|Produced by||S. A. Chandrasekhar
|Written by||Surender Reddy
|Cinematography||S. Soundar Rajan|
|Edited by||Suresh Urs|
|15 January 2006|
Aathi is a 2006 Tamil Action film starring Vijay and Trisha in the lead roles. It is a remake of the Telugu film Athanokkade. This film was directed by Ramana and was produced by S.A.Chandrasekar. It was also dubbed in Telugu as Neneraa Aadhi.
The opening scene shows Anjali (Trisha Krishnan) in white, like an angel, sitting on a white bench feeding a white pigeon by a calm ocean and a police officer (Devan) coming and sitting by her side and exchanging pleasantries and suddenly she whips out a knife and kills him saying that she has been waiting for this moment for many years.
After that, the movie moves to Aadhi (Vijay) who lives with his foster parents (Manivannan & Seetha) in New Delhi. He takes up a course in a Chennai college against his parents' wishes, while he is actually on mission to eliminate the people behind the murder of his blood family.
Similarly Anjali studying in the same college has her own agenda to seek revenge on her parents' killers, and she is assisted by her uncle (Nassar). Soon Aadhi falls in love with Anjali, as she brings back memories of his childhood sweetheart and cousin who loved to dance in the rain.
In a shocking flashback, it is revealed that Anjali and Aadhi were from the same family. Aathi's biological father (Prakash Raj) was an honest cop who arrested one of the henchmen of a local gangster, RDX (Sai Kumar). To strike back at Aadhi's father who refuses to release his henchmen, he pays them a visit with some of his henchmen and the police officer Anjali murdered earlier in the film and murders their whole extended family. Only Anjali, her uncle and Aadhi survived the blast that annihilated their family.
Together, they combine forces to get revenge on RDX. The climax shows a battle between Aadhi and RDX, in which Aadhi kills RDX.
- Vijay as Aadhi
- Trisha Krishnan as Anjali
- Sai Kumar as RDX
- Prakash Raj as Aadhi's father
- Vivek as Bullet
- Subbaraju as RDX's brother
- Adithya Menon as Abdullah
- Nassar as Ramachandra
- Manivannan as Mani
- Livingston as Anjali's father
- Vijayakumar as Aadhi's grandfather
- Malavika Avinash as Ramachandra's Wife
- Amritha as Aadhi's mother
- Sneha Nambiar as Anjali's Mother
- Karate Raja
- Madan Bob
- Adithya as RDX's henchman
- Raj Kapoor
- Rajan P. Dev as Pattabhi
- Santhana Bharathi
- Five Star Krishna
- Devan as Inspector Shankar
- Sampath Ram
- Nandha Saravanan
Aathi was directed by Ramana, who had teamed up with Vijay earlier for the film Thirumalai. Aathi is the remake of the successful Telugu film, Athathanokkade, which had Kalyanram, grandson of NTR, playing the hero.
Vijay is paired with Trisha in the Tamil film, this coming after their pairing for Gilli and Thirupachi. The others in the cast are Nasser, Sneha Nambiar, Livinston, Malavika, Rajan P. Dev, Manivannan, Rajkapur, Damu and Sita. Vivek has been roped in for comedy.
A romantic song was picturised on Vijay and Trisha on a set designed at a cost of Rs 40 lakh. Accompanying them were 50 dancers and a crowd comprising about 75 children and some junior artistes.
Reception & box office
The film received positive reviews from critics but was average at box office. Sify stated that "It is only Vijay's strong screen presence that makes Aathi, somewhat credible. At best, this hit-and-run revenge flick adds up to a action feast for the festival audience". Nowrunning rated 4 out of 5 stars and called the film "Though not bracingly pleasurable, the movie is worth for its well etched out dialogues, racy action sequences and Vijay's brisk acting"
|Soundtrack album by Vidyasagar|
|Label||Five Star Audio|
|"Olli Olli Iduppe"||Karthik, Anuradha Sriram|
|"Ennai Konja Konja"||Hariharan, Sujatha Mohan|
|"Athi Athikka"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sadhana Sargam|
|"Yea Duraa"||Saindhavi, Tippu|
|"Lealakku Lealakku"||KK, Sujatha Mohan|
The film includes two more songs not included in the audio soundtrack which are:
- “Varran Varran” sung by Tippu
- “Iruvar Vazhvum” sung by Karthik & Kalyani Nair
- "Movie Review:Aathi". Sify.com. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "Vijay 'Nenera Aadhi' in October". Supergoodmovies.com. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "Aathi Review - Tamil Movie Review by P.V. Sathish Kumar". Nowrunning.com. 9 November 2005. Retrieved 4 August 2012.