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Pailwaan poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byS. Krishna
Produced bySwapna Krishna
Screenplay byKrishna
D.S. Kannan
Suniel Shetty
Aakanksha Singh
Sushant Singh
Kabir Duhan Singh
Sharath Lohitashwa
Music byArjun Janya
CinematographyKarunakara A.
Edited byRuben
Zee Studios
RRR Motion Pictures Production
Distributed byKRG Studios (Kannada)
Zee Studios(Hindi)
Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram (Telugu)
Release date
  • 12 September 2019 (2019-09-12)
Box office10 crores[1]

Pailwaan (transl. Wrestler) is a 2019 Indian Kannada-language sports action drama film[2] written and directed by S. Krishna. The film is produced by Swapna Krishna under the banner RRR Motion Pictures and bankrolled by Zee Studios. It stars Kichcha Sudeepa, Sunil Shetty and Aakanksha Singh. Pailwan marks Sunil Shetty's debut in Kannada cinema.[3] The score and soundtrack of the film was composed by Arjun Janya.[4][5][6][7] Sudeep plays the role of both a wrestler and a boxer in the film. Initially the film team planned to release it in nine languages,[8] but later it settled for five languages, due to the Hindi language theatrical release.[9]


A former wrestler named Sarkar (Suniel Shetty) living in Gajendragarh sees a young orphan named Krishna fight off a group of boys in exchange for helping other kids get food. This impresses Sarkar, who then adopts Krishna and turns him into a wrestler, Kichcha (Sudeep), who emerges victorious in every wrestling competition he takes part in. However, a goon mocks Sarkar during the match, causing Kichcha to fight him and his goons in a temple where Rukmini (Aakanksha Singh) notices him. They meet and fall in love, despite Kichcha's vow not to fall in love until he becomes a national champion. The goon who Kichcha had beaten up turns out to be a henchman of Rana (Sushant Singh), an oppressive ruler of Ranasthalipura. Kichcha then has to defeat Rana in a wrestling match if he wants to fulfill his father's dream.


  • Sudeep as Pailwan Krishna
  • Suniel Shetty as Sarkar, Mentor of Pailwaan Krishna
  • Aakanksha Singh as Rukmini
  • Sushant Singh as Raja Rana Pratap Singh, Oppressor of Ranasthalipura
  • Kabir Duhan Singh as Tony Sebastian
  • Avinash as Rukmini's Father
  • Sharath Lohitashwa as Boxing Coach
  • Appanna (Comedy khiladigalu) as Daali Paapanna , Aide of Pailwaan Krishna
  • Raghu Gowda as Police Inspector
  • Dharmendra Urs as Auto Driver
  • Cheluvaraj as Rana's Henchman
  • RJ Pradeepa as himself, Commentator in pro boxing league
  • Sharvari as Krishna's daughter
  • Malathi Saradeshpande
  • Shambhavi Venkatesh
  • HMT Vijay
  • Karisubbu
  • (Drama Juniors) Suraj as Young Krishna
  • (Drama Juniors) Vamshi as Susheela


Director of the film S. Krishna announced on Ganesh Chaturthi in August 2017, the project under RRR Motion Pictures, produced by his wife, Swapna Krishna. The film is to star Kiccha Sudeep. The director on turning producer said, "Turning producer is a big responsibility".[10]


Soundtrack album by
Released18 August 2019
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelLahari Music
ProducerArjun Janya
Arjun Janya chronology
Kotigobba 3
External audio
Audio Hindi Jukebox on YouTube
Audio Kannada Jukebox on YouTube
Audio Telugu Jukebox on YouTube
Audio Malayalam Jukebox on YouTube
Audio Tamil Jukebox on YouTube
Singles from Pehlwaan
  1. "Banda Nodu Pailwaan"
    Released: 11 July 2019
  2. "Kanmaniye"
    Released: 16 July 2019
  3. "Baaro Pailwaan"
    Released: 30 July 2019
  4. "Dorasaani"
    Released: 9 August 2019
  5. "Dhruvataare"
    Released: 15 August 2019

The soundtrack of this film launched by Puneeth Rajkumar in 18 August.[11][12][13] Audio jukebox of Pailwaan contains 6 songs and 3 theme musics. All 5 language jukebox released presented through Lahari Music and T-Series (company).


