Dongaata is a 2015 Telugu crime comedy film, directed by Vamsi Krishna Naidu, with the screenplay written by Mohan Bharadwaj and Vamsi Krishna and dialogue by Sai Madhav Burra. It stars Lakshmi Manchu and Adivi Sesh, with Brahmanandam and Pragathi in pivotal roles. The film was released in May 2015 to positive reviews. Manchu produced the film on her Manchu Entertainment banner.
Venkat (Adivi Sesh) and Vijju (Madhu Nandan) are protégés of Kattam Raju (Prabhakar). The three goons manage to kidnap actress Shruthi (Manchu Lakshmi) and decide to hide her in an apartment owned by Vijju’s boss, Brahmi (Brahmanandam). Brahmi lives in the USA, but much to the kidnappers' surprise, arrives as a private detective to solve the kidnapping case. Chaos ensues when Brahmi realizes that Shruthi has been kept at his own house. The kidnappers join him as his servants. After a few small comedy scenes, the trio keep travel to the main villain (Kattam Raju) and a fight ensues. After, Shruti says that she told Venkat to kidnap her as she saw her stepmother made a contract with Kattamraju to kidnap her daughter. It is then revealed in flash back that Sruthi is an orphan and Venkat is her best friend.
Kattamraju rejoins with them and the four become friends. It is said that Sruthi promised Ragava Rao to give Rs.100,000,000 to buy back an orphanage within 10 days.
Venkat tells his friends Vijju and Kattamraju to go to a room and stay after the money is in their hands.
It is revealed two hours later by Vijju that Venkat has dreamed since youth of going abroad to earn money and stole the money alone, so Venkat gives money to a hawala broker and gets the key note and stores it in a suitcase in his room.
Then Sruthi calls Venkat down and talks to him about his plan of stealing money and going to Dubai.
In a post-credits scene it is shown that Kattamraju and Vijju managed to fake his room keys and floor level and installed remote CCTV so as to know his locker passcode and opened and stole it while Venkat was talking to Shruthi.
After that the three people bid a goodbye to him.Adivi Sesh as Venkat
Lakshmi Manchu as Shruthi
Brahmanandam as Brahmi
Madhunandan as Viju
Prabhakar as Kattam Raju
Pragathi as Jyothi
Special appearances in song "The Party Tonight"
Vamsi Krishna Naidu, a former assistant director of Gautham Menon, had told Lakshmi Manchu the script of Dongaata shortly after joining her production studio as an executive producer. The film, a con-drama, was shot on a tight budget and actors Adivi Sesh, Brahmanandam and Pragathi were signed to play supporting roles. The film was co-produced by Gandhi.
A song was shot featuring several prominent Telugu actors in cameo appearances, dancing alongside Manchu. The film's soundtrack was released at a ceremony in Hyderabad with the actress Tamannaah as the chief guest.
The film won positive reviews, with Sify.com calling it a "decent movie with some nice thrills despite occasional double meaning dialogues." The critic added that Manchu "is perfect in the role of a rich spoilt movie actress". A reviewer from The Hindu also gave the film a positive review, adding it "starts off on a promising note; ends up being predictable", and that "what works for this comedy thriller though is the fact that it rests on the delicate shoulders of its heroine and does not celebrate the hero. It is an out-and-out Lakshmi Manchu show."