Ambikapathy (Eng: Beloved One) is a 2013 Indian romantic movie, directed by Anand L. Rai and written by Himanshu Sharma. The film is produced by Krishika Lulla under the banner Eros International. It stars Dhanush, in his Bollywood debut, Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol in lead roles. The background score and songs were composed by A. R. Rahman. The Hindi lyrics of the tracks were penned by Irshad Kamil, whereas the Tamil lyrics were written by Vairamuthu. Within a week of release, the film’s collections reached 34.9 crore (US$5.2 million) domestic nett. Ambikapathy was declared a hit by Box Office India. Post four weeks of its run, the film grossed over 120 crore (US$18 million) worldwide.
Kundan Shankar (Dhanush) is the only son of a Tamil Hindu parents settled in Varanasi. Since his childhood, Kundan has had a strong and obsessive one-sided love for Zoya Haider (Sonam Kapoor), a Muslim girl residing in the same neighborhood. He always attempts to be around her but gets slapped several times in the process. Zoya finally changes her mind because of Kundan’s consistency of affection. Her family is orthodox, preventing the lovers from being together. After Zoya moves to Aligarh for further studies, Kundan harmonizes with Zoya’s family, assisting them with chores. Zoya gets into Jawaharlal Nehru University and discovers a long-lost strength as she confronts and then falls for student leader Akram Zaidi (Abhay Deol).
After eight years, Zoya returns to Varanasi, barely recognizing Kundan when she meets him again. Kundan again attempts to ask Zoya for her love but she is reluctant, revealing that she is in love with Akram. She urges Kundan to convince her family about her marriage with Akram. Kundan eventually agrees and gets their wedding arranged, promising Zoya that he will also marry someone else and forget her. He proposes to his childhood friend Bindiya (Swara Bhaskar), who has had a crush on him since childhood…..
Directed by Anand L. Rai
Produced by Krishika Lulla
Written by Himanshu Sharma
Starring Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Swara Bhaskar
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Natarajan Subramaniam & Vishal Sinha
Edited by Hemal Kothari
Production Colour Yellow Pictures
Distributed by Eros International
Release dates 21 June 2013
Running time 140 minutes
Language Hindi / Tamil