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For villages in Iran, see Aduri, Iran.
Directed by Riyadh Mahmood
Produced by Riyadh Mahmood
Fahd Habeeb
George Mao
Written by Riyadh Mahmood
Fahid Hasan
Starring Ariana Almajan
Kawan Karadaghi

Roger Payano
Christy Sullivan
Music by Richard Ames
Cinematography Jason Baustin
Edited by Riyadh Mahmood
Feni Media
Fahd Habeeb Productions
Release date
May 16, 2008 (2008-05-16)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Aduri is a 2008 American thriller film directed by Riyadh Mahmood. Written by Mahmood and Fahid Hasan, the film stars Ariana Almajan and Kawan Karadaghi.[1]

Produced by Washington DC filmmakers,[1] and released May 16, 2008,[2] Aduri presents the lives of two fugitives running from the FBI and correctly predicted the outcome of the United States presidential election, 2008 in November.[3] One of the news sequences in the film refers to President Barack Obama.[3]


The production of the film from screenwriting to premiere took about 3 years to complete.[3][4]


Aduri Aman (Ariana Almajan), finds herself the target of federal agents, though she is herself employed by the FBI as an analyst. Unsuspecting that she may have knowledge of government secrets, she receives help and refuge from a stranger, Saif (Kawan Karadaghi). He seems overly eager to help. As the couple races through Washington D.C. suburbs, Aduri's own past catches up to her.

Various contemporary events are used as plot devices in Aduri. These include:

  • United States War on Terror
  • The 2004 Asian tsunami
  • The crude oil price hike from 2005 to 2008
  • The 2008 United States Presidential Elections


  • Ariana Almajan as Aduri Aman
  • Kawan Karadaghi as Saif Uddin
  • Roger Payano as Agent Mason
  • Christy Sullivan as Bebe
  • Theodore Taylor as Mr. Wright
  • Karl Bittner as Adrian Shepherd
  • Patricia Berry as Aunt Julie
  • Gita M. McCarthy as Mrs. Aman
  • Wilson White as Mr. Aman
  • Karthik Srinivasan as Rakib Shah
  • Lauren Meley as News Anchor
  • Yaser Ahmed as News Anchor
  • Gytis Kanchas as Angry Customer


When reviewed by DesiChutney, it was said, "In a sea of independent films, Aduri shines through with much promise of thrills, drama and a touch of comedy."[4]

DVD release[edit]

Aduri was first released on DVD on February 5, 2009.[5]


Main article: Aduri (soundtrack)

The soundtrack to the film was released in 2008.[6] Richard Ames composed approximately 50 minutes of original music for the soundtrack including the theme music. It consisted of various fusions of music from the east and west.

The song titled Conspiracy from the album Open Your Eyes,[7] by Nesreen and M. Mehdi, is featured for the credits.


  1. ^ a b "Aduri cast, crew, production informations". Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  2. ^ Frey (April 28, 2008). "Film Premiere Of "Aduri" An Independent Film May 16th At University of MD, Hoff Theater". Maryland Films. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  3. ^ a b c "Aduri the Movie: Two Perspectives". Passion for Cinema. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  4. ^ a b staff (April 29, 2008). "Aduri movie review". Desi Chutney. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Aduri". Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  6. ^ "Richard Ames". Productiontrax. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  7. ^ "Open Your Eyes". Out Records. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 

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