Santosham (2002 film)


DVD cover
Directed by Dasharath
Produced by Dr.K.L.Narayana
Written by Dasharath (story / dialogues)
Screenplay by Gopimohan
Starring Nagarjuna Akkineni
Prabhu Deva
Shriya Saran
Gracy Singh
Music by R. P. Patnaik
Cinematography S. Gopal Reddy
Edited by K. V. Krishna Reddy
Sri Durga Arts
Distributed by Annapurna Studios
Supreme Audio
EVP International
Release dates
  • 9 May 2002 (2002-05-09)
Running time
150 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Santosham (English translation: Happiness) is a Telugu romantic comedy film produced by Dr.K.L.Narayana on Sri Durga Arts banner, directed by Dasharath. The film stars Nagarjuna Akkineni and Shriya Saran making her second release in Telugu after Ishtam in lead with Gracy Singh making her debut in Telugu cinema industry after her lead role in Hindi film Lagaan while Prabhu Deva making his comeback to Telugu cinema after a long gap in an extended cameo appearance and music is composed by R. P. Patnaik. The movie was well received by critics and owing to its success at the box office, it was dubbed in Tamil 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. The film recorded as Super Hit at box-office.


Karthik (Nagarjuna Akkineni) is a rich architect in Ooty. He falls in love with Padmavathi / Padhu (Gracy Singh). Padmavathi takes her own sweet time to accept Karthik's love. Padmavathi has a cute cousin sister Bhanu (Shriya). Bhanu encourages their love and gives courage to Padhu. When Padhu reveals about her love, her father Rama Chandraiah (K. Viswanath) resists and asks her to marry the guy he has chosen for her. Padhu flees from home and marries 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 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 get married to 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 R. P. Patnaik
Released 2002
Genre Soundtrack
Length 29:59
Label Supreme Music
Producer R. 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 Sitarama SastryRajesh, 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 Sitarama SastryUsha4:51
6."Mehbooba Mehbooa"  VishwaMano,Bhargavi,Vishwa4:07
7."Emaindho Emo Naalo"  KulasekharR. P. Patnaik1:15
8."Diri Diri Diridee"  KulasekharKK, Usha4:21
Total length:29:59



Preceded by
Nuvvu Nenu
Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu)
Succeeded by
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