Dhruva (2016 film)

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Dhruva Telugu film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySurender Reddy
Produced by
Written byVema Reddy (dialogues)
Shivgopal Krishna (hindi dialogues)
Screenplay bySurender Reddy
Story byMohan Raja
Based onThani Oruvan
by Mohan Raja
Music byHiphop Tamizha
CinematographyP. S. Vinod
Edited byNaveen Nooli
Distributed byGeetha Arts
Release date
  • 9 December 2016 (2016-12-09)[1]
Running time
165 minutes
Budget50 crore[2]
Box office90crore[2]

Dhruva is a 2016 Indian Telugu-language action thriller film[3][4] directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Allu Aravind under his banner Geetha Arts. It features Ram Charan in the titular role, along with Arvind Swamy, Rakul Preet Singh, and Navdeep in important roles. It is an official remake of the 2015 Tamil film Thani Oruvan (dubbed in Hindi as Double Attack 2 in 2017).[5] The movie was released worldwide on 9 December 2016.


A low-level party cadre Chengalrayudu (Posani Krishna Murali) is tying a flag to a street-lamp post. Suddenly his pregnant wife goes into labour, but he completely ignores it, as he is more dedicated to his leader and party. At the same time, the party's deputy leader (Nassar) visits the locality; as soon as he comes to know about this incident, the leader lends his car and orders his driver to immediately take the pregnant lady to the hospital; she delivers a baby boy named Venkanna before they get to the hospital. At the age of fifteen, Venkanna secures first rank in his 10th standard state exam and visits the party deputy-leader, now the chairman of the party and a member of the ruling coalition for his blessings with his father. While they are waiting in the party office for the leader to come in, they witness a murder of a rebel party candidate by their own revered leader due to caste-related comments by the rebel on him. When the leader asks Chengalrayudu to take the blame by saying that he killed the man due to rage about the rebel's comments, Venkanna volunteers to take the blame and is willing to go to jail, citing the leniency of juvenile laws in exchange for an MLA seat for his father in the upcoming by-election. The deal is agreed and carried out.

15 years later, Dhruva (Ram Charan) and his friends Gowtham (Navdeep), Ranveer (Randhir Gattla), Ali Reza and others are a small group of trainee IPS officers who discreetly assist the police, one activity being catching a gang which kidnapped four girls. One day Dhruva receives a cryptic text message on his phone from an anonymous number stating that he/she is aware of their discreet activities. In the evening, they go out to meet that person who is revealed to be Ishika (Rakul Preet Singh), who loves Dhruva. Later that same night they happen to witness the murder of a man who is a social activist with the pretense of snatch theft. Dhruva and his friends catch the gang and their leader (Shekar) and hand them over to the police; however, four days later the leader of the gang comes to the IPS headquarters with the home minister. This political and organised crime comes as a shock to Dhruva and his friends. Dhruva takes them to his house and shows his research on connecting all small unrelated incidents into the global view of a hidden network of politicians, industrialists and criminals who bend the law for their own financial benefits. He singles out three prominent business oligarchs, including pharmaceutical mogul Dheeraj Chandra (Sayaji Shinde), don Irfan Ali (Madhusudhan Rao) and a minister. When Dhruva tries following Dheeraj Chandra, he realises that all three of them work as a group and they all work for an affluent scientist Siddharth Abhimanyu (Aravind Swamy). After the completion of his training, Dhruva is awarded medals for specializing in dealing with organized crime during training and also for being the best probationer of the batch, and is posted as the ASP of the Organized Crime Unit.

