Osthe (2011) Movie Review – Details

Star Cast – Silambarasan, Richa Gangopadhyay, Sonu Sood, Saranya Mohan, Ganesh, Nassar and Revathi 

Director – S. Dharani

Producer – Mohan Apparao and T. Ramesh

Music Director – S. Thaman

Lyrics – Vaali, Yugabharathi and Silambarasan

Genre – Action

Dabangg was the biggest hit of Bollywood in 2010 and it broke the records at the box office making bigger collections at the box office in India and abroad giving the bigger break to Sonakshi Sinha and raising the worth of Salman Khan and Malaika Arora adding extra sparkles to their already strapping position in cinema industry. No one can forget the Chulbul Pandey (portrayed by Salman Khan) and the Munni Badnam Hui item number done by the sexiest and curvaceous lass of Hindi abode. Well, to treat the south moviegoers in their own language, the south version of Dabangg was made by Mohan Apparao and T. Ramesh and directed by S. Dharani.

It is not new that south industry chewed up the Hindi version rather both the industries have been doing so making versions of each other. The noise of the popularity where hit the whole world, it also reached at the south industry which did not lose the chance to churn out a flick on the successful subject. Thus this product, ‘Osthe’ (the remake of Dabangg) was made. The film stars Silambarasan, Jithan Ramesh, Richa Gangopadhyay, Sonu Sood, Revathi and Mallika Sherawat.

To do the role of the leading heroine (which was played by Sonakshi Sinha in Dabangg), the Bollywood babes Sonakshi and Sonam were approached but both turned down the offer giving thus room to Richa Gangopadhyay, the famed Telugu actress.

Only Sonu Sood is the one in the star cast of Osthe, who is from the original version of the movie, rest of the cast is from South except Mallika Sherawat who was roped in to shake the hips on the item number.

The director S. Dharani is famous for making the hit commercial films and he has entertained the audiences a lot in his film career and the leading hero STR is already much famous among the masses, thus when the fusion of both comes up, it will generate the much oomph for the viewers. The same happened with Osthe since both the names are attached to the cinematic product. Since it is the remake of the Bollywood sensational hero Salman Khan’s Dabangg, it becomes natural that the film will generate the extra buzz to spice up the south audiences.

Dharani and STR join hands together for the very first time in a cinematic work. Well, whenever a remake is made, the disadvantages of comparisons emerge but thanks to Osthe it has its own standing and merits due to brilliant screenplay of Dharani and the biggest screen presence of STR, who plays Chulbul Pandey.

Osthe talks about a fearless police officer and his clashes with his family. Although the story appears same as Dabangg but the careful director removes the fewer things from the original to give space to those elements required for the Tamil audiences. This infusion works big time for the south viewers.

Post Vaanam, STR returns to the celluloid and it appears obvious from his acting that he has extracted full enjoyment enacting Osthe Velan. The way, he carries the role whether the action scenes or the dance movements, he allures the viewers. With his dexterity, he controls the screen in his hand with his super cool arrogance by enacting the self-righteous police officer Osthe Velan. In emotional scenes too, he impresses like the one with Nazar in hospital. Osthe is the STR’s fiesta all the way.

Richa Gangopadhyay attracts the audiences with her classy avatar and acting skills. Sonu Sood impresses with super acting like he did in the original Dabangg. The rest of the cast like VTV Ganesh, Nazar, Revathy and Jithan Ramesh fit the bill as well.

Mallika Sherawat’s Kalasala lacks the oomph factor. Malaika Arora’s Munni Badnam Hui was really the chartbuster that simply ruled the entire world for such a long time. Gopinath’s cinematography works high, the camera’s movements are first-rate.

Action is simply awesome and opens the eyes.

Final Verdict by the Critic:

On the whole, Osthe is a big entertainer and has potential to work big time. It’s STR’s show all the way who loots the scene.


Getting inspired by some of the top movies not only happens in Bollywood, but also down south and therefore there are many movies that are remake of Hindi movies. Osthe is the latest of all because it is a remake of the 2010 Hindi movie Dabangg that starred Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles. The movie will have the same screenplay and story but certain changes will be made to the story that would suit the South Indian audiences.

Initially the role for lead female actor went to Sonakshi Sinha as she had already worked in the original version but since she denied the offer the role went to Sonam Kapoor who also decided that the role will not suit her Bollywood image. Hence, Richa Gangopadhyay was roped in who has done various Telugu films earlier. Sonu Sood is the only actor from the original version that will reprise the role in this movie as well. However, the most complicated casting decision happened when the director had to decide actress who will perform the item number. It is said that some of the top actresses like Nayantara, Shriya Saran, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, and Vidya Balan were approached but finally the offer went to Mallika Sherawat.

The movie was shot in Mysore in one single schedule and it took almost two and a half months for the shooting to complete. Mallika Sherawat was called in for the item number shooting in September-October in Chennai where she completed her shooting. The music of the movie has already received some great reviews and hopefully movie will receive the same response considering the action and entertainment that is packed in the movie.

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