|Directed by||Nandini Reddy|
|Produced by||K. L. Damodar Prasad|
|Written by||Lakshmi Bhupal|
|Story by||Nandini Reddy|
|Music by||Kalyani Malik|
|Edited by||Marthand K Venkatesh|
|Distributed by||Sri Ranjith Movies|
|Box office||est. ₹15 crore|
Ala Modalaindi (transl. That is how it started) is a 2011 Indian Telugu-language romantic comedy film written and directed by Nandini Reddy under the Sri Ranjith Movies banner. It stars Nani, Nithya Menen 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 ended up as a commercial success. The film grossed ₹15 crore on a budget of ₹4 crore. 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 (Nani) is abducted by John Abraham (Ashish Vidyarthi). 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 (Kriti Kharbanda) with a bunch of red roses, but destiny has other plans. Elsewhere, Nithya (Nithya Menen) is playing cricket and hits Gautham with her shot. He is then taken to the hospital in the stretcher. Simran falls in love with the doctor treating Gautham and they get married eventually. Gautham is invited and goes to the wedding but cannot face Simran. When he walks out, he gets drunk and meets a drunk Nithya who actually was in love with the doctor. 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 (Sneha Ullal), 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 the kidnapper, it is revealed that the kidnapper was looking for the one who gave Gautam a lift not Gautam. The kidnapper helps Gautam to reach the wedding. Gautam's friends reveal the truth to Nithya. In order to meet Gautham, Nithya escapes from the wedding and ends up asking the kidnapper for a lift. After a whole confusion, Nithya unites with Gautham.
- Nani as Gautam
- Nithya Menen as Nithya
- Sneha Ullal as Kavya
- Ashish Vidyarthi as John Abraham
- Rohini as Revathi, Gautam's mother
- Chaitanya Krishna as Deepak, Nithya's fiancé
- Thagubothu Ramesh as Gautham
- Pragathi as Nithya's mother
- Sivannarayana Naripeddi as Sivannarayana, Nithya's uncle
- Mirchi Hemanth as Gautham's friend
- Snigdha as Pinky
- Praveen as Rowdy
- Dhanraj as Rowdy
- Chanti as Rowdy
- Nandini Reddy as Pinky's neighbour (cameo)
- Kriti Kharbanda as Simran (cameo)
The film's Malayalam dubbed version, titled Angane Thudangi, is released in Kerala on 28 July 2011. The film got a wide release. 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. The home video of Angane Thudangi was released by Hot & Sour on 2 December 2011.
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."
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."
The film ran for 100 days theatrically.
Kalyani Malik has composed the songs and soundtrack for the film.
Telugu original soundtrack
|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
|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|
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