Aa Dinagalu

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Aa Dinagalu
Promotional poster of Aa Dinagalu
Directed by K.M. Chaitanya
Produced by Syed Aman, MS Raveendra
Written by Agni Shridhar
Starring Chethan Kumar
Veda Sastry
Girish Karnad
Vinaya Prasad
Sharath Lohitashwa
Ashish Vidyarthi
Atul Kulkarni
Narrated by Agni Shridhar
Music by Ilayaraja
Cinematography H.C. Venu
Edited by P Haridoss
Distributed by Megha Movies
Release dates 19 October 2007
Country India
Language Kannada

Aa Dinagalu (ಆ ದಿನಗಳು) is a 2007 Indian Kannada film based on the book Daadaagiriya Dinagalu (ದಾದಾಗಿರಿಯ ದಿನಗಳು) by Agni Shridhar. The film, directed by K. M. Chaitanya and stars Chethan Kumar and Veda Sastry in lead roles, is about the rowdyism that prevailed in Bangalore during 1986. The film's soundtrack and score is by acclaimed musician Ilayaraja.


Aa Dinagalu is a story about the Bangalore underworld of the 80s.. In the film Agni Shridhar narrates the preview as story of Kotwal Ramachandra era (1975) coincidentally with declaration of emergency by Indira Gandhi, which led to grooming of M.P.Jayaraj as the uncrowned don of Bangalore mostly working with Knives, Sickles, Longs for terrorising people. Eventually he seems to have got jailed for contempt of court for 10 years. When he returns in 1985, after the death of Indira Gandhi he finds Kotwal Ramachandra to have taken his spot. In this backdrop how a love story finds its place has been shown in the movie.

The story although is based on backdrop of violence is screened with artistic and cinematic touch for which Kannada Industry is famous for. There is no place for violence, fight scenes but still the film succeeds in bringing the atmosphere of 1986 Bangalore in 2007 (release date). K.M. Chaitanya ( grandson of Rashtra Kavi G. S. Shivarudrappa[1]) has directed a gripping, realistic film which broke the boundaries between art and commercial cinema.

The screenplay was written by Girish Karnad and Agni Shridhar. While the story and dialogues were written by Agni Shridhar.The film was widely critically acclaimed and went on to be one of the biggest box office hits in Kannada. The Week magazine listed it among the Top 10 Indian films of 2007.


The Story is based upon book Dadagiriya Dinagalu (The days of DadaGiri or Rowdyism) by Agni Sridhar, who was once a criminal identified himself with Bangalore underworld in 1980s.


The crew has received excellent reviews


The songs are very much successful in showing Bangalore as Lovers and Pensioners paradise. It also shows the city's excellent climate that it enjoyed during the 80's. Music Master Composer Ilaiyaraaja with lyrics of Sumana and Kalyan reminds G K Venkatesh (his Guru) in providing soothing music of past decades displayed by fresh faces of Archana and Chetan. Vijay Yesudas(whose vocals are similar to his father Yesudas), and Nanditha are melodious.[2][3]

SL.No Song Vocal Artist Lyrics Music
1 "Aa Dinagalu" Vijay Yesudas, Nanditha D. Sumana Kitthur Ilaiyaraaja
2 "Sihi GaaLi" Ilaiyaraaja, Nanditha K. Kalyan Ilaiyaraaja


Filmfare Awards South

State Awards

Kanfida Awards

South Indian Cinematographers' Association (SICA) Awards

Chennai Film Fans Association Awards

Kasturi Awards

  • Best Supporting Actor - Sharath Lohitashwa

Suvarna Awards

Udaya Awards


The film was both critically and commercially successful.

Photo of Lido Talkies of Mysore where Aa Dinagalu was released on 19 October 2007

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The DVD of the movie has been released on Anand Audio. This is the first time a Kannada movie with 5.1 surround sound is releasing on a DVD.[10]


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