Dookudu (English: Aggression) is a 2011 Indian Telugu-language action comedy film directed by Srinu Vaitla, featuring Mahesh Babu and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in the lead roles. It was produced by Ram Achanta, Gopi Achanta and Anil Sunkara under the banner 14 Reels Entertainment. It was written by Srinu Vaitla along with Kona Venkat and Gopimohan. S. Thaman composed the music while K. V. Guhan handled the cinematography after Prasad Murella left the project in mid-way. The film is partially inspired from the 2003 German tragicomedy film Good Bye, Lenin!.
Production began on 28 June 2010 at Hyderabad. Shooting began on 22 October 2010 at Turkey and lasted till mid-September 2011. The film was predominantly shot in Hyderabad, with portions shot in Mumbai, Gujarat, Istanbul, Dubai and Switzerland. The film released on 23 September 2011 in 1600 screens worldwide.
Upon release, Dookudu received positive reviews and was commercially successful. The film was cited as “The biggest hit you’ve never heard of” by The Los Angeles Times. The film collected a distributor share of ₹567 million in its lifetime and grossed more than ₹1 billion in its lifetime making it one of the highest grossers of 2011 in Telugu cinema. The film won seven Nandi Awards, six Filmfare Awards, eight SIIMA Awards and eight CineMAA Awards.
It was dubbed into Tamil as Athiradi Vettai, into Malayalam as Choodan and into Hindi as The Real Tiger. The film was remade into Bengali as Challenge 2 starring Dev and Pooja Bose in 2012, and into Kannada as Power in 2014 starring Puneeth Rajkumar and Trisha.
During the political realm of N. T. Rama Rao, Shankar Narayana is an independent MLA of the constituency of Shankar Nagar, which is named after him, in Hyderabad, and is regarded as a champion for the poor. When a truck collides with the car his brother Satyam and he are in, Shankar goes into a coma. Except his family, everyone else presumes that he is killed in the accident. His son Ajay is a police officer in Mumbai who fights against the mafia and is on a mission to apprehend Mafia don Nayak who is involved in illegal drug trade, extortion and arms trafficking.
When he heads to Turkey in an undercover operation, he meets Prashanthi, the daughter of Ajay’s senior police officer and soon falls in love with her. She initially rejects his advances which makes him give up. However, he is successful in the undercover operation and arrests Nayak’s brother Bunty. After returning to India, he again meets Prashanthi and, to his surprise, she reciprocates his feelings. In an attempt to arrest Nayak, Bunty and the police commissioner is killed and Shankar’s loyal follower Sivayya reveals to Ajay that Nayak, along with Shankar’s rival, Mallesh Goud, and Shankar’s other followers Meka Narsingh Rao and Ambarpet Ganesh, were behind Shankar’s accident, which makes Ajay plot to kill all of them.
When Shankar comes out of the coma, the doctors who treated him advise his family that his life is at risk if he encounters or hears anything upsetting, disturbing or shocking. Ajay hides the events surrounding the accident and shifts his family to his previously abandoned mansion which is now being used for film making. Ajay creates a dummy political set-up at this mansion. In the guise of a reality television program, Ajay tricks an aspiring but unsuccessful film actor Padmasri by making him believe that the television show is being sponsored by actor Akkineni Nagarjuna’s television channel, and that Nagarjuna wants to offer Padmasri very high remuneration for his realistic performance in the show. On the other hand, an aspiring actor Bokka Venkata Rao and Mallesh Goud are tricked by Ajay with a real estate business deal to exploit his criminal nexus.