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Directed by P. Vasu
Produced by Dwarakesh
Starring Dr.Vishnuvardhan
Ramesh Aravind
Prema (actress)
Music by Gurukiran
Release date(s) 27 August 2004[1]
Country India
Language Kannada

Apthamitra (translation: Close friend ) is a 2004 Kannada movie starring Vishnuvardhan, Ramesh Arvind, Soundarya and Dwarakish. This was actress Soundarya's last film. The movie was a slightly deviated remake of the Malayalam movie Manichithrathazhu which was later remade in Tamil as Chandramukhi starring Rajinikanth. It was a box-office hit and ran successfully for a year.



Ramesh (Ramesh Arvind) and Ganga (Soundarya) are married couple who recently move into Mysore to buy an ancient palace, against the wishes of his uncles and elders (Dwarakish & Pramila Joshai) of the family. His uncle agrees to reside with them with his two daughters Vani and Rani, on one condition that the room on the first floor which is locked and sealed should not be visited by anyone in the family. They have their care-taker Rangajja (Shivaram) who lives in the outhouse with his grand-daughter Prema (Prema (actress)).
During their stay in the house they come to know that this palace earlier belonged to Raja Vijaya Rajendra Bahaddur. He had a court dancer named Nagavalli from andhra pradesh, whom he was in love with. But Nagavalli had an illicit affair with a fellow dancer named Ramanatha, who used to reside in a house just behind the palace. When the Raja came to know of their affair on an Durgashtami day, he be-headed Dancer Ramanatha and burned Nagavalli alive. Nagavalli vowed at the time of her death that she would seek revenge of her death from the Raja by burning him alive on very same Durgashtami day, as like her.
Strange things start to happen in the palace and everyone suspect Prema, who is always found at the place of the incident. So, Ramesh calls in his psychiatrist friend Vijay(Dr.Vishnuvardhan) to help him clear of the misconceptions regarding the palace and its history. Ramesh's uncle is not happy with the way Vijay functions and is always very suspectfull of him. Vani, Ramesh's cousin is in love with a orphan-dance teacher who incidently resides in the same house behind the palace. Vijay comes to know of this and tells Ramesh's uncle about this and the alliance is approved by all in the family and their marriage is fixed.
When the whole family is out of town to visit Mahadev, to decide his wedding with Vani, Ganga with help from Prema opens the room in the first floor with the key given by Prema. While she tries to enter the room prema comes running to tell not to open the door as the ket-maker who made the key had died. So Ganga returns without opening the door.
During this time there are attempts to kill Ramesh by someone unknown, which every time is foiled by Vijay. Even Vani is attacked once by someone unknown. So Ramesh's uncle calls upon a Acharya Ramachandra Shastri (Avinash) to perform some Shanti pooja upon the palace. Though Ramesh is not interested in all these proceedings he agrees on advice of Vijay.
On the eve of Engagement ceremony of Mahadev and Vani, Ganga accuses Mahadev of trying to molest her - which is refused by both Mahdev and Vijay. Upon hearing this Ramesh gets angry upon Vijay and shouts at him to get out of his house. Acharya stops the family from doing so and asks Vijay to tell them the mystery behind the strange incidents.
Vijay reveals to everyone that Ganga is behind all the strange incidents and she only tried to kill Ramesh and Vani. Ganga who visited the first floor room was enamoured by Nagavalli and her diary. Since Ganga suffered from Multiple personality disorder or Split personality disorder since her childhood, the mystery behind Nagavalli's story compelled her to assume herself as Nagavalli. She now intends to kill Vijay as he had posed in front of her as Raja Vijaya Rajendra Bahaddur, on the coming Durgashtami day. Vijay explains to everyone that since Ganga thinks that Mahadev is only Ramanatha is trying to kill Ramesh. She also tries to kill Vani who is marrying Mahadev and intend to woo Mahadev so acts the molestation drama against him.
Vijay informs Ramesh that he intends to cure Ganga by using new technique with the help from Acharya. He also asks Mahadev to assist him in the process. Vijay along with Ramesh and Mahadev, catches Ganga while she has become Nagavalli and sends Mahadev to get her into the room where pooja is being performed by Swamiji. There he poses as Raja Vijay Rajendra Bahaddur and sets him ablaze in front of Ganga who has become Nagavalli now. But the Swamiji creates huge smoke in front of Ganga and Vijay is replaced by a look-alike doll. This is not seen by Ganga and she rejoices by thinking that she set the Raja ablaze and killed him. Vijay then brings her back from her hypnotised state and she feels relaxed in her mind and heart. Both Ramesh and Ganga thank him for the same, while Vijay says he has to thank Prema who had agreed to act in front of everybodyto save Ganga. Vijay thanks Prema and asks her to wed him.

Box-Office performance

  • The film collected Rs.55 crores,which was an all-time record for Kannada films at that time.[2]


The film, won eight Filmfare Awards.[3]

  • Best Film: Apthamitra
  • 'Best Actor: Dr.Vishnuvardhan - Apthamitra
  • Best Actress: Soundarya - Apthamitra
  • Best Director: P. Vasu - Apthamitra
  • Best Music Director: Gurukiran - Apthamitra


Veteran director P Vasu, who rendered the hit of the decade in Kannada filmdom with Apthamithra starring Vishnuvardhan and also its Tamil remake 'Chandramukhi' starring Rajinikanth, is ready for his next.

Director P Vasu is all set to come out with a sequel for his blockbuster Kannada movie 'Aapthamithra', which was later remade in Tamil by him as Chandramukhi.

The movie which features Soundarya, Vishnuvardhana and Ramesh Aravind was the biggest grosser in Kannada filmdom. After a long gap, Vasu is all set to come out with a sequel for the movie titltes Aptharakshaka - with Dr.Vishnuvardhan essaying the title role oh psychiatrist Dr Vijay again, along with Bhavana (Kannada actress), Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, Sandhya and Vimala Raman.

Apthamithra went on to become a hit in Karnataka and the movie collected huge revenues besides completing a silver jubilee run. Vasu is keen to repeat the magic with Vishnuvardhan once again and if the sequel sees huge success there will be hope of a Tamil remake Chandramukhi 2 [4]

Character map of Manichithrathazhu and its remakes

Bhool Bhulaiya
Dr. Sunny Joseph
Dr. Vijay
Dr. Eeswar
Dr. Saravanan
Dr. Raghu
(Prasenjit Chatterjee)
Dr. Aditya Shrivastav
(Akshay Kumar)
(Suresh Gopi)
(Ramesh Aravind)
(Prabhu Ganesan)
(Prabhu Ganesan)
Siddharth Chaturvedi
(Shiney Ahuja)
Ganga Senthilnathan
(Vidya Balan)
(Vinaya Prasad)
(Amisha Patel)
(Nedumudi Venu)


Badrinarayan Chaturvedi
(Manoj Joshi)
Batukshankar Upadhyay
(Paresh Rawal)


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