Bommarillu (transl. House of Dolls) (About this soundpronunciation ) is a 2006 Indian Telugu-language romantic comedy film directed and co-written by Bhaskar in his directorial debut, and produced by Dil Raju. The film stars Siddharth, Genelia, Prakash Raj and Jayasudha. The film primarily revolves around the relationship between a father and son, in which the father's excessive concern for his son, and interference in his life, leads to the latter harbouring bitterness towards his overbearing father. The cinematography was handled by Vijay C. Kumar and editing done by Marthand K. Venkatesh. The music for the film was composed by Devi Sri Prasad, whose soundtrack of the film received positive response from critics.[2]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBhaskar
Produced byDil Raju
Written by
Music byDevi Sri Prasad
CinematographyVijay C Chakravarthy
Edited byMarthand K. Venkatesh
Distributed bySri Venkateswara Creations
Release date
  • 9 August 2006 (2006-08-09)
Running time
168 minutes
Budget6 crore[1]
Box officeest. ₹25 crore[1]

The film opened to Indian audiences on 9 August 2006. On its way to winning state honours and rave reviews, the film went on to win several Filmfare Awards among other prominent awards and was one of the highest grossing Telugu films of that year. Following the film's box office success, it was remade in Tamil as Santosh Subramaniam (2008), in Bengali as Bhalobasa Bhalobasa (2008), and in Hindi as It's My Life (2020). Although it was remade in Bengali, the film was also dubbed in that language as Ki Likhi Tomay.


Aravind is a father who strives to provide his children more than what they ask for, often overriding their choices. Aravind's youngest son, Siddhu, however, does not want to be controlled as such. He makes himself a point that two crucial aspects of his life—career and life partner—shall be chosen by him alone. One fine morning, Aravind asks Siddhu if he would join their construction company. Siddhu who desires to start his own company, politely asks for a more time lying that he is yet to finish a course. The following week, Aravind gets Siddhu engaged to Subbalakshmi without his consent. Subbalakshmi, like Siddhu, is also a child whos life is micromanaged by her father. Much to the dismay of Siddhu, she doesn't seem to mind it.

When contemplating his options at a temple, Siddhu accidentally meets Haasini and is attracted to her energetic nature and cheerfulness. The couple begins to meet regularly. As the days go by, Siddhu grows to admire the ever-friendly Hasini as someone who does what she loves and he discovers many small things which make him happy to be in her company. Soon he realizes that he has fallen in love with her.

Alongside this, Siddhu applies for a bank loan to start his own construction company. When his love for Haasini deepens, he proposes to her while also confessing that he is engaged to Subbalakshmi against his wishes. On learning this, Haasini, though dejected for a while, comes back to him a few days later. She advises Siddhu to break off his engagement, indirectly accepting his proposal. At this juncture, the ecstatic Siddhu is seen by a furious Aravind. On being admonished by Aravind back home, Siddhu expresses his disinterest in marrying Subbulakshmi. When asked for a reason to like Haasini, Siddhu replies that if they let Haasini stay with their family for a week, all their questions shall be answered. He also convinces Haasini to stay at his house after lying to her father, Kanaka Rao that she is going on a college tour.

When Haasini is introduced to Siddhu's family, she gets a lukewarm welcome. As she settles down, they begin to like her. Haasini finds it difficult to adapt to the living habits of the authoritarian Aravind's household but stays for Siddhu's sake. Meanwhile, Aravind reprimands Siddhu when he finds out about his bank loan and career plan, only to further enrage Siddhu. During this phase, Siddhu and Haasini begin to grow apart owing to the tensions in the house.

One day, the family attends a wedding where Haasini cheers up the ceremony with her joyous nature. Coincidentally, Kanaka Rao who happens to be around recognizes Siddhu as the drunken young man whom he encountered on an earlier occasion. Haasini realizes her father's presence and quickly exits to avoid his attention. After saving their face, Siddhu admonishes Haasini for her antics at the wedding. The sullen Haasini moves out of the house saying that she does not find Siddhu the same and that she cannot put on an act if she continues her stay in the house. After getting back to her home, she rebuilds the trust her father has in her while Siddhu is left forlorn. Siddhu's mother, Lakshmi confronts Aravind on Siddhu's choices and wants. In the process, Siddhu opens up his heart, leaving Aravind to repent on his overprotectiveness. Siddhu requests Subbulakshmi and her parents to call off the marriage. While they relent, Aravind tries to convince Kanaka Rao about Siddhu and Haasini's love. When Kanaka Rao disapproves, Aravind suggests to let Siddhu stay with them for a week. After a week's stay, Kanaka Rao is convinced, letting the couple unite.




Prior to Bommarillu, Bhaskar assisted Dil Raju in Telugu films such as Arya (2004) and Bhadra (2005). On the sets of the film Arya, Raju offered Bhaskar a film to direct. On the sets of Bhadra, Bhaskar narrated the story to Raju and the saga began.[3] Thus, Bommarillu became the first directorial venture for Bhaskar.[3] In an interview, he said that the story for the film began taking shape in as early as 1997 when he wrote about a father and a son's relationship. However, when the plans of making the film arose, an element of love between the protagonists was added. In the interview, he said that the script, to an extent, is autobiographical.[3] He cites personal examples of some scenes from the film such as the choice of clothes for Siddhu by Aravind, the head-bump between the lead actors and Lakshmi singing in the kitchen.[4]

