Ala Modalaindi

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Ala Modalaindi
Ala Modalaindi poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byNandini Reddy
Written byNandini Reddy
Lakshmi Bhupal (dialogues)
Produced byK. L. Damodar Prasad
Nithya Menen
Sneha Ullal
CinematographyArjun Jena
Edited byMarthand K Venkatesh
Music byKalyani Malik
Distributed bySri Ranjith Movies
Release date
  • 21 January 2011 (2011-01-21)
Running time
135 minutes
Budget4 crore[1]
Box officeest. ₹15 crore[1]

Ala Modalaindi (transl. That is how it started) is a 2011 Indian Telugu-language romantic comedy film written and directed by B. V. Nandini Reddy under the Sri Ranjith Movies banner. It stars Nani, Nithya Menen (in her Telugu debut) and Sneha Ullal with the music composed by Kalyani Malik. The film's cinematography is performed by Arjun Jena with editing by Marthand K. Venkatesh.

Released on 21 January 2011, the film opened to favorable reviews by critics and became a commercial success.[2][3] The film grossed 15 crore on a budget of 4 crore.[1] Reddy won the Nandi Award for Best First Film of a Director SIIMA Award for Best Debut Director – Telugu. The film is considered one of the "25 Greatest Telugu Films Of The Decade" by Film Companion.[4] The film is remade in Tamil as Yennamo Yedho (2014), in Bengali as Olpo Olpo Premer Golpo (2014) and in Kannada as Bhale Jodi (2016).


The film begins with an accident. Gautham is abducted by John Abraham. On the way, Gautham is forced to narrate his tale as he talks of stopping a marriage and John too talks of preventing a wedding. Hence, the flashback. Gautham is ready to propose to Simran with a bunch of roses, but destiny has other plans. Elsewhere, Nithya is playing cricket and hits Gautham with her shot. He is then taken to the hospital in the stretcher. Simran falls in love with Dr. Anand, who was treating Gautham and they get married eventually. Gautham is invited and leaves for the wedding, but cannot face Simran. When he walks out, he gets drunk and meets a drunk Nithya who actually was in love with Anand. They go around freaking during the night and part ways the next day.

As destiny has it, they happen to meet in a pub after a few days. Gautham accompanies her everywhere. He realises he's in love with her, but before he could tell her, he finds out that she is already engaged. Gautham steps back and stays secluded. Nithya and her fiancé end their engagement over an argument about Gautham. Unaware of this and having moved on, Gautham starts dating a veterinary doctor Kavya, but they break up after an altercation. Nithya realizes that she loves Gautam and goes to his house after his mother dies, to propose to him, but is shocked to see Kavya in his house. Thinking that they both are married, she leaves to Bangalore and accepts the marriage proposal her parents set for her. After realizing Nithya misunderstood him, Gautham and his friends leave for Bangalore to stop the marriage.

On the way to Bangalore, their car stops and Gautam asks for a lift and they accept and that is where he was kidnapped. After a big fight between Gautam and John Abraham, it is revealed that John Abraham was looking for the one who gave Gautam a lift, not Gautam. He helps Gautam to reach the wedding. Gautam's friends, who reach the wedding hall, reveal the truth to Nithya. In order to meet Gautham, Nithya escapes from the wedding and ends up asking John Abraham for a lift, who accepts looking at the jewellery she is wearing. After listening to her, John realizes that she is Nithya that Gautham came for. He drives back the car to the wedding hall and Nithya take the gun and kidnaps Gautam. Then after a comical scuffle, Nithya reunites with Gautham.



The film was released on 21 January 2011.

Dubbed versions[edit]

The film's Malayalam dubbed version, titled Angane Thudangi,[5] is released in Kerala on 28 July 2011.[6][7] The film got a wide release.[8][9] Angane Thudangi was the first Malayalam film (though dubbed) to be made available for online viewing on the same day as its release. This arrangement was made by Mathrubhumi, who also released the music for the Malayalam version.[10] The home video of Angane Thudangi was released by Hot & Sour on 2 December 2011.[11]


Rediff gave a four star rating, stating "All in all Ala Modalaindi is a fun ride" explaining "Nani and Nithya are at their natural best. Both are so effortless and at ease and share a great chemistry. They are expressive in a range of emotions too."[12]

Sify also gave a 4/5 star rating, noting "Nandini Reddy's plot is simple but her screenplay is knitted with many twists and turns and that makes the movie a pleasant watch. Nani and Nithya Menen score in performance."[13]

Review sites IdleBrain and GreatAndhra, which also gave 4 ratings, praised the lead pair's performance.[14][15]

The film ran for 100 days theatrically.[16]


Kalyani Malik has composed the songs and soundtrack for the film.

Telugu original soundtrack[edit]

1."Cheli Vinamani"Vedala Hemachandra 
2."Innalu Naa Kallu"Geetha Madhuri, Kalyani Malik 
3."Edo Anukunte"Nithya Menen, Deepu 
4."Oo Baby"Veena Sahiti 
5."Ammammo Ammo"Nithya Menen, Kalyani Malik 

Malayalam dubbed soundtrack[edit]

The music for the Malayalam version was composed by Jassie Gift, based on the tunes in the original film.[5][17] The lyrics for Angane Thudangi were written by Siju Thuravoor.

1."Ammammo Ammo"Najim Arshad, Nithya Menon 
2."Entho Nedunne"Nithya Menon, Salin 
3."Kandille Nee"Najim Arshad, Sindhu Premkumar 
4."Nenjin Veena Meetti"Jassie Gift 
5."Oh Baby"Ranjini Jose & chorus 

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Nominee Result Ref.
Filmfare Awards South 7 July 2012 Best Director – Telugu B. V. Nandini Reddy Nominated
Best Actress – Telugu Nithya Menen Nominated
Best Music Director – Telugu Kalyani Malik Nominated
Best Lyricist – Telugu Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry

for "Ammammo Ammo"

Best Female Playback Singer – Telugu Nithya Menen

for "Ammammo Ammo"

South Indian International Movie Awards 22 June 2012 Best Film (Telugu) Ala Modalaindi Nominated [18]
Best Debut Director (Telugu) B. V. Nandini Reddy Won [19]
Best Female Debut (Telugu) Nithya Menen Nominated [18]
Best Supporting Actor (Telugu) Ashish Vidyarthi Nominated [18]
Best Comedian (Telugu) Thagubothu Ramesh Nominated [18]
Best Female Playback Singer (Telugu) Nithya Menen

for "Ammammo Ammo"

Nominated [18]
Best Music Director (Telugu) Kalyani Malik Nominated [18]
Nandi Awards 05 August 2011 Best First Film of a Director B. V. Nandini Reddy Won [20]
Best Actress Nithya Menen Won [21]


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