Dandupalya (film)

Dandupalya is a 2012 Indian Kannada-language crime film, starring Pooja Gandhi and Raghu Mukherjee in the leading roles. The plot is based on the real-life exploits of a notorious gang named 'Dandupalya'.[6] The film was directed by Srinivas Raju and produced by Girish under the Apple Blossom Creations banner.[7]It was a major critical and commercial success in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana and Tamil Nadu, went on to become one of the highest-grossing films in Kannada film industry,[8] being shown for more than 100-days in multiple centres.[9]

Theatrical film poster
Directed bySrinivas Raju
Produced byPrashanth G. R.
Girish T.
Written bySrinivas Raju
Screenplay bySrinivas Raju
Music byArjun Janya
CinematographyVenkat Prasad
Edited byS. Manohar
Apple Blossom Creations
Release date
  • 29 June 2012 (2012-06-29)
Running time
152 minutes
Budget3 crore (US$420,000)[1][2]
Box officeest. 40 crore (US$5.6 million)[3][4][5]

A sequel to the film Dandupalya 2, was announced in July 2014, and began production on 24 March 2016. Srinivas Raju directed the film. It was released on July 14, 2017, to decent reviews by critics and audience. Again Pooja Gandhi played the main character in this film. Arjun Janya was the music director and the cinematography was handled by Venkat Prasad.[10][11]

Dandupalya 3 was shot simultaneously, with part 2 having the almost same cast. Part 3 was to be released within a month of part 2.[12][13][14]


The story revolves around a girl, Lakshmi (Pooja Gandhi), leader of the gang, who spots houses where women are alone. She goes to the house asking for water. When the women go inside, the entire gang led by Krishna (Makarand Deshpande) and followed by Hanuma (Ravi Kale), Thimma (Jaidev), Muniya (Karisubbu) and others enter the house and kill the women.

Krishna takes a thrill in slitting the throats as he is fond of the noise that comes out from the throat when blood oozes out. Then they loot the house and escape. They are all shabbily dressed, rough and tough. Inspector Chalapathi (P. Ravishankar) takes up the challenge of arresting them. Thimma was carrying stolen Temple ornaments. He was rejected by the jeweller, while getting back trapped by Ravi Shankar and all of them would be arrested by police and taken to court.



Pooja Gandhi was asked to do the female lead in this film as Lakshmi, is a leader of an infamous notorious gang. Reluctantly she agreed to do the role, because of potential negative talk in Kannada film industry resulting in loss of her image portraying such characters. She lived the role and won immense critical acclaim by both critics and audience alike.[15][16][17] The film was the witness for Pooja Gandhi's mega comeback and which was critically and commercially a big success and brought back Pooja Gandhi into stardom through it. Gandhi received an immense critical appraisal by both critics and the audience, and she has received several awards for her performance as Lakshmi.[18][19]


The film was criticised by social group Bahujan Samaj Horata Samiti, who claimed that its content was offensive. They objected specifically to the film's portrayal of women. Further controversy followed when it was revealed that actress Pooja Gandhi would appear topless in the film.[6][20]

After the release of the movie, Ambedkar Kranthi Sena activists demonstrated in Bengaluru against the film's "glorification of anti-social activities".[21]

"According to the dictionary, nudity means that you are not covered with a single item of clothing from head to toe. But in this scene, I have worn a sari and I am trying to cover my body, except for my back". says Gandhi about her controversial scene in the film[22]


Soundtrack album by
Arjun Janya
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSai Audio
Kannada track list
1."Aleyo Alegale"V. Nagendra PrasadKarthik, Anuradha Bhat5:30
2."Kalli Nanu"V. Nagendra PrasadVasundhara Das, Harsha Sadanandam5:00
3."Police Theme"V. Nagendra PrasadRavi Basur5:30
4."Yaare Neenu"V. Nagendra PrasadNakul, Priya Himesh5:00
5."Dandupalya Theme"V. Nagendra PrasadInstrumental7:00
Total length:28:00
Telugu track list
1."Teliso Teliyako"V. Nagendra PrasadKarthik, Anuradha Bhat5:30
2."Evaro Neevu"V. Nagendra PrasadVasundhara Das, Harsha Sadanandam5:00
3."Killi Neno Killi"V. Nagendra PrasadMalathy Lakshman, Ravi Basur5:00
4."Raakshasam"V. Nagendra PrasadNakul, Priya Himesh6:00
5."Police Themeo"V. Nagendra PrasadInstrumental7:00
Total length:28:30


