Attarintiki Daredi

Attarintiki Daredi (English: Which Path Leads to My Aunt's House?) is a 2013 Indian Telugu family drama written and directed by Trivikram Srinivas, and starring Pawan Kalyan, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Pranitha Subhash in the lead roles with Nadhiya, Boman Irani and Brahmanandam in supporting roles. It was produced by B. V. S. N. Prasad under the banner Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra in association with Reliance Entertainment. The soundtrack album and background score were composed by Devi Sri Prasad. Prasad Murella was the film's cinematographer. The film focuses on Gautham Nanda, a business heir who acts as a driver in his estranged aunt Sunanda's house to mend her strained relationship with his grandfather Raghunandan who expelled her for marrying a person against his wishes years back. The film was made with a budget of INR550 million. Principal photography began in January 2013 and was completed by July 2013, with the film being primarily shot in and around Hyderabad. Significant portions were shot in Pollachi and various locales of Europe. The film was released on 27 September 2013 and received positive critical reception. The film earned a worldwide share of INR748.8 million and grossed nearly INR1.2 billion in its lifetime and emerged as the highest-grossing Telugu film of all time. The film won four Filmfare Awards, six SIIMA Awards and six Santosham Film Awards apart from the B. Nagi Reddy Memorial Award. The film was dubbed into Hindi as Daring Baaz and is being remade into Kannada as Ranna with Sudeep, Rachita Ram and Haripriya in the lead roles.

Plot :

 Raghunandan is a rich yet unhappy businessman based in Milan. He wishes to reconcile with his estranged daughter Sunanda whom he expelled because she married Rajasekhar against his wishes. His grandson Gautham Nanda promises Raghunandan that he would bring her back to their home on his 80th birthday. Sunanda has three daughters and two of them are Prameela and Sashi. Gautham enters the house as Siddhu, a driver who was appointed by Rajasekhar after saving him from a heart stroke. Gautham tries to woo Prameela but gives up when he comes to know that Prameela is already in love with another person. Sashi hates Gautham and is suspicious of him and Paddu, his friend and a male nurse who is appointed to take care of Rajasekhar. Sunanda later reveals to Gautham that she is aware of his real identity much before the incidents and warns him to abstain from doing anything with the intention of taking her back to Raghunandan. To save Prameela's love, Gautham and Paddu go to a village and accidentally Sashi falls into the jeep due to a head injury thus suffering with amnesia. Gautham introduces himself as her lover for the time being and Sashi believes it thus falling for him. The trio go to the venue and Gautham along with Paddu enters the house. They along with the bridegroom escape from there and reach Sunanda's home after a violent altercation with the family members of the bridegroom where Sashi's memory is revived. The bride's father Siddhappa asks for compensation for the damage caused by Siddhu, to which Sunanda promises Sashi's marriage with Siddhappa's elder son. To avoid complications, Rajasekhar fires Gautham. Gautham later comes to know that Sashi loved him from the beginning but was hesitant to express her feelings. He later on traps Baddham Bhaskar, a rich NRI staying in Uganda who has a penchant for women and enters Sunanda's home as his assistant. Bhaskar falls for Sashi but his attempts are repeatedly thwarted by Gautham. On the day of her marriage, Sashi elopes with Gautham. While waiting with him for the train to Chennai, Siddhappa's men reach the station to stop them only to be trashed by Gautham and his assistants, led by Balu. Through Balu, Sashi comes to know Gautham's real motive. An angry Rajasekhar, along with Sunanda arrive to shoot Gautham but Rajasekhar is taken aback after knowing his true identity. Gautham then reveals that the day Sunanda left the house, Raghunandan tried to commit suicide but accidentally kills Gautham's mother. He says that he chose to love his Grandfather though he killed his mother but Sunanda chose to hate him as he injured Rajasekhar and expelled them. Sunanda and Rajasekhar realize their folly and reconcile with Gautham. Sashi is kidnapped by four henchmen appointed by Bhaskar where she narrates the entire story to the henchmen. Gautham and Paddu reach the spot and Sashi reconciles with Gautham. Bhaskar's wealth is seized by The Government of Uganda and he is left with the same amount with which he ran away from Rajasekhar's house when he assisted him in the past. Raghunandan reconciles with Sunanda and Gautham is unanimously appointed as the CEO of the company thanks to the support of Sunanda and Raghunandan. The film ends with Gautham holding Raghunandan's hand with affection.

