|Directed by||Kodi Ramakrishna|
|Produced by||Shyam Prasad Reddy|
M. S. Narayana
|Music by||Mani Sharma|
|Cinematography||Chota K. Naidu|
|15 January 2004|
|Budget||₹280 million (US$4.2 million)|
|Box office||₹130 million (equivalent to ₹320 million or US$4.8 million in 2016)|
Anji is a 2004 Telugu mythological fantasy thriller film (dubbed in Tamil as Kolli Malai Singam, Hindi as Diler and in Malayalam as Chekavan) with Chiranjeevi in the lead role. The film was produced by Shyam Prasad Reddy, and received a National Film Award for Best Special Effects. The film was made on a budget of 28 crore, and was officially launched on May 1997. Shooting of the film began on 10 October 1997. The film is actually loosely based on two Hollywood films. The first half is inspired from "Romancing the Stone", a Robert Zemeckis' flick. He's the director of the all time popular trilogy, "Back to the Future". The second is Speilberg's "Indiana Jones-The Last Crusade". However, it has been impressively tailored to cater to the Telugu audience and Chiranjeevi's stardom.
The Aatmalingam of the Himalayas possesses enormous divine powers. Once every 72 years, Akasa Ganga from sky flows into the Aatmalingam. Those who drink the holy water of Akasa Ganga become younger for eternity and gain supernatural powers.
In 1932, a youngster named Bhatia (Bhupinder Singh) attempts to get hold of Atmalingam from a cave but ends up losing his right arm. As time progresses, Bhatia (Tinnu Anand) is now 99 years old. Bhatia searches for the traces of Aatma Lingam, but in vain. The Akasaganga is slated to flow to earth for Atmalingam in 2004 again. Finally he gets to know about a professor who made a lifetime research on Aatmalingam and Akasaganga who possesses vital information in a red diary.
Fearing for his life and this information, the professor sends the diary to his student Swapna (Namrata Shirodkar) who is in USA so that Bhatia will not be able to get divine powers. After receiving the diary, Swapna, sensing danger to her professor, comes back to India in search of her professor only to find him killed. While escaping from Bhatia, she runs into Anji (Chiranjeevi). Anji is a good Samaritan in Uravakonda forest area, who serves the most revered Sivanna (Nagendra Babu)- an ayurvedic specialist while also raising 4 orphans - Akshay Reddy and others.
Oneday, Anji accidentally stumbles on 'Atmalingam' and gets it into his possession. After coming to know about it, Bhatia and his men are after Anji and Swapna. As the D Day of Akasa Ganga is fast approaching, Sivanna advises Anji that the Atmalingam should be sent back to where it belongs. The rest of the movie shows how Anji returns the Aatma lingam to the temple in Himalayas while also defeating Bhatia.
- Chiranjeevi as Anji
- Namrata Shirodkar as Swapna
- Tinnu Anand as Bhatia
- Nagendra Babu as Sivanna
- Bhupinder Singh as Young Bhatia
- M. S. Narayana
- Akshay Reddy as Master Akshay
- Bharat as Master Bharat
- Vamsi as Master Vamsi
- Meghna Gummi as Baby Meghna
- Keerthana as Baby Keerthana
- Nithya as Baby Nithya
- Rami Reddy
- Ramya Krishna has a special appearance in song "Chikbuk Pori"
- Reema Sen has a special appearance in the song "Mirapakaya Bajji"
- Rajlaxmi shakila(Roy) has a special appearance in the song"Manava Manava"
- Production company: M. A. Arts
- Visual effects: Firefly Creative Studio
- Creatives for visual effects: Bapu
- DVD release: Supreme Audio
|"Chikbuk Pori"||Kalpana & Shankar Mahadevan||Chiranjeevi & Ramya Krishna||Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry|
|"Gumma Gulabi Komma"||Karthik Raja & Shalini Singh||Chiranjeevi||Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry|
|"Abbo Nee Amma Goppade"||S. P. Balasubramaniam & Kalpana||Chiranjeevi & Namrata Shirodkar||Bhuvana Chandra|
|"Mirapakaya Bajji"||S. P. Balasubramaniam & Radhika||Chiranjeevi & Reema Sen||Bosubabu Siddey|
|"Manava Manava"||Saandip & Sunita||Chiranjeevi & Rajlaxmi Khanvilkar(Roy)||Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry|
|"Om Santhi Om Santhi"||Ganga Sitharasu & Shankar Mahadevan||Chiranjeevi & Namrata Shirodkar||Chandrabose|
- National Film Award for Best Special Effects for Sanath
This high-budget production took nearly six years to complete, hit the screen with a record 303 prints. Shyam Prasad Reddy reshot several scenes multiple times. It was dubbed into Malayalam as Chekavan, Tamil as Kolimali Singam, Hindi as Diler. The son of noted music director Chakravarthy, Sri, composed the song "Chikbuk Pori", but he was uncredited.
- The film was collected 8 crores in its opening weekend.
- The film had collected distributors' share of Rs.13 crores in its life-time run.
- The film ran 100 days in 13 centres.
- The film was declared as 'flop' at box office.