The Target (2008) is a Malayalam movie Dubbed from Telugu movie. Directed by Trivikram Srinivas. Starring Mahesh Babu Trisha Krishnan Prakash Raj Sonu Sood Sayaji Shinde Brahmanandam and others. The 60 crore box office movie was one of the blockbuster hit Trisha movies in Telugu. Malayalam cinema Target is a crime thriller in one part and a clear family entertainer in the other part. This Trisha Movie has a good flowe of story,enriched by the usual Mahesh Babu masalas.
In this Malayalam cinema, Nanda Gopal is a professional assassin, and Malli is his partner. State level opposition party leader Shiva Reddy wants someone to attempt an assassination on him so that he can gain sympathy votes in the upcoming elections and become the new Chief Minister after promoting his party in such conditions. His colleague Baji Reddy with the help of Farooq hooks him up with Nandu for a deal for ₹1.5 crores.
After receiving the payment, Nandu and Malli plan the fake assassination attempt at the promotion campaign held nearby and they choose a nearby building to hide and a car to escape. However, before Nandu can shoot Shiva Reddy, someone else fatally shoots him. Within minutes, police surround the building. a big car accident occurs on the street with Nandu’s car. Nandu assumes that Malli got trapped and died in the accident. So Nandu goes to the top of the skyscraper.
With the police behind him and in front of him, he is helpless. Suddenly a train comes and Nandu uses a rope to jump from the skyscraper to the train.On the train, Nandu meets Pardhasaradhi who was traveling with him. Pardhu reveals that he ran away from his village Basarlapudi in his childhood when he was young. Pardhu explains that he is finally returning to his village.
Later that same evening, police officers try to shoot Nandu but accidentally kill Pardhu. Nandu escapes and decides to go to Basarlapudi to tell that Pardhu is dead. But Nandu is unable to tell the truth and masquerades as Pardhu after spending some time with the family. Thinking that Nandu is Pardhu, Pardhu’s family accepts Nandu into their family. Pardhu’s cousin Puri falls in love with Nandu at first sight not knowing the truth
Nandu solves many problems that Pardhu’s family is facing and only Pardhu’s friend knows the truth who becomes Nandu’s close aid. Meanwhile, a CBI officer Anjaneya Prasad is investigating the murder of Shiva Reddy and comes across Nandu a.k.a. Pardhu with the help of Railway reserved ticket for train in which Pardhu died on that day. He suspects Nandu of Shiva Reddy’s murder and tries taking his fingerprints unconventionally, but gets outsmarted. Soon clues lead to Malli but it is known that he is dead in car accident.
CBI comes to catch Nandu after learning that Nandu is posing there as Pardhu after seeing a cheque en cashed by Satya Narayana Murthy at the local bank which was signed Nanda Nandu learns of the situation and flees. After the CBI leave, Nandu returns to explain everything about himself and how Pardhu was killed.
At first the family shows no interest in helping Nandu to find the real assassin as they are all shocked but Satya Narayana Murthy helps Nandu by giving him a gun (not knowing the fact that it contains a marble accidentally left by kids inside the barrel of the gun and that it would backfire when used).
After reaching Hyderabad, Nandu calls Baji Reddy and demands to know who killed Shiva Reddy. When he came to know about the murderer, he got shocked himself. Who was he? Switch to full Trisha movie and reveal it.