Azad (2000 film)
|Produced by||C. Ashwini Dutt|
|Written by||Paruchuri Brothers (dialogues)|
|Music by||Mani Sharma|
|Cinematography||Chota K. Naidu|
|Edited by||Marthand K. Venkatesh|
Azad (Telugu: ఆజాద్, English : Independent) is a 2000 Telugu, Patriotic film, produced by C. Ashwini Dutt under Vyjayanthi Movies and directed by Thirupathisamy. Starring Nagarjuna Akkineni, Soundarya, Shilpa Shetty in the lead roles and music composed by Mani Sharma with adapted screenplay by Yandamuri Veerendranath. The film was released on 29 September 2000. The film recorded as Hit at box-office. The film had completed 100 days run in 4 Centres. The film was dubbed into Hindi as Mission Azaad and into Tamil as Gurushethram. Also the film was remade in Tamil as Velayudham starring Vijay and was released on 2011.
Anjali (Soundarya) is a journalist who witnesses the murder of a senior journalist carrying crucial evidence about a mafia don. Anjali is on a mission to sue this criminal Deva, who is responsible for the murder. Anjali is also harassed by the misdeeds of Deva (Raghuvaran), the most influential person in the region, who runs Hindu Seva Samithi but, in reality, an undercover Islamic 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 henchmen 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 "Azad". Anjali meets him and explains him about her mission of ending crime in the state.
However, Azaad is more interested in retrieving money from Chit fund 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 chit fund 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 chit fund company committing suicide, Azaad wears the mask of 'Azad' to stop Deva's Mission. All these incidents make Deva extremely frustrated while Deva kills & blasts Azad's sister at her wedding. Azad also comes to know that Deva is not a Hindu, but a Muslim Kashmiri terrorist who is on a mission to destroy India.
Deva demands the state administration for release of their militant leader in exchange for the lives of Train passengers hijacked by Deva en route Pakistan via Punjab, India. And the rest of the plot deals with how Azaad banishes Deva and his gang of Militants.
- Nagarjuna Akkineni as Chandra Sekhar Azad
- Soundarya as Anjali
- Shilpa Shetty as Mahalakshmi
- Prakash Raj as Inspector Saleem
- Raghuvaran as Deva
- Brahmanandam as Thief
- Tanikella Bharani as Kanaka Raju
- Dharmavarapu Subramanyam as Editor
- Venu Madhav as Citizen
- M. S. Narayana as Constable
- L. B. Sriram as Sastry
- Nutan Prasad as Anjali's father
- Raghunatha Reddy as Mahalakshmi's father
- Banerjee as Banerjee
- Ananth Babu as School Teacher
- Chitti Babu
- Gundu Hanumantha Rao
- Narsingh Yadav as Rowdy
- Sujitha as Kaveri
- Kalairani as Azad's mother
- Indu Anand as Mahalakshmi's mother
- Urvasi Patil as item number
|Film score by Mani Sharma|
|Mani Sharma chronology|
The music was composed by Mani Sharma. Music released on SUPREME Audio Company. Music released on SUPREME Music Company.
|1.||"Koila Koila"||Suddala Ashok Teja||Abhijeet Bhattacharya||4:30|
|2.||"Kala Anuko"||Veturi Sundararama Murthy||Hariharan, Mahalakshmi Iyer||5:21|
|3.||"Chemma Chekka Chemma Chekka"||Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra, Harini||4:32|
|4.||"So So Sonare"||Chandra Bose||Udit Narayan, Vasundhara Das||4:47|
|5.||"Sudigaalilo"||Veturi Sundararama Murthy||Hariharan, K. S. Chithra||5:08|
|6.||"Hai Hai Nayakaa"||Veturi Sundararama Murthy||Sukhwinder Singh, K. S. Chithra||4:24|
- Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Silver - 2000
- Andhra Pradesh Film Journalists Association Award - 2000 - Akkineni Nagarjuna