Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Krishna Vamsi|
|Produced by||Nagarjuna Akkineni|
V. Ram Prasad
|Written by||Y. Venkatram|
Chithajallu Lakshmipathi Rao (dialogues)
|Screenplay by||Krishna Vamsi|
|Music by||Sandeep Chowtha|
Great India Entertainments
Chandralekha is a 1998 Indian Telugu-language comedy drama film, produced by Akkineni Nagarjuna and V. Ram Prasad under the Great India Enterprises banner and directed by Krishna Vamsi. It stars Nagarjuna Akkineni, Ramya Krishna, Isha Koppikar in the lead roles and music composed by Sandeep Chowtha. This film is a remake of the Mohanlal-starring Malayalam film Chandralekha, directed by Priyadarshan. It is the second combination of Nagarjuna-Vamsi-Chowtha after Ninne Pelladata. Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt made a special appearance for the first time in a Telugu film.
Sitarama Rao alias Seeta (Nagarjuna Akkineni) is a struggling unemployed youth who arrives in Hyderabad to meet his sister (Jhansi) and brother-in-law (Tanikella Bharani), his father has been falsely implicated in a bank fraud and wants to sell his ancestral property to pay towards the litigation, for that he needs his sister's approval, but is rebuked and banished by his brother-in-law. Disillusioned, Seeta seeks out his old school mate Tirupathi (Brahmaji), who is working in a fruit juice vending shop in Hyderabad. Tirupathi himself is a hapless uneducated youth working for his uncle (Rallapalli), who is a treacherous money lender, with a hope to marry his daughter Bangari (Priya). They plan to open a cool drink shop, but need 1.25 lakh Rupees to rent a shop as a prerequisite to getting a bank loan. With no other way in sight, the two of them swindle Tirupathi's uncle out of 1.25 lakh Rupees. Seeta then tries to get the loan sanctioned, but he is rebuffed by a new Bank manager (M. S. Narayana), who had taken charge by then.
In a new development, Seeta happens to rescue a woman called Chandrika Varma or 'Chandra' (Ramya Krishnan) after a car accident, hospitalizing her. Chandra is the daughter of a wealthy businessman Varma (Murali Mohan). Seetarama Rao is mistaken by the hospital staff to be her husband Raj Kapoor. Soon her relatives including her father arrive and they too mistake him as Raj Kapoor because no one had ever seen or talked to him. Also, it happened that Chandra was a major client of Seetarama Rao's Bank Manager, who too mistook him for Chandra's husband, and was now eager to please him. Seetarama Rao, who is good at heart, initially intended to reveal the truth to everyone but later decides to masquerade as Raj Kapoor till he gets loan approval from the Bank Manager. Chandra lay bedridden, paralyzed, unable to react but was able to witness all the commotion around her.
Some of the relatives of Chandra were never convinced about Seetarama Rao from the outset. To make matters worse for Seeta, enters Lekha (Isha Koppikar), a close friend of Chandra and who is a medical graduate. She had talked to Raj Kapoor on the phone previously and became immediately suspicious about Seeta. The relatives join with Lekha to find out the truth. Lekha and others play cat and mouse with Seeta trying to uncover his veracity, with Seeta staying ahead of the game for a while. Finally, Lekha fortuitously comes to know the real story of Seetarama Rao, but she is moved by his life struggles. In the meantime, Chandra revives from her paralysis, but she too forgives Seetarama Rao for everything; also, she had developed a liking for him. But one of the jealous relatives of Chandra (Pruthvi Raj) manages to expose Seeta before everyone. Then Chandra admits all the truth to everyone. She was not in fact in a car accident, but it was a suicide attempt after her fiancé, the real Raj Kapoor, had betrayed her, and their marriage had never commenced. But she was now in love with Seetarama Rao and hoped to marry him. Chandra recovers fully under the loving care of Seeta and Lekha. But later Chandra discovers that Lekha was already in love with Seetarama Rao and had in fact given way for her as a favor to Chandra's father, to whom Lekha was like a second daughter. Chandra gracefully withdraws from her planned marriage with Seetarama Rao. Finally, Seeta and Lekha are united together with everyone's hearty blessings.
- Nagarjuna Akkineni as Sitarama Rao "Seeta" / Raj Kapoor
- Ramya Krishnan as Chandra / Chandrika Varma
- Isha Koppikar as Lekha
- Murali Mohan as Varma
- Chandra Mohan as Pandu
- Giri Babu as Doctor
- Tanikella Bharani as Prasad, Brother-in-Law of Sitarama Rao
- Jhansi as Prasad's wife
- Rallapalli as Appalaraju
- M. S. Narayana as Bank Manager
- Brahmaji as Tirupathi
- Banerjee as Varma's Relative
- Prudhviraj as Ramaraju
- Uttej as Patient
- Chitti as Varma's Relative
- Junior Relangi as House Owner
- Narsing Yadav as Financier
- Rama Prabha as Bamma
- Malika as Varma's relative
- Priya as Bangari
- Sivaji Raja as Hospital compounder
- Sanjay Dutt (Cameo) as Raj Kapoor
- Srikanth (Cameo) as Himself
- KS Ankith as Himself
|Soundtrack album by|
|1.||"Sahasame Cheyara"||SP Balu||4:31|
|2.||"Divvi Divvi Divvitam"||Sowmya Raoh, Sujatha||4:25|
|3.||"Okkasari Okkasari"||Rajesh Krishnan||4:38|
|4.||"Tajmahaluni"||Rajesh Krishnan, Sowmya Raoh||4:50|
|5.||"Mogali Podalu"||Rajesh Krishnan, Sunitha||4:32|
|6.||"Urumulu Nee Muvvalayi"||Rajesh Krishnan, Sujatha||4:32|
Krishna Vamsi was skeptical about directing a remake, but was convinced later, after watching the Malayalam version.
The film received great reviews, for Nagarjuna's acting and Krishna Vamsi's screenplay and direction.