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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
Kabir Duhan Singh
Sushant 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)
Running time
166 minutes

Pailwaan (transl. Wrestler) is a 2019 Indian Kannada-language sports-drama action film[1] 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 Sudeep, Sunil Shetty and Aakanksha Singh in the lead roles, while Kabir Duhan Singh, Sushant Singh, Avinash, and Sharath Lohitashwa play supporting roles. Pailwan marks Sunil Shetty's debut in Kannada cinema.[2] The score and soundtrack of the film was composed by Arjun Janya.[3][4][5][6] The film follows the journey of an orphan who goes on to become a wrestler and a boxer while getting into brawls with those who disrupt his personal life.

Initially the film team planned to release it in nine languages,[7] but later it settled for five languages, due to the Hindi language theatrical release.[8] The film released on 12 September 2019, while the Hindi version opened a day later, on 13 September


Tony Sebastian is a renowned boxer who often resorts to dirty tactics for winning the matches. He kills his opponent towards the end of one such match, following which his coach, Vijayendra, tries to make him understand but sets out to find another student as his replacement when Tony does not listen.

Vijayendra arrives at the house of a former wrestler named Sarkar living in Gajendragarh and learns the story of a young orphan named Krishna whom Sarkar witnessed fighting off a group of boys in exchange for helping other kids get food. This impressed Sarkar, who then adopted Krishna and turned him into a wrestler, Kichcha, who emerged victorious in every wrestling competition that he participated in. However, a goon mocked Sarkar during the match, causing Kichcha to fight him and his goons in a temple where Rukmini noticed him. They met and fell in love, despite Kichcha's vow not to fall in love until he became a national champion.

The goon whom Kichcha had beaten up turned out to be a henchman of Raja Rana Pratap Singh, an oppressive ruler of Ranasthalipura who had to be defeated in a wrestling match if Kichcha wanted to fulfill his father's dream. In the meanwhile, Rukmini's father opposed their marriage upon thinking Kichcha was after her wealth. Rukmini's father reported Kichcha to Sarkar, who indirectly instructed him to focus only on wrestling. With Rukmini's marriage and his wrestling match with Rana happening on the same day, Kichcha first fought off and defeated Rana. He then proceeded to marry Rukmini against her father's wishes. Kiccha also insults Sarkar, who ordered Kichcha to leave the house along with his wife, along with the wrestling tactics that he has been taught.

Years pass by, and Kichcha is living with his wife and daughter (Sharvari) peacefully, often doing small jobs to make a living. On the other hand, Rana is still traumatized by the defeat and pays visits at Kichcha's house, inviting him for another match. However, despite the threats, Kichcha peacefully declines. On the other hand, Vijayendra ends up locating Kichcha and decides to meet him. Rukmini's ailing father meets Sarkar and tells him that Kichcha was not after his daughter's wealth, and that he brought her and their daughter at the hospital to meet him, thus clearing all the trouble in their relationship. However, Rana kidnaps Kichcha's daughter, and his goons beat up Kichcha when he refuses to wrestle. Seeing that he has kept his promise of not wrestling, Sarkar arrives and fights some of the goons, leaving the rest and Rana himself to be beaten up by an injured Kichcha. Rana is arrested by the police, and Kichcha reunites with Sarkar.

Having seen Kichcha's fighting skills, Vijayendra asks him to train for a boxing match. Kichcha tells Sarkar that with the prize money, he wants to help the poor but talented children who are unable to fulfill their dreams due to poverty. Sarkar and Vijayendra start training Kichcha, and on the day of the match, Kichcha is initially unable to fight properly and at times ends up using wrestling techniques that are not permitted as per the rules. However, he soon starts defeating his opponents one by one, resulting in a match with Tony where the latter fights dirty and injures Kichcha using illegal moves, bringing him in a situation where low eyesight could result in disqualification. However, the doctor helps Kichcha with the vision test, and the fight resumes. Despite being injured badly, Kichcha manages to defeat Tony. After the match, Tony receives a cookie from Vijayendra's bakery as the response to a joke he had cracked earlier, and Kichcha now sets out to fulfill Sarkar's dream by entering a wrestling match.


