Vaitla
Produced by Ram Achanta
Gopichand Achanta
Anil Sunkara
Written by Gopimohan
Kona Venkat
Starring Mahesh Babu
Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Kota Srinivasa Rao
Vennela Kishore
Prakash Raj
Sonu Sood
Ajaz Khan
Music by S. Charan
Cinematography K. V. Guhan
Prasad Murella
Edited by M. R. Varmaa
Release dates
  • 23 September 2011 (2011-09-23)
Running time 175 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 350 million (US$5.7 million).[2]
Box office 1.01 billion (US$16 million)[3]

Dookudu (translation: Aggression)[4] is a 2011 Telugu action comedy film directed by Sreenu Vaitla, produced and distributed by 14 Reels Entertainment. It stars Mahesh Babu and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in lead roles.[5]

The film was released on 23 September 2011[1] with the largest worldwide opening for a Telugu film. The film was released among seventy nine screens in the US, the Los Angeles Times quoted it as The biggest hit you've never heard of.[6][7][8] In the rest of north, east and west India, it opened up in 21 cities.[9] The film set a box office record by collecting a gross of more than INR1 billion at the time.[3][9] The film has won seven Nandi Awards, including the Best Popular Feature Film and Best Actor.[10]

The film was dubbed into Tamil as Athiradi Vettai and released on 12 April 2013.[11][12] The film was also dubbed into Hindi as The Real Tiger which was released on 11 February 2012,.[13] It was also dubbed into Malayalam as Choodan and released on 17 May 2013.[14]

The film was going to be remade in Hindi starring Ajay Devgn and directed by Prabhu Deva, but Ajay wanted a fresh script due to the failiure of Himmatwala so Deva dropped the plan. The film is remade into Kannada as Power starring Puneeth Rajkumar in the lead role.[15] The film is also remade into Bengali As Challenge 2 starring Dev and Puja.



  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
    • Development 3.1
    • Casting 3.2
    • Filming 3.3
  • Release 4
    • Dubbed releases 4.1
    • Critical reception 4.2
    • Box office 4.3
  • Character map of remakes 5
    • Home media 5.1
  • Awards and nominations 6
  • Soundtrack 7
  • Remakes 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Shankar Narayana (Prakash Raj) is a politician driven by idealistic values and a sense of social service. His followers are his brother Sathyam (Rajiv Kanakala), and supporters Meka Narsimha Rao (Sayaji Shinde), Sivayya (Adithya Menon) and Ganesh (Supreeth Reddy). The people of Shankar's constituency elect him as a M.L.A., during the political realm of the late N. T. Rama Rao (NTR). 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, in which his brother and his followers are also killed.

14 years later, Shankar's son Ajay Kumar (Mahesh Babu) becomes 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 Goud (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 as he was opposing his illegal businesses and relation with Nayak.

Ajay falls in love with Prasanthi (Samantha Ruth Prabhu), whom he meets in Istanbul during his operation. Prasanthi is the daughter of Ajay's boss Murthy (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 film making.

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 Goud with a real estate business deal, to exploit Mallesh Goud'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, Prasanthi, 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.

In a lot of ways, the plot borrows heavily from the German film, "Goodbye Lenin", with a similar plot on the protagonist working hard to shield the truth from their parent about a present, and fabricating a past to keep the patient from encountering disturbing or shocking circumstances.




