If you're missing the Bollywood masala with action, love, drama, you name it....then look no more, watch Athadu. I know. I know. Athadu is not Bollywood, it's Tollywood. Telugu cinema! Mahesh Babu does it again and again, delivering his masala flava to his films. Athadu released before Pokiri and Bollywood has remade it already. For those who may or may not know, Wanted (Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia Azmi) is the Bollywood version of the wonderful, action-packed Mahesh Babu film, Pokiri . Some argued that Salman is not suited to play in action roles. But the Sallu fan I am *sigh*, I had to disagree, I can see it. Let's just see him pull it off.
Ek - The Power of One (Bobby Deol, Shriya Saran) is the Bollywood version of the wonderful Mahesh Babu film that I am reviewing now, Athadu. Not that I dislike Bobby or don't think he can pull it off, it's just that I enjoyed Athadu so much that I wanted the Bollywood remake to be noticed more with an actor who would bring in ratings and more . Someone like Akshay Kumar could easily pull it off. Now, I will watch the Bollywood version just to see how it was done Bollywood style.
So yes, I really enjoyed Athadu. From the first frame of the film, I was hooked. It was that exciting for me. I tried my best to explain what the film was all about without huge spoilers.
As an orphan growing up, Nandhu (Mahesh Babu) became this fearless boy who ended up in the life of crime. When he gets framed in a murder that he didn't commit, he ends up in a village where everyone mistakens him for Pardu, a guy he meets on the train who gets killed. Nandhu ends up pretending to be Pardu. Finally, he knows the feeling of love and family, which he never had before. Does the police ever find Nandhu? What happens to the village who all loved him as Pardu?
Even though Nandhu is an assassin, he has a good heart. When he ends up becoming Pardu, he was raised without love and affection and Pardu's family gave him what he had been lacking.
Mahesh Babu!!! No wonder you are called the Prince in Telugu Film Industry. Every time I watch another film of yours, I become more smitten. I absolutely love his characters on screen. Besides Mahesh portrays them well and is an amazing dancer. He has this dorky, cute, yet sexy appeal to him.
Poori is Pardu's fiance. Since childhood, Poori and Pardu were suppose to get married.
Trisha Krishnan is great! However, her character did annoy me a bit. Maybe cause I only think Trisha is cute and not gorgeous. Her character was a bit conceited thinking that she is sooo beautiful. To be fair, that wasn't all her fault since she grew up thinking she was all that. Besides that, I looooved her.
Malli (Sonu Sood) grew up with Nandhu and organizes the crimes while Nandhu kills whoever he needs to. When one mission blows up, Malli's car explodes and Nandhu becomes a fugitive in a murder he didn't commit.
Sonu Sood had a short but significant role. It was hard for me to get a good screencap of him. I still think he looks like the young Amitabh Bachchan.
Since both Nandhu and Malli are orphans and ruthless, Sadhu (Rahul Dev) raised them in the life of crime. However, as time goes by, Sadhu ends up in prison paying for his crimes.
Rahul Dev usually plays a negative supporting role and damn good at it.
Officer Anjaneya Prasad (Prakash Raj) is investigating the murders. Does Prakash Raj ever rest? I see him in Tamil and Telugu films all the time now! Maybe it's just the films I watch?
The real Pardu (Rajeev Kanakala). Sadly, his life ended before he was ever able to go back to his family in the village.
Song #1 - "Athadae Athadae"
Nandu grows up
Song #2 - "Pillagaali Allari"
Poori proves how beautiful she is to Pardhu, but ends up looking goofy at times
Song #3 - "Neetho Cheppana"
Poori is in love with Pardu aka Nandhu
Song #4 - "Chandamama Chandamama"
Poori wants to show Pardu that she can be sexy, so she goes "North Indian style"
I think it's just modern style, not necessarily North Indian
Song #5 - "Avunu Nijam"
Poori finally gets her man!
Song #6 - "Pilichina Raanantava"
Wedding, not Poori and Pardu's though...well, not yet??
I see rangoli all the time in South Indian films. I think it's very beautiful and interesting.
I loved the WTF action. Mahesh Babu kicks ass.
In loved with all Trisha's outfits in the film. Whether she wore traditional or modern outfits, she rocked it.
So because I was smitten by Mahesh Babu, I went screencap crazy. No kidding!
Besides my infatuation of Mahesh Babu, the film is definitely worth it!