by the actress Krishnaveni, this is a political melodrama about
India's freedom struggle. Shobha (Krishnaveni), a critic of the
Congress Party, argues with Madhu (Narayana Rao), a supporter, and
they fall in love. Both get caught up in repressive police violence
and are arrested. When independence is achieved, Madhu develops
amnesia as a result of torture by the police, but his memory returns
and eventually he marries Sobha.
film included several symbolic scenes including a prostitute and
a bottle of liquor in front of Gandhi portrait while a Nagaiah song
bemoans the speed at which India forgot Gandhi's teachings.
film is remembered mainly as Telugu megastar NT Rama Rao's debut
as a police inspector, and as singer Ghantasala's first composing
assignment. This film relies heavily on Burrakatha and Oggukatha
folk forms, introduced here via songwriter Raghavacharya and widely
used in the propagandist theatre of the Praja Natya Mandali.