In November 2009, it was announced that Mahesh Babu would act in a film under the direction of Srinu Vaitla which would be produced by 14 Reels Entertainment.[17] However, since the director and the producers were busy in the Post-Production activities of Namo Venkatesa, it was informed that the film would go to sets in January 2010.[18] In March 2010, Mahesh Babu's brother and actor Ramesh Babu was said to produce the film jointly with Achanta Gopichand, Anil Sunkara and Achanta Ram. This would be Ramesh's second film with Mahesh after Arjun and Athidhi in the past.[19] The film was launched at Ramanaidu Studios in Hyderabad on 28 June 2010.[20] Though the f "Power",[21] it was later officially renamed as "Dookudu" later in July 2010.[22][23]


After signing Mahesh Babu as the protagonist, Samantha, who rose to fame with the 2010 Telugu film Ye Maaya Chesave was signed in as the heroine of the film, marking her first collaboration with Mahesh.[24] Sonia Deepti of Happy Days fame was selected to play the role of heroine's friend.[25] Though Srihari was roped in to play a vital role, he was later replaced by Prakash Raj as the makers felt that Prakash Raj was the ideal choice to play that role.[26] Parvati Melton was roped in to perform the item song "Poovai Poovai" along with Mahesh and her look in the song was launched in September 2011.[27] It was reported that Venkatesh would provide voice over for the film.[28] Later it was confirmed by the makers that it was just a rumor.[29] Apart from actors, Dookudu's technical team had some variations. While Srinu Vaitla wrote the script, his associate writer and friend Kona Venkat penned the Dialogues for this film.[30] Initially, Devi Sri Prasad was supposed to score the music and background score of the film. But he was replaced by S. Thaman later which marked his first collaboration with both Mahesh and Srinu Vaitla.[31]


The Principal photography began on 12 September 2010 with scenes involving Samantha being shot first while Mahesh joined the sets on 15 September 2010.[32] In October, the shooting continued in Vadodara at Gujarat.[33] After completing some important scenes, the unit flew to Turkey to shoot some important scenes and songs.[34] Despite the terrified conditions in Istanbul due to suicide bomb attack, the unit completed the shoot of first schedule there and proceeded to Dubai.[35] There few songs were canned on the lead pair.[36] After completing shoot in Dubai, the unit returned to India and the next schedule started at Hyderabad.[37] Later in January, some talkie part of the film was shot at Ramanaidu Studios in Hyderabad.[38] After scenes involving Mahesh at Levis showroom in Banjara Hills of Hyderabad along with Samantha and Sonia in the end of January, the unit left to Gujarat.[39] After canning the song "Chulbuli Chulbuli" on Mahesh and Samantha at Rann of Kutch under the choreography of Raju Sundaram, the unit returned from Gujarat in February.[40] The next schedule started at Hyderabad in the end of February.[41] In March, shooting continued at Ramoji Film City where some key sequences were shot.[42] Later, some action sequences were canned at Old City area in Hyderabad.[43] In the end of March, the shooting continued in Mumbai and the song "Nee Dookudu" was canned on Mahesh and others under the choreography of Raju Sundaram.[44] In April, shooting continued at Padmalaya Studios where some key scenes were shot.[45] later the unit left to Switzerland to shoot a song.[46] After shooting for a week in Switzerland, the unit left to Dubai to shoot some vital scenes.[47] In May, Some scenes of the film were shot in Central Jail set in Ramoji Film City.[48] The unit then proceeded to the Aluminium factory at Gachibowli where an action sequence was canned for five days.[49] Later the wedding song "Adara Adara" was shot at Chiran Fort in Begumpet at Hyderabad under the choreography of Dinesh Master.[50] In August, The climax was shot near Mumbai and in September, parts of it were canned in Hyderabad.[51][52] In September, the song "Poovai Poovai" was canned on Parvati Melton and Mahesh Babu at Ramoji Film City.[53] The Principal photography came to an end on 12 September 2011.[54]


The film was released on 23 September 2011.[1] The film had the second largest worldwide opening for a Telugu film, releasing globally in 1,600 screens,[55] including 71 screens in Hyderabad.[56] 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.[7][8] In the rest of north, east and west India, it opened up in 21 cities.[57]

Overseas, it released in 21 countries.[57] 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.[58] Further, it was released in Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, Dubai and Finland[57] 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.[59] The producers of the film approached the high court for a John Doe order to prevent piracy of the film.[60]

