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Directed by Gunasekhar
Produced by Ashwini Dutt
C. Swapna Dutt
Written by Gunasekhar
Starring Mahesh Babu
Trisha Krishnan
Irfan Khan
Prakash Raj
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography Balasubramaniem
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed by Vyjayanthi Movies
Release date
  • 1 December 2006 (2006-12-01)
Running time
169 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 22 crore (equivalent to 49 crore or US$7.7 million in 2016)
Box office 20 crore (equivalent to 45 crore or US$7.0 million in 2016)

Sainikudu (translation: Soldier) is a 2006 Telugu action film written and directed by Gunasekhar. The film stars Mahesh Babu, Irrfan Khan, Trisha and Kamna Jethmalani in an item number as well as a cameo appearance.[1] The film starred Irfan Khan as the main antagonist.[2] Prakash Raj was in a supporting role. Harris Jayaraj scored the music for the film. Balasubramaniam handled the camera work while Sreekar Prasad handles the editing. The film was released on 1 December 2006,[3] and the film's music was released on 21 October 2006. The film had a lot of hype at the time of its release, as it released after the industry hit Pokiri. It was dubbed in Malayalam as Sulthan, Tamil as Kumaran and Hindi as Ab Humse Na Takrana.


The film starts with floods at Ranga Saipet in Warangal District. Houses, trains and people inundate in flood water and Siddharth (Mahesh Babu), a young man, and his friends, save the people up to their maximum effort. Eight of his friends assist him in the rescue activity.

On the other hand, the Chief Minister (Kota Srinivasa Rao) recommends the candidature of Pappu Yadav (Irfan Khan), for Assembly Elections. Pappu Yadav is a goonda who wishes to earn big through politics and power. To get the attention of people, Pappu Yadav announces a sum of Rs.5 Crore for flood victims.

The food that needs to reach the victims of the flood is taken elsewhere to be sold out, an illegal way of earning money by selling the food and as well backing up the flood relief fund into the pockets of the politicians. Siddharth gets to know this through one of his friend and saves the stock in time and take it to the flood victims for distribution.

This annoys Pappu Yadav for which Mondi Nani (Prakash Raj), Pappu's right hand, threatens Siddharth. A strife develops between Mondi Nani and Siddharth, and the latter declares that his friend Ajay (Ajay) would be contesting in the next Assembly Election opposite Pappu Yadav. Siddharth and his team get accolades from the people for this decision and thus start campaigning. To cut the good-name of the group in the people and to win sympathy, Pappu Yadav conspires for a bomb blast allegation on Siddharth and Co. Mondi Nani works for him and the mission accomplishes. Pappu Yadav declares Siddharth and Co as terrorists and wins the election. Pappu Yadav becomes the Home Minister and his marriage settles with Varalakshmi (Trisha Krishnan). Siddharth, with the help of many college students, kidnaps Varalakshmi from the marriage hall in a dramatic sequence, demanding Pappu Yadav to let out his crimes before the court of law.

The rest of the film shows Home Minister Pappu Yadav chasing Siddharth for getting his Varalakshmi back. ACP (Telangana Shakuntala) also assists him and spills a little comedy with her style of dialogues. The film has no twists and turns and major part goes with chasing aspect.

Finally, how Siddharth puts an end to the game of crooked politicians has to be seen on screen.





Soundtrack album by Harris Jayaraj
Released 2006
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu
Pachaikili Muthucharam

The film has six songs composed by Harris Jayaraj. The music of the film was released simultaneously in 10 chosen venues from five different countries – India, USA, Australia, Singapore and Dubai on the morning of 21 October 2006. The producer of the film, Ashwini Dutt, arranged the use of a satellite transmission to relay the live audio release across the globe.[4] The music proved to be extremely successful upon release.[5]

Song title Singers
"Byla Bylamo" Lesle Lewis, Anushka Manchanda, Sunitha Sarathy
"Mayeraa" S. P. Balasubramanyam, Unnikrishnan, Kavita Krishnamurthy
"Aadapilla Aggipulla" Hariharan, K. S. Chitra
"Sogasu Choodu" Shreya Ghoshal
"Orugalluke Pilla" Karunya, Malathi Lakshman, Karthik, Harini
"Go Go Adhigo" KK

Tamil track list[edit]

Lyrics are written by Viveka, Snehan, Paruthi & Na. Muthukumar

Song title Singers
"Byla Bylamo" R. Prasanna, Anushka Manchandani, Mahathi
"Nizhal Endrum" Ramu, Vinaya
"Pombala Ellam" Kartik, Anuradha Sriram
"Sorgathil Pookkum" Anuradha Sriram
"Oru Bambaram " Tippu, Harini & Jayalakshmi
"Go Go Azhago" Senthil Dass


  1. ^ "Irfan Khan, Kamna in Mahesh's Sainikudu". TotalTollywood. Retrieved 23 October 2006.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ "Irfan Khan in Sainikudu". TotalTollywood. Retrieved 3 July 2006.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Sainikudu to be released with 270 prints on Nov. 30". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 24 November 2006.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Ashwini Dutt Innovations". Idlebrain. Retrieved 23 November 2006.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ ""Sainikudu" slated for Nov. 30". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 24 November 2006.  External link in |work= (help)

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