Dhruva discovers that Siddharth is Chengalrayuduson Venkanna. After his release from juvenile detention center, Venkanna had his name changed and left India to complete his education abroad. After his graduation he returned to India and is now a well established scientist. Siddarth uses the medical field for the wrong reasons and his own profit. Chengalrayudu is now the incumbent health and welfare minister in the minority government headed by the party leader. At that time Angelina, a Swiss pharmaceutical company owner and activist tries to make generic medicines for life-threatening diseases available in India at low cost affordable by poor people. Siddharth's assassin kills Angelina before she can sign the agreement document with the government and shoots Dhruva at the same time. While he is recovering from the gunshot wound in the hospital with the help of Ishika and Gowtham, an electronic bug (GPS + audio transmitter) is implanted during surgery. Through the bug, Siddharth listens all of Dhruva's plans and continuously monitors his whereabouts and whatever he talks via audio transmission. Then comes evidence against Siddharth in the form of Akshara (Abhinaya). She was a scientist at Siddharth's research lab, where a seaweed that can cure diabetes is found abundantly in the oceans. Siddharth tries to sell the technology and rights to extract medicine from the seaweed to multinational pharmaceutical companies but is opposed by Akshara. So Siddharth arranges goons and the goons rape and kill her. But before being killed, she records a video and stores it in an SD card so that someone will find it. But before Dhruva can find the card, Siddharth finds out and assigns Abbas to recover the card, but Dhruva tells Gowtham to get the card. Gowtham goes to the house where the SD card is at. He successfully gets the card after a fight with Abbas, but through the bug Siddharth knows this and abducts Gowtham. Gowtham fights Abbas and Siddharth but he gets drugged and before Dhruva can save him, Siddharth and Abbas kill Gowtham. Dhruva comes back to his special house where he finds a pin has been changed in a picture which turns out to be the picture of Naina Miss world of 2011 and a close aquintance of Siddharth whose girlfriend Preethi was also part of that event. Dhruva doubts whether Siddharth himself would have come to his house. Ishika checks the finger prints on the pin keeping the gun case Dhruva received from Siddharth in his posting ceremony and the finger prints match. A flashback reveals that Siddharth killed Preethi's father so that she doesn't participate in the competition and as she won't have a ticket to go to her father's funeral he requests to take her in his chartered flight and wins her over. Dhruva frantically searches for the bug which he eventually finds out in a series of thrilling events.

Dhruva captures Abbas and records all the information from him. He drugs Abbas and manipulates Siddharth into killing him. At the same time, Siddharth's father reads the changed medical report, which contains very good medical contracts for public welfare and multiple accusations against the CM. When Siddharth learns about this, he ask Chengalrayudu to pretend to have chest pains and move outside to hospital. The ruling party forces Chengalrayudu either to resign within 24 hours or he will be dismissed. Dhruva appeals to the CM that he has evidence and wants to arrest Siddharth, and he is granted permission to do so. Hence Siddarth kills his father using his goons in an accident and forces the CM to stop actions against him or he will lie that the CM killed his father for personal vengeance. But the next day at his father's state funeral, Dhruva arrests him on the CM's orders.

When Siddharth is arrested, Dhruva tells him that the medicine was patented in Akshara's name (despite Siddarth being the inventor) and will be made as generic medicine instead of a patent-protected one. It is also revealed that Chengalrayudu is alive, saved by Dhruva and the public funeral held was for Gowtham. Dhruva makes a deal that he would save Siddharth's life for information and evidence on all of his criminal associates and activities and gives him a bulletproof vest to fake his death during his transport to court. They also plan to take down the set up planned by various VIPs to kill Siddharth when one of them gets close to Siddharth. Dhruva takes him down and pushes Siddharth back. To Dhruva's surprise, Siddharth does not wear the vest, and is fatally shot by his girlfriend Preethi as an act of vengeance for killing her father. Before dying, he tells Dhruva that he hid all the evidence in an SD card in the bulletproof vest, adding that he had not done it for the nation but because Dhruva had asked for it.




