The film rolls down with a mix masala of action, family sentiment and love.
Nandu alias Nanda Gopal (Mahesh Babu) grows up as a killer since childhood.
Here, we are not bothered about his whereabouts. As a boy, Nandu joins the
company of a professional killer (Rahul Dev) along with another boy Malli (Sonu
A greedy politician Siva Reddy (Sayaji Shinde) and his political friend Bachi
Reddy (Kota Srinivasa Rao) – who form the core of the Opposition party want win
the elections. Siva Reddy plans to create a sympathy wave by stage-managing an
attempt on his life. He asks Bachi Reddy to execute the plan. He hires Nandu.
While a political meeting is going on, Nandu aims the telescopic gun at the
right side of Siva Reddy's chest. When he is about to fire, his target is shot
in the forehead by some unknown person. Who is that unknown person? It forms a
The police are after Nandu. He escapes through daredevil tactics and gets into a
running train. Co-passenger Parthu (Rajiv Kanakala) befriends him with Nandu and
tells him that he is returning to his hometown Basarlapudi – twelve years after
running away from his house. The police corner Nandu again at Gudiwada Railway
station. When a police inspector tries to shoot Nandu, it accidentally kills
Nandu is now in with the family members of the deceased Parthu. He wants to
disclose his identity, but their love and affection stop him from doing so. He
is forced to act as Parthu, whose niece (Trisha) starts loving him. However, the
investigating CBI officials got know about Nandu's stay in Basarlapudi. How the
young hired killer proves his non-involvement in Siva Reddy's murder and
transforms himself into a gentleman forms the rest of the story.
Mahesh Babu as hired killer displayed extraordinary histrionics. He
maintains dead silence from start to finish and very few dialogues (two words or
a short sentence). This adds to the action-atmosphere of the movie. He is
energetic in stunts sequences and he emoted well in all the sequences.
Certainly, this type of characterization brings a feather in his cap.
Trisha gives a feel that she is not a match to Mahesh Babu. Her role is
limited to teasing the hero and no direct link to the storyline. However, she is
nice in dance sequences.
Prakash Raj played the role of a CBI officer, who investigates the
killing of opposition party leader. His role is like the one he did in Nijam.
Here also, the officer lets the hero go his way.
Nazar (as Satyanarayana Murthy) played the grandfather to Parthu. He
holds some footage with sentimental scenes.
Sonu Sood played the role of Mahesh Babu's friend. His characterization
comes out with a big twist in the climax.
Sunil appears as friend to Parthu (Mahesh as Parthu). He gains confidence
of the hired killer and supports him whenever required, besides creating some
Brahmanandam played the role of son-in-law to Nazar. His comedy is nice.
Rahul Dev's role is limited to a few seconds in the beginning and a
single episode in the climax part.
Sayaji Shinde's role too is cut short within few minutes.
Kota Srinvasa Rao played the main villain, who wants to become chief
K. Viswanath appears in a single episode of two minutes as Director of
Sudha played the role of Parthu's aunt.
Tannikella Bharani performed as landgrabber, who tries to switch off the
lands of Nazar.
Brahmaji performed as Tannikella Bharani's brother-in-law and gets into a
single stunt episode.
Trivikram Srinivas, who handled the story, screenplay, dialogues and
direction of “Athadu” has really donned a major responsibility.
The story has some novelty and executed in trendy way. Screenplay of the movie
is mixed with bits and pieces – as it is clubbed haphazardly with action, love
and sentiment. Certainly, the direction has all freshness and a few takings are
Lack of powerful dialogues is a minus point. Barring Mahesh Babu, this
department could have been taken care of while dealing with other characters
such as the villain.
Stunts by Peter Haynes are trendy and impressive.
Songs are better to hear but not that much impressive while watching on
the screen. This department alone forms the factor of boredom as you watch the
movie. They are often misplaced.
Music by Manisharma is excellent as usual. Background score is
Cinematography is good. The use of color-grading technique and graphics
are to be commended.
Comedy is average. Apart from regular comedy scenes, this element in
stunts sequence is good.