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Athadu
Priyanka Pulla / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suggestions
Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
Athadu borrows a whole lot from the entire glut of great Western action movies. There is the stylized action of the 1990s muscle-man trio (Arnie/Stallone/Willis). The Patrick Roberts open-palmed running scene of Terminator 2 (down to the clinically piercing eyes). The dispassionate look with the hint of inner calculation on Stallone in Assassins. And of course, the ubiquitous time-slicing, panoramic photography and bullet-time, to finish the seasoning for the exact effect.

But guess what? With all that borrowing and inspiration, Athadu manages to make one of the higher decibel bangs this year. To say it will steal the show for weeks to come might not be too much off the mark.

The story takes the scenic route home. Killer Nandagopal (Mahesh Babu) stops by at the home of trusting belle Puri (Trisha) and seeks refuge, but in disguise. Family buys story, trusts, and pours its affection on him. Killer becomes baked Alaska - half warm-and-melty with the love, and half still cold-and-calculating. Police catch up, and movie makes an unbearable ankle-spraining twist to cleverly punish the 'real' culprit, extradite the killer, bring lovers together and settle down the family.

The movie does not pause a second to fill up the ridiculous loopholes in the plot, although it very easily could have. Like how Nandu is left free in the end despite being identified as a professional killer, and why the hell he puts his 1 crore in a bank when that's the first place the police would look. And why the police don't look there until another criminal tells them that they usually put their money there because the police won't look there. It's a little giddy, and that's probably what the plot counts on to slip by.

But all the giddiness in the plot doesn't dampen the big bang. The dialogues and screenplay are so taut, you are straining to catch every word in anticipation. There are some brilliant lines that will stick on for ages, and Mahesh delivers them with a Bachchan-like naturalness. His jug-handle-eared and pouty-lipped look makes him one of the more lovable professional killers who have been on screen. But he manages to create a persona that is real fun to watch.

The hip-swaying title song Athade is groovy and grim, just like the character it is played for. It makes for a good coronal outline to the scenes of Mahesh walking with his swaggering sass, wielding his gun with a flourish.

Puri (Trisha) plays a slightly comical role as a girl who is thrashing around to get Nandu's attention. Nandu, who is in the family as Parthu, their accidentally killed son he is impersonating, responds to her with brashness to conceal his reticence. And that makes for some really hilarious scenes that splice rather well with the action.

On the whole, all the ticket-stub flinging and loud cheering that marks the first day first show of any much-awaited movie casting a crowd-pleaser like Mahesh, builds an anticipation that is met impeccably well. To rate the movie won't make too much sense because the movie will sell itself very well, no matter what. Borrowing or no borrowing, plot or no plot, Athadu is definitely a winner.
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  • Cast
    Mahesh Babu, Trisha, Prakash Raj, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Sonu Sood, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Giri Babu, Nasser, Brahmanandam, Sunil, Rallapally, Tanikella Bharani, Sayaji Shinde
  • Music
    Mani Sharma
  • Director
    Trivikram Srinivas
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Good for dates - Yes
Wait to rent it - No
anonymoustache on 11th Dec 2008, 4:28pm | Permalink
i think the film belongs more to trivikram than to mahesh, though, of course, it's hard now to imagine anyone else in the role. and the romance is more intersting than the action...
RATING
8
Ravi U on 21st Apr 2008, 10:56am | Permalink
Athadu is still running!!

Pros: Trivikram's Dialogue
Cons:
Phani Cherukuri on 6th Oct 2007, 2:33pm | Permalink
Very good movie
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10
Irritated Reader on 26th Sep 2007, 3:50pm | Permalink
This is to the reviewers:

Dude(s), almost every Telugu movie I have (been forced to) watch (in APSRTC's Garuda busses) has Prakash Rai as the villian.

Notice the spelling? 'Rai' not 'Raj'. Damn it dude, when you can get former Miss Aishwarya Rai's name correct, why not get this give this excellent actor some credit by referring to his real name.

I am soooo pissed.
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2
Mavik Shar on 25th Dec 2005, 5:24pm | Permalink
It is a super hit movie. But the fights are really supernatural. I think mahesh babu is just similar to god in this movie as he survived even 1000s of bullets firing towards him.
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8
Baaaa Baaa on 17th Dec 2005, 12:40pm | Permalink
Mahmood Ahmed ****

I want to see the movie



Then see yaar, who is stopping you or closing ur eyes.
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2
Mahmood Ahmed on 9th Dec 2005, 5:54pm | Permalink
I want to see the movie
RATING
8
Sri Nani on 8th Dec 2005, 7:13pm | Permalink
mahesh acting is super and my native place is tenali iam a big fane of babu i like his performance
RATING
6
Desi InCT on 8th Dec 2005, 10:50am | Permalink
The review looks like Priyanka Pulla has a huge crush on Mahesh Babu! ;-)
RATING
6
Ravuri Shiva on 22nd Nov 2005, 2:12pm | Permalink
it is very good movie hero roles it is realy gud movie
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10
Shiva Ravuri on 11th Nov 2005, 6:43pm | Permalink
v v good movie
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10
Pramila Jone on 26th Oct 2005, 5:42pm | Permalink
it is very good movie the actor have done justices to their roles it is realy gud movie
RATING
10
Vidya on 23rd Oct 2005, 12:44pm | Permalink
thrilling movie to watch in present generation. its a different movie from present movies
RATING
10
Maniprasad S on 18th Oct 2005, 2:49pm | Permalink
film excellent,Mahesh did very good performance in this movie.
RATING
10
Suresh Reddy on 10th Oct 2005, 11:40pm | Permalink
It's a diffrent, good and related to the present generation.
RATING
10
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