The film is an official remake of the Tamil film Thani Oruvan (2015).[5] Navdeep is apparently cast as one of Charan's cop friends which is an important role in the story.[6] Ram Charan reportedly got training himself under Sultan and Dangal fame bodybuilder Rakesh Udiyar.[7] Rakul Preet Singh was selected to pair with Ram Charan for the second time after Shruti Haasan turned down the offer due to a schedule conflict.[clarification needed][citation needed]


The film was launched on 18 February 2016 and principal photography commenced on 22 February 2016.[8][9]


Soundtrack album by
Released9 November 2016
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAditya Music
ProducerHiphop Tamizha
Hiphop Tamizha chronology
Kaththi Sandai

The soundtrack was composed by Hiphop Tamizha (a duo consisting of musicians Adhi and Jeeva), marking their debut in Telugu cinema.[10] While the songs are newly composed, one track from the Tamil version was retained as an additional track. Four of the five songs were recorded in Hindi also.[11]

Track listing
1."Dhruva Dhruva"ChandraboseAmit Mishra3:27
2."Choosa Choosa"ChandrabosePadmalatha, Sniggy3:20
3."Pareshanuraaa"Varikuppala YadagiriPadmalatha, Vishnupriya Ravi3:13
4."Neethoney Dance Tonight"ChandraboseHiphop Tamizha, Nikhita Gandhi3:15
5."Manishi Musugulo Mrugam Neney Ra"Varikuppala YadagiriHiphop Tamizha, Kaushik Krish, Yadagiri, Arvind Swamy3:34
Total length:16:49
Track listing (Hindi)
1."Dhruva Dhruva" 
2."Chhoota Chhoota" 
3."Paresha Hu Na" 
4."Karlo Re Dance Tonight" 


The film was initially set for release on 7 October, but was then scheduled for a worldwide release on 9 December 2016. Upon its release, the film received positive response from both critics and audience praising Ram Charan's and Arvind Swamy's performances.[1] In July 2017 a Hindi dubbed version was released by M/S Mantra India Digital Creations LLP, with Ajay Devgn as the voice for Ram Charan, and Arbaaz Khan[12] as the voice for Arvind Swamy.


This is a remake of a Tamil film Thani Oruvan, which was remade in Bengali as One.

Thani Oruvan (2015)


Dhruva (2016)


One (2017)


Jayam Ravi

(Mithran IPS)

Ram Charan

(Dhruva IPS)

Yash Dasgupta

(Ronojoy Bose IPS)



Rakul Preeth Singh


Nusrat Jahan


Arvind Swamy

(Siddharth Abhimanyu)

Arvind Swamy

(Siddharth Abhimanyu)

Prosenjit Chatterjee

(Aditya Sen)

Rahul Madhav

(Janardhan/Jana IPS)


(Gowtham IPS)

Arjun Chakrabarty

(Abhijeet IPS)

Mugdha Godse


Farah Karimae


Rachel White


Vamsi Krishna


Sourav Chakraborty


Aryan Roy



(Ashok Pandain)

Sayaji Shinde

(Dheeraj Chandra)

Debdoot Ghosh


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  2. ^ a b "Dhruva 3 week collection Ram Charan Starrer Crosses 85 Crore Mark in 21 days". IBtimes.com. Retrieved on 30 December 2016.
  3. ^ Exclusive: Ram Charan's action thriller Dhruva clears Censor Board
  4. ^ "Dhruva: Ajay Devgn, Arbaaz Khan to lend their voices to Hindi version of Telugu crime thriller". FirstPost. 22 July 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b Suresh Kavirayani (19 February 2016). "Ram Charan's new movie launched". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  6. ^ Pranita Jonnalagedda (16 January 2017). "Navdeep to play a cop in Thani Oruvan remake". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Dhruva: Ram Charan trains with Sultan and Dangal trainer, Rakesh Udiyar". Hindustan Times. IANS. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Movies News: Latest Movies News — Movies Live News Online — News18". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Shoot continues sans Ram Charan". Deccan Chronicle. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Hiphop Tamizha on 'Dhruva'". The Hindu. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Dhruva – Manishi Musugulo Mrugam Neney Ra Telugu Song | Ram Charan, Rakul Preet Singh". YouTube. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  12. ^ Natasha Coutinho (21 July 2017). "Ajay Devgn and Arbaaz Khan dub for the Hindi version of 'Dhruva'". Mumbai Mirror. Times of India. Retrieved 3 October 2017.

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