ankuram ( 1993 )

Well this is a left-wing film and I'm a rabid commie-hater but give the devil credit where it's due: This film probably is one of the best (if not the best) of the 90's Telugu films. Taut script, terse dialogue and matching performance from the lead roles, esp Revathi. The heroic spirit that this film portrays is really inspiring. Would have gained much wider notice but for the fact that it's a Telugu film. Storyline is something like: Revathi, a (happily) married woman unwittingly comes into possession of a child. The child's mother is dead (killed by the class enemies, rather) and father is on the run because the feudal lords and their chamcha police are after him for the latter being a challenger of status quo (The film never calls him a Naxal but we've got to understand) The film revolves around Revathi, her determination to locate the child's parents and return it to them, and her travails in the process - her marriage is wrecked and the goons are after her now - but she persists. There are some scenes which are make you spellbound like a scene where just after a goon attack on their house Revathi and her family make a (without dialogue!) vow not to be cowed down. Verily the definitive portrayal of heroism - not your masala movie kind. A very good film because it cocentrates on story-telling and excellent characterization of the roles rather than propaganda in the Madala Rangarao & Narayana mould. Must see, even if you too are a commie hater :)
(Contributed by HANS )

  • Uma Maheswar Rao, C

  • Uma Maheswar Rao, C

    Cast (in alphabetical order)

  • Om Puri
  • Revathi
  • Sarat Babu
  • Srinivasa Rao, Kota

  • Hamsalekha

  • Balasubrahmanyam, S.P
  • Chitra, K.S


    Bagged both state Nandi and central government awards

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