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Fidaa poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Shekhar Kammula
Produced by Dil Raju
Written by Shekhar Kammula
Screenplay by Shekhar Kammula, Rezaul K Refath
Music by Songs:
Shakthikanth Karthick
Background Score:
Cinematography Vijay C. Kumar
Edited by Marthand K. Venkatesh
Release date
  • 21 July 2017 (2017-07-21)[1]
Running time
148 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 12 crore (US$1.7 million)
Box office est.50 crore (US$7.0 million)

Fidaa (translation: Flattered) is a 2017 Indian Telugu-language romantic film written and directed by Sekhar Kammula. It features Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi in the lead roles which marks the latter's debut in Telugu. It is dubbed into Malayalam under the same title. [2] Principal photography commenced in August 2016[3]. The film won four Filmfare Awards.[4]


  • Varun Tej as Varun
  • Sai Pallavi as Bhanumati
  • Raja Chembolu as Raju, Varun's elder brother
  • Saranya Pradeep as Renuka, Bhanumati's elder sister
  • Aryan Talla as Bujji, Varun's younger brother
  • Sai Chand as father of Bhanumati and Renuka
  • Geeta Bhaskar as Bhanumati and Renuka's aunt
  • Satyam Rajesh as Ali, Varun's friend
  • Harshvardhan Rane as Bhanumati's neighbor/suitor (cameo)
  • Gayathri Gupta as Sumathi, Bhanumati's friend
  • Manisha Eerabathini as Varun's cousin Shailu
  • Katarina Richter as Suzie
  • Nathan Smales
  • Lydia Pagan
  • Sri Harsha Jasti


Soundtrack album by
Shakthikanth Karthick
Released 10th July , 2017
Recorded 2017
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 27:59
Label Aditya Music
Producer Shakthikanth Karthick
Shakthikanth Karthick chronology
Ko Antey Koti
Nela Ticket

The film's music is scored by music director Shakthikanth Karthick and Released on Aditya Music. The song "Hey Pillagaada" is inspired by an older song "Parugulu Theeyaali" from the movie Malliswari.[5]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Vachinde" Suddala Ashok Teja Madhu Priya, Ramky 5:22
2. "Edo Jarugutondi" Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry Aravind Srinivas, Renuka 5:04
3. "Hey Pillagaada" Vanamali Sindhuri, Sinov Raj 4:08
4. "Oosupodu" Chaitanya Pingali Hemachandra 4:33
5. "Hey Mister" Vanamali Deepak 3:31
6. "Fidaa" Chaitanya Pingali Hemachandra, Malavika 5:21
Total length: 27:59


Filming took place across Telangana in Sirnapally, Jagityal, Banswada, Nizamabad, and Tadkole. Filming also took place in Austin, San Antonio, and Durango in the USA.

Box Office

The film was made on a budget of 15 crores and ended up grossing 47.5 crores, grossing over triple the budget. It made sixth on the list of highest-grossing Telugu films at the time and now stands at tenth.[6]

Critical Reception

The film got mixed to positive reviews from critics. They criticized the movie for its routine simplistic plot line and others said that the Telangana dialect was mockery. Ironically, it was also praised for its simplicity and the organic dialect.

  • Times Of India gave it three stars and wrote, "The plot line is too flimsy and simplistic; the climax is also a la Anand. The cinematography is flawless and the frames have a rich visual appeal. The music is in line with Shekhar Kammula’s earlier films and although there’s nothing special about the songs, they’re not harsh on the ear either. The movie is absolutely bereft of any vulgarity. But after you leave the theatre, the only memory you’d carry back is that of Bhanu and her Telangana dialect. If that was what Kammula intended, then he has surely succeeded."[7]
  • The Hindu wrote, "The meeting and subsequent romance between Bhanu and Varun (Varun Tej, younger brother of the groom and a doctor) happens in a love-hate-love manner. They’re both enamoured, yet don’t go weak in the knees blinded by love. The setting adds to the charm. The Bhanswada house looks lived in, not like a make-believe set. The Telangana dialect is spot on and a lot of humour is woven in matter-of-factly. Jeevan’s background score adds mirth to the already lively proceedings."[8]
  • GreatAndhra gave it 3.25 stars and wrote, "All through the film, we see love and hate, hate and love sequences. But the love moments are lovely to some extent. The hate moments are not that impressive. We get a feeling that the misunderstanding scene should have had a stronger reason."[9]
  • Sify gave it 3.25 stars as well and wrote, "Fidaa is lovely. The love story, even though regular, is told in most endearing manner and with passionate approach. The story of Bhanumathi is likeable to the core and Sai Pallavi steals the show. Sekhar Kammula brings another good romantic story not worrying about commercial aspects. It may work with all kind of audiences (given the thick Telangana accent and slow pace) but it is a good movie. Go watch it."[10]
  • Idlebrain Jeevi gave it 3.25 stars and wrote, "First half of the film is very good as Sekhar Kammula sets up the plot and make us travel with the characters in Banswada. Second half has less of story and most of the scenes appear repetitive. Yet, Sekhar makes sure that a few of scenes between hero and heroine are entertaining. Plus points of the film are writing, characterization of heroine and strong emotions. On the flipside, there are a few issues in the latter part of second half. After Pelli Choopulu, here comes another film that makes Telangana dialect and culture a trend! On a while, Fidaa has strong emotions with nicely sprinkled humor. You may watch it!"[11]
  • Firstpost was another to give it 3.25 stars, and wrote "Having said that, this is not a complaint, but a result of the angst that one goes through after watching a film which should have had a more befitting closing. The climax feels rushed and the story itself needed better closure. We get what we want in the end, but it feels like a chunk of beautiful moments which have held the story together."[12]
  • The News Minute wrote, "In the places where we expect a sob fest, we get a gentle touch of relevance and realism. The leads do cry buckets and buckets, yet they don’t grow into a dramatic nuisance. Varun, upset that his ‘proposal’ was turned down by Bhanu, drops her off at a bus station and tells her to use public transport to go to her friend’s house. She looks at him begrudgingly and doesn’t utter a word. He does come back for her. She does get into the car, after a five-second argument. When the rocky equation they share and the love-and-hate emotions they throw at each other come out in such good measure, it’s a story one would definitely feel for."[13]
  • Indian Express wrote "As a director, it was a great move to cast Sai Pallavi. However, the one thing that irks the audience a little is the absence of a strong supporting cast. Yes, there is great camaraderie between Varun and his brother, there is affection between him and his new sister-in-law, but in an important scene, a conversation between Varun and his sister-in-law falls flat."[14]


Filmfare Awards South

65th Filmfare Awards South [4]




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  6. ^ "Fidaa worldwide Closing Collections - BLOCKBUSTER". 19 September 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Fidaa Review {3/5}: The only memory you'd carry back is that of Bhanu and her Telangana dialect". Retrieved 18 November 2018.
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  10. ^ "Review : Fidaa review: The movie completely belongs to Sai Pallavi (2017)". sify.
  11. ^ "Fidaa review by jeevi - Telugu cinema review - Varun Tej & Sai Pallavi". idlebrain.
  12. ^ "Fidaa movie review: Varun Tej, Sai Pallavi-starrer has heartwarming moments but lacklustre second half- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  13. ^ "'Fidaa' review: Sai Pallavi makes a magnificent Telugu debut in this fun romcom". The News Minute. 21 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Fidaa movie review: Sai Pallavi is the heart and soul of this film". The Indian Express. 21 July 2017.

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