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|Produced by||C. Ashwini Dutt|
|Written by||Yandamuri Veerendranath|
|Music by||Mani Sharma|
|Distributed by||Vyjayanthi Movies|
|Release date(s)||29 September 2000|
Azad (Telugu: ఆజాద్) is a 2000 Telugu film directed by Thirupathisamy. It stars Akkineni Nagarjuna in the lead role and Raghuvaran, Shilpa Shetty, and Soundarya in other important roles. C. Ashwini Dutt produced the film and Mani Sharma composed music. The film was released on 29 September 2000. The film was dubbed into Hindi as Mission Azaad and into Tamil as Gurushethram. The film was later remade into Tamil as Velayudham. The story was inspired from 1989 Hindi film Main Azaad Hoon in which Amitabh Bachchan played the lead role of Azaad.
Anjali (Soundarya) is a journalist on a mission to sue this criminal Deva, Anjali is also harassed by the misdeeds of Deva (Raghuvaran), the most influential person seemingly an underworld mafia don, but in reality an undercover militant, on a mission to release their terrorist group head imprisoned by the state administration. Deva is apparently a Hindu devotee who is bent upon teaching Bhagavad Gita to every human he meets. Anjali happens to see an accident in which a bunch of Deva's hench men die. She takes this opportunity to create & glorify a fictional character called 'Azad'. She writes a letter that Azad has done this assassination to end crime in the city & state. Word spreads like wildfire that there is a Man called 'Azad' who is the Rescuer of the common man.
A humble and intelligent guy called Chandra Sekhar Azad (Akkineni Nagarjuna) from Rajahmundry, has a widowed mother, a beautiful sister and a cute fiancee, Kanaka Mahalakshmi (Shilpa Shetty) to take care of. As his sister's marriage is fixed, Azaad goes to Hyderabad to get the five lakhs he saved in a chit fund company. There he happens to be involved in a few bomb blasting incidents and rescue incidents and avoids all the bomb blasts & crime without his knowledge. People start to think that he is the "Azaad". Anjali meets him and explains him about her mission of ending crime in the state.
However, Azaad is more interested in retrieving money from Chitfund Company and going back to Rajahmundry to participate in his sister's marriage, refuses to enact the role and take the responsibility of legendary character Azaad. But later on the chitfund company turns out to be bogus which was managed by Deva, to generate finance for smuggling of ammunition to Pakistan. By looking at victims of the chitfund company committing suicide, Azaad wears the mask of 'Azad' to stop Deva's Mission. All these incidents make Deva extremely frustrated and Deva kills & blasts Azad's sister at her wedding. Deva demands the administration for release of their militant leader, by hijacking a Train en route Pakistan via Punjab, India. Azad also comes to know that Deva is not a Hindu, but a Muslim terrorist who is on a mission to destroy India. And the rest of the plot deals with how Azaad assassinates Deva and his gang of Militants.
- Akkineni Nagarjuna as Chandra Sekhar Azad
- Raghuvaran as Deva
- Soundarya as Anjali
- Shilpa Shetty as Kanaka Mahalakshmi
- Prakash Raj as Saleem (Sub-inspector)
- Sujitha as Azad's sister
Kala Anuko Kaladanuko Singers : Hariharan, Mahalaxmi
Koila Koila Koilaa Singers : Abhijeet, Chorus
Sudigalilo Thadi Oohalu Singers : Hariharan, Chitra
Hai Hai Nayakaa Attamma Koduka Singers : Sukhwinder Singh, Chitra
- Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Silver - 2000
- Andhra Pradesh Film Journalists Association Award - 2000 - Akkineni Nagarjuna