Set in the backdrop of Rayalaseema, 'Aadi' opens with Veera Reddy (Ahuti Prasad) returning from USA after a long gap with his wife and 8-year-old kid Aadi Kesava Reddy. Veera Reddy's deceased father was a well-known factionist in that area and owned a land of 4,000 acres (16 km2). While leaving for USA, Aadi Sesha Reddy gave the responsibility of managing this land to Siva Reddy (Rajan P Dev).
Now back in India, Veera Reddy realises that Siva Reddy is misusing his power. He wants to donate all his land to the 2000 families staying in that village. When Siva Reddy comes to know of this charity giveaway, he attacks Veera Reddy, killing him and his wife. Veeranna (Chalapati Rao), a trusted lieutenant of Veera Reddy, takes the kid Aadi Kesava Reddy and escapes to the city (Hyderabad). After the murders, Veera Reddy's trusted people are put in jail with a prison sentence of 14 years.
Then the film titles roll ending with the caption '12 years later'. We see the grown up Aadi (Jr. NTR) studying in a college. He falls in love with Nandu (Keerthi Chawla) and vice versa. Veeranna has raised Aadi in Hyderabad as a fun-loving boy but he is also a hot tempered young man. Later on, it is revealed that Nandu is the daughter of Siva Reddy.
Completing her studies, Nandu returns to her hometown at her father's place. After a hiatus of 14 years, Aadi re-enters the Rayalaseema along with other trusted members of his father who are released from jail. Veeranna wants to take revenge on Siva Reddy and get back all the land so that he can distribute it to the villagers. The rest of the film deals with how Aadi achieves his objective.
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