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Directed by P. Vasu
Produced by Dwarakish
Written by Madhu Muttam
Screenplay by P. Vasu
Based on Manichitrathazhu
by Madhu Muttam
Music by Gurukiran
Cinematography Ramesh Babu
Edited by N. P. Satish
Dwarakish Chithra
Release date
  • 27 August 2004 (2004-08-27)
Country India
Language Kannada
Budget ₹70 million
Box office 200 million (US$3.0 million)[1][better source needed]

Apthamitra (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 is an official remake of the 1993 Malayalam film Manichithrathazhu.The movie was dubbed in Telugu as Soundharya Chandramukhi .The film ran for one year in the main theaters across Karnataka. Apthamitra was later followed by its sequel, Aptharakshaka (2010). P. Vasu also remade the movie in Tamil in 2005 as Chandramukhi.


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 Hema, 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 entered the room, Sowmya comes running to tell not to open the door as the key-maker who made the key had died. But Ganga told her not to believe on this superstitions.

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.



Soundtrack album by Gurukiran
Released 26 July 2004
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 28:42
Language Kannada
Label Alpha Digitech
Gurukiran chronology

Gurukiran scored the film's background music and composed for its soundtrack, with lyrics for the tracks written by V. Manohar, Kaviraj, V. Nagendra Prasad and Goturi. The soundtrack album consists of six tracks.[2] The track Kaalavannu Tadeyoru was taken from the 1977 film, Kittu Puttu which had Dwarakish and Vishnuvardhan playing the lead roles as well, alongside Manjula, the lyrics for which was written by Chi. Udayashankar.

Track list
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Anku Donku" V. Manohar S. P. Balasubramanyam, Chithra 4:40
2. "Kaalavannu Tadeyoru" Chi. Udayashankar Hariharan, Gurukiran 5:05
3. "Kana Kanade" Kaviraj Madhu Balakrishnan 5:01
4. "Pata Pata" V. Nagendra Prasad Udit Narayan, Chithra 4:32
5. "Baara Baara" Goturi Rajesh Krishnan, Nanditha 4:43
6. "Raa Raa" Shashank Nithyashree Mahadevan, Rajesh Krishnan 4:41
Total length: 28:42


Soundarya won Critical acclaim for her role in this Movie and it was her Last Movie.
52nd Filmfare Awards South

The film, won five Filmfare Awards that includes:[3]

Character map of Manichithrathazhu and its remakes[edit]

Characters in Manichitrathazhu and its adaptations
Manichitrathazhu (1993) Apthamitra (2004) Chandramukhi (2005) Rajmohol (2005) Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)
Malayalam Kannada Tamil Bengali Hindi
Dr. Sunny Joseph
Dr. Vijay
Dr. Saravanan
Dr. Agni
(Prosenjit Chatterjee)
Dr. Aditya Shrivastav
(Akshay Kumar)
(Suresh Gopi)
(Ramesh Aravind)
(Prabhu Ganesan)
(Abhishek Chatterjee)
Siddharth Chaturvedi
(Shiney Ahuja)
Ganga Senthilnathan
(Anu Choudhury)
(Vidya Balan)
(Vinaya Prasad)
(Rachana Banerjee)
(Ameesha Patel)
(Innocent Vincent)
(Subhasish Mukherjee)
Batukshankar Upadhyay
(Paresh Rawal)


  1. ^ "'Nammanna' complete!". sify.com. 12 October 2005. 
  2. ^ "Apthamitra (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP". iTunes. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  3. ^ News from Viggy.com [1].

External links[edit]

Apthamitra on IMDb