A moving high-voltage, sentimental drama that caters
to family audiences in general. This intense love story
tests a single aspect of human relationship. The first
one is: who is more loved - an orphan boy, picked from
an orphanage and brought up by the couple, or the grand-daughter
of the same couple, but born to a man with whom their
daughter eloped, almost 15 years ago. The entire drama
hangs around this point. Krishnam Raju and Sujatha play
this elderly couple impressively, while Uday Kiran plays
plays the crucial role of Raghavayya, a highly-respected
industrialist. Raghavayya makes all arrangements for
the wedding of his only daughter (Meenakumari). But
she elopes with Suman. He finds it difficult to accept
this situation. He soon adopts a young boy from an orphanage
who grows up to be Anand (Uday Kiran). From this point
the drama moves encasing all the emotions. Anand is
not interested in girls. Prasad (Suman), who loved and
married Raghavayya's daughterloses his wife who dies
in childbirth. He names her Sitalakshmi, after her maternal
grandmother, as wished by his wife. Sita and Anand are
now in the same college. On knowing that Anand maintains
a distance from girls, mischievous Sita decides to win
his heart. Eventually the two fall in love.
identity is revealed in a small flashback. He is educated
by Raghavayya when his father, an employee of the industrialist,
the entrance of Prasad's daughter Sita, the story picks
up in tempo.
simply corners the show. She offers her best performance
till date. She matches up to Krishnamraju in the common
scenes especially after she reveals the truth of her
Prasad, realises his mistake of separating such a loveable
Raghavayya from his daughter. The only solution to the
drama is to make Raghavayya feel that blood is thicker.
How that happens forms the rest of the film.
Krishnam Raju, now a central minister, this is a great
comeback with a resounding performance, maintaining
that dignity the character deserves. Quite a number
of tear-jerking scenes are quite moving. Brahmanandam's
character provides that badly needed relief. Suman gets
a role befitting his age. But he need not have been
made to look that stubborn as is shown, when he faces
his benefactor. Sujatha is as cool as ever contributing
greatly to the sentimental impact.
directs for the first time in Telugu.And he does so
carefully and dexterously. He will surely win appreciation
especially in handling the drawing room drama to utter
perfection. Dialogues are by the seasoned writers -
Paruchuri Brothers. Music by R.P.Patnaik has familiar
tunes, but the background score is quite invigorating.