The film was certified an "A" by the Central Board of Film Certification. It was released across Karnataka on 29 June 2012 with the title name as Dandupalya.[23] However, the Telugu and Tamil versions were released one year later, on 25 Jan 2013 and 24 May 2014 respectively.[24][25][26]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Times of India     
Bangalore Mirror     
One India     
Deccan Herald     
Indian Express     
Deccan Chronicle     
Vijaya Karnataka     
International Business Times     
The Hindu     

The film opened to mostly positive reviews from the critics and audience.[27]

DNA praising the performance of Gandhi said viewers should not "miss out on Pooja’s performance or... find out how this notorious gang was caught by the daring police inspector, Chalapathi. And if you already have watched it, well you now have the sequel to look forward to."[28][29]

Rediff.com rated the film 3/5 and said that Pooja Gandhi "walks away with acting honours. She is a stunner with her vain looks sans makeup throughout the movie and she has lived her role exceptionally well... Ravishankar as the cop is effective... Makrand Deshpande as one of the kingpins of the gang is superb."[30]

The Times of India awarded the film 3/5, praising the performances, "Pooja Gandhi walks away with full honours... Makarand Deshapande is amazing. Ravi Kale is brilliant. Ravishankar gives life to his role of police inspector."[31]

Chitraloka wrote, "Gandhi makes a strong come back like Vidya Balan in Bollywood. The 'Male girl' took risk like the subdued and simplistic Vidya Balan to take a stunning turn in her choice of roles... Pooja took a calculated risk in accepting a role in Dandupalya that is tailor made for Vamps. But the risk seems to be paying off handsomely as her performance in the film is being appreciated and her stature as a dependable actress in the Box office has also risen."[32]

Filmibeat stated, "The actors in the film amazingly perform in their roles. Firstly, Pooja Gandhi is the lifesaver of the film. For all those, who criticised her for not being a good actress, do watch the film to see the other side of Pooja. The way she smokes beedis, sitting and mouthing the dialogues have to be praised. Her entire body language is amazingly excellent and her costume compliment [sic] each other. Last but not least, her skin show is a treat for masses."[33]

Business Standard stated that the film "is powered by some stellar performances. Pooja Gandhi as the leader of the gang is brilliant and extremely confident in her role. While some may typecast her performance as cheap and unwelcoming, I believe it takes guts for a regular heroine to shed her image and agree to play such a gritty part. She definitely deserves special mention for proving cliches wrong. Let's not forget some equally amazing contribution from Makarand Deshpande and Ravi Kale. Ravi Shankar gives life to his role of police inspector, while others in their respective parts outshine each other."[34]

Box office and performanceEdit

The film, along with its dubbed versions collected over 40 crore[3] domestically against a production budget of 3 crore,[5] and went on to cross over 100-days in multiple centres.[9]

Andhra PradeshEdit

The film was dubbed in Telugu and released as Dandupalyam. It was well received in Andhra Pradesh.[35] The film Danduplya dubbed version titled under Dandupalyam was released with 110 prints and completed a successful 100-days run at "Guntur" and "Ongole" in AP/Telangana.[36][37][38][39][40]

Tamil NaduEdit

A Tamil dub titled Karimedu was produced by Rama Narayanan's Sri Thenandal Films and released on 24 May 2013. The film received critical acclaim from the critics and audience upon the release.[41][42][43][44]


A sequel to the film was announced in July 2014. Part Dandupalya 2 began production on 24 March 2016, and it was released on July 14, 2017. Srinivas Raju directed the film, which again stars Pooja Gandhi. Arjun Janya was the music director and the cinematography was performed by Venkat Prasad.[45][46][10]

The film Dandupalya 3 was shot simultaneously during the Part 2 filming,[47] while the second schedule of shooting was held from April 2017. Initially planned to release within a week after the Part 2 release, the film however, was pushed to release on 2 March 2018.[48]


The film brought instant fame to Makarand Deshpande in Kannada film industry, and also he was nominated for 2nd South Indian International Movie Award and Bangalore Times Film Award for best actor in a negative role for his performance in the film as Krishna.[49]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Awards won 2
Nominations 6


Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress in a Negative Role Pooja Gandhi Won[50][51]
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Raghu Mukherjee Nominated
Best Actor in a Negative Role Makarand Deshpande Nominated
Suvarna Film Awards Best Actress Pooja Gandhi Won
Bangalore Times Film Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role Makarand Deshpande Nominated[49]
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress Pooja Gandhi Nominated[52]

See alsoEdit


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