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31 August 2007 (USA) See more »
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Vanaja, the 15 year old daughter of a financially troubled fisherman goes to work in the local landlady's house in hopes of learning Kuchipudi dance... See more » | Add synopsis »
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26 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Do frogs consider their babies beautiful? See more (7 total) »

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Directed by
Rajnesh Domalpalli 
 
Writing credits
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Rajnesh Domalpalli 

Produced by
Latha R. Domalapalli .... producer
Andrew Lund .... executive producer
Sarju Patel .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Indira Amperiani 
Bhaskara S. Narayanan 
 
Cinematography by
Milton Kam 
 
Film Editing by
Rajnesh Domalpalli (co-editor)
Robert Q. Lovett 
 
Production Design by
Nagulu Busigampala 
 
Production Management
Naveen Challa .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raja Krishna .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Krishna Bolagani .... boom operator
Radhakrishna Eskala .... sound
Scott Greenhaw .... sound recordist
Andrew Halasz .... supervising sound editor
Koteswara Rao S.V. .... associate sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan McIntyre Smith .... gaffer
Alan McIntyre Smith .... still photographer
 
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Elayaraja .... smoke artist
 

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USA:111 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Do frogs consider their babies beautiful?, 16 September 2009
Author: lastliberal from United States

Winning 26 out of the 28 awards it was nominated for, there is no doubt that this film will stand as one of the best of 2007. The fact that it was made with non professionals who were trained to act and dance makes it that much more special.

It is not a Bollywood production, but it is about art. A lower caste girl wants to sing and dance. She wants to move up in society, but there is a limit. Everyone cannot be President in India, there is a caste system, and the narrow minds will not allow it to be breached.

Vanaja (Mamatha Bhukya) quits school at 15 and goes to work for the Landlady (Urmila Dammannagari), who was once an accomplished dancer. After some time working the animals, she is taught to sing and dance. The film is strikingly beautiful with rich color. It is amazing what can be done with $20,000, as this film was a Master's project for the writer director.

The Landlady's son (Karan Singh) returns from America to run for office and is struck by the girl. But, she is lower caste and can only be a vessel for his lust. Things are no better at home as her father drinks and eats and steals her money. She ends up pregnant and has to sell the baby to the Landlady.

In the end, she never rises above her caste, but the story was fascinating and the acting was really good.

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