is a commercial hit. It served as a debut venture for the director
T Prakash Rao and also has the Bengali cameraman-director shot this
film. This film introduced a new ruralist melodrama. Contrasting
scientific enlightenment with the backward superstition, the film
also pits progressive hero Chandram (NTR) against the villainous
moneylender Ganapathy (SV Ranga Rao)
second plot strand features Kondaiah (Nagabhushanam) who wants to
marry Suguna (Savitri). The moneylender tries to close down Chandram's
Vishal Andhra (Greater Andhra) library in order to construct a temple
in that place.
the village is hit by famine, he starts hoarding food. The hero
opposes him for which, he is arrested and tied in the court. The
long court scene confronts the peasantry that supports Chandram
with the rich landlords who persecute him.
film used verity footage of Sankranthi festival shot in the Krishna
district and included progressive poet Sri Sri's noted lyric Polalananni
Balaladunni. Other ruralist films like Peda Raithu (1952) followed
in it's wake.