Ankusam is 1989 Indian Telugu-language action film directed by Kodi Ramakrishna and produced by Shyam Prasad Reddy. The film stars Dr. Rajashekar and his wife Jeevitha , while Rami Reddy and M. S. Reddy play supporting roles.[1] The film is about an honest cop who fights against his enemies and saves the life of his mentor, who is the chief minister by sacrificing his life. The film became a blockbuster at the box office and provided a major breakthrough in the career of Rajasekhar and Kodi Ramakrishna.[2] The film was dubbed and released in Tamil as Idhuthaanda Police, which also became successful. Ravi Raja Pinisetty directed the Hindi and Kannada remakes - Pratibandh and Abhimanyu with Chiranjeevi and V. Ravichandran respectively in 1990.[3] The film won three Nandi Awards.

Kodi Ramakrishna
Directed byKodi Ramakrishna
Story byM. S. Art Movies Unit
Produced byM. Shyam Prasad Reddy
StarringDr. Rajashekar
CinematographyK. S. Hari
Edited byK. A. Marthand
Music byChellapilla Satyam
Release date
July 1989
Running time
135 minutes



The film became successful at box office and provided a major breakthrough in the career of Rajasekhar. Rajasekhar's portrayal of honest and short-tempered police officer received critical acclaim and he went on to be typecast in similar roles throughout his career.[4] Both director and actor again teamed up for Nayakudu, which failed to repeat the success of Ankusam.[5] Ramireddy also became famous as a villain and did similar characters in other films.[6]

Srinu Vaitla said that: "Two films – RGV's Shiva and Kodi's Ankusam – deeply influenced me and directly or indirectly prompted me to become a director".[7]


Nandi Awards - 1989[8]


Song Singer(s) Lyrics
"Idi Cheragani Prema" S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Mallemaala
"Goranta Deepam" S. Janaki Mallemaala
"Ayyaloo Jaagarata" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Mallemaala
"Chinnaari Kasigandu" (dwepada) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Mallemaala
"Nenu Tappu Cheyaledu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Mallemaala


  1. ^ Gopal Rao, Giddaaluri (21 July 1989). "చిత్ర సమీక్ష: అంకుశం" [Film Review: Ankusham] (PDF). Zamin Ryot (in Telugu). Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Reel cops on patrol". Times of India. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna's Hindi debuts were Telugu remakes". Times of India. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  4. ^ "'Mahamkali' Review: Horrible And Unbearable". Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Nayakudu - Telugu cinema Review - Rajasekhar, Namitha". Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Villain Ram Reddy dies of cancer". Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Ek police launch - Telugu cinema - Nagababu". Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  8. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)