|Directed by||P. Vasu|
by Madhu Muttam
|Edited by||N. P. Satish|
|Distributed by||Dwarakish Chithra|
|Budget||₹3 crore (US$480,000)|
|Box office||₹8 crore (US$1.3 million)|
Apthamitra (Kannada: ಆಪ್ತಮಿತ್ರ, English: Close friend) is a 2004 Indian Kannada psychological thriller film directed by P. Vasu, and starring Vishnuvardhan, Ramesh Arvind, Soundarya, Avinash and others. This was actress Soundarya's last film. It constitutes the official remake of the 1993 Malayalam film Manichithrathazhu, starring Mohanlal. The film ran for a year in the main theaters across Karnataka. It was later followed by its sequel, Aptharakshaka.
Ramesh (Ramesh Arvind) and Ganga (Soundarya) are married couple who recently move into Mysore to buy an ancient palace, against the wishes of his uncles and elders (Dwarakish & Pramila Joshai) of the family. His uncle agrees to reside with them with his two daughters Vani and Rani, on one condition that the room on the first floor which is locked and sealed should not be visited by anyone in the family. They have their care-taker Rangajja (Shivaram) who lives in the outhouse with his granddaughter Sowmya (Prema).
During their stay in the house they come to know that this palace earlier belonged to Raja Vijaya Rajendra Bahaddur. He had a court dancer named Nagavalli from Andhra Pradesh, whom he was in love with. But Nagavalli had an illicit affair with a fellow dancer named Ramanatha, who used to reside in a house just behind the palace. When the Raja came to know of their affair on an Durgashtami day, he be-headed Dancer Ramanatha and burned Nagavalli alive. Nagavalli vowed at the time of her death that she would seek revenge of her death from the Raja by burning him alive on very same Durgashtami day, as like her.
Strange things start to happen in the palace and everyone suspect Sowmya, who is always found at the place of the incident. So, Ramesh calls in his psychiatrist friend Vijay (Vishnuvardhan) to help him clear of the misconceptions regarding the palace and its history. Ramesh's uncle (Satyajit) is not happy with the way Vijay functions and is always very suspectfull of him. Vani, Ramesh's cousin is in love with an orphan-dance teacher who incidentally resides in the same house behind the palace. Vijay comes to know of this and tells Ramesh's uncle about this and the alliance is approved by all in the family and their marriage is fixed.
When the whole family is out of town to visit Mahadev, to decide his wedding with Vani, Ganga with help from Sowmya opens the room in the first floor with the key given by Sowmya. While she tries to enter the room, Sowmya comes running to tell not to open the door as the key-maker who made the key had died. So Ganga returns without opening the door.
During this time there are attempts to kill Ramesh by someone unknown, which every time is foiled by Vijay. Even Vani is attacked once by someone unknown. So Ramesh's uncle calls upon an Acharya Ramachandra Shastri (Avinash) to perform some Shanti pooja upon the palace. Though Ramesh is not interested in all these proceedings he agrees on advice of Vijay.
On the eve of Engagement ceremony of Mahadev and Vani, Ganga accuses Mahadev of trying to molest her - which is refused by both Mahdev and Vijay. Upon hearing this Ramesh gets angry upon Vijay and shouts at him to get out of his house. Acharya stops the family from doing so and asks Vijay to tell them the mystery behind the strange incidents.
Vijay reveals to everyone that Ganga is behind all the strange incidents and she only tried to kill Ramesh and Vani. Ganga who visited the first floor room was enamoured by Nagavalli and her diary. Since Ganga suffered from Multiple personality disorder or Split personality disorder since her childhood, the mystery behind Nagavalli's story compelled her to assume herself as Nagavalli, compelling the spirit of Nagavalli to enter her body. She(Nagavalli inside Ganga) now intends to kill Vijay as he had posed in front of her as Raja Vijaya Rajendra Bahaddur, on the coming Durgashtami day as vowed by Nagavalli while dying. Vijay explains to everyone that since Nagavalli inside Ganga thinks that Mahadev is the dancer ramnath.Finally vijay with the help of ramesh tries to solve the mystery with his techniques and succeeds to get ganga back to her normal life.
- Vishnuvardhan as Dr. Vijay / Vijaya Rajendra Bahaddur
- Ramesh Aravind as Ramesh
- Soundarya as Ganga / Nagavalli
- Prema as Sowmya
- Dwarakish as Mukunda
- Avinash as Acharya Ramachandra Shastri
- Pramila Joshai
- Shivaram as Rangajja
|Soundtrack album by Gurukiran|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1||"Ra Ra" (Telugu)||Nithyashree Mahadevan, Rajesh Krishnan|
|2||"Pataa Pataa"||Udit Narayan, K. S. Chitra|
|3||"Ra Ra" (Kannada)||Nanditha, Rajesh Krishnan|
|4||"Anku Donku"||S. P. Balasubramanyam, K. S. Chitra|
|5||"Kana Kanade Sharade"||Madhu Balakrishnan|
|6||"Kaalavannu Thadeyoru"||Hariharan, Gurukiran|
- Best Film: Dwarakish
- Best Director: P. Vasu
- Best Actor: Vishnuvardhan
- Best Actress: Soundarya
- Best Music Director: Gurukiran
Character map of Manichithrathazhu and its remakes
|Manichitrathazhu (1993)||Apthamitra (2004)||Chandramukhi (2005)||Rajmohol (2005)||Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)|
|Dr. Sunny Joseph
|Dr. Aditya Shrivastav
Character map of Apthrakshaka and its remake
|Dr. Vijay / Vijayarajendra Bahaddur
|Dr. Vijay / Sri Sri Sri Naga Bhairava Rajshekhara
|Gowri / Nagavalli (present)
|Gowri / Chandramukhi (present)