Donga (film)

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Directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy
Produced by T. Trivikram Rao
Written by Paruchuri Brothers (dialogues)
Screenplay by A. Kodandarami Reddy
Story by Viyatnamveedu Sundaram
Starring Chiranjeevi
Music by Chakravarthy
Cinematography V. S. R. Swamy
Edited by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Release dates
  • 14 March 1985 (1985-03-14)
Running time
145 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Donga (Telugu: దొంగ, English: Burglar) is a 1985 Telugu action film, produced by T. Trivikram Rao on banner[2] and directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy.[3] Starring Chiranjeevi, Radha in the lead roles[4] and music composed by Chakravarthy.[5][6]


Phani (Chiranjeevi) commits thefts just to help the poor. He loves Kodandaramayya’s daughter Manju Latha (Radha). But seeks revenge against Kodandaramayya (Rao Gopala Rao) for killing his father. He also wants his sister Malathi to get married to Rajesh, son of Anjaneyulu. But he needs Rs.50,000 for dowry. At the same time Vishwanatham (Sridhar), an income tax officer, also wants to perform his sister Rekha’s marriage with Rajesh. But,Phani succeeds with the help of the police in liquidating the gang of Kodandaramayya and has his revenge. He also succeeds in arranging enough money to perform his sister’s marriage with Rajesh.



Film score by Chakravarthy
Released 1985
Genre Soundtrack
Length 28:14
Label LEO Audio
Producer Chakravarthy
Chakravarthy chronology
Chattamtho Poratam

Music composed by Chakravarthy. Lyrics were written by Veturi Sundararama Murthy. Music released on LEO Audio Company.[7]

S.No Song Title Singers length
1 Golimaar SP Balu 4:23
2 Sari Sari SP Balu, P. Susheela 4:53
3 Donga Donga SP Balu,P. Susheela 5:11
4 Andhama Ala SP Balu, S. Janaki 4:42
5 Thappanaka SP Balu,S. Janaki 4:54
6 Idhi Pandhem SP Balu,S. Janaki 4:11


"Indian Thriller"[edit]

Donga was the subject of a viral video involving a scene featuring the film's musical number "Golimar" ("Shoot the Bullet"). The scene contains choreography and elements which appear to be very similar to Michael Jackson's music video for "Thriller" (which leads to the common nickname for the video, "Indian Thriller") and has become a widely seen video on YouTube.[8]

A further parody of the scene by Mike Sutton (Buffalax) entitled "Indian Thriller with English lyrics" added subtitles to the video phonetically approximating the original lyrics as English sentences; resulting in "Golimar" being misinterpreted as "Girly man", and producing such lines as "Nippley man I met, he ate motorboat!" and "I'll eat wasabi on my dude."[8] He has also produced similar spoofs with other songs, including "Benny Lava", a spoof of a song from the Tamil film Pennin Manathai Thottu.[8] Since its release, American dubstep artist Skrillex has used short portions of the video for live performances. It is seen as the background for a remix of "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" titled, "Scary Bolly Dub".[9]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Donga (Overview)". IMDb. 
  2. ^ "Donga (Banner)". IMDb. 
  3. ^ "Donga (Direction)". Spicy Onion. 
  4. ^ "Donga (Cast & Crew)". 
  5. ^ "Donga (Music)". Know Your Films. 
  6. ^ "Donga (Review)". The Cine Bay. 
  7. ^ "Donga (Songs)". Cineradham. 
  8. ^ a b c "Buffalax Mines Twisted Translations for YouTube Yuks". Wired. 6 November 2007. Archived from the original on 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  9. ^ Grandy, Eric. "Skrillex and M83's Bigger-Than-Key-Arena Electro, and Other Thoughts on Bumbershoot Monday". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 

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