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Vanaja (2006)

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. She does well, but when the Landlady's ... See full summary »


Rajnesh Domalpalli
26 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Mamatha Bhukya Mamatha Bhukya ... Vanaja
Urmila Dammannagari Urmila Dammannagari ... Mrs. Rama Devi
Ramachandriah Marikanti Ramachandriah Marikanti ... Somayya
Krishnamma Gundimalla Krishnamma Gundimalla ... Radhamma
Karan Singh Karan Singh ... Shekhar
Bhavani Renukunta Bhavani Renukunta ... Lacchi
Krishna Garlapati Krishna Garlapati ... Ram Babu
Prabhu Garlapati Prabhu Garlapati ... Yadigiri
Ram Babu Tarra Ram Babu Tarra ... Yagnesh
Veeramma Sadula Veeramma Sadula ... Padma


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. She does well, but when the Landlady's son returns from the US, what begins as innocent sexual chemistry turns ugly, ending in a rape - a rape of a minor. Set in rural South India, a place where social barriers are built stronger than ancient fort walls, the film explores the chasm that divides classes as a young girl struggles to come of age. Written by Anonymous

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Heartwarming and Arresting image's
7 July 2020 | by niyanthaSee all my reviews

The Great Beauty

Film : Vanaja Director : @rajnesh_d Dop : Milton Kam Music : Indhira Amperianeni Bhaskara S Narayanan Cast : Mamatha Bhukya Urmila Bhavani Renikunta Karan Singh Krishnamma Rama chandraih

#Vanaja face of freshness and delight !! A timeless beauty which unfolding against an class exploitation that sadly stands still in India !It screened at over 100 film festivals in 49 countries and won 24 international awards 2 nominations.

The line was inspired by child scream being separated from his mom in #sophieschoice but later he stated a study of class distinctions and fading institutions of folk art, old buildings that are collapsing, things which we should be protecting - which are a part of our heritage. Speaking of the need for preservation of Indian culture and heritage, he said that making the film was an opportunity to emphasise the Indian folk arts, too.

#mamathabhukya right combination of intelligence, commitment and talent as well. Her act was touching and believable !

#rajneshdomalpalli gives a detailed sense of place and shows a mastery of story telling.With the help of colors of saris and room decorations, the dazzle of dance costumes and the dusty landscapes,hills and vistas, its oxen and elephants,houses, boat settings.Praise his guts to breaking stereotypes on those days that too new Comer's not with professional actors ! And I loved it the way he Started film with BurraKatha !

#miltonkam was made using natural lighting situations, the colour and saturation quality was excellent. His frames explores,evokes village life with stark authenticity !

Great to see the film in telugu and 16 mm aspect ratio, renowned Carnatic music !

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Release Date:

31 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

嗆辣小舞孃 See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,770, 2 September 2007

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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