film is an elaborate melodrama with Sambaiah (Chiranjeevi) as the
illiterate cobbler who raises his dead sister's son Chinna (Arjun/Sirish)
while also financing the education of the orphaned Sharada (Sumalatha).
When Sharada marries, Sambaiah's lover Ganga (Vijaya Shanti) sterilized
so that nothing will interfere with Chinna's growth. Ganga assists
Sambaiah in becoming enormously wealthy, but this causes several
biological father Govind (Charan Raj) teams up with Sharada's no-good
husband Bhaskar (Banarjee) to make a series of demands on Sambaiah
and to claim Chinna's guardianship. Eventually Chinna rebels against
his father and both he and Sambaiah return to latter's modest original
profession of cobbler.
film was a critical success, notably for recasting action star Chiranjeevi
in an unusual role, which also constituted his influential effort
to transform his screen image by entering what is known in Telugu
cinema as the 'class film'.
than two years after the formation of Dalit Mahasabha in AP (1985),
the film posits a conservative resolution to an important political
movement in its evacuation of all caste conflict in favor of a fictional
conflict between 'good' and 'bad' Dalits.