art-house melodrama shows the influences of Sankarabharnam
(1979) on Telugu film. It invents a legend recalling Der Blaue
Engel (1930): an upright and much loved poet Ravindra Babu (Nageswara
Rao) falls in love with the courtesan Padma (Jayaprada). He composes
several poems praising her, proving to his wife (Jayasudha) that
he needs Padma to survive as an artist.
herself to his talent, the wife urges her husband to move in with
his lover. However, when the poet's daughter marries, Padma persuades
him to go back to his wife. Over come with remorse, Ravindra Babu
dies. Padma dies at the same time to confirm their profound unity.
remains Dasari's best-known film out side AP. Apparently homage
to the Telugu lyricist Devulapalli Krishna Sastry who died shortly
before the film was made and whose songs (e.g. Akulo Akunai,
Sigalo Avi Virulo, Mundu Telisena) were reset to music by Ramesh
Naidu and became very popular.
here to know about the awards received by this film.