A gunman for hire is framed for murder, and assumes a dead man's identity while hiding from the police.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Nanda Gopal / Nandu / Pardhu (as Mahesh)
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Puri
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CBI investigator Anjaneya Prasad
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Malli
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Bajji Reddy
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Grandfather (as Nasser)
Giribabu
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Kittu - jaffa
Dharmavarapu Subramanyam
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Siva Reddy's Son
Tanikella Bharani ...
Naidu
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Bujji
Vajja Venkata Giridhar ...
Giri
Gundu Hanumantha Rao
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Storyline

To receive a sympathy vote, a crooked politician plans his own assassination attempt. Nandu is hired to merely wound the politician, but someone else pulls the trigger first. Framed for murder, Nandu flees and meets Pardhu, a man returning home after a long absence. The young man is killed in the police crossfire meant for Nandu. Nandu assumes Pardhu's identity and his new "cousin" has a romantic interest in him... Written by L. Hamre

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10 August 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cheetah: The Power of One  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first movie in combination of actor Mahesh babu and director trivikram srinivas. It is an action thriller collected approximately INR220 million (US$3.5 million) in its total run, thus becoming the sensational hit of 2005 in Tollywood. It is the first Telugu film dubbed in Poland which received an overwhelming response over there. See more »

Goofs

When Prakash Raj talks to his fellow officer at Nazar's house, he uses the phone on the wrong side(the reverse side) you can clearly see phone screen when he is talking, but that mobile Model is Nokia 9500, it can be used in any direction. In another scene, he opens that mobile like box and speaks directly. See more »

Quotes

CBI investigator Anjaneya Prasad: If Siva Reddy is died, you will become Chief Minister. How can you become Chief Minister by killing him. I pity you for not getting such a small logic.
CBI investigator Anjaneya Prasad: Why did you shoot him? How much did you take? Tell me...
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Remade as Ek: The Power of One (2009) See more »

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oh ho.. mahesh babu
18 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Athadu is about an assassin (Babu) who changes because he realizes the importance of love and family. He gets framed for killing a competitor in a major political election. Therefore, he switches places with Parthu, a decent and friendly man that unfortunately gets murdered on a train. Switching places with Parthu, Nandu starts challenging his own intentions, and not only starts treating Parthu's father as his own, but also falls in love with Poori, a vivacious young woman. What happens when they find out his true identity? Will Nandu get to the bottom of this case and finally get the best of both worlds? Athadu has pretty good special effects and is cleverly taken. It is not my favorite movie but for all Mahesh Babu fans: this is one of his best.


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