Dum (2003 Tamil film)

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Directed by A. Venkatesh
Produced by Rockline Venkatesh
Written by Prasanna Kumar (dialogues)
Story by Puri Jagannadh
Based on Appu  
by Puri Jagannadh
Starring Silambarasan
Ashish Vidyarthi
Music by Deva
Cinematography A. Venkatesh
Edited by V. T. Vijayan
Rockline Productions
Release dates
  • 12 April 2003 (2003-04-12)
Running time
160 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Dum is a 2003 Tamil action romantic comedy film directed by A. Venkatesh and written by Puri Jagannadh. The film stars Silambarasan and Rakshitha in the lead roles, while Ashish Vidyarthi and S. S. Rajendran play pivotal roles. Based on the Jagannadh's 2002 Kannada film Appu starring Puneet Rajkumar, the film was also remade in Telugu in 2002 as Idiot. The movie got mixed reviews from critics but was declared as a super hit at the box office.[1]


Simbu 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 beats him up. That is when Rakshita comes and takes him to hospital and gives blood. She is the daughter of a police commissioner. Later, he falls in love with Rakshitha. That leads to several problems which are faced bravely by Simbu in the later part of the film.[2]



The film was initially set to be titled Idiot after the Telugu version, but the title was later changed.[3] A. Venkatesh remade the film from Puri Jagannadh's 2002 Kannada film Appu starring Puneet Rajkumar, which was also remade in Telugu in 2002 as Idiot starting Ravi Teja . Rakshitha appeared in all three versions of the film. During the making of the film, Silambarasan did his own stunts including a risky jump from the fifth floor of a building.[4]


Dhum is a mixture of two cliches. One, the rich girl-poor boy love story, is an old and oft-seen one while the other, a young man standing up to someone in power, has gained popularity in recent times with the success of Dhill and Dhool. BalajiBbalasubramanian of Thiraipadam.com claims that's "its uninspired treatment of a cliched story and over-stylized actions".[5] The film performed well at the box office and it was declared as a super hit.[6]

Box office[edit]

  • The film grossed $3 million at the box office.
  • It ran for 100 days.
  • This film was considered one of the biggest blockbuster hits in Simbu's career of acting.
  • This movie has also increased Silambarasan's popularity.


There are eight songs composed by Deva, while Sabesh-Murali handled the film's background score. The songs chanakya, polladha padava, manase are lifted from the Telugu movie Idiot composed by Chakri.