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Muthyala Muggu

1975 165’ col Telugu d/sc Bapu pc Shri Rama Chitra st/dial Mullapudi Venkatramana lyr Arudra, C. Narayana Reddy, Guntur Sheshendra Sharma c Ishan Arya m K.V. Mahadevan lp Sridhar, Sangeetha, T.L. Kantha Rao, Ravu Gopala Rao, K. Mukkamala, Suresh, Allu Ramalingaiah, Varaprasad, Suryakantam, Purnima, Jaya Malini, Kalpana, Baby Radha, Master Murali, Arja Janardana Rao, ‘Sakshi’ Rangarao, Halam

Although the author of mythologicals (cf. Shri Ramanjaneya Yuddham, 1974; Seeta Kalyanam, 1976), Bapu is better known for his updating of the genre as a critique of modernity (cf. Hum Paanch, 1980). This is a contemporary version of the Rama legend. Sridhar (Sridhar), the son of Raja Ramadas, marries Laxmi (Sangeetha) who is earlier seen with a pet monkey (evoking the monkey god Hanuman). The villain (Mukkamala) and his daughter (Malini) seek out a modern Ravana (Gopala Rao), who hides a person in the wife’s bedroom so that her husband will suspect an affair. Eventually the couple’s twins bring their parents together and wreak revenge on the Ravana figure. Gopala Rao’s stylised performance together with the twins’ ‘cute’ pranks assured the film’s entertainment value.

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