Rowdy Thangam: The Real Story Behind KGF

Know all about Rowdy Thangam who inspired the KGF franchise.


Despite the impending release of the sequel, many people are still confused about the plot of the film KGF. The mystery man behind KGF’s story has been identified by fans, who have so far focused on one Rowdy Thangam, a robber who operated throughout the 1990s. Although it doesn’t say which true story it is based on, the movie’s banner makes the claim that it is.

Rowdy Thangam: The Realy Story Behind KGF

It is noteworthy that Thangam’s mother, Pouli, petitioned to stop the film’s release because she thought the first movie failed to reflect her son in the way that had been promised to her, notwithstanding Prashanth Neel’s denial that the movie is based on Thangam. Since they had the rights to Thangam’s life, the film’s producers had also urged Neel not to create anything pertaining to him. While there is a lot to consider in this case, it is undeniable that Thangam’s life and the story of KGF have many striking parallels.


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Is KGF a True Story Based on Rowdy Thangam?

Rowdy Thangam

Action drama K.G.F.: Chapter 1 (also known as KGF) is a movie with Yash and Srinidhi Shetty. Anant Nag provided the film’s narration. The film is a fictional story that takes place in India during the Gold Rush. It describes the life and ascension of Rocky, a character who begins as a laborer but quickly moves up the ranks and comes to represent justice for the oppressed and dread for their oppressors. The News Minute claims that the plot of the movie is similar to the life of Rowdy Thangam, a notorious sandalwood smuggler who was also known by the stage name Veerappan Junior. 

Rowdy Thangam was known as “Veerappan Junior” and was reportedly only second to the notorious sandalwood smuggler Veerappan in terms of power. A 1997 article from India Today, published just a few days before he was fatally shot, states that he had committed 42 offenses over the previous four years and had stolen jewelry worth Rs 1.5 lakh from a store on December 2.

After Thangam’s most brazen robbery, which caused the police force to look bad, orders to shoot at sight were given. Thangam had only turned 25 when he passed away. On December 27, 1997, the KGF police shot and killed him at Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district.

Later, Sagayam, Gopi, and Jayakumar, three of Thangam’s brothers, were killed in encounters by the police. Gopi, Jayakumar, and Sagayam were all slain by gunfire in July 2003, although Sagayam was killed in October. Their mother Pouli petitioned the CBI for an investigation into the encounters, and in 2012, the CBI charged Ramesh Kumar, a respected police officer, for staging the encounter of Sagayam along with six other people.

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Rowdy Thangam and KGF Connection

Rowdy Thangam: The Realy Story Behind KGF

The tale of KGF, which was directed by Prashanth Neel, shares some similarities with those of Rowdy Thangam but else seems to be mainly made up. In fact, according to some stories, Thangam’s gang went by the name of the “Pouli gang” and was known for stealing gold stores in and near the Kolar Gold Fields.

The second part of the movie takes place in the Kolar Gold Fields, where he goes in disguise to carry out an assassination, while the first half of the movie focuses on his youth and his goal to rule the underworld of Mumbai.

Adheera, Garuda, Suryavardhan, and other characters in the movie might have taken their cues from the gangs that governed KGF at the time, but no exact analogies have been established as of yet.

Some claim that Thangam’s family had moved to the mines from Tamil Nadu. Many of the miners’ labourers at the time were in fact, Tamil immigrants. 

Although there may not be much of a similarity between Thangam’s real-life experience and KGF, there is still a lot of curiosity about the analogies because Thangam’s narrative has never been depicted on screen before. In reality, the first KGF encountered issues prior to its release because a different production company asserted that they had acquired the rights to produce a movie on Thangam. 


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