Kempe Gowda (film)

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Kempe Gowda
Kempe Gowda film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Sudeep
Produced by Shankar Gowda
Screenplay by Sudeep
Based on Singam
by Hari
Starring Sudeep
Ragini Dwivedi
P. Ravi Shankar
Girish Karnad
Ashok Kheny
J. Karthik
Music by Arjun Janya
Cinematography Krishna
Edited by N.M. Vishwa
Distributed by Shankar Productions
Release date
  • 10 March 2011 (2011-03-10)
Running time
141 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

Kempe Gowda is a 2011 Kannada action masala film starring Sudeep and Ragini Dwivedi in the lead roles. The film was directed by Sudeep and produced by Shankar Gowda. The film is a remake of the Tamil superhit film Singam which starred Surya and Anushka Shetty and directed by Hari. Arjun Janya has composed the music.[1] The film was later dubbed into Hindi as Bajirao: The Fighter in 2012.


Kempe Gowda(Sudeep) is a sub-inspector in a dusty village of Rona in Hubli in North Karnataka, his native, where he is adored. His bumbling colleague Pashupati(Sharan) is cheerful and always helps him with his work. His family business is provisional stores and Kempegowda wants to join it but he joined the police due to his father's wishes. He resolves most of the problems in his village with non-violence and mutual counselling. He uses force only when the situation demands it, thereby gaining much reputation and love from the villagers. Mahadev an industrialist based in Bangalore and a friend of Kempegowda's father comes to the village along with his beautiful daughter Kavya (Ragini Dwivedi). Eventually Kempegowda and Kavya fall in love with each other. Bangalore-based Armugam(P. Ravi Shankar),a big-time extortionist with shady mafia dealings who blackmails people by complaining to the Income Tax Department, is required to travel to Hubli to sign a conditional bail. He instead, sends one of his allies to do the formalities, much to the anger and rage of Kempegowda who demands that Armugam sign the bail in person. Humiliated, Armugam reaches Hubli but is unable to take any revenge on Kempegowda fearing the immense love and devotion of the entire village towards Kempegowda. Using his political contacts, he gets Kempegowda transferred to Bangalore to teach him a lesson. Kempegowda, unaware of Armugam's hand behind his transfer, joins Magadi Road police station. His co-worker, Sub-Inspector Bose (Prashanth), hates Armugam for his crimes but is unable to take any action because of Armugam's political powers. The assistant commissioner (Jai Jagadish), Kempegowda's senior, is on Armugam's payroll and takes care in concealing and eliminating the evidence of Armugam's crimes from the eyes of the law. The police commissioner also does not help Kempegowda as there is no evidence against Armugam and the assistant commissioner and in turn, warns him to stay away from Armugam's case. Unable to take on Armugam in his stronghold, Kempegowda wants to return to his village but is stopped by Kavya who encourages him to fight against the evil and not run like a coward.Being mentally tortured by Armugam, Kempegowda arrests Armugam's brother Vaikunta (J.Karthik) in a fake case of illegally smuggling alcohol. He thwarts off the assistant commissioner in full view of the public when the assistant commissioner, bounded by his duties to Armugam, tries to protect the henchman. Meanwhile, Armugam kidnaps Kavya's younger sister Divya for ransom. Rescuing her, with unexpected help from the Home Minister (Ashok) Kempegowda successfully traces the origins of the kidnapping racket to Armugam. Kempegowda also gets promoted to Assistant Commissioner of the specially-formed Anti-kidnapping Task Force. Mahadev, who was hostile to Kempegowda following an altercation with Kempegowda's father back at Hubli, softens up and agrees to give him Kavya's hand in marriage. The police officers, including the police commissioner, and the assistant commissioner, now on Kempegowda's side, decide to help Kempegowda fight Armugam. They manage to kill Armugam's brother in an encounter at a hospital and begins to target everyone and everything related to Armugam. In retribution Armugam starts targeting everyone close to Kempegowda including Kavya whom he shoots but is saved by Kempegowda and Bose who is hacked to death by Armugam's henchmen. Finally in a bid to escape the arrest warrant issued out to him, Armugam kidnaps the Tamil Nadu Home Minister's daughter. He falsely tells Kempegowda that he is going to Mangalore with her when he is actually going to Nellore in Andhra Pradesh to put the police off the track. However Kempegowda manages to pursue them till Gudur near Nellore, where he rescues the home minister's daughter and kills Armugam in an encounter. In the end as the post credits roll, Kempegowda is seen with Kavya heading back to Hubli, and as when Kempegowda is stopped briefly by the Home Minister who offers an undercover mission, to which Kempegowda willingly agrees.


Character map of remakes[edit]

Singam (2010)
Singham (2011)
Kempe Gowda
Surya Sivakumar Ajay Devgn Sudeep Jeet
Anushka Shetty Kajal Agarwal Ragini Dwivedi Nusrat Jahan
Prakash Raj Prakash Raj Ravi Shankar Supriyo Dutta


Kempe Gowda was released in 100+ theaters on 10 March 2011 across the state.[2]


Kempe Gowda earned 50 million (US$700,000)in its first week.[3] It collected more than 150 million (US$2.1 million) at the box office.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards won 5
Nominations 23 + N/A

59th Filmfare Awards South :-

1st South Indian International Movie Awards :-

  • Best Actor (Male) – Kannada – NominatedSudeep[6]
  • Best Actor (Female) – Kannada – NominatedRagini Dwivedi[6]
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Kannada – NominatedTara[6]
  • Best Actor in a Negative Role – Kannada – NominatedP. Ravi Shankar[6]
  • Best Playback Singer (Male) – Kannada – NominatedVijay Prakash for the song "Thara Thara Hidiside"[6]
  • Best Lyricist – Kannada – Nominated – Ghose Dheer for the song "Thara Thara Hidiside"[6]

Sandalwood Star Awards :-

4th Suvarna Film Awards :-

  • Best Editor – Winner – N.M. Vishwa [15]

Bangalore Times Film Awards :-

1st Kannada International Music Awards (KiMA):-


Kempe Gowda
Soundtrack album by Arjun Janya
Released 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Anand Audio

The soundtrack of Kempegowda was released by Anand Audio. The songs were composed by Arjun Janya with lyrics by V. Nagendra Prasad.

Track # Song Singer(s) Lyricist
1 Hale Radio Sudeep, Shamitha Malnad Yogaraj Bhat
2 Tara Tara Vijay Prakash, Shreya Ghoshal Ghouse peer
3 Sri Rama Jaya Rama Shankar Mahadevan V. Nagendra Prasad
4 Geleyane Naresh Iyer, Lakshmi Manmohan V. Nagendra Prasad
5 Shankara P. Ravi Shankar, Arjun Janya V. Nagendra Prasad


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  18. ^ "Best Composer (Film Album)".  click on "Best Composer (Film Album)"
  19. ^ "KIMA 2013 Winners". Archived from the original on 2014-05-22. 

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