Athidhi (2007 film)
Athidhi (transl. The Guest) is a 2007 Indian Telugu-language action romance film starring Mahesh Babu and Amrita Rao, directed by Surender Reddy and produced by G. Ramesh Babu, brother of Mahesh Babu, under their banner Krishna Pictures Private Limited. It was released on 18 October 2007 with 500 prints in 820 theaters all over the world. Athidhi finished 35 days in 400 centres successfully. The film was remade in Bengali Bangladesh as Durdorsho Premik (2012) starring Shakib Khan and Apu Biswas.
|Directed by||Surender Reddy|
|Produced by||Ronnie Screwvala|
Siddharth Roy Kapoor
|Written by||Surender Reddy|
Abburi Ravi (dialogues)
|Story by||Surender Reddy|
Kota Srinivasa Rao
|Narrated by||Abburi Ravi|
|Music by||Mani Sharma|
|Edited by||Gowtham Raju|
|Distributed by||UTV Motion Pictures|
An orphan boy wanders through Delhi looking for a job. When selling balloons, he sees a girl whose name is Amrita and gives her a free balloon. A few days later during a storm, Amrita finds the boy getting drenched and gives him an umbrella. The umbrella is swept into a place nearby, where Amrita's parents are headed. The boy stops their car and tells them about the dangerous path ahead destroyed by the storm. As the boy has rescued Amrita's parents, they adopt him and name him "Athidhi".
One day, while driving Athidhi to a hostel, they are stopped by a psychopath teenager who mugs them and shoots the parents. In his rage, Athidhi lunges after the teen and manages to take the gun. Nearby witnesses see Athidhi with a gun and Amrita's dead parents, and think that Athidhi has killed them. The police arrests Athidhi. Amrita also thinks that Athidhi killed her parents and starts to hate him.
14 years later, Athidhi (Mahesh Babu) gets out of jail and goes in search of the psychopath murderer and the girl. In Delhi, local goons fear Athidhi, as he becomes a hurdle for their illegal operation. Once, he runs across a girl named Amrita (Amrita Rao) chased by stalkers from her college. Amrita and Athidhi meet many times. Amrita starts to like Athidhi but has to go back to Hyderabad before she can confess her love. When she tries to tell him that she is leaving, Athidhi sees some goons nearby and he realizes that they’re after him. He continuously tells her to leave the place but when she doesn’t, he slaps her and she runs away crying. Later, Athidhi goes to Amrita to apologize, but only finds her friend Madhavi (Maadhavi Latha). She tells him that Amrita just wanted to tell him that she is leaving. They go to the cemetery to look for her. Madhavi then explains that a boy adopted by Amrita's parents killed them when she was young, and Amrita goes to the cemetery to see their graves all the time. Athidhi realizes that she was the same girl that he met in his childhood and leaves for Hyderabad to find her.
When Athidhi also arrives in Hyderabad and decides to stay with Amrita's family, he learns that a mafia leader and kidnapper named Kaiser (Murali Sharma) is feared there. Later, Athidhi realizes that this was the psychopath teen who killed the girl's parents. Athidhi stops two attempts by Kaiser to murder Amrita.
Meanwhile, Officer Ajay (Murali Sharma) is trying to track down Kaiser. Ajay dies in an explosion in his house, which was planned by Kaiser. Athidhi figures out that Ajay's real name is Kaiser. Before Kaiser's house blew up, Kaiser managed to escape. When MLA Maccha Srinu (Kota Srinivasa Rao) realizes that Ajay and Kaiser are the same person, he succumbs to shock and dies from a heart attack. Athidhi manages to kill many of Kaiser's men. Kaiser kidnaps Amrita and her younger sister, and he kills the sister. Kaiser leads Amrita to a dungeon, calls Athidhi, and tells him that he will kill Amrita if Athidhi does not rescue her in 12 hours. Athidhi kidnaps Kaiser's brother (Ajay) and agrees to trade him for Amrita. However, Kaiser kills his brother since according to him, Kaiser should not have any weakness. Kaiser then reveals that he killed Amrita to which Athidhi kills all Kaiser’s henchmen in rage. He beats Kaiser and Kaiser then reveals that he didn’t kill Amrita but she is on the verge of death. Amrita is severely cut and stuck in a certain air tank, but is rescued and Kaiser is killed. Athidhi and Amrita unite, and she realizes that he was not the one who killed her parents.
- Mahesh Babu as Athidhi
- Amrita Rao as Amrita
- Baby Annie as young Amrita
- Murali Sharma as Inspector Ajay Sastry/Kaiser
- Ashish Vidyarthi as Danny Bhai
- Kota Srinivasa Rao as Maccha Srinu, an MLA who works under Kaiser
- Ajay as Kaiser's brother
- Nassar as Amrita's brother, the Home Minister
- Brahmanandam as Shivram
- Sunil as Amrita's fiancé
- Ravi Prakash as Ravi, Athidhi's friend
- Pragathi as Amrita's sister in law
- Subbaraju as Ganni Bhai
- Maadhavi Latha as Madhavi, Amritha's friend
- Ashmitha Karnani as Amrita's mother
- Rajendran as Henchman
- Prabhakar as Goon
- Baby Karman Sindhu
- Shankar Melkote
- Indrayudh Mandal (cameo)
- Venu Madhav (cameo)
- Rajiv Kanakala as Amrita's father (cameo)
- Malaika Arora Khan (Item number in the song "Rathraina")
- The film was released worldwide with 500 prints in 820 theaters across the globe.
- The film opened with a gross collection of ₹ 6 crores on the first day. It collected a total of around ₹16.70 crore (US$2.3 million) share in the first four days of its release.
Athidhi collected a share of ₹22 crore (US$3.1 million) in its first week, breaking all records at that time. It collected a final share amount of ₹28 crore (US$3.9 million) (net) in 2 weeks. Gross collections of the film went up to ₹35 crore (US$4.9 million).
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||27 September 2007|
|Mani Sharma chronology|
|1.||"Khabaddarani"||Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry||Naveen Madhav, Rahul Nambiar||4:27|
|2.||"Gona Gona"||Chandrabose||Naveen Madhav, Rita||4:28|
|3.||"Satyam Emito"||Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry||Deepu, Usha||4:50|
|4.||"Khiladi Koona"||Vishwa Deepak||Karthik, Rita||4:17|
|5.||"Ratraina"||Bhaskarabhatla Ravi Kumar||Ranjith, Anushka||4:17|
|6.||"Valla Valla"||Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry||Rahul Nambiar, Darshana||4:20|
All lyrics are written by Vimal Kashyap.
|3.||"Tujhe Sach Kahoon"||4:50|
|4.||"Kaatil Nigaahon Se"||4:17|
- Business Line : Today's Paper / ECONOMY : Telugu film industry enters new era. Thehindubusinessline.com (6 November 2007). Retrieved on 2012-01-04.
- "Atithi tots Rs 125 mn in 1st week – Andhravilas.com -Telugu Cinema, Telugu Movies, India News & World News, Bollywood, Songs". Andhravilas.com. 31 October 2007. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011.
- Prince Mahesh Babu scores hit with Athidi. Retrieved on 2013-09-27.