This story belongs to the period of 1950's. Mohan (Upendra)
returns from the west after 'educating' himself with
a double degree. He reels under the influence of the
west so much that he finds the traditions and customs
followed in India to be utterly senseless. He is also
an heir to the largesse left by his departed jamindar
father. Mohan starts visiting a prostitute Kantha (Ramya
Krishna) everyday. After looking at his bad behavior,
his mother decides to marry him off to a traditional
girl Chandra (Abhirami). During the first night, he
asks Chandra for a lip-to-lip kiss and when she refuses
to do so, he gets pissed off. He declares that he would
not touch Chandra again. He starts living in Kantha's
house. He prefers to stay at the birthday bash of Kantha's
mother to the last rites of his deceased mother. He
transfers all his property to Kantha and then goes bankrupt.
After a couple of years, Mohan suffers from deadly disease
(at that time) of leprosy. Kantha locks him up in a
cellar and treats him like an untouchable. After sometime,
kantha throws him out of her house and Mohan loses eyesight
in the process. He starts wandering in village to beg
for food. And one fine evening, he goes to Chandra's
house to beg. The rest of the story is all about the
climax of 'Rakta Kanneeru'.
is appropriate as Mohan. He changed his facial expressions
by adding bucktooth (etthu pallu). He is extremely
spontaneous while showing the tantrums of foreign-returned
youngster. He is also excellent as leprosy patient.
Upendra should be commended to do a leprosy patient
role without any hesitation. Abhirami
is very good as a village belle by wearing brown-colored
full sarees. Ramya Krishna
is sexy as the devious prostitute. Kumara Bangarappa
is very decent as a good Samaritan. Veteran vamp Jyoti
Lakshmi still calls the shots by looking good
in the role of Ramya Krishna's
mother. Music director and director of this film Sadhu
Kokila donned the role of a pimp. JV
Somayajulu is impressive as the father of Abhirami.
Rakta Kanneru is the story of a popular stage play.
This story was first made as a film in Tamil with MR
Radha as hero in 1953. This stage play also made Nagabhushanam
famous on the screen. 'Raktakanneeru' Nagabhushanam
donned this role on stage for innumerable times. Audiocassettes
of the dialogue version of 'Rakta Kanneeru' by Naga
Bhushanam were sold like hotcakes in AP around 3 decades
ago. None of out Telugu filmmakers put any effort to
put this popular stage play on celluloid.
- Dialogues (original): Upendra provided screenplay
and dialogues (Kannada original) for this film. Screenplay
is good when you consider the fact that that a 2 and
half hour movie is made from a 1 hour stage play. The
basic dialogues by Upendra are very outright and rebellious
as they question the firm believes and preconceived
- Music: Sadhu Kokila - a Kannada music director
made his debut as director with this film. He also acted
as a pimp. The direction of the film is average. Music
is OK. He narrated the film in a monotonous way without
leaving any scope for injecting all-round components.
This film is a typical Upendra film. His histrionics
and the dialogues written to him are the plus points.
Though it's a periodical film, the makers made sure
that they did not put any extra money for sets as they
shot the film in a couple of palatial mansions and gardens.
The first half is entertaining. And second half lacks
entertainment value as hero is shown as leprosy patient.
With the success of this film in Karnataka, Upendra
embarked on another remake of old classic 'Devadas'.
Over all, it's a must watch flick for Upendra fans.
Others can wait till the DVD is released.