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Athanokkade poster.jpg
Directed by Surender Reddy
Produced by Nandamuri Janaki Ram
Written by Surender Reddy
Starring Kalyan Ram
Sindu Tolani
Ashish Vidyarthi
Music by Mani Sharma
Cinematography Ram Prasad
Edited by Gowtham Raju
Release date
7 May 2005
Running time
147 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 10 crores
Box office 17 crores

Athanokkade is a 2005 Telugu film which was directed by Surender Reddy. This film stars Kalyan Ram, Sindhu Tolani, and Ashish Vidyarthi. Music was scored by Mani Sharma. This film was a surprise big hit at box office, thanks to its screenplay and thrilling pace. It was remade into Tamil as Aadhi and in Kannada as Lakshmana. The Hindi version of this film is International Don.


The opening scene shows Anjali (Sindhu Tolani) sitting on a bench feeding a white pigeon by a calm ocean, and a retd. DGP police officer Shankar (Ahuti Prasad) coming and sitting by her side and exchanging pleasantries, and suddenly she whips out a knife and kills him with the help of her maternal uncle Ramachandran (Surya), saying that she has been waiting for this moment for many years.

After that, the scene shifts to Ram (Nandamuri Kalyan Ram) who lives with his foster and loving parents (Chandra Mohan and Seetha) and sister in New Delhi. He takes up a course in a Hyderabad 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 come to Hyderabad along with him.

It is revealed that Anjali is studying in the same college as Ram and she also has her own agenda to seek revenge on her family's killers, and she is assisted by Ramachandran. Now the villain Anna (Ashish Vidyarthi), a local gangster enters and is shown to have a dispute with another person Pattabhai (Rami Reddy). To exact their revenge Anjali's uncle attempts to kill one of Anna's aide Abdullah (Raghu Babu) but fails to do so since Aadhi kills him. Naturally Anna assumes that the killer can be none other than Pattabhi and so kills him. However Ram arrives on the scene and with help from Bullet (Venu Madhav), threatens Anna telling that he was the one who killed Abdullah and that he will also kill Sada (G. V. Sudhakar Naidu), Anna's second main aide. As typical, Sada gets angry, and goes to kill Ram but fails, and Aadhi kills Abdullah while his foster parents are watching with horror. On being questioned Ram tells his story.

Aadhi's biological father (Prakash Raj) was an honest cop who arrested one of the henchmen of Anna. It is revealed that Anjali and Aadhi are from the same family as Anjali's father is Ram's father's brother-in-law. Anna pays Ram's house a visit and asks his grandfather (Chalapati Rao) to let his henchmen go. When Ram's grandfather refuses, Anna threatens them only to find knives held at him by Ram and his cousins. Ram's father arrives and arrests Anna. Enfuriated, he pays them a visit with some of his henchmen and Shankar, the then DCP. Together, they murder their whole extended family. Only Anjali, her uncle Ramachandran and Ram survived the blast that annihilated their family. After the house is blown up by Anna, Ram escapes and is taken in by his foster parents. Meanwhile Anjali feels that one of her family members is still alive as someone keeps a flower on the Buddha statue of their former house which is now the city library. It turns out to be none other than Ram.

On finding out his past, Ram'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 Anna and warns him to bring his brother (Ajay from Dubai. Soon he arrives and in revenge kills Ramachandran and challenges Ram to meet him at his brother's place. Ram comes and after finding out that Anna had Anjali kidnapped, escapes after shooting Anna's brother. In a thrilling climax Ram kills Anna and is shown to be leaving with Anjali, the only one left in his family.




  • The film was released with 72 prints initially and later 24 prints were added.[1]


  • This film became a big hit.It ran for 50 days in 80 centres and crossed 150 days in 46 centres.


Filmfare Awards South
Nandi Awards


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