Kempe Gowda(Sudeep) is a sub-inspector in a dusty village of Rona in Hubli in North Karnataka, his native, where he is adored. His bumbling colleague Pashupati(Sharan) is cheerful and always helps him with his work. His family business is provisional stores and Kempegowda wants to join it but he joined the police due to his father's wishes. He resolves most of the problems in his village with non-violence and mutual counselling. He uses force only when the situation demands it, thereby gaining much reputation and love from the villagers. Mahadev an industrialist based in Bangalore and a friend of Kempegowda's father comes to the village along with his beautiful daughter Kavya (Ragini Dwivedi). Eventually Kempegowda and Kavya fall in love with each other. Bangalore-based Armugam(P. Ravi Shankar),a big-time extortionist with shady mafia dealings who blackmails people by complaining to the Income Tax Department, is required to travel to Hubli to sign a conditional bail. He instead, sends one of his allies to do the formalities, much to the anger and rage of Kempegowda who demands that Armugam sign the bail in person. Humiliated, Armugam reaches Hubli but is unable to take any revenge on Kempegowda fearing the immense love and devotion of the entire village towards Kempegowda. Using his political contacts, he gets Kempegowda transferred to Bangalore to teach him a lesson. Kempegowda, unaware of Armugam's hand behind his transfer, joins Magadi Road police station. His co-worker, Sub-Inspector Bose (Prashanth), hates Armugam for his crimes but is unable to take any action because of Armugam's political powers. The assistant commissioner (Jai Jagadish) , Kempegowda's senior, is on Armugam's payroll and takes care in concealing and eliminating the evidence of Armugam's crimes from the eyes of the law. The police commissioner also does not help Kempegowda as there is no evidence against Armugam and the assistant commissioner and in turn, warns him to stay away from Armugam's case. Unable to take on Armugam in his stronghold, Kempegowda wants to return to his village but is stopped by Kavya who encourages him to fight against the evil and not run like a coward.Being mentally tortured by Armugam, Kempegowda arrests Armugam's brother Vaikunta (J.Karthik) in a fake case of illegally smuggling alcohol. He thwarts off the assistant commissioner in full view of the public when the assistant commissioner, bounded by his duties to Armugam, tries to protect the henchman. Meanwhile, Armugam kidnaps Kavya's younger sister Divya for ransom. Rescuing her, with unexpected help from the Home Minister (Ashok) Kempegowda successfully traces the origins of the kidnapping racket to Armugam. Kempegowda also gets promoted to Assistant Commissioner of the specially-formed Anti-kidnapping Task Force. Mahadev, who was hostile to Kempegowda following an altercation with Kempegowda's father back at Hubli, softens up and agrees to give him Kavya's hand in marriage. The police officers, including the police commissioner, and the assistant commissioner, now on Kempegowda's side, decide to help Kempegowda fight Armugam. They manage to kill Armugam's brother in an encounter at a hospital and begins to target everyone and everything related to Armugam. In retribution Armugam starts targeting everyone close to Kempegowda including Kavya whom he shoots but is saved by Kempegowda and Bose who is hacked to death by Armugam's henchmen. Finally in a bid to escape the arrest warrant issued out to him, Armugam kidnaps the Tamil Nadu Home Minister's daughter. He falsely tells Kempegowda that he is going to Mangalore with her when he is actually going to Nellore in Andhra Pradesh to put the police off the track. However Kempegowda manages to pursue them till Gudur near Nellore, where he rescues the home minister's daughter and kills Armugam in an encounter. In the end as the post credits roll, Kempegowda is seen with Kavya heading back to Hubli, and as when Kempegowda is stopped briefly by the Home Minister who offers an undercover mission, to which Kempegowda willingly agrees.Sudeep – Kempe GowdaRagini Dwivedi – KavyaP. Ravi Shankar – ArmugamAshok Kheny – Home MinisterPrashanth – BoseGirish Karnad – Kavya's FatherAshok – Kempe Gowda's fatherJ. Karthik – Vaikunta (Armugam's brother)Sharan – PashupathiTara – Kavya's MotherChitra Shenoy – Kempe Gowda's mother
Kempe Gowda was released in 100+ theaters on 10 March 2011 across the state.
Kempe Gowda earned a bumper of ₹50 million (US$780,000) for producer during the first week. It collected more than ₹150 million (US$2.3 million) at the box office and declared as a super hit of the year.
59th Filmfare Awards South :-Filmfare Award for Best Film - Kannada – NominatedFilmfare Award for Best Actor - Kannada – Nominated – SudeepFilmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada – Nominated – Ragini DwivediFilmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - Kannada – Winner – P. Ravi Shankar
1st South Indian International Movie Awards :-Best Actor (Male) – Kannada – Nominated – SudeepBest Actor (Female) – Kannada – Nominated – Ragini DwivediBest Actor in a Supporting Role – Kannada – Nominated – TaraBest Actor in a Negative Role – Kannada – Nominated – P. Ravi ShankarBest Playback Singer (Male) – Kannada – Nominated – Vijay Prakash for the song "Thara Thara Hidiside"Best Lyricist – Kannada – Nominated – Ghose Dheer for the song "Thara Thara Hidiside"
Sandalwood Star Awards :-Best Film – Nominated Best Actress – Nominated – Ragini Dwivedi Best Actor in a Negative Role – Nominated – P. Ravi Shankar Rising Star (Female) – Winner – Ragini Dwivedi Best Music Director – Nominated – Arjun Janya Best Stunt Director – Nominated – Ravi Varma Best Stunt Director – Nominated – Different Dyani Best Cinematographer – Nominated – Krishna Best Editor – Nominated – N.M Vishwa
4th Suvarna Film Awards :-Best Editor – Winner – N.M. Vishwa
Bangalore Times Film Awards :-Best Actor in a Negative Role – Winner – P. Ravi ShankarBest Film – NominatedBest Music Director – Nominated – Arjun JanyaBest Lyricist – Nominated – Yogaraj Bhat for the song "Hale Radio"Best Playback Singer Male – Nominated – Sudeep for the song "Hale Radio"Best Playback Singer Female – Nominated – Shamitha Malnad for the song "Hale Radio"
1st Kannada International Music Awards (KiMA):-Best Composer (Film Album) – Nominated – Arjun JanyaBest Background Score – Winner – Arjun Janya
The soundtrack of Kempegowda released by Anand Audio was declared a superhit upon its release. The songs composed by Arjun Janya to the lyrics of V. Nagendra Prasad remained popular for several weeks on radio.
1. En hang nodtidiya shock aayta aagirlebeku aaglebeku antha thaane ninna illig karsiddu
ning promotion kottirodu nin deepartment aadre Magadi roadge posting haksiddu naanu
Karnataka mapnalli ildiro nin oorige India mapnalli ildiro nin districtge karesi nanage nanage off itte alwa
Eega en madtiya idu nan ooru idu nan area
Naanu Bangalore alli gudugidre Udupi Mangalore harbour gada gada nadughogutte
Kai eththi tatdha andre real estate egurogutte....
Idu Armuga kote kano
2. Tondreli irorge aa devru kai bidalla tondre kodorge ee Kempegowda bidalla