Dandupalya (film)

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Kannada: ದಂಡುಪಾಳ್ಯ
Directed by Srinivas Raju
Produced by Prashanth G. R.
Girish T.
Written by Srinivas Raju
Screenplay by Srinivas Raju
Music by Arjun Janya
Cinematography Venkat Prasad
Edited by S. Manohar
Apple Blossom Creations
Release date
  • 29 June 2012 (2012-06-29)
Running time
152 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada
Budget 3 crore (US$470,000)[1]
Box office 35 crore (US$5.4 million)[2][3]

Dandupalya (Kannada: ದಂಡುಪಾಳ್ಯ) is a 2012 Indian Kannada-language crime film, starring Pooja Gandhi and Raghu Mukherjee in the leading roles. The plot is based on the real-life exploits of a notorious gang named 'Dandupalya'.[4] The film was directed by Srinivas Raju and produced by Girish and Prashanth under the Apple Blossom Creations banner.[5] The film was later dubbed in Telugu as Dandupalyam, in Tamil as Karimedu and in Malayalam as Kuruthikalam. It was a critical and commercial success in Karnataka and Andra Pradesh/Telangana, and became one of the highest-grossing films of 2012,[6] being shown for more than 100 days in multiple centres.[7]

A sequel to the film was announced in July 2014. Dandupalya 2 has begun the production on 24 March 2016. Srinivas Raju is directed the film, which will star Pooja Gandhi. Arjun Janya is slated as the music director and the cinematography will be handled by Venkat Prasad.[8] And Dandupalya 3 also shooting simultaneously with part 2 having the almost same cast and sequel 3 will be released with sequel 2 in difference of one month.[9][10][11]


The story revolves around Lakshmi (Pooja Gandhi), leader of the gang, who spots houses where women are alone. She goes to the house asking for water. When the women go inside, the entire gang led by Krishna (Makarand Deshpande) and followed by Hanuma (Ravi Kale), Thimma (Jaidev), Muniya (Karisubbu) and others enter the house and kill women.

Krishna takes thrill in slitting the throats as he is fond of the noise that comes out from the throat when blood oozes out. Then they loot the house and escape. They are all shabbily dressed, rough and tough. Inspector Chalapathi (P. Ravishankar) takes up the challenge of arresting them. Thimma was carrying stolen Temple ornaments. He was rejected by the jeweller, while getting back trapped by Ravi shankar and all of them would be arrested by police and taken to court.



Pooja Gandhi, played the film's main lead.

"According to the dictionary, nudity means that you are not covered with a single item of clothing from head to toe. But in this scene, I have worn a sari and I am trying to cover my body, except for my back".

says Gandhi about her controversial scene in the film[13]


Pooja Gandhi was asked to do the female lead in this film as Lakshmi, is a leader of a infamous notorious gang. She was reluctantly agreed to do the role, because of negative talk in Kannada film industry that she would be lost her image working in such character's. extremely she has done and come out with a overwhelming critical appraise by the both critics and audience.[14][15][16] The film was the witness for Pooja Gandhi's mega comeback and which was critically and commercially a big success and brought back Pooja Gandhi into stardom through it. Gandhi received immense critical appraisal by the both critics and the audience, and she has received several awards for her performance as Lakshmi.[17][18]


The film was criticised by social group Bahujan Samaj Horata Samiti, who claimed that its content was offensive. They objected specifically to the film's portrayal of women. Further controversy followed when it was revealed that actress Pooja Gandhi would appear topless in the film.[4]

After the release of the movie, Ambedkar Kranthi Sena activists demonstrated in Bengaluru against the film's "glorification of anti-social activities".[19]


Dandupalya (film).jpg
Soundtrack album by Arjun Janya
Released 2012
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 31:30
Language Kannada
Label Sai Audio
Track list
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Aleyo Alegale" V. Nagendra Prasad Karthik, Anuradha Bhat  
2. "Kalli Nanu" V. Nagendra Prasad Vasundhara Das, Harsha Sadanandam  
3. "Police Theme" V. Nagendra Prasad Ravi Basur  
4. "Yaare Neenu" V. Nagendra Prasad Nakul, Priya Himesh  
5. "Dandupalya Theme" V. Nagendra Prasad Instrumental  

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Times of India 4/5 stars
Bangalore Mirror 3.5/5 stars
One India 3.5/5 stars
Deccan Herald 3/5 stars
Chitraloka 3.75/5 stars
Indian Express 3.0/5 stars
Deccan Chronicle 3.5/5 stars
Vijaya Karnataka 4/5 stars
International Business Times 4/5 stars
The Hindu 4/5 stars

The Film opened to mostly positive reviews from the Critics.[20]

DNA praising the performance of Gandhi " Don't miss out on Pooja’s performance or to find out how this notorious gang was caught by the daring police inspector, Chalapathi. And if you already have watched it, well you now have the sequel to look forward to… Pooja Gandbi has delivered a stunning performance in the role of Lakshmi. She has to be appreciated for accepting a role with negative shades. Her body language and expressions are really good.[21][22]

Rediff.com rating three-star and stating Pooja Gandhi "walks away with acting honours. She is a stunner with her vain looks sans makeup throughout the movie and she has lived her role exceptionally well", and about Ravishankar as 'the cop is effective' and then Makrand Deshpande 'as one of the kingpins of the gang is superb'.[23]

The Times of India awarded the film 3 stars out of 5, praising the performances of Pooja Gandhi, "Gandhi done a excellent performance as Lakshmi" and about Makarand Deshapande, Ravi Kale and Ravishankar given a best performance.[24]

Chitraloka.com praising the performance of Pooja Gandhi " Gandhi makes a strong come back like Vidya Balan, 'Male' girl look risk like the subdued and simplistic Vidya Balan to take a stunning turn in her choice of roles, Pooja took a calculated risk in accepting a role in Dandupalya that is tailor made for Vamps.[25]

filmibeat.com stating "The actors in the film amazingly perform in their roles. Firstly, Pooja Gandhi is the lifesaver of the film. For all those, who criticised her for not being a good actress, do watch the film to see the other side of Pooja. The way she smokes beedis, sitting and mouthing the dialogues have to be praised. Her entire body language is amazingly excellent and her costume compliment each other. Last but not least, her skin show is a treat for masses".[26]

Box office and performance[edit]

The film, along with its dubbed versions collected over 35 crore domestically against a budget of 3 crore,[3] and went on to cross over 100-days in multiple centres.[7]

Andhra Pradesh[edit]

The film was dubbed in Telugu and released as Dandupalyam. It was well received in Andhra Pradesh.[27] The film Danduplya dubbed version titled under Dandupalyam was released with 110 prints and completed successfully 100-days run at "Guntur" and "Ongole" in AP/Telangana.[28][29][30][31][32]

Tamil Nadu[edit]

A Tamil dub titled Karimedu was produced by Rama Narayanan's Sri Thenandal Films and released on 24 May 2013.[33][34]


A sequel to the film was announced in July 2014. Dandupalya 2 has begun the production on 24 March 2016. Srinivas Raju will direct the film, which will star Pooja Gandhi. Arjun Janya is slated as the music director and the cinematography will be performed by Venkat Prasad.[35]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards won 2
Nominations 3


Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Raghu Mukherjee Nominated
Best Actress in a Negative Role Pooja Gandhi Won[36]
Best Actor in a Negative Role Makarand Deshpande Nominated
Suvarna Film Awards Best Actress Pooja Gandhi Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress Pooja Gandhi Nominated[37]


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