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Dhilluku Dhuddu (lit. Money for Guts) is a 2016 Tamil language comedy horror film directed by Rambala and produced by Sri Thenandal Films. The film features starring Santhanam and Anchal Singh in the leading roles, while Saurabh Shukla appears in a pivotal role. Featuring music composed by S. Thaman, Dhilluku Dhuddu began production in November 2015 and released on 7 July 2016 to positive response and turned to be successful at box office.[3][4][5] The film was later dubbed in Hindi as Raj Mahal 3 in 2017. The film was remade in Kannada in 2019 as Gimmick starring Ganesh.

Dhilluku Dhuddu
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRambhala
Produced byN. Ramasamy
Music byOriginal songs:
S. Thaman
Background score:
Karthik Raja
CinematographyDeepak Kumar Pathy
Edited byGopi Krishna
Distributed byMishri Enterprises
Release date
7 July 2016
Running time
133 minutes[1]
Box office12 crores [2]

A sequel Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 was released in 2019.[6]



The film starts with a story about a greedy woman who wanted to marry the King. After they got married, they weren't able to live together for a very long time. She departs to live with her old lover. Later, she becomes pregnant and gives birth to a boy. The woman secretly takes care of the boy until one day the king comes to know about it. In anger the King throws the boy into the fire. Out of grief, the mother sacrifices her soul to the Satan as a present by hanging herself in front of the house. After hearing this, The King also fell into grief and falls from his fort and dies. Later the people who lived near the house felt paranormal activities and were killed by the ghost. This news travels to a Buddhist Monk and he offers a visit to Sivankondamalai. There, the Buddhist Monk starts meditating in Sivankondamalai. As he opens his eyes he finds himself in a bungalow and encounters the ghost which threatens to kill him, but the monk traps the ghosts in a magical box and he faints due to a concussion. His assistants warn the owner of the bungalow that it is haunted. The story shifts to Chennai where Kajal (Shanaya) who hosts a party for reuniting with her school friends. Then she reveals about her classmate Kumar (Santhanam) who was sent out of school because of Kajal. In the flash back, on a Valentine's Day, Kajal gives a card to Kumar and he returns it to her affectionately. This act is seen by a teacher and Kumar is dismissed for it. As the story shifts to the present day, Kumar's uncle Mohan (Karunas) who hasn't paid the due of his truck loses it to the financier (Saurabh Shukla) who is also Kajal's father. As Mohan and Kumar break into the financier's house out of anger (not knowing that it is Kajal's house). Kajal catches Kumar, acts polite and hands him over to the police without realizing that he is her childhood crush. The next day, Kumar's father (Anandaraj) standing in front of the police station calls Kajal's father and threatens him to withdraw the case filed on Kumar. Later, Kajal gets Kumar's home address and she realizes about Kumar who broke into her house earlier. Simultaneously, Kumar and Mohan plan to kidnap Kajal to teach her a lesson. So, they kidnap her and Kajal reveals herself to Kumar with a kiss and they both fall in love.

Kumar visits a wedding where Kajal is present and as they get personal it is witnessed by Kajal's sister's husband (T.M.Karthik) who misinterprets Kumar as Kapoor family's grandson. When Kajal's father asks Kumar of his family's approval, Kumar brings his family for a meeting where Kajal's father comes to know that they are not a part of Kapoor family. Kajal's father arranges a marriage for Kajal with a different person but it is stopped by Kumar. Out of defeat, Kajal's father meets a rowdy, Sketch Mani (Rajendran) to kill Kumar. Mani asks Kajal's father to bring Kumar and his family in the name of marriage to the haunted house in Sivankodamalai to murder Kumar and his family and blame it on the ghost. Before they leave, Kumar's mother prays to Lord Muruga and accidentally drops the Vel in the bag and takes it along. But nobody knows that the house is haunted. On the way, Kumar's family is haunted by some road-side hotel members. Mani and his sidekicks enter the house as servants. The magical box containing the spirit still remain in the house.

Later, Mani and his sidekicks start to scare Kajal with the concept of ghost. Mani and his sidekicks try to scare Kumar and Kumar comes to know that it is just a drama. So Kumar informs this to his family and Kumar asks them to hit anybody in the form of ghost. The monk who realizes,that when the moon's light touches the box, the ghost inside it will get released. The monk sends a disciple to get that box, but Kumar's father and Mohan mistake him for an intruder and knock him out. Eventually, the moon's light touches the box and the ghost inside get released. Kumar comes to know that Mani and his sidekicks are the ones who is scaring them. Kumar encounters the real ghost and as the ghost starts to haunt the house, the monk arrives and draws one of the ghosts into the box and the other ghost enters the Kajal's body out of rage. The monk enters a realm where Kajal's soul is trapped and hears a cry calling out of Kumar. The monk asks for Kumar and sends him into the realm to control the ghost, but he gets trapped there. Fortunately, Kumar's mother takes the Vel and places it in Kumar's hand. As Kumar gains spiritual confidence, he kills the ghost with the Vel.

After few months, Kajal and Kumar get married and are living happily. Mani returns as a ghost and says 'This is not the end this is the beginning' .



In May 2014, Santhanam and Rambala, who had previously directed the actor for the spoof serial Lollu Sabha, planned to collaborate for a film titled Dhilluku Dhuddu. The venture was later postponed to allow Santhanam to finish work on Muruganand's Inimey Ippadithan (2015) first.[7][8] In early 2015, Rambala then announced that he would make the film with Shiva and Nandita, but the project did not develop.[9][10]

Following the release of Inimey Ippadithaan, Santhanam began pre-production on his work with Rambala during July 2015 and sported a new look for the project.[11][12] The film began production in November 2015, with newcomer Shanaya and Hindi film actor Saurabh Shukla revealed to be a part of the cast.[13] Prior to the release of the film, the producer of the proposed venture starring Shiva came forward and submitted an application to court stating that Rambala had made Dhilluku Dhuddu from the script of the film he had earlier approved. Sarbudeen of Paper Flight Pictures argued that Rambala had unceremoniously left the project and sought to stop Dhilluku Dhuddu release, which he failed to do.[14]


The music was composed and performed by S. Thaman. The soundtrack was released on 24 June 2016, and consists of three tracks.

Dhilluku Dhuddu
Soundtrack album by
Released24 June 2016
GenreFeature film soundtrack
S. Thaman chronology
Dhilluku Dhuddu
Track listing
1."Dhilluku Dhuddunuthan"VivekaDeepak, MM Monisha03:32
2."Kaanamal Pona Kadhal"Madhan KarkyNivas, Sanjana Kalmanje03:17
3."Sivan Magan Da"KirithayaSaisharan, Deepak, Nivas, Solar Sai, Naveen, Sandhya04:14
Total length:11:03

Box officeEdit

The movie got a good start at the box office and turned out to be very successful earning ₹120 million in its four-day weekend in Tamil Nadu.[2]


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  3. ^ "Dhilluku Dhuddu box office collection: Santhanams film earns Rs 12 cr in its opening weekend". Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  4. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash. "Box office collection: Santhanam's 'Dhilluku Dhuddu', Salman Khan's 'Sultan' strike gold in Chennai". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  5. ^ Sravan (12 July 2016). "Dhilluku Dhuddu First Week Collections, Earns 12 Crores in 7 Days". Retrieved 20 November 2016.
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