Dumm Dumm Dumm

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Dumm Dumm Dumm
Dumm Dumm Dumm DVD Cover.jpg
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Directed by Azhagam Perumal
Produced by Mani Ratnam
G. Srinivasan
Written by Mani Ratnam
R. Selvaraj
Azhagam Perumal
Starring Madhavan
Music by Karthik Raja
Cinematography Ramji
Edited by Sreekar Prasad
Distributed by Madras Talkies
Release dates
  • 13 April 2001 (2001-04-13)
Running time
151 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Dumm Dumm Dumm is a 2001 Tamil drama film co-written and directed by Azhagam Perumal and produced by noted director Mani Ratnam under his home studio, Madras Talkies. It features Madhavan and Jyothika in the leading roles with Vivek, Manivannan and Murali portraying other pivotal roles. The film featured cinematography by Ramji, editing by Sreekar Prasad and music composed by Karthik Raja.

The story revolves around an unhappy groom and bride forced into a wedding. The groom backs away because he is reluctant to give up his life of wine and women in the city while the bride is unwilling because she wants to pursue an Engineering degree. The two draw up a few plans to stop the wedding, but they fizzle out. Just when they begin to think that their getting together may not be too bad an idea after all, a real fight stops the wedding; how they reunite forms the crux of the plot.

The film opened on 13 April 2001 to positive reviews from critics and performed well commercially.[1]


Adhi (Madhavan) is a fun-loving city man. Ganga (Jyothika) is a cheerful village belle who wants to do her degree in Engineering. Marriage between the two is fixed by the elders. They resent it and collude to find ways to stop the 'doom' as they see it. Later, they realise that they are interested in one another after all. But it is too late as enmity has arisen between their families. How they resolve the issue works up the rest of the story.

Aditya and Ganga are two youngsters who have moved to Chennai from the same small village. Their parents meet and arrange for them to be married to each other. Aditya's life is young, urban and exciting — with girls, parties, bikes, songs, cars, discos, movies and, infrequently, studying. He is not very enthused about the idea of being married to a village belle.

Ganga who has just ranked second in the Class XII examinations and has been admitted to an engineering college, wants to continue her education and is equally uninterested in the idea of marriage. After a series of unsuccessful attempts to break off their engagement, Aditya and Ganga reconcile to their marriage. A misunderstanding on the day of their wedding turns into a fight between their families. The wedding is called off, and a feud has begun.

Back in Chennai, Ganga stays with her lawyer uncle. Aditya and Ganga return to their respective lives but continue to bump into each other. Aditya mistakenly lands in Ganga's uncle's house, and Ganga's uncle thinks of Aditya as an intern. Aditya and Ganga find that they are attracted to each other. Love blossoms, and the pair now turn their efforts toward convincing their families to set aside their differences and allow the lovers to be joined in marriage. This is finally achieved but not without a series of intricate twists, turns and related hilarity.



It was initially reported that Madras Talkies had signed on composer Dhina to work on the film's soundtrack, but he was later replaced by Karthik Raja.[2] A song sequence was shot at Thanjavur Periya Koil and became the final film to shoot there until Kandaen released in 2011.[3] The film had a premiere on 13 April 2001 at Sathyam Cinemas in aid of the Ability Foundation, an organisation working for the welfare of the disabled.[4]


Upon release, Dumm Dumm Dumm garnered predominantly positive feedback from critics.[5] The critic from Rediff.com cited that the film "has what it takes to come up with a box office bonanza" and said that "the real star, though, is director Azhagam Perumal."[6] Furthermore, the reviewer praised Madhavan and Jyothika, the lead pair, as "perfectly cast, and perform as per expectations," whilst labeling that Murali delivered a "measured performance." The Hindu's verdict was that the film was "a neat entertainer that seems to lose focus on and off," whilst drawing particular praise for the performance of the leading actors.[7]

The satellite rights were secured by Sun TV. The film went on to become a commercially successful venture at the box office.[8] Subsequently, the film was later dubbed and released in the Telugu language as Dum Dum Dum.[9] It subsequently was awarded with several Cinema Express Awards and was the most awarded film at the award function with Karthik Raja winning Best Tamil Music Director Award for his work.[10]


Dumm Dumm Dumm
Soundtrack album by Karthik Raja
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Sa Re Ga Ma
Karthik Raja chronology
Ullam Kollai Poguthae (2001) Ennavale
Mitr, My Friend (2001)

The soundtrack features six songs composed by Karthik Raja.

Song title Singers
"Desingu Raja" Harish Raghavendra, Sujatha Mohan
"Suttrum Bhoomi" Harini, Sri Madhumitha
"Un Perai Sonnale" Unnikrishnan, Sadhana Sargam
"Ragasiyamai" Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam, Ramanathan
"Krishna Krishna" Harish Raghavendra, Karthik, Tippu, Febi Mani
"Athan Varuvaga" Tippu, Malgudi Subha, Harini, Chitra Sivaraman


  1. ^ "Memorable flicks that made it big". The Hindu. 2001-12-28. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  2. ^ http://www.tfmpage.com/oldnews01.html
  3. ^ "Kanden — Preview". Supergoodmovies.com. 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  4. ^ "The Hindu : Premiere for a 'special' purpose". The Hindu. 2001-04-17. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  5. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20010624215650/http://chennaionline.com/Moviereviews/tammov114.asp
  6. ^ "The Rediff Review: Dum Dum Dum". Rediff. 2001-04-28. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  7. ^ "The Hindu : Film Review: ''Dumm...Dumm...Dumm...''". The Hindu. 2001-04-20. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  8. ^ "Runaway success?". The Hindu. 2002-09-18. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  9. ^ "Telugu Cinema — Review — Dum Dum Dum". Idlebrain.com. 2001-09-21. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  10. ^ "rediff.com, Movies: Meena wins award for best actress". Rediff.com. 2001-10-15. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 

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