Development: 

 Trivikram Srinivas planned to direct Pawan Kalyan in a film produced by D. V. V. Danayya and narrated the film's script in late January 2011. However Srinivas later began Julai (2012) while Kalyan was working on Gabbar Singh (2012) and Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu (2012). The technical crew of Kalyan's and Srinivas's previous collaboration, Jalsa (2008), were selected to be working in the film. B. V. S. N. Prasad was expected to produce the film which was reported to be a message-oriented film while Pawan Kalyan was expected to allot dates from October 2012. Trivikram gave finishing touches to the script in late September 2012 and Reliance Entertainment was confirmed to co-produce the film. Devi Sri Prasad was selected as the music director of the film and the music sittings were held at Barcelona during the location scouting in December 2012. The film was launched on 23 November 2012 at Venkateswara temple in Film Nagar. The film was reported to be on the lines of Nuvvu Naaku Nachav (2001) for which Trivikram penned the dialogues and the story. Trivikram further hinted that the script will depict the Telugu culture and traditions with a strong message. Prasad Murella handled the film's cinematography and few sequences were shot using a Milo robotic camera which B. V. S. N. Prasad brought in from Mumbai as it was unavailable in Hyderabad. The film's title was confirmed as Attarintiki Daredi in mid July 2013. Casting Pawan Kalyan opted for a complete makeover and sported a look resembling the one he sported in his previous films Kushi (2001) and Jalsa. After Trivikram narrated the film's script to Kalyan, he asked him who would play the role of his aunt in the film and Trivikram said it would be Nadhiya. Kalyan gave his nod and she was selected before she signed her Telugu comeback film Mirchi (2013). Trivikram narrated the story to her over phone and after she accepted, he said that he would ask her dates once our schedule is planned. She later revealed that she was so scared of being typecast but did the role only on Trivikram's persistence and added that the character’s emotional graph was set quite well. Trivikram decided to cast Ileana D'Cruz as the female lead who worked with him in the films Jalsa and Julai in the past. Samantha Ruth Prabhu was confirmed as the female lead in late October 2012 which marked her first collaboration with Kalyan. It was rumored that Kalyan wanted Trivikram to make a cameo appearance in a role lasting for few minutes towards the end of the film which was denied by B. V. S. N. Prasad. However the second female lead was yet to be selected and by the end of December 2012, casting managers stated that most of the films which were in pre-production phase were busy in finalising female leads because of which the film's unit decide to begin the film's shoot without finalising the other heroine. Pranitha Subhash was selected as the other female lead in early January 2013 and was confirmed to play Samantha's sister in the film. Pranitha called it a lifetime oppurtunity and said that she would be seen in a "very sweet, girl-next-door character" in the film. Boman Irani made his debut in Telugu with this film at the age of 54; he was seen as Kalyan's grandfather in the film. Kota Srinivasa Rao was cast for a supporting role who sported a realistic & rugged look for his role in the film. Navika Kotia signed the film in April 2013 and was cast in a supporting role as the youngest sister of Samantha and Pranitha in the film. Trivikram did not cast his close friend and regular associate Sunil in the film because after Sunil's success of Maryada Ramanna (2010) and Poola Rangadu (2012) as a lead actor, he felt that it would not not be fair to bring him down to play comedian roles. Rao Ramesh, Mukesh Rishi, Brahmanandam, Ali, M. S. Narayana and Posani Krishna Murali were cast in other supporting roles. Actresses Mumtaj and Hamsa Nandini were confirmed to make special appearances in a special song marking the former's comeback in Telugu cinema after 12 years after anchor Anasuya refused to be a part of it. Filming "While shooting scenes with Nadhiya, I used to laugh out loud due to her dialogue delivery. Since she wasn't perfect in Telugu, I'd used to laugh whenever she tried to mouth dialogue. Nadhiya complained to Pawan that she can't do the scene