Dubbed releases

Title Language Release Date Reference(s)
Athiradi Vettai Tamil 12 April 2013 [11][12]
The Real Tiger Hindi 11 February 2012 [13]
Choodan Malayalam 17 May 2013 [14]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Times of India 3.5/5 stars[61]
CNN-IBN 3.5/5 stars[62]
Deccan Chronicle 3/5 stars[63]
Rediff 2.5/5 stars[64]

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."[65] 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."[66] 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."[67]

Sify praised the lead performances writing "Mahesh Babu`s role, particularly in the action episodes, rocks."[68] 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".[69] Venkat of 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."[70], a movie news site, rated the film 3.5 out of 5, also predicting that it would "smash records in the days to come".[71]

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.[72] Prakash of 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."[73] Haricharan Pudipeddi of said "Mahesh shines in Dookudu but movie falls short." giving it 3 out of 5 stars.[74]

Box office

The film had the largest opening for a Telugu film, and collected a share of INR10.11 crores, and a gross of INR12.58 crores, on the first day of its release.[75] It collected a share of INR35.01 crores and grossed INR50.07 crores in its first week.[76] After two weeks, it grossed INR70 crores[77][78] and INR101 crores in 50 days.[9] The movie crossed the $1 million mark in the US, and grossed INR1.5 crores in two days, in UK, Australia, Dubai and Canada.[79] The film is the biggest Telugu hit in Chennai.[80]

Dookudu Collected a Share of 66.8 crore (US$11 million) with a gross collection about 124.5 crore (US$20 million) in 12 weeks worldwide. The film also completed 50 days in 312 centres.[81] Some reports say that the movie has a share of about INR64.97 crores in the first 8 weeks.[82] This is the only Telugu Film to feature in Google's list of "Top 10 Most searched films in India" in the year 2011, ranked at the 9th place in the list.[83]

Character map of remakes

Dookudu (2011 film) Telugu Challenge 2 (2012 film) Bengali Power (2014 Kannada film)
Mahesh Babu Dev Puneeth Rajkumar
Samantha Ruth Prabhu Pooja Bose Trisha Krishnan
Prakash Raj Tapas Paul Prabhu

Home media

The satellite rights of the film were sold to MAA TV for INR5.4 crores.[84] The film was released on Anamorphic widescreen DVD and VCD on 31 December 2011, by Volga videos in India.[85] 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.[86]

Awards and nominations

Ceremony Category Nominee Result
Nandi Awards 2011[10] Best Popular Feature Film Ram Achanta, Gopichand Achanta & Anil Sunkara Won
Best Actor Mahesh Babu Won
Best Supporting Actor Prakash Raj Won
Best Male Comedian M. S. Narayana Won
Best Editor M. R. Varma Won
Best Fight Master Vijayan Won
Best Screenplay Writer Sreenu Vaitla Won
59th Filmfare Awards South 2011[87][88] Best Film - Telugu Ram Achanta, Gopichand Achanta & Anil Sunkara Won
Best Director - Telugu Sreenu Vaitla Won
Best Actor - Telugu Mahesh Babu Won
Best Actress – Telugu Samantha Ruth Prabhu Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Telugu M. S. Narayana Won
Best Supporting Actor – Telugu Prakash Raj Nominated
Best Music Director – Telugu S. Thaman Won
Best Male Playback Singer – Telugu Rahul Nambiar
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu Ramya
"Poovai Poovai"
Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist – Telugu Ramajogayya Sastry
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011[89] Best Film Ram Achanta, Gopichand Achanta & Anil Sunkara Won
Best Director Sreenu Vaitla Won
Best Actor - Male Mahesh Babu Won
Best Actor in Comic Role Bramhanandam Won
Best Actor in Negative Role Kota Srinivasa Rao Won
Best Actor in Negative Role Sayaji Shinde Nominated
Best Music Director S. Thaman Won
Best Singer - Male Rahul Nambiar
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Best Singer - Female Ramya N.S.
"Poovai Poovai"
Audi - Ritz Icon Awards 2011[90] Iconic Film of the year - Telugu Ram Achanta, Gopichand Achanta & Anil Sunkara Won
1st South Indian International Movie Awards[91][92][93] Best Film Ram Achanta, Gopichand Achanta & Anil Sunkara Won
Best Director Sreenu Vaitla Won
Best Actor Mahesh Babu Won
Best Actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Prakash Raj Won
Best Comedian Bramhanandam Won
Best Comedian M. S. Narayana Nominated
Best Music Director S. Thaman Won
Best Male Playback Singer Rahul Nambiar
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Best Lyricist Ramajogayya Sastry
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Best Cinematographer K. V. Guhan Nominated
TSR - TV9 National Film Awards 2011[94] Best Director Sreenu Vaitla Won
Best Character Actor Prakash Raj Won
Best Comedian Brahmanandam Won
Best Music Director S. Thaman Won
Best Playblack Singer - Female Ramya N.S.

