Appu (2002 film)
Appu is a 2002 Indian Kannada romantic action comedy film directed by Puri Jagannadh. It stars Puneeth Rajkumar and Rakshita in lead roles. The supporting cast features Avinash, Srinivasa Murthy and Sumithra. The film was produced by Puneeth's mother, Parvathamma Rajkumar under Poornima Enterprises, the production banner of the Rajkumar family. It marked the screen debut Puneeth and Rakshita in lead roles.
|Directed by||Puri Jagannadh|
|Produced by||Parvathamma Rajkumar|
|Written by||M. S. Ramesh
|Screenplay by||Puri Jagannadh|
|Story by||Puri Jagannath|
|Narrated by||Shivaraj Kumar|
|Edited by||S. Manohar|
|Distributed by||Sri Vajreshwari combines|
Upon theatrical release on 26 April 2002, the film was a success and completed a 200-day run in theatres.
This was the second Kannada movie to be remade in Bengali and Bangladeshi Bengali after the 1986 movie Anuraga Aralithu. It was also the third Kannada movie to be remade in four languages after School Master and Anuraga Aralithu. It was also the second Kannada movie to be remade in a foreign language  as well as the second Kannada movie to be remade in two non-Hindi non-South Indian languages after Anuraga Aralithu.
Appu is the son of police constable Venkata swamy. Appu is a guy with a carefree attitude who always hangs around with his friends. One night when after playing carrom with his friends, he is beaten by his rival gang at night and a girl named Suchitra alias Suchi helps Appu by donating him blood and pays the hospital fees. The next morning Appu wakes up to know about Suchi from his friends and falls in love with her.
It turns out that Suchi's father is Rajshekhar who is police commissioner and Appu proposes to Suchi, to which she thinks he's mad when a senior officer named Veerabadraswami Venkat Swamy scolds him harshly, Appu enraged, thrashed Veerabadraswami in the morning with a disguise and his friends when he was jogging at the park. In the college Appu thrashes the rival gang at the college. Suchi complains to her father about Appu. He brings Appu to the station and thrashes him. Appu becomes more determined to win his lady love. Appu jumps from the college terrace, but he climbs back, Suchi then accepts Appu's love.
- Puneeth Rajkumar as Appu
- Rakshita as Suchi/suchithra
- Srinivasa Murthy as Police Head Constable Venkata swamy
- Avinash as City Police Commissioner Rajashekhar
- Nithin Gopi
- Honnavalli Srikanth
- Appu Venkatesh
- Escorts Srinivas
- Hulivana Gangadharayya
- Shankar Rao
- Rajeev Rathod
- Badri Narayan
- Tumkur Mohan as Yadav
- Fayaz Khan
- V. K. Mohan
- NGEF Ramamurthy
- Theertha Prasad
- Kamala shree
- Vinayak Joshi as Gunda
- Honnavalli Krishna
- Bullet Prakash
- Hemashree 
After the success of Yuvaraja (2001), Puri Jagannadh was approached by Rajkumar family to introduce their third son Puneeth Rajkumar to make his onscreen debut as lead actor. Puri gladly accepted the opportunity. Rakshitha, daughter of cameraman B.C. Gowrishankar made her acting debut with this film and she went on to play the same character in its Telugu and Tamil remakes.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"Taliban Alla Alla"||Upendra||Puneeth Rajkumar|
|2.||"Baare Baare Kalyana"||Sriranga||Udit Narayan, Chithra|
|4.||"Ellinda Aarambhavo"||Sriranga||Udit Narayan, Chithra|
|5.||"Jolly Go Jolly Go"||Hamsalekha||Shankar Mahadevan|
|6.||"Aa Devara Haadidu"||Hamsalekha||Rajkumar|
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