Thammudu (film)

Thammudu (transl. Younger Brother) is a 1999 Indian Telugu-language sports action film written and directed by P. A. Arun Prasad. The films stars Pawan Kalyan, Preeti Jhangiani, and Aditi Govitrikar.[1] Bhupinder Singh, Achyuth, Brahmanandam, Ali, and Kitty play supporting roles. Thammudu was produced by Burugupalli Sivaramakrishna under the Sri Venkateswara Art Films banner.[2] The music is composed by Ramana Gogula with cinematography by Madhu Ambat and editing by Marthand K. Venkatesh.[3]

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Promotional poster
Directed byP. A. Arun Prasad
Written byChintapalli Ramana (dialogues)
Screenplay byP. A. Arun Prasad
Story byP. A. Arun Prasad
Produced byBurugupalli Sivaramakrishna
StarringPawan Kalyan
Preeti Jhangiani
Aditi Govitrikar
CinematographyMadhu Ambat
Edited byMarthand K. Venkatesh
Music byRamana Gogula
Sri Venkateswara Art Films
Release date
  • July 15, 1999 (1999-07-15) (India)
Running time
162 minutes

The film released on 15 July 1999 and went on to become a commercial success with the film's soundtrack by Ramana Gogula becoming a trendsetter.[2] Thammudu was inspired from the 1979 American film, Breaking Away[4], as well as Aamir Khan's Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander. The film was remade in Tamil as Badri (2001), in Kannada as Yuvaraja (2001) and in Bengali as Champion (2003).


Subrahmanyam aka Subbu aka Subhash is the youngest son of a family. He is a wastrel and gypsy and spends his days roaming around with girls, hanging around with his friends, and constantly failing his exams. Subbu's behavior always shows hatred and disgust towards his father, Viswanadh, who is a cafe owner. Subbu's elder brother, Chakri, on the other hand is a college level kickboxer and Viswanadh's favorite son. Chakri spends his days rigorously training for the inter college kickboxing championship, but ends up losing to his kickboxing arch rival, Rohit, who is from the elite Model College. While training, he and Rohit end up running into each other and Chakri always is shamed for his poor background as Chakri attends Government College. Jaanu aka Janaki is Subbu's neighbor and secretly in love in Subbu. Subbu is unaware that Jaanu is in love with him. Subbu usually considers Jaanu as a source of money and cars to impress girls and constantly borrows money and cars. Jaanu's father is a garage owner.

One day, Subbu meets Lovely, who is a rich college girl from the elite Model College, and lies that he attends the elite Engineering College and a wealthy man's son. Subbu is actually from the local government college just like his brother Chakri. Lovely falls for his lies and soon begins to express her love to Subbu. Eventually, she learns the truth and breaks up and insults Subbu in front of Viswanadh and Chakri. At the same time, Viswanadh finds out that Subbu has taken large amounts of Jaanu. Fatigued, he banishes Subbu.

Subbu is now homeless and gets support from Jaanu. Jaanu tells Subbu that he should be more responsible of himself and prove himself towards his father. He begins to reform himself and soon starts to understand the love of Jaanu. In the meantime, Chakri is attacked and seriously injured by Rohit, who now happens to be Lovely's new boyfriend and Subbu's enemy, and his friends causing Chakri to be hospitalized. This rules him out of the final match of the inter college kick boxing championship. Deciding to seek revenge for his brother's accident and redeem himself in front of Viswanadh's eyes, Subbu trains and works really hard to prepare for the inter college kickboxing championship. He defeats Rohit in the kickboxing match and wins the final intercollege kickboxing championship, dedicates the trophy to Chakri, redeems himself to Visnwanadh, and finally accepts Jaanu's love.



Film score by
LabelAditya Music
ProducerRamana Gogula
Ramana Gogula chronology
Premante Idera

Music composed by Ramana Gogula.

1."Made in Andhra"Chandra BoseRamana Gogula6:57
2."Pedavi Datani"Sirivennela Sitarama SastryRamana Gogula, Sunitha4:36
3."Yedola Vundi"Surendra KrishnaRamana Gogula5:10
4."Vayyari Bhama"Sirivennela Sitarama SastryRamana Gogula5;16
5."Travelling Soldier"Ramana GogulaRamana Gogula4:27
6."Kalakalu"Chandra BoseS. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:11
Total length:34:13


Deccan Herald wrote, "While the first half is full of fun-frolic situations, the second half of the movie brims with heart-wringing moments" but criticized the dubbing of film's actresses and called Ramana Gogula's score "Finger-snapping and peppy".[5][6]

Box OfficeEdit

The film has undergone the theatrical business of 4.5 crore and in its full run film has managed to collect a distributor share of over 9 crore and emerged as a Super Hit.[7]


  1. ^ "Birthday Special: Power Star Pawan Kalyan! How the actor got his big break and became successful". The Times of India.
  2. ^ a b "Pawan Kalyan fans celebrate 22 years of 'Thammudu'; call it one of the most memorable films". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Thammudu Review". Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  4. ^ "We list down 7 Bollywood films inspired from Hollywood". Filmfare. 28 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Cinema Review - Deccan Herald". Archived from the original on 9 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 September 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Pawan Kalyan's Super Hit Thammudu completes 21 years". 15 July 2020.

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