"Poovai Poovai"

Mirchi Music Awards South 2011[95][96] Best Album of the year S. Thaman Won
Music composer of the year S. Thaman Nominated
Best Song of the year S. Thaman/Rahul Nambiar/Ramajogayya Sastry
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Male vocalist of the year Rahul Nambiar
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Upcoming Female vocalist of the year Ramya N.S.
"Poovai Poovai"
Lyricist of the year Ramajogayya Sastry
"Guruvaram March Okati"
Technical - Sound Mixing of the year Chandu, Shadab Rayeen, Muralidhar
"Guruvaram March Okati"
CineMAA Awards 2012[97] Best Film Ram Achanta, Gopichand Achanta & Anil Sunkara Won
Best Director Sreenu Vaitla Won
Best Actor Mahesh Babu Won
Best Supporting Actor Prakash Raj Won
Best Actor In Negative Role Sonu Sood Won
Best Actor In Comic Role Bramhanandam Won
Best Actor (Jury) M. S. Narayana Won
Best Cinematographer K. V. Guhan Won
Maa Music Awards 2012[98] Musical Film of the year Ram Achanta, Gopichand Achanta & Anil Sunkara Won
Best Music Director S. Thaman Won
Best Singer - Male Shankar Mahadevan
"Nee Dookudu"
Popular Singer - Male Ranjith
"Dethadi Dethadi"
Popular singer - Female Ramya N.S.
"Poovai Poovai"


Soundtrack album by S. Thaman
Released 18 August 2011 (2011-08-18)
Recorded 2011
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 25:32
Label Aditya Music
Producer S. Thaman
S. Thaman chronology

The soundtrack of the film was composed by S. Thaman and released through Aditya Music label on 18 August 2011. The album consists of six songs. Lyrics for the four songs were penned by Ramajogayya Sastry and the remaining two songs were written by Viswa and Bhaskarabhatla.[99] The audio was launched at Shilpakala Vedika, Hyderabad on the same day.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Nee Dookudu"   Viswa Shankar Mahadevan 3:49
2. "Guruvaram March Okati"   Ramajogayya Sastry Rahul Nambiar 4:25
3. "Chulbuli Chulbuli"   Ramajogayya Sastry Karthik, Rita 4:26
4. "Poovai Poovai"   Ramajogayya Sastry Ramya N.S., Navin Madhav 4:20
5. "Dethadi Dethadi"   Bhaskarabhatla Ranjith, Divya S. Menon 4:11
6. "Adara Adara"   Ramajogayya Sastry Karthik, Koti, Ramajogayya Sastry, Vardhini, Ranina Reddy, Megha 4:21
Total length:


Dookudu was remade into Bengali by director Raja Chanda as Challenge 2. The film has Bengali actors Dev and Pooja Bose in lead roles.

"Dookudu" has been remade into Kannada titled Power with Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar and Trisha Krishnan in the lead role by the same production house 14 Reels Entertainment.[100]


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