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


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Credited cast:
Nanda Gopal / Nandu / Pardhu (as Mahesh)
CBI investigator Anjaneya Prasad
Bajji Reddy
Grandfather (as Nasser)
Kittu - jaffa
Dharmavarapu Subramanyam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ajay ...
Siva Reddy's Son
Tanikella Bharani ...
Vajja Venkata Giridhar ...
Gundu Hanumantha Rao


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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Release Date:

10 August 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cheetah: The Power of One  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Grandfather: At this age I don't have a requirement of which is lie and which is truth, what I require is memories that I have many because of your presence.
Grandfather: If you win comeback, If you lose make sure that I do not get to know that you have lost.
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Remade as Ek: The Power of One (2009) See more »

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Mahesh gives his breath taking performance and direction is truly masterpiece
5 October 2008 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Athadu is a story of a professional assassin. The movie's strong point lies in the acting of the protagonist. The first half an hour of the film is best part of the movie. It becomes little subtle at parts but never loses the basic plot of the story. the direction is simply splendid, i like the direction style. The protagonist, nandu (mahesh babu) shines through and really takes this character and makes him his own . The special effects are well-done and still hold up pretty well. The dialog is very well-written and memorable. There are quite a few quotable lines, as well. The cinematography is good, and even when the plot doesn't move a lot, finally i'm very fond of this movie. i must i have seen this movie about 30 times. Mahesh gives this break through performance which makes this movie more special. This is cult classic and legendary cinema for me, especially mahesh babu how he got into the character so well adapted the body language and every minor detail character required.

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