Everyone in Andhra Pradesh knows that Telugu movie Athadu is one of the big hits in the career of Superstar Mahesh Babu, but very few are aware that Power Star Pawan Kalyan was to play the lead role in it. Yes! Director Trivikram Srinivas has revealed that he had initially approached Pawan with the project and also narrated the story. But he did the film with Mahesh, when the latter did not show interest in it.
Addressing the audio release function of Attarintiki Daredi, Pawan Kalyan had said that he
slept while Trivikram Srinivas was narrating the story to him. In
an interview to a regional newspaper, the director spoke about
success of his latest movie. When quizzed about what he did with
the story that he had narrated to Pawan earlier, he used the same
script for Mahesh Babu's Blockbuster movie Athadu.
However, Athadu is a romantic action entertainer, which
has been written and directed by Trivikram Srinivas. The movie,
which was released in theatres on August 10, 2005, was all about a
professional killer who is framed for murder and assumes a dead
man's identity while hiding from the police. How he proves himself
to be innocent in the case will form the crux of the story.
Continue to read some interesting and unknown facts
about Athadu in the slideshow.
Lead Roles In Athadu
Mahesh Babu played the professional killer in the movie
Athadu, while Trisha Krishnan appeared as his love
interest. Sonu Sood, Nassar and Prakash Raj played some important
roles in the film. Mani Sharma has scored music for its
Athadu Inspired By Holywood Film
Written by Trivikram Srinivas, the script for the movie
Athadu was loosely based on the book Point of Impact and
Hollywood film Assassins.
Athadu Collection At Box Office
Athadu, which was released in record number of screens,
has collected approximately Rs 22 crore nett at the worldwide Box
Office in its life time. Thus the movie has become the sensational
hit of 2005 in Tollywood.
Athadu Other Versions
The movie was dubbed into Tamil and Malayalam languages as
Nandhu and Target respectively. It has also been remade in Hindi as
Ek: The Power of One and in Bengali as Wanted.
Athadu Set New Record With DVD Sales
The DVD version of the movie was released by Aditya Music under
its Aditya Video Brand, and won the best DVD award for its quality
and is considered to be one of the highest sold DVDs in Tollywood
Records of Athadu Theatrical Run
The film has completed successful run for 50 days in 205 centers
and 100 days in 38 centres. It has had a 175-day run in Sudarshan
35 mm in Hyderabad, grossing Rs 10.40 million from the
Athadu Satellite Rights Price
Previously, MAA TV had brought the satellite rights of
Athadu for a lesser rate, but the huge success of the film
on small screen increased demand and was quoted for high price.
Telecast rights were renewed by MAA TV for 3.5 crores for a period
of 7 years.
Athadu – First Telugu Film To Release In Poland
Athadu was dubbed into Polish for a release in Poland as a
Poszukiwany (Seeking). It has become the first Telugu film released
in Poland. It received an overwhelming response in Poland as
Athadu Release In USA, Chennai
The film was released with 6 prints in USA and in 3 screens in
Chennai. The film netted Rs 10.5 lakhs from 3 screens in Chennai in
its opening weekend debuting at no 2.
Awards For Athadu
While Mahesh Babu won Best Actor Nandi Award, Trivikram Srinivas
has bagged Best Dialogue Writer Nandi Award and Best Director
Filmfare Award for the movie. CH Srinivas has got Nandi Award for
Best Special Effects for his work in it. The movie has also won
Best Film from Santosham Film Awards.