D for Dopidi
D for Dopidi is a 2013 Telugu heist comedy film directed by Siraj Kalla, starring Varun Sandesh, Sundeep Kishan, Naveen Polishetty, Rakesh and Melanie Kannokada in the lead roles. It was co-produced by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. and Telugu star Nani, who also lent his voice as the narrator and did a promo video. Mahesh Shankar composed the music. The film released on 25 December 2013. It received mixed feedback from critics but the majority audience enjoyed this new kind of cinema.
|D for Dopidi|
|Directed by||Siraj Kalla|
|Produced by||Raj and D.K.|
|Written by||Siraj Kalla|
|Music by||Mahesh Shankar|
D2R Films Pvt Ltd, SVC
|Budget||₹25 million (US$350,000)|
|Box office||₹65 million (US$910,000)|
Vicky (Varun Sandesh), Raju (Sundeep Kishan), Harish (Naveen Polishetty) and Bannu (Rakesh), the four central characters in the film, need money desperately to overcome their problems. Each one has his own story. After having looked into other avenues for a solution, they finally embark upon an ignoble bank robbery. Everything goes according to plan till they enter the bank where they are confronted by another gang of robbers led by Lokamuddhu (Thanikella Bharani). Trouble starts as things get horribly messed up. What happens next — are they successful in their heist and are able to get rid of their problems finally — forms, predictably enough, the crux of the story.
- Varun Sandesh as Vicky
- Sundeep Kishan as Raju
- Naveen Polishetty as Harish
- Rakesh Rachakonda as Bannu
- Melanie Kannokada as Shalini
- Tanikella Bharani as Lokamuddhu
- Deva Katta as A.C.P. Krishnamachari
- Hema as Bank Assistant Manager
- Pippalla Raj as Rutherford
- Rishi Muvva
- Josh Ravi as Bank Attender
- Pavala Syamala as Bank Attender's mother
For his role as an urbane teenager, Varun Sandhesh sported a bouffant hairstyle and a ponytail. The director,Siraj Kalla, told The Times of India that the ponytail "added a bit of charm to his look".
|D for Dopidi|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||28 September 2013|
|Mahesh Shankar chronology|
|1.||"Rowdy Fellows"||Krishna Chaitanya||Anushka Manchanda, Ishq Bector, Shudeep||3:21|
|2.||"Meher Meher"||Krishna Chaitanya||Priya Saraiya, Karunya, Madhav Krishna||4:09|
|3.||"Ding Dong"||Krishna Chaitanya||Deepak||3:50|
|4.||"D For Dopidi"||Krishna Chaitanya||Deepak||3:10|
|5.||"Rum Pum Pum"||Krishna Chaitanya||Shudeep||3:01|
Reports say the film was made on a budget of ₹20 million (US$280,000) & the publicity budget was ₹ 5 million. It was heard that the film's Satellite rights were sold for ₹17.5 million (US$250,000)by Gemini TV.
Given these statistics, it appears that the film has run into profits right from the day of its release.
The curious case of "D For Dopidi" baffled many. The majority of the audience and a few top critics loved the film and appreciated the different style and humour presented in the film. Jeevi of idlebrain.com reviewed "If you like the crime comedy angle in films like Money, Kshana Kshanam and Anaganaga Oka Roju, you are going to love 'D for Dopidi'. You may watch it!" by giving a rating of 3.25 on a scale of 5. In contrast, many of the reviewers were not impressed. This film showed the divide between the audience and critics as to how some welcome the change in Telugu cinema and the rest resist.
- "Review : D For Dopidi ". Gulte. 2013-12-25.
- "D for dopidi is coming out on Christmas day, Dec 25". idlebrain.com. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- D For Dopidi Telugu Movie Review, Rating
- "Tollywood stars make a splash with ponytail". Times of India. 15 January 2017.
- D For Dopidi Telugu Movie Review