  • Sudeep as Pailwan Kichcha/Krishna, a pro wrestler
  • Suniel Shetty as Sarkar, Kichcha's mentor
  • Aakanksha Singh as Rukmini, Kichcha's love interest
  • Kabir Duhan Singh as Tony Sebastian, a rival boxer
  • Sushant Singh as Raja Rana Pratap Singh, the king of Ranasthalipura
  • Avinash as Rukmini's father
  • Sharath Lohitashwa as Boxing Coach Vijayendra
  • Sharvari as Kichcha's daughter
  • Appanna (Comedy Khiladigalu) as Daali Paapanna/Pappu, Kichcha's friend
  • Raghu Gowda as Police Inspector
  • Dharmendra Urs as Auto Driver
  • Cheluvaraj as Rana's henchman
  • Karisubbu as Baasha, a garage owner
  • Chaitra Vasudevan as herself, the commentator in pro boxing league
  • RJ Pradeepa as himself, the commentator in pro boxing league
  • Malathi Saradeshpande
  • Shambhavi Venkatesh
  • HMT Vijay
  • (Drama Juniors) Suraj as Young Kichcha
  • (Drama Juniors) Vamshi as Susheela
  • Ramesh Aravind as Narrator


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 Sudeep. The director on turning producer said, "Turning producer is a big responsibility".[9]


Soundtrack album by
Released18 August 2019
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelLahari Music
ProducerArjun Janya
Arjun Janya chronology
Kotigobba 3
External audio
audio icon Audio Hindi Jukebox on YouTube
audio icon Audio Kannada Jukebox on YouTube
audio icon Audio Telugu Jukebox on YouTube
audio icon Audio Malayalam Jukebox on YouTube
audio icon 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.[10][11][12] 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 are 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"  
10."Kannu Chappale"  
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 are written by Ramajogayya Sastry.

Telugu tracklist
1."Vachadayyo Pehlwaan"Ramajogayya SastryVyasaraj3:14
2."Kanne Pichuka" Sanjith Hegde[13] 
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
Malayalam Tracklist


The film released in Kannada and dubbed versions in Hindi (titled Baadshah Pehlwaan), Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam languages.[14]

It was to release on Varamahalakshmi festival on 9 August, but delayed and was released on 12 September.[15]

Critical reception[edit]


  1. ^ "'Pailwaan' trailer is out". Asianet.
  2. ^ Shinde, Prajwal (8 March 2019). "Sunil Shetty Debut Kannada Movie with Sudeep". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Pailwan' to start off its last stage of shooting". The Times of India. 29 December 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Sudeep starrer Pailwan teaser to release on January 15". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Pailwan (2019) Critics Review". Filmibeat. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Phailwan (2019) Full Cast & Crew". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Pailwaan to release in 9 languages!". The Times of India. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Kiccha Sudeep's 'Pailwan' poster releases in 5 languages". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  9. ^ Sharadhaa, A (28 August 2017). "Kichcha Sudeep bares it all for a sports flick". New Indian Express. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  10. ^ "'Pailwan' audio launch on August 9; Puneeth Rajkumar to lead the stage". The Times of India. 7 August 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Puneeth and Sudeep recreate a fond memory". The Times of India. 7 August 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Watch Pailwaan audio launch on Sunday". The Times of India. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Kannada Singing Sensation Sanjith Hegde Enters Bollywood; Sudeep's Pailwaan Brings Him Luck!". Filmibeat. 17 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Pailwan': The Sudeep starrer to release in 7 languages". The Times of India. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Pehlwaan: Kiccha Sudeep flaunts his washboard abs in the new poster". Pinkvilla. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.

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