|Directed by||K. Raghavendra Rao|
|Produced by||Uppalapati Surya Narayana Raju|
Krishnam Raju (presents)
|Written by||Paruchuri Brothers|
(story / dialogues)
|Screenplay by||K. Raghavendra Rao|
|Music by||K. Chakravarthy|
|Cinematography||K. S. Prakash|
|Edited by||D. Venkata Ratnam|
Gopi Krishna Movies
Bobbili Brahmanna is a 1984 Telugu-language action film directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. It was produced by U. Suryanarayana Raju for the studio Gopi Krishna Movies.The film stars Krishnam Raju, Sharada and Jayasudha as lead actors, and is scored by K. Chakravarthy. The film was recorded as an Industry Hit at the box office.
Brahmanna is the head of Kotipalli, a village which does not have the police force. He is a descendent of the Bobbili clan, through which he has gained the role of a mediator between people in the village. He makes impartial judgements before the table of justice—a massive tree trunk adorned with a sacred sword.
Brahmanna's younger brother, Ravi, falls in love with a woman named Kasturi. One day, a man named Bullebbayi rapes Kasturi's older sister, Swaraiyam, in a graveyard. Ravi intercedes and saves Swaraiyim. He brings her to the table of justice. Brahmanna decides that Bellebbayi should marry Swaraiyam. Bellebbayi's father, Rayudu, is plotting to occupy the chair of the village head. Later, Rayudu performs a dangerous abortion on his now-pregnant daughter-in-law. Rayudu also starts a rumor that Brahmanna is having an affair with a woman named Susheela and that he sleeps in her hut on the outskirts of the village. Brahmanna reveals that Susheela is the widow of a man he wrongfully condemned to death, and he is now looking after her out of remorse.
Brahmanna's daughter, Rajeswari, falls in love with Susheela's son, Rambabu. Brahmanna agrees to the couple's marriage. Rajeswari goes to play with a swing in a fit of happiness. Rayudu causes Rajeswari to fall from the swing. She falls on a man, and Rayudu claims that the impact blinded that man. Brahmanna's tries to do justice even if the perpetrator is his family member, and he decides that Rajeswari now must marry the blind man to do penance. Ignoring this judgment, Ravi performs a secret marriage between Rajeswari and Rambabu. In anger, Brahmanna expels Ravi from the village. Susheela finds out Rayudu's plan to overthrow Brahmanna. She informs Brahmanna of this, and he slays Rayudu with the sword from the table of justice. Ending the village's autonomy, the film ends with the police arriving and arresting Brahmanna for Rayudu's murder.
- Krishnam Raju as Brahmanna / Ravi (Dual role)
- Sharada as Savitri
- Jayasudha as Kasturi
- Rao Gopal Rao as Meesala Pedavenkatrayudu
- Satyanarayana as Bullebbayi
- Allu Ramalingaiah
- Nutan Prasad as Shastri
- Rajesh as Rambabu
- Annapoorna as Susheelamma
- Mucherla Aruna as Rajeswari
- Krishnaveni as Swarajyam
Krishnam Raju remade the film in Hindi as Dharm Adhikari under Gopi Krishna Movies in 1986 starring Dilip Kumar, Jeetendra, and Sridevi. In Bobbili Brahmanna, Krishnam Raju played both the lead roles, but in Dharm Adhikari, the two roles are played by Dilip Kumar and Jeetendra. It was also remade in Kannada as "Dharmapeetha", starring Shrinath and Shashikumar in lead roles.
- With this film, Krishnam Raju became the first actor to win both Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu and Nandi Award for Best Actor twice for the same film. He won the award earlier for Amara Deepam (1977).
- After the huge success of the film, Krishnam Raju brought fish from his native place, Mogalthur and gave a grand party to the entire cast and crew.
- In an interview with The Hindu in 2006, Krishnam Raju said that if Bobbili Brahmanna were made today, it would have surely grossed at least ₹40 crore (US$5.6 million).
- In 2015, K. Raghavendra Rao shared his experience of the film on the TV show Soundrya Lahari with Prabhas and S. S. Rajamouli.
The film's concept of a hero judging others' problems in his village became very popular. Later, the formula was used in Cheran Pandiyan (1991) (Tamil film, remade in Telugu as Balarama Krishnulu in 1992), Chinna Gounder (1992) (Tamil film, remade in Telugu as Chinarayudu in 1992), Bobbili Simham (1994), Nattamai (1994) (Tamil film, remade in Telugu as Pedarayudu in 1995), Kondapalli Rattaiah (1995) and Kondaveeti Simhasanam (2002).