Santosham (2002 film)

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DVD cover
Directed byDasarath
Produced byK. L. Narayana
Written byDasarath (dialogues)
Screenplay byDasarath
Trivikram Srinivas
Story byDasarath
StarringNagarjuna Akkineni
Prabhu Deva
Gracy Singh
Shriya Saran
Music byR. P. Patnaik
CinematographyS. Gopal Reddy
Edited byK. V. Krishna Reddy
Sri Durga Arts
Distributed byAnnapurna Studios
Supreme Audio
EVP International
Release date
  • 9 May 2002 (2002-05-09)
Running time
150 minutes

Santosham (English translation: Happiness) is a Telugu comedy drama film produced by Dr. K. L. Narayana under the Sri Durga Arts banner, directed by Dasharath. The film stars Nagarjuna Akkineni, Prabhu Deva, newcomer Gracy Singh and Shriya Saran. The music was composed by R. P. Patnaik. The movie was well received by critics and successful at the box office. It borrowed shades of the Hindi movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. It was dubbed in Tamil as Santhosha Vanille and was also dubbed in Hindi as Pehli Naazar ka Pehla Pyaar. The film was remade in Bengali as Bandhan, starring Jeet and Koyel and in Kannada as Ugadi, with V. Ravichandran.


Karthik (Nagarjuna Akkineni) is a rich architect in Ooty. He falls in love with Padmavathi "Padhu" (Gracy Singh). Padhu is hesitant to accept and reciprocate Karthik's love, as she doesn't know what kind of a person he is. Padmavathi has a younger cousin named Bhanu (Shriya). Bhanu encourages their love and gives courage to Padhu's feelings. When Padhu reveals her love, her father Rama Chandraiah (K. Viswanath) enraged, resists and asks her to marry the guy he has chosen for her, causing Padhu to elope marry Karthik.

Padmavathi is very eager to get back to her parents and get their blessings. Karthik and Padmavathi migrate to New Zealand and they give birth to a kid named Lucky. Padhu unfortunately dies in an accident. Rama Chandraiah has a very big joint family. A few of the family members opine that inviting Karthik and his kid for a marriage to happen at their place would give an opportunity to get a closer look at Lucky. When Karthik visits Rama Chandraiah's place he gets mixed responses from different people in the house. Rama Chandraiah doesn't like Karthik and others like him. Over a period of time, Karthik impresses them all and when he was about to go back to New Zealand, Rama Chandraiah expresses his repentance for whatever happened and says that he is accepting Karthik as his son-in-law. Bhanu has fallen in love with Karthik. She meets Karthik, a widower now. She still has feelings for him. But at the same time, there is Pawan (Prabhu Deva) - a childhood friend of Bhanu - who is deeply in love with her. Karthik returns to New Zealand. Bhanu along with Pawan visits Karthik. During that period, Bhanu gets closer to Karthik. When Karthik realizes the intentions of Bhanu, he fixes Pawan as the fiancée for her. Now Bhanu is about to marry Pawan. Bhanu loves Karthik, but Karthik hesitates to repeat the history by marrying a girl against the wishes of her family. Just as Karthik is about to leave for good with his son, Rama Chandraiah stops him from leaving and pleads him to marry Bhanu. Also, Pawan comes and pleads Karthik to marry Bhanu as he can tell that Bhanu is not happy about the marriage. The film has a happy ending with Karthik and Bhanu marrying.



Film score by
LabelSupreme Music
ProducerR. P. Patnaik
R. P. Patnaik chronology
Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu

The music was composed by R. P. Patnaik. All songs are blockbusters. Music released on SUPREME Music Company.

1."Nuvvante Nakishtamani"Sirivennela SitaramasastriRajesh, Usha5:01
2."Dhimdhinaktari Naktithom"KulasekharShankar Mahadevan4:22
3."So Much To Say"Chandra SiddharthaRajesh1:57
4."Devude Digivachina"KulasekharKK, Usha4:00
5."Ne Tolisariga"Sirivennela SitaramasastriUsha4:51
6."Mehbooba Mehbooa"VishwaMano, Bhargavi, Vishwa4:07
7."Emaindho Emo Naalo"KulasekharRajesh1:15
8."Diri Diri Diridee"KulasekharKK, Usha4:21
Total length:29:59



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