if Trivikram is there on sets. Then Pawan took over the charge and sent me out and he directed the whole scene. I came after a while and saw the output and said okay." —Trivikram Srinivas, about one of the incidents during the film's shoot. B. V. S. N. Prasad stated during the film's launch that the film's regular shooting would begin from mid December 2012. Kalyan scouted for new locations in Spain as the story demands a foreign location and around 30 – 45 days of shooting schedule was planned there. It was the first time Pawan Kalyan went for a location hunt and returned in the last week of December 2012. Due to unknown reasons, the film's shoot was postponed to 8 January 2013 in late December 2012. Kalyan took a gap of four months after completing Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu and joined the film's shoot which began on 24 January 2013 at a private hotel in Hyderabad. The team planned a new schedule from 4 February 2013 in Pollachi where scenes on Kalyan, Samantha and other support cast were planned to be shot. The schedule was postponed to 15 February 2013 and Trivikram continued the film's shoot in Hyderabad. After shooting for a few days in Hyderabad at a private mall, the Pollachi schedule began from 12 February 2013. An action sequence was shot on Kalyan and other support cast in late February 2013. The next schedule began from 1 March 2013 at a specially erected set at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad where scenes on Kalyan and other support cast were shot. Few crucial scenes on the lead actors were shot in early April 2013 in a special set erected at Ramoj Film City. Art director Ravindar supervised for that special set worth INR30 million. By mid April 2013, a major portion of the film was shot there. Kalyan and the film's unit planned to leave for Spain to shoot important sequences. Scenes on the lead cast were shot in the end of April 2013 in a railway station set erected at Ramoji Film City. A new schedule began at Ramoji Film City from 2 May 2013. That schedule came to an end on 28 May 2013 and Samantha informed to the media that the film's talkie part has been completed and an abroad schedule is left. The film's team leaft to Europe on 5 June 2013 for a long schedule in which three songs, a few talkie portions and an action sequence were planned to be shot. Kalyan's introduction scene was shot in Switzerland which costed around INR20 million. A special action sequence was shot in an island in Spain using choppers under the supervision of Peter Hein. Post-production activities were done simultaneously and dubbing for the film's first half was completed. The film's team returned from Milan on 2 July 2013. A dance number on Kalyan, Samantha, Pranitha, Mumtaj, Hamsa Nandini and others choreographed by Ganesh was shot in a special pub set erected by Anand Sai at Annapurna 7 Acres Studios. The entire shooting of the film came to an end on 14 July 2013. Themes and influences The film focuses on a young man's journey trying to convince his grandfather's estranged daughter to rejoin the family. In its review, Sify felt that the film's story is a reversal of Nuvvu Naaku Nachav (2001) and Parugu (2008). In the film, the protagonist is shown watching few classic films where the hero is in disguise trying to win over people who matter to him. In the film, Brahmanandam's character attempts a spoof on Gladiator (2000) named Radiator and wins the Bascar awards found by himself after being inspired from Academy Awards. The mythological tale of Indra seducing Ahalya after disguising as her husband Gautama and the curse cast by Gautama on them is parodied in the film with Brahmanandam playing a key role in the parody. Two songs were also parodied in the film; one of them being a devotional song Kaatama Rayuda written by a lesser-known poet Etla Ramadasa and composed by Chittoor V. Nagaiah for the film Sumangali (1940), and the other song being an item number Kevvu Keka written by Sahithi and composed by Devi Sri Prasad for the film Gabbar Singh (2012). Music Devi Sri Prasad composed the film's soundtrack which consists of 6 songs penned by Sri Mani, Ramajogayya Sastry and Prasad himself and was marketed by Aditya Music. It was released on 19 July 2013 by hosting a promotional event at Shilpakala Vedika with the film's cast and crew in attendance to positive reviews.