In an interview, Vijay C Chakravarthy, the cinematographer for the film, said that Dil Raju offered him the position in November 2005. For the film, Vijay said that he made use of Arriflex 435 camera and Hawk lenses.[5] In another interview, Bhaskar said working with Abburi Ravi, his co-writer, was unique. They used to converse in a closed room with a voice recorder, allowing the dialogues in the script to be natural.[4] He also heaped praise on Marthand K. Venkatesh, the film's editor. After filming, the length of the film reel came to 16,200 feet (4,900 m) which amounted to a runtime of 3 hours and 15 minutes. The presence of Marthand brought this down to 15,100 feet (4,600 m). This meant a reduction in the runtime by 25 minutes.[4]


The choice of Siddharth was because of the sheer relevance to the character in real life. However, they finalized the choice of the actor only after the script was ready.[3][6] The choice of Genelia was based on her natural vivacity in real life. This and her eyes, according to Bhaskar, made her an obvious choice for her character.[3] More so, she liked the one line story that Raju told and also a few scenes that he narrated to her. She immediately liked the character and consented for the role.[7] The fact that her co-actor, Siddharth and she acted earlier together in Boys (2003), made them more comfortable to work with. The camaraderie that the lead actors shared during the filming, added to their good performances.[8][9] The choice of Prakash Raj was easy as he befitted the character he portrayed while, Jayasudha was persuaded to play the role of the lead actor's mother.[3] Savitha Reddy rendered the voice for Genelia's character in the film.[10]


The shooting of the film took about three and a half months.[5] The palatial house where the entire family stayed in the film is part of Ramanaidu Studios at Nanakramguda, Hyderabad. Several modifications were done by the art director, Prakash.[6] A couple of the songs were shot in a montage, another couple in Frankfurt am Main and other places in Germany and one song each in this house set and at a temple in Kakinada.[6]


For the film's music and soundtrack, Raju renewed his previous association (Arya and Bhadra) with Devi Sri Prasad.[6] Siddharth sung one of the tracks from this film.[11][12] The film has seven songs composed by Devi Sri Prasad with the lyrics primarily penned by Chandrabose, Ravi Kumar Bhaskarabhatla, Kulasekhar and Sirivennela Sitaramasastri.[13] The audio of the film released nationwide on 21 June 2006.[14] A repository of Indian songs has recommended the feel-good soundtracks to the audiences.[15]


Bommarillu was released worldwide with 72 prints. Owing to the success of the film, the number of reels grew to about hundred.[16] It collected a distributors share of 5 crore in its opening week in India.[16] Released in six major metros in the United States, the film collected $73,200 (then approximately 0.3 crore) within the first four days of screening.[16] A September 2006 survey done in the United States by a popular entertainment portal revealed that the film was watched by an Indian expatriate population of 65,000, which generated a revenue of 3 crore at that time.[16] A cumulative gross revenue for the film was reported to be as 25 crore including 3.5 crore from overseas, the largest for any Telugu film at that time.[1]


Critical receptionEdit

The film received rave reviews right for the story and the performances. One entertainment portal has given a rating of 4.5/5 tagging the film's review with "Picture Perfect".[17] Another such portal suggests the film to the entire family. It goes on to applaud Siddharth, Genelia and Prakash Raj, the three prime actors from the film for their performances.[18] Similar reviews were voiced out by other such portals, many of which pointing out no real flaws from the film.[19][20][21]Hourdose reviewed it by stating "‘Bommarillu’ is a pure example of a director's faith in his script and his screenplay. All the wonderful performances of the lead cast and some nice talent from the crew made the film a grand success. This film is surely one of the most well-written and innovative films that Tollywood has produced in recent years."[22]


The film had its own share of controversies. A news report showcased the omnipresent piracy in the Telugu film industry by quoting the cheap prices at which the film was being sold.[23] The film's lead actor, Siddharth even went on to request the audiences to buy the original audio CD.[24] The film's producer, Dil Raju, ensured a special code on each distributed print to track piracy with a warning for copyright violation which would incur a fine or a jail term.[25]

In April 2007, a case of copyright infringement was filed on the film's producer and director that prompted a court to stall the screening of the film. The allegation pointed out that the film was made based on a compilation of short stories that was released in 1997.[26]


Jayasudha's efforts to remake this film in Hindi with Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan were unsuccessful. A Hindi remake of the film titled It's My Life was started by Boney Kapoor in 2007, and scenes were shot with Harman Baweja and Genelia.[27] The film remained unreleased for over a decade,[28] before having a direct-to-television premiere on 29 November 2020.[29] The film was remade in Tamil, Bengali and Odia languages under the titles Santosh Subramaniam,[30] Bhalobasa Bhalobasa[31] and Dream Girl,[32] respectively, in 2008 and 2009.


Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2006 Nandi Awards Best Film (Gold) Dil Raju Won [33][34]
Best First Film of a Director Bhaskar Won
Best Supporting Actor Prakash Raj Won
Best Screenplay Bhaskar Won
Best Dialogue Writer Abburi Ravi Won
Best Female Dubbing Artist Savitha Reddy Won
Special Jury Genelia Won
54th Filmfare Awards South Best Film Dil Raju Won [35] [36] [37]
Best Director Bhaskar Nominated
Best Actor Siddharth Nominated
Best Actress Genelia Won
Best Supporting Actor Prakash Raj Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Jayasudha Nominated
Best Music Director Devi Sri Prasad Won
Best Lyricist Bhaskarabhatla - "Bommanu Geesthe" Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Siddharth - "Apudo Ipudo" Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Gopika Poornima - "Bommanu Geesthe" Nominated
Santosham Film Awards Best Film  Dil Raju Won [38]
Best Actress  Genelia Won
Best Lyricst Bhaskarabhatla - "Bommanu Geesthe" Won

Home mediaEdit

The DVD version of the film was released on 4 June 2007[39] and distributed by I Dream Dvd internationally.[40] It is available in 16:9 Anamorphic widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, progressive 24 FPS, widescreen and NTSC format.[39][41]


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Preceded by
Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana
Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu)
Succeeded by
Happy Days