Aatmalingam is situated in Himalayas that posses enormous
divine powers. Once every 72 years, Akasa Ganga from
sky flows into the Aatmalingam. The ones who can drink
holy water of Akasa Ganga that flows through Atmalingam
at that moment would become younger and remain eternal
with supernatural powers.
1932, a youngster called Bhatia (Bhupinder Singh) attempts
to get hold of Atmalingam and drink Akasa Ganga. But
one of the powerful tools of God truncates his right
arm. He grows up and Bhatia's (Tinu Anand) age is 99.
Bhatia searches for the traces of Aatma Lingam, but
in vain. The Akasaganga is slated to flow to earth for
Atmalingam in 2004 again.
professor who made a lifetime research on Aatmalingam
and Akasaganga possesses vital information in a red
diary and he couriers it to his student Swapna (Namrata
Sirodkar) who is in USA. Swapna is forced to come back
to India in search of her professor in forest areas
near Uravakonda. There she realizes that her professor
is killed. She takes help of Anji (Chiranjeevi). Anji
(Chiranjeevi) is a good Samaritan in Uravakonda forest
area. He serves the most revered Sivanna (Nagababu)-
an ayurvedic specialist - and raises 4 orphans.
men start their hunt for Swapna During this period,
Anji accidentally stumbles on 'Atmalingam' and gets
it into his possession. After coming to know about it,
Bhatia and his men are after Anji and Swapna. And the
D Day of Akasa Ganga is fast approaching. Sivanna advises
Anji that the Atmalingam should be sent back to where
it belongs. Would Anji be able to send Atmalingam where
it belongs? Would Bhatia succeed in remaining eternal?
Watch the film to know yourself!
The screen presence of Chiranjeevi resembles the way
he looked in films like 'Annayya', 'Mrigaraju' and 'Choodalani
Vundi'. He excelled in every department of histrionics.
He is breath-taking in the horse riding scene. He is
excellent in dances, as usual.
Namrata is fair as a research student on a mission who
gets caught in the jungles. Savita Reddy dubbed her
voice. Rajya Lakshmi is sensuous. Reema Sen, Ramya Krishna
& Alphonsa add to the mass elements of the film.
Nagababu is good in an elderly role of a mentor to Chiranjeevi.
Nobody would recognize Rami Reddy in this film because
of his get up. Tinu Anand is good as villain. His makeup
suited the age of character. Surya dubbed his voice.
Bhupinder Singh played the role of younger version of
Tinu Anand and he is unrecognizable. MS Narayana is
Story of Anji is like a fairy tale with an element of
Divinity in it. If we see villains try to appease evil
gods to gain powers in typical divine-backdrop films,
here we have our villain trying to become immortal by
drinking Akasaganga. To get an access to it, he tries
to use the people who come on the way and when they
do not co-operate, he eliminates them.
- direction: Screenplay by MS Arts is not up to
the mark in the first half. However, it is comparatively
better in second half. Direction by Kodi Rama Krishna
is archaic. Narrative is pretty slow. The director should
have blended more entertainment while narrating the
Chikbuk Pori: This song is picturised on Chiranjeevi,
kids, Ramya Krishna, and Alphonsa in Golkonda Fort.
It has got fast-paced Lawrence kind of steps. But
the song on screen is little different from the song
we listen on audiocassette. Sri sang this song on
screen where as Shankar Mahadevan performed the same
song in audio cassette.
2. Abbo Neeyamma: This song is a melody based
slow song picturized on Chiranjeevi and Namrata Sirodkar.
Entire song was canned in indoor sets.
3. Om Santhi Om: Taking of this song is little
different. Graphics were used as background for certain
places in this song. However, this song pops up without
any lead scene. Chiranjeevi looks pretty good in that
red T shirt and light beard.
4. Manava Manava: It's a fantasy song generated
when kids try their hand on Aatmalingam. This song
sports Chiranjeevi & Rajya Lakshmi. Rayla lakshmi
looks pretty sensual and it has class appeal to it.
5. Mirapakaya Bajji: Visuals of this song are
excellent with mass steps by Chiranjeevi and Reema
Sen. Audio has very good foot tapping music.
the catch is that the visuals and audio does not match.
So the lip synchronization and dance movements does
not have any coherence to the beat and lyrics of audio.
This song has excellent mass steps. Hopefully, the
makers should rectify technical defect as soon as
possible.. This item song exhiliarates crowds
and is a real treat for fans. (this
comment is added after watching the film again it
for the 2nd time after DTS rework)
effects : The main asset of Anji are extraordinary
visual effects. The Akasa Ganga episode and formation
of lord Shiva would match the heights of Hollywood's
stature. The graphics are so good that they alone would
give the value for money you spend on movie ticket.
However, they have over used graphics for scenes involving
MS Narayana to create humor.
departments: Artwork by Ashok is excellent. The
climax lead set is exceptionally good. Rerecording of
the film is not up to the mark. Photography by Chota
K Naidu is good. Background music by Mani Sharma is
very good. The songs are good. Dialogues by Satyanand
are mediocre. Editing is not crisp. Makeup work is so
good that you would not recognize Nagababu, Rami Reddy
and Bhupinder Singh in the first look.
Though taken six years to make, Shyam Prasad Reddy should
be commended for getting visual effects to Telugu cinema,
which are of Hollywood standards. We do admire him for
the passion he has for making films.
The movie opened with an excellent flashback. The later
part of first half is incoherent. The second half catches
up with some pace. The climax episode - studded with
stunning visual effects - blows your mind away. Graphics
completely dominated the film to such an extent that
even Chiranjeevi's character and his heroism was underplayed.
The storyline of the film has typical Hollywood feel.
And making such a film in Telugu for a 3 hour of duration
is cumbersome. The producer should have concentrated
more on the script of the film than the graphics. After
watching the film again with right DTS mix, the 1st,
12th and 13th reels, the climax and lead scenes to it
appears cool. It makes climax so good that it would
over-shadow the events that took place before 12th reel.
The audience come out of the theater mesmerized by the
to be taken before watching "Anji":
When you watch the film, do not go to the film with
high expectations you have for Chiranjeevi films in
general, because graphics dominated Chiranjeevi. And
also Lord Shiva kills the villain at end rather than
Chiranjeevi in a typical filmy style.
There is mismatch between the sound and visuals
in the penultimate reel. This defect is expected to
be rectified very soon. This
problem is taken care of now.
This addendum is here because
I watched Anji in Sudarshan 70mm on morning show of
15th January and the sound synchronization was out of
order for 12th and 13th reels. Since, it is not fair
to review a film after watching a show that was wrongly
projected by an exhibitor - I took it as special case
and rereviewed the relevant comments. I consider it
as a special case and it would never be repeated for