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1973 166’ b&w Telugu d K. Vishwanath pc Annapurna Cine Ents dial Bollimunta lyr C. Narayana Reddy, Dasarathi, Veturi Sundara Ramamurthy, Arudra c G.K. Ramu, V.K. Gopal m K. Chakravarty lp Shobhan Babu, Sharada, Jayanthi, Satyanarayana, Rajababu, Allu Ramalingaiah, Ravu Gopala Rao, Sarathi, Baby Dolly, Shanta Devi

Vishwanath’s psychodrama in the Annapurna tradition (cf. Adurthi Subba Rao’s work). A woman (Sharada) goes insane after her husband’s (Shobhan Babu) death on their wedding night. A doctor who resembles the husband (Shobhan Babu again) pretends to be the husband as part of the therapy. The treatment eventually fails when she realises the truth and, upholding what the film presents as the glorious Indian tradition of female virtue, dies in a boat on a river at the very place where the husband died. The music enhanced the film’s popularity and launched Vishwanath towards an art-house cinema.