Donga (film)

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Directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy
Produced by T. Trivikram Rao
Starring Chiranjeevi, Radha
Music by K. Chakravarthy
Distributed by Vijayalakshmi Art Pictures
Release dates
  • 14 March 1985 (1985-03-14)
Country India
Language Telugu

Donga (English: Burglar) is a 1985 Telugu film directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy, and stars Chiranjeevi and Radha. This film is produced by T. Trivikram Rao and was distributed by his company Vijayalakshmi Art Pictures.


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, 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.


"Indian Thriller"[edit]

"Donga" was also 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[1][2] with over 8.5 million views.

A further parody of the scene by Mike Sutton (otherwise known under the user name "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."[2] He has also produced similar spoofs with other songs, including "Benny Lava", a spoof of a song from the Tamil film Pennin Manathai Thottu.[2] 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".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Youtube video
  2. ^ 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. 

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