Operation Antha

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Operation Antha
Film poster
Directed byUpendra
Screenplay byUpendra
Story byUpendra
Produced byHarsh Darbar
Rama Krishna
Master Hirannaiah
CinematographySundarnath Suvarna
Edited byR. Janardhan
Music byV. Manohar
Swathi Enterprises
Release date
  • 3 December 1995 (1995-12-03)
Running time
135 minutes

Operation Antha is a 1995 Indian Kannada-language political action thriller film written and directed by Upendra, starring Ambareesh in the lead role, and is a direct sequel to the 1981 film Antha, which also starred Ambareesh.[1] Ambareesh reprises his role as Kanwar Lal and Susheel Kumar.


After Kanwar Lal's partners are killed by Kanwar's lookalike Inspector Susheel Kumar 14 years ago[N 1], commissioner Kulwanth receives a call indicating the arrival of his daughter, Mandakini, from US. Mandakini arrives and gets delusioned by the corruption in India and resolves to put an end to it. Kanwar Lal is released from prison after serving a life sentence. He meets Babu who gives him a shelter and aspires to follow his path. Kanwar meets a middleman through whom he manages to make an unfriendly alliance with a few corrupt politicians. Master Hirannaiah and his friend are social workers and theatre artists. They expose a few politicians's dirty world through their street plays. The politicians sent Kanwar to kill them. Mandakini witnesses and takes them to the hospital. They discover that they have the same ideals and decides to work as a team. Mandakini captures the videos and photos of the corrupt politicians in their dirty world while the duo criticises the government through their plays and newspaper articles.

The politicians upon finding the truth sends Kanwar and his gang to retrieve the video and photos. He leaves her with a warning. Mandakini is advised by Kulwanth to stay away from the politicians and criminals and justifies his point by narrating Susheel's past. After learning this, she decides to bail out Susheel and devises a unique plan. She manages to prove that Kanwar, who was released recently is actually Susheel while the real Susheel is Kanwar. Thereby Susheel is bailed out while Kanwar is taken back to prison. Upon release, Susheel kidnaps Mandakini and her friends where he takes them to an isolated building. He sells the photos and videos to the politicians for a hefty sum of 50 lakh (US$63,000)(equivalent to 30 crore (US$3.8 million) today). Susheel meets the middleman and organises a few gangsters and starts to form gangs by killing the major goons. Susheel warns Kulwanth not to trace them since Mandakini is in their custody.

When Mandakini demands an explanation, Susheel reveals that he is on a mission to kill some unknown influential people. He formed a nexus with the politicians so as to fight his rival. However Kulwanth traces them and sends police forces to attack. Susheel and his gang overpowers them and Kulwanth gets killed by Susheel in the crossfire. Mandakini witnesses Kulwanth's death where she abuses Susheel. The trio claims that the major mistake was that they helped to bail out Susheel. Susheel reveals that his rival is the system of India and proclaims that he will go to any extent to eradicate corruption even if that means the death of his close friends. He begins the operation and name it as Operation Antha. Susheel offers publicity to the mission by forcing the news channels to showcase their views and acts against crimes. The politicians, who found this development alarming secretly manages to get Kanwar released from prison.

Susheel releases the trio who gets shocked to see the change brought by Operation Antha and decides to support it. Meanwhile, Susheel travels to Mumbai for obtaining weapons required for their mission. The politicians finding it as an excellent opportunity replaces Kanwar in place of Susheel by indicating that an accident occurred during the latter's journey. He crushes the mission and shows his face to the public through a TV channel thereby helping the police to identify the so-called anarchist. On his return, Susheel is startled to see the condition of Karnataka and happens to find that Kanwar is responsible for the crimes. While trying to kill Mandakini for sending him to prison, Kanwar is confronted by Susheel, where Susheel kills Kanwar. However the politicians provide complete authority to terminate Susheel and his gang. Susheel manages to escape in a helicopter promising that he will be back to clean the country again.



Operation Antha
Soundtrack album by
Released1995 (1995)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelJhankar Music

V. Manohar composed the film's background score and music for its soundtrack. The soundtrack album consists of five tracks.[2]

Track listing
1."Bhaya Bhaya"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:39
2."Jilebi Jilebi"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:23
3."O Gelathi Manada"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:53
4."O Pussy Cat"Manjula Gururaj, L. N. Shastry2:40
5."Shame Shame"Rajesh Krishnan, L. N. Shastry4:24


  1. ^ As depicted in Antha (1981).


  1. ^ "Antha (1981)".
  2. ^ "Operation Antha (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP". iTunes. 21 July 1995. Retrieved 25 June 2015.

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