Dum (2003 Tamil film)

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Directed byA. Venkatesh
Written byPrasanna Kumar (dialogues)
Story byPuri Jagannadh
Based onAppu (Kannada)
Produced byRockline Venkatesh
Ashish Vidyarthi
CinematographyA. Venkatesh
Edited byV. T. Vijayan
Music byDeva
Rockline Productions
Release date
  • 13 April 2003 (2003-04-13)
Running time
160 minutes

Dum is a 2003 Indian Tamil-language action-romantic comedy film directed by A. Venkatesh and written by Puri Jagannadh. The film stars Silambarasan and Rakshitha, while Ashish Vidyarthi and S. S. Rajendran play pivotal roles. It is the Tamil remake of 2002 Kannada film Appu.[1][2]


Satya (Silambarasan) is the son of a police constable. He gets into fights and ends up in jail where his own father gets him out on bail. While he is returning home from a party drunk, a group of college students beat him up. That is when Suchitra (Rakshitha) comes and takes him to the hospital and gives blood. She is the daughter of a police commissioner. Later, Satya falls in love with Suchitra. That leads to several problems which are faced bravely by Satya in the later part of the film. Finally, all goes well, and Satya also receives the letter confirming his selection for IPS.[3]



The film was initially set to be titled Idiot after the Telugu version, but the title was later changed.[4] A. Venkatesh remade the film from Puri Jagannadh's 2002 Kannada film Appu, which was also remade in Telugu in 2002 as Idiot. Venkatesh was keen to cast Kiran Rathod, but later selected Rakshitha, who appeared in all three versions of the film.[5] During the making of the film, Silambarasan did his own stunts including a risky jump from the fifth floor of a building.[6]


Dum was an average hit at the box office.[7]


There are eight songs composed by Deva, while Sabesh–Murali handled the film's background score. The songs Chanakya, Polladha Padava, Manase are reused from the original Telugu movie Idiot. The song "Chanakya Chanakya" was sampled by Bulgarian pop-folk singer Emilia in her song "Ti si mi". Lyrics written by Pa. Vijay and Kabilan.

No. Song Singers Lyrics
1 "Adra Adra Dum" Silambarasan, Sabesh Silambarasan
2 "Chanakya Chanakya" Sadhana Sargam Pa. Vijay
3 "Kalakuven Kalakuven" I Shankar Mahadevan Vaali
4 "Kalakuven Kalakuven" II Shankar Mahadevan
5 "Kannamma Kannamma" Udit Narayan, Anuradha Sriram Kabilan
6 "Karuppo Sivappo" Silambarasan Pa. Vijay
7 "Manase Manase" Hariharan
8 "Polladha Padava" Mahalakshmi Iyer, KK


  1. ^ "From 'School Master' to 'U Turn': A look at Kannada films remade in other Indian languages". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 30 October 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  2. ^ Kalki review
  3. ^ "Simbhu". Archived from the original on 2 January 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Nilacharal – A Tamil entertainment ezine presenting interesting contents and useful services". Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". www.cinesouth.com. Archived from the original on 12 December 2003. Retrieved 12 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "We've the best of both worlds'". The Hindu. 2 April 2005. p. 02. Archived from the original on 6 April 2005. Retrieved 3 June 2016 – via The Hindu (old).
  7. ^ Dum was Simbu's first hit