Anji is a 2004 Indian Telugu-language fantasy action film directed by Kodi Ramakrishna and Cinematography by Chota K. Naidu and he received Nandi Awardfor best Cinematography. The film, with Chiranjeevi and Namrata Shirodkar in the lead roles, was produced by Shyam Prasad Reddy, and received a National Film Award for Best Special Effects. The film was made on a budget of 28 crore, and was officially launched on May 1997. Shooting of the film began on 10 October 1997. It is the first Telugu film to win the National Award for Best Special Effects at that time. The movie is known for unofficially plagiarizing a number of scenes from the Indiana Jones films.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kodi Ramakrishna|
|Produced by||Shyam Prasad Reddy|
|Music by||Mani Sharma|
|Cinematography||Chota K. Naidu|
The Aatmalingam of the Himalayas possesses enormous divine powers. Once every 72 years, The Akasa Ganga from the sky flows into Aatmalingam. Those who drink Akasa Ganga's holy water become younger for eternity and gain supernatural powers.
In 1932, a youngster named Bhatia (Bhupinder Singh) with two greedy tantriks in search for the Atmalingam from a cave but they bring but were failed in this case Bhatia loses his right hand and the sacred atmalingam swept away in the river. As time progresses, Bhatia (Tinnu Anand) is 99 years old. He searches for the Aatmalingam traces, but in vain. The Akasaganga is slated to flow to earth for the Atmalingam in 2004. Finally, he gets to know about a professor who made a lifetime research on the Aatmalingam and Akasaganga who possesses vital information in a red diary.
Fearing for his life and this information, the professor sends the diary to his student Swapna (Namrata Shirodkar), who is in the USA so that Bhatia will not be able to get the divine powers. After receiving the diary, Swapna, sensing danger to her professor, comes back to India in search of him, only to find him killed. While escaping from Bhatia, she runs into Anji (Chiranjeevi), a Good Samaritan in the Uravakonda forest area who serves the most revered Sivanna (Nagendra Babu), an ayurvedic specialist, while also raising four orphans.
One day, Anji stumbles on the Aatmalingam and gets it into his possession. After coming to know about it, Bhatia and his men are after Anji and Swapna. As the D-Day of Akasa Ganga is fast approaching, Sivanna advises Anji that the Aatmalingam should be sent back to where it belongs. The rest of the movie shows how Anji returns the Aatmalingam to the temple in the Himalayas while also Lord Mahadev defeats Bhatia.
- Chiranjeevi as Anji
- Namrata Shirodkar as Swapna
- Tinnu Anand as Bhatia
- Nagendra Babu as Sivanna
- Bhupinder Singh as Young Bhatia
- M. S. Narayana
- Akshay Reddy as Master Akshay
- Bharat as Master Bharat
- Vamsi as Master Vamsi
- Meghna Gummi as Baby Meghna
- Keerthana as Baby Keerthana
- Nithya as Baby Nithya
- Madhusudhan Rao as Bhatia's henchman (uncredited)
- Ramya Krishna has a special appearance in song "Chikbuk Pori"
- Reema Sen has a special appearance in the song "Mirapakaya Bajji"
- Rajlaxmi Roy has a special appearance in the song "Manava Manava"
- Editor: K.V. Krishna Reddy
- Production company: M. S. Arts
- Visual effects: Firefly Creative Studio
- Creatives for visual effects: Bapu
- DVD release: Supreme Audio
|1.||"Chikbuk Pori" (pictured Chiranjeevi & Ramya Krishna)||Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry||Kalpana & Shankar Mahadevan|
|2.||"Gumma Gulabi Komma" (pictured Chiranjeevi)||Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry||Karthik & Shalini Singh|
|3.||"Abbo Nee Amma Goppade" (pictured Chiranjeevi & Namrata Shirodkar)||Bhuvana Chandra||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Kalpana|
|4.||"Mirapakaya Bajji" (pictured Chiranjeevi & Reema Sen)||Bosubabu Siddey||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & Radhika|
|5.||"Manava Manava" (Chiranjeevi & Rajlaxmi Khanvilkar (Roy))||Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry||Sunita & Tippu|
|6.||"Om Santhi Om Santhi" (pictured Chiranjeevi & Namrata Shirodkar)||Chandrabose||Ganga Sitharasu & Shankar Mahadevan|