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Thammudu (transl. Younger Brother) is a 1999 Indian Telugu-language sports action film produced by Burugupalli Sivaramakrishna under the Sri Venkateswara Art Films banner, written and directed by P. A. Arun Prasad. The movie was loosely based on the 1992 Hindi film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar which itself was a remake of the 1979 movie Breaking Away.
|Directed by||P. A. Arun Prasad|
|Produced by||Burugupalli Sivaramakrishna|
|Written by||Chintapalli Ramana (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||P. A. Arun Prasad|
|Story by||P. A. Arun Prasad|
|Music by||Ramana Gogula|
|Edited by||Marthand K. Venkatesh|
Sri Venkateswara Art Films
Thammudu stars Pawan Kalyan, Preeti Jhangiani and Aditi Govitrikar in the lead roles, while Bhupinder Singh, Achyuth, Brahmanandam, Ali, and Kitty play supporting roles. The music is composed by Ramana Gogula with cinematography by Madhu Ambat and editing by Marthand K. Venkatesh.
The film released on 15 July 1999 and went on to become a Super hit with the movie's soundtrack by Ramana Gogula becoming a trendsetter. The film was remade in Tamil as Badri (2001), in Kannada as Yuvaraja (2001) and in Bengali as Champion (2003).
The movie begins with the rivalry between Model College and Government College. Subrahmanyam (Pawan Kalyan), the youngest son of a family, is a wastrel, gypsy, and ladies man. He has a bunch of friends, including Kodandarama Manoharam (Ali). His father Vishwanadh (Kitty) always scolds him for his attitude, but his brother Chakri (Achyuth), who is a determined boxer, and friend Jaanu (Preeti Jhangiani) dote on him. Meanwhile, Subbu falls in love with a rich diva, Lovely (Aditi), who is from the rival college, and for this, he keeps on telling lies to her that he is very rich. His brother Chakri and Rohit (Bhupinder Singh) are rivals and are pro boxers. Chakri eventually loses the much-hyped university boxing championship to Rohit. Meanwhile, Jaanu truly loves Subrahmanyam and gives him everything he asks her for, thinking that he is doing these for her, but he does it for Lovely. While the final of the next boxing tournament is coming up against his former opponent Chakri, Rohit realises that Subbu is behind his crush Lovely, beats up Chakri, and injures him fatally, thereby seeking his revenge on Subbu and aborting Chakri's match against him in the next week. The incidents that led Subrahmanyam to change, the way he realized the true love of Jaanu, and the final twist of him becoming a boxing champion by beating Rohit is the real plot to be seen.
- Pawan Kalyan as Subrahmanyam / Subhash / Subbu
- Preeti Jhangiani as Janaki 'Janu'
- Aditi Gowitrikar as Lovely
- Bhupinder Singh as Rohit
- Achyuth as Chakri
- Brahmanandam as Telugu lecturer Avadhanalu
- Ali as Kondandarama Manoharan / Tamili Manohaudur
- Kitty as Vishwanadh
- Chandra Mohan as Kutumba Rao
- Venniradai Moorthy as Lecturer
- Tanikella Bharani as Drunkard
- Mallikarjuna Rao as Malli
- Venu Madhav as Subbu's friend
- Varsha as Shanthi
- Ironleg Sastri as Malli's matchmaker
- Dominic Chung as Chinese boy/Sparring partner
- Raghunatha Reddy
|Film score by |
|Ramana Gogula chronology|
Music composed by Ramana Gogula.
|1.||"Made in Andhra"||Chandra Bose||Ramana Gogula||6:57|
|2.||"Pedavi Datani"||Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry||Ramana Gogula, Sunitha||4:36|
|3.||"Yedola Vundi"||Surendra Krishna||Ramana Gogula||5:10|
|4.||"Vayyari Bhama"||Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry||Ramana Gogula||5;16|
|5.||"Travelling Soldier"||Ramana Gogula||Ramana Gogula||4:27|
|6.||"Kalakalu"||Chandra Bose||SP Balu||5:11|
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".
This film was inspired from the Hindi film "Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar" (1992). It was remade in Tamil as Badri with Vijay in the lead roles and in Kannada as Yuvaraja with Shivaraj Kumar in the lead role.