Movie Details


Director by:    Dasari Narayana Rao
Producer by:    Y.Sunil Chowdary
Written by:    Based on novel Balipeetam by Ranganayakamma
Starring:    Shobhan Babu Sharada Murali Mohan
Music by:    K. Chakravarthy
Release date:    1975
Country:     India
Language:    Telugu


  • "Chandamama Rave Jabilli Rave" (Lyrics: Dasarathi; Singers: V. Ramakrishna and P. Susheela; Cast: Shobhan Babu and Sharada)
  • "Kushalama Neeku Kushalamena" (Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishnasastri; Singers: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and P. Susheela; Cast: Shobhan Babu and Sharada)
  • "Maarali Maarali Manushula Nadavadi Maarali" (Lyrics: C. Narayana Reddy; Singers: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and P. Susheela)
  • "Kalasi Padudam" