|Produced by||S. A. Chandrasekhar
|Written by||Surender Reddy
|Cinematography||S. Soundar Rajan|
|Edited by||Suresh Urs|
|14 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 scene shifts 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. Unable to be separated from Aadhi, his foster parents and their daughter cone to Chennai along with him.
It is revealed that Anjali is studying in the same college as Aadhi and she also has her own agenda to seek revenge on her parents' killers, and she is assisted by her uncle Ramachandran (Nassar). Now the villain RDX(Sai Kumar) enters and is shown to have a dispute with another person Pattabhi (Rajan P. Dev). To exact their revenge Anjali's uncle attempts to kill one of RDX's henchmen but fails to do so since Aadhi kills the henchman. Naturally RDX assumes that the killer can be none other than Pattabhi and so kills him. However Aadhi arrives on the scene and with help from Bullet(Vivek) threatens RDX telling that he was the one who killed Sada and that he will also kill Abdullah(Adithya Menon). As typical Abdullah gets angry and goes to kill Aadhi but fails and Aadhi kills Abdullah while his foster parents are watching with horror. On being questioned Aadhi tells his story.
Aadhi's biological father (Prakash Raj) was an honest cop who arrested one of the henchmen of a local gangster, RDX. It is revealed that Anjali and Aadhi are from the same family as Anjali's father(Livingston) is Aadhi's father's brother. RDX pays Aadhi's house a visit and asks his grandfather to let his henchmen go. When Aadhi's grandfather (Vijayakumar)refuses, RDX threatens them only to find knives held at him by Aadhi and his cousins. Aadhi's father arrives and arrests RDX. Enfuriated, 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. After the house is blown up by RDX, Aadhi escapes and and is taken in by his foster parents.
On finding out his past, Aadhi's foster parents request him to come back but he refuses. He then takes them to the railway station but is nearly ambushed. He succeeds on defeating them and meets RDX and warns him to bring his brother(Subbaraju) from Dubai. Soon he arrives and in revenge kills Anjali's and Aadhi's uncle and challenges Aadhi to meet him at his brother's place. Aadhi comes and after finding out that RDX had Anjali kidnapped, escapes after shooting RDX'S brother. In a thrilling climax Aadhi kills RDX and is shown to be leaving with Anjali, the only one left in his family.
- 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.