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1: Nenokkadine

1: Nenokkadine (English: 1: I am alone) is a 2014 Indian Telugu-language psychological thriller film written and directed by Sukumar. Produced by Ram Achanta, Gopichand Achanta, and Anil Sunkara as 14 Reels Entertainment and distributed by Eros International, the film features Mahesh Babu and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles (Sanon’s Telugu cinema debut). Nassar, Pradeep Rawat, Kelly Dorji, and Anu Hasan appear in supporting roles. Mahesh’s son, Gautham Krishna, made his debut in the film as a younger version of the protagonist.

1: Nenokkadine revolves around the search by Gautham (a schizophrenic Indian rock musician missing 25 percent of his brain’s grey matter) for his parents, whom he believes were murdered by three men. Sameera, a journalist, convinces him that he is an orphan and is hallucinating. When Gautham kills one of the “imaginary” men for his psychological satisfaction, he realises that the dead man is real and leaves for London to find his roots and the other two men behind his parents’ death.

Sukumar began working on 1: Nenokkadine’s script after completing 100% Love (2011), making a bus driver’s tale about a boy who claimed that his parents were murdered on his bus the film’s base. R. Rathnavelu was the film’s director of photography, and Karthika Srinivas its editor. Devi Sri Prasad composed the soundtrack and background score. 1: Nenokkadine was introduced on 12 February 2012 and principal photography, which began on 23 April 2012, was completed in late December 2013. It was filmed in London, Belfast, Bangkok and Indian cities including Hyderabad, Mumbai, Goa, Chennai and Bangalore.

Produced on a budget of ₹700 million, 1: Nenokkadine was released on 10 January 2014 on about 1,500 screens during the Makar Sankranti festival season. Grossing over $1.27 million, 1: Nenokkadine became the fourth-highest-grossing Telugu film in history at the United States box office. The film won three awards from eight nominations at the 4th South Indian International Movie Awards, and two awards at the 11th CineMAA Awards. It was dubbed into Tamil and Malayalam as Number 1 and into Hindi as 1: Ek Ka Dum (English: One Man’s Courage).

Gautham is a schizophrenic Indian rock musician who is missing 25 percent of his grey matter. He hallucinates a mysterious person he believes is one of the three murderers of his parents. As a child, Gautham was convinced that he was an orphan and assumes that his parents are dead; he does not remember their names or what they looked like.

At one of his concerts, Gautham sees one of the three men and chases him. Sameera, a journalist at the concert, films Gautham fighting his imaginary opponent. Gautham surrenders to the police after “killing” the man, confessing that he killed three men: one in Belfast, one in Pune and one just now in Hyderabad. He is released from custody after Sameera broadcasts the video on television. According to his doctor, if Gautham can hallucinate a person other than the three men, he can be treated. Gautham goes to Goa on vacation. Sameera stalks him, convincing him that two people are stalking him: a journalist who wants to interview him (imaginary), and a person claiming to be his fan (real). Gautham begins to fall in love with Sameera. He saves her from a group of people trying to murder her; on an isolated island together Gautham learns the truth behind the fourth imaginary person and writes Sameera off as a disturbed journalist. By the time he learns about Sameera’s intentions, she has left for Hyderabad; Gautham pursues her.

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