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Ayanaku Iddaru

1995 167’ col Telugu d E.V.V. Satyanarayana pc Tulasi-Annapurna Creations s Irukapalli Mohana Rao lyr Bhuvana Chandra, Samavedam Shanmugha Sharma c Adusumilli Vijayakumar m Koti lp Jagapati Babu, Ramya Krishna, Ooha, Satyanarayana, Allam Veerappa, Brahmanandam, Kota Srinivasa Rao, A.V.S.

A successful example of the popular Telugu melodrama associated with Shobhan Babu’s 70s-80s work, in which a man has a relationship with two women. Suryam (Jagapati Babu) falls in love with Ramya (Ramya) mistaking her to be the author of an anonymous love letter actually written by her younger step-sister Ooha (Ooha). When Ramya abandons Suryam on the day of their marriage for a career in show business, he marries Ooha instead to save both himself and her family from a scandal. However, she refuses to consummate the marriage in protest. Ramya then returns and accuses her step-sister of having stolen her lover. She camps in the couple’s home and tries to seduce Suryam. Despite the havoc caused by Ramya, the married couple is eventually reunited after Ooha attempts to kill herself. The film’s main narrative pivot is the symbolic space occupied by Ooha, who, on the one hand, as the embodiment of modernity, refuses a subservient role in the marriage, but who nevertheless is forced to also play the sacrificing woman: a contradiction in most conventional narratives that this film specifically sets out to resolve in its characterisation.