All lyrics written by V. Nagendra Prasad.

Kannada tracklist
1."Banda Nodu Pailwan Theme"Vyasaraj3:13
2."Kanmaniye"Sanjith Hegde3:35
3."Baaro Pailwan"Vijay Prakash, Kailash Kher, Chandan Shetty3:59
4."Dorassani"Vijay Prakash4:18
5."Dhruvataare"Armaan Malik4:49
6."Dheerane"Vijay Prakash, Siddharth Basrur4:26
7."Naanu Neenu"Naresh Iyer, Sruthy Sasidharan3:11
8."Mangalyam Theme" 2:18
9."Stunt Theme" 1:50
Total length:31:40
Hindi tracklist
1."Dekho Aaya"Astha JagiasiVyasaraj, Dev Negi3:12
2."Dil Jaaniye"Astha JagiasiSanjith Hegde3:36
3."Jai Ho Pehlwaan"Astha JagiasiSwaroop Khan, Vyasaraj and MC Vicky4:00
4."Challa Yaar"Astha Jagiasi, Sujeet ShettyVijay Prakash4:19
5."Saiyaare"Astha Jagiasi, Sujeet ShettyArmaan Malik4:49
6."Lakshya Ko"Astha Jagiasi, Sujeet ShettyVijay Prakash, Siddharth Basrur, Jasraj Joshi4:25
7."Teri Meri"Astha Jagiasi, Sujeet ShettyHriday Ghattani, Aditi Paul, Rahul Nambiar3:10
8."Mangalyam Theme"  2:17
9."Stunt Theme"  1:51
Total length:31:40

All lyrics written by Ramajogayya Sastry.

Telugu tracklist
1."Vachadayyo Pehlwaan"Ramajogayya SastryVyasaraj3:14
2."Kanne Pichuka" Sanjith Hegde[14] 
3."Baaro Pailwaan"  4:20
Tamil tracklist
1."Varran Paaru Bailwan"Mohan RajVyasaraj3:14
2."Kannumaniye" Sanjith Hegde 
3."Baaro Bailwaan"   
Malayalam tracklist
1."Vanne Vanne Pehlwaan"SudhamsuNaveen Madhav3:14
2.Untitled Sanjith Hegde 
3.Untitled  4:20

Marketing and release

The film is releasing in Kannada and dubbed versions in Hindi (titled Pehlwaan), Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam languages.[15] The first teaser was released on 15 January 2019.[16] The official trailer of the film was unveiled by Zee Studios on 22 August 2019.[17]

It was to release on Varamahalakshmi festival on 9 August, but delayed and was released on 12 September.[18]


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  2. ^ "'Pailwaan' trailer is out". Asianet.
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  9. ^ "Kiccha Sudeep's 'Pailwan' poster releases in 5 languages". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  10. ^ A Sharadhaa. "Kichcha Sudeep bares it all for a sports flick". New Indian Express. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  11. ^ "'Pailwan' audio launch on August 9; Puneeth Rajkumar to lead the stage - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Puneeth and Sudeep recreate a fond memory - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Watch Pailwaan audio launch on Sunday - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Kannada Singing Sensation Sanjith Hegde Enters Bollywood; Sudeep's Pailwaan Brings Him Luck!". 17 July 2019. External link in |website= (help)
  15. ^ "Pailwan': The Sudeep starrer to release in 7 languages". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Pailwan teaser review: Sudeep steals the thunder as a wrestler [Watch Video]". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Pehlwaan - Official Trailer - 12th Sept - Kichcha Sudeepa - Suniel Shetty - Krishna - Aakanksha". YouTube. Zee Studios. 22 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Pehlwaan: Kiccha Sudeep flaunts his washboard abs in the new poster". Pinkvilla. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.

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