D for Dopidi

D for Dopidi[1]
Directed by Siraj Kalla
Produced by Raj and D.K.
Written by Siraj Kalla
Starring Varun Sandesh
Sundeep Kishan
Melanie Kannokada
Narrated by Nani
Music by Mahesh Shankar
Cinematography Lucas
Edited by Dharmendra
D2R Films Pvt Ltd, SVC
Release dates
  • 25 December 2013 (2013-12-25)
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 25 million (US$370,000)[2]
Box office 65 million (US$970,000)(first day)

D for Dopidi is a 2013 Telugu Heist film directed by Siraj Kalla, starring Varun Sandesh, Sundeep Kishan, Naveen, Rakesh and Melanie Kannokada in the lead roles. It was produced by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. and Nani, who also lent his voice as the narrator and did a promo video.[3] Mahesh Shankar composed the music. The film released on 25 December 2013.[4][5] It received mixed feedback from critics but the majority audience enjoyed this new kind of cinema.


Raju (Sundeep Kishan), Vicky (Varun Sandesh), Harish (Naveen) and Bannu (Rakesh), the four central characters in the film, need money desperately to overcome their problems. Each one has his own story. After having looked into other avenues for a solution, they finally embark upon an ignoble bank robbery. Everything goes according to plan till they enter the bank where they are confronted by another gang of robbers led by Lokamuddhu (Thanikella Bharani). Trouble starts as things get horribly messed up. What happens next — are they successful in their heist and are able to get rid of their problems finally — forms, predictably enough, the crux of the story.



Reports say the film was made on a budget of 20 million (US$300,000) & the publicity budget was 5 million. It was heard that the film's Satellite rights were sold for 17.5 million (US$260,000)by Gemini TV.

Given these statistics, it appears that the film has run into profits right from the day of its release.[6]

The curious case of "D For Dopidi" baffled many. The majority of the audience and a few top critics loved the film and appreciated the different style and humour presented in the film. Jeevi of idlebrain.com reviewed "If you like the crime comedy angle in films like Money, Kshana Kshanam and Anaganaga Oka Roju, you are going to love 'D for Dopidi'. You may watch it!" by giving a rating of 3.25 on a scale of 5.[7] In contrast, many of the reviewers were not impressed. This film showed the divide between the audience and critics as to how some welcome the change in Telugu cinema and the rest resist.[8]


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