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Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Boyapati Srinu
Produced by Alexander Vallabha
Written by M. Ratnam
Boyapati Srinu
Starring NTR Jr
Trisha Krishnan
Karthika Nair
Music by M. M. Keeravani
Cinematography Arthur A. Wilson
Edited by Anthony
Distributed by Sri Venkateswara Film Distributors (Nizam)[1]
Ficus Inc. (Overseas)[2]
Release date
  • 27 April 2012 (2012-04-27)
Running time
155 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Dammu, also spelt Dhammu, (English: Guts) is a 2012 Telugu action masala film starring Jr. NTR and featuring Trisha Krishnan and Karthika Nair in the lead roles apart from Bhanupriya, Kota Srinivasa Rao and Venu Thottempudi. It was dubbed into Tamil as Singamagan and into Hindi as Dhammu. The film was unofficially remade into Bengali (Bangladesh) as Rajababu - The Power starring Shakib Khan, Eamin Haque Bobby and Apu Biswas.


Rama Chandra (NTR Jr) is an orphan who leads a simple life along with his friend (played by Ali). He falls in love with Sathya (Trisha Krishnan), who is a very rich girl. Sathya imposes a condition that Rama Chandra's family history and pedigree are very important. At this very moment, Rama Chandra comes to know that a rich and powerful royal family is on the lookout to adopt an heir and Rama Chandra seizes the chance. But once he goes there, he realises that things are not as simple as they seem. The family has a violent past and a bitter dispute with another powerful family (headed by Nassar). He also realises that thousands of people in the area are now dependent on him for their very survival. He also discovers that he is the real heir to the family. Rama Chandra does not like violence and he tries his best to solve the problems peacefully. But the rival gang does not give him a chance. Vexed with the violence Rama Chandra kills Nasser's two sons and opens eyes of Nasser by placing a sword on Nasser's third son. In climax, Nasser realises that he was wrong and apologizes to all. Rama Chandra becomes the hero of the village.


Trisha Krishnan was selected as lead heroine marking her first collaboration with NTR Jr.


Dhammu has music scored by M. M. Keeravani.[4] Shruti Hassan, who was originally signed to play the female lead, walked out citing date issues.[5] Later the producers approached Kajal Aggarwal who also couldn't accommodate bulk dates for the film.[6] The producers finalised Trisha Krishnan as the first female lead.[7] According to reports, Bhanupriya, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Venu Thottempudi and Subhalekha Sudhakar play supporting roles.[8]


The Telugu and Tamil versions released on 27 April 2012. Dhammu released on approximately 1400 screens worldwide which was a record in Tollywood.[9] According to CNN-IBN Dhammu is a starting point of a major blow to the collections of Kannada films in Karnataka. It released in approx of 120+ theatres in Karnataka which is considered to be a record by out of state movie.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Deccan Chronicle wrote: "Dammu (Valour), as one of the Telugu films that made high on action and low on contents".[11] Sify wrote: "Boyapati uses the same formula of Tollywood action movies with good dialogues, high voltage fight sequences and wraps ups with interesting twist and NTR's charged up performance".[12] Rediff wrote: "Director Boyapati Seenu's new film Dammu has an outdated and clichéd storyline, regressive content, and mindless and excessive violence".[13]

Box office[edit]

The film completed 50 days in 25 direct centres on 15 June 2012. but it couldn't sustain for a long-run. Even though film had the worst talk [14] and collected a share of 29 crores worldwide.[15] The film completed 100 days on 4 August 2012.[16]

Pre-release revenues[edit]

Dammu satellite rights were sold to Zeetv group for 6.6 crore (US$1.0 million), the highest buy-over for any film in 2012.[17] After selling distribution rights, Dammu earned pre-release revenue up to 45 crore (US$6.9 million).[18]

Home media[edit]

The VCDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs of the film were released through Bhavani Company into the market on 10 August 2012, six days after completing 100 days of the film.[19]


Soundtrack album by M. M. Keeravani
Released 29 March 2012 (2012-03-29)
Recorded 2012
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 29:32
Language Telugu
Label Vel records
Producer M. M. Keeravani
M. M. Keeravani chronology

The soundtrack of the film was released on 29 March 2012 at Shilpakala Vedika in Hyderabad. M. M. Keeravani's music label, Vel Records, secured the film's audio rights. The lyrics for all the songs were written by Chandrabose.

No. Title Lyrics Artist(s) Length
1. "Sound of Vel"   Instrumental 00:46
2. "O Lily"   Baba Sehgal 04:30
3. "Ruler (Movie Version)"   Prudhvi Chandra, Revanth, Sahiti 04:55
4. "Raja Vasi Reddy"   M. M. Keeravani, Krishna Chaithanya 04:44
5. "Vaastu Bagunde" Chandrabose Rahul Sipligunj, Sravana Bhargavi, Shivani 04:32
6. "Dhammu"   Rahul Sipligunj, Sravana Bhargavi, Shivani 04:21
7. "Ruler (CD Version)"   M. M. Keeravani, Geetha Madhuri 05:44
Total length: 29:32


Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Bhanupriya Nominated


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  4. ^ "'Dammu' shooting to resume in Sept". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Suresh Kavirayani (18 October 2011). "Shruti Haasan walks out of Dammu". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kajal opposite NTR in Dammu!". Sify. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Trisha salvages career". Deccan Chronile. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
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  9. ^ "Dhammu Shows". Super Good Films. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Dammu release in Karnataka may pose threat to Kannada films". CNN-IBN. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  11. ^ B.V.S. Prakash (28 April 2012). "Dammu review: Jr NTR still the angry young man". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Movie Review:Dammu review". Sify.com. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Review: Dammu is strictly for NTR Jr fans – Rediff.com Movies". Rediff.com. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "NTR's Dammu completes 50 days in 25 centers". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Dammu 50 Days collections". cinetara.com. Archived from the original on 28 June 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Dammu completed 100 days". facebook.com/NTRFans. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  17. ^ Dammu Satellite Rights 6.6 Crores Bagged by Zee TV – Timesofap. timesofap.com
  18. ^ 'Dammu' Pre-Release Business Record. Cinejosh.com (3 March 2012). Retrieved on 2015-08-22.
  19. ^ "DVD's & Bluray's releasing through Bhavani DVD on 10th August". facebook.com/NTRFans. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

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