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Malapilla (1938)

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The son of a priest falls in love with a Harijan girl and elopes with her. The film was a social drama that deals with untouchability prevalent in pre-independent India.




Cast overview:
Govindrajulu Subba Rao Govindrajulu Subba Rao ... Sundara Rama Sastry
Kanchanamala Kanchanamala ... Malapilla
Suri Babu P. Suri Babu P. ... Nagaraju
Sundaramma Sundaramma
Venkatasubbaiah Venkatasubbaiah
Puvvula Ansuya Puvvula Ansuya
Teku Ansuya Teku Ansuya
Ganga Ratnam P. Ganga Ratnam P.
Hemalathamma Rao Hemalathamma Rao
P. Laxmikantamma P. Laxmikantamma
Raghavan M.C. Raghavan M.C.
Vangara Vangara

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The brahmins of a village lead by the priest, Sundara Rama Shastri, fight for caste system while some people try to end it. The educated son of the priest, a photographer, Nagaraju falls in love with a harijan girl, Shampalatha, who is an untouchable. He elopes with her to Calcutta and educates her while the villagers still remain same. Shastri's perspective changes after his wife is rescued from a fire accident by the untouchables. Shastri finally agrees to the marriage of Nagaraju and Shampalatha, thus putting an end to the untouchability in their village.

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The writer is Gudavali Ramabrahmam and not Unnavi Lakshminarayana
23 July 2008 | by gudapatigSee all my reviews

It was mentioned that the writer is Unnavi Lakshminarayana.But the writer of this Malapilla cinema is Gudavali Ramabrahmam.People are mistaken Malapilla instead of Malapalli which was written by Sri Unnavi Lakshminarayana. The cinema is one of the best cinema in Telugu language from the last 60 years. The best part of the cinema is its songs and the heroin Kanchanamala. I have see this pitcher in television. After seeing the pitcher some higher caste people have gone to their houses and taken bath as the pitcher theme is for untouchables IE Harijans. It has run more than 100 days in all theaters it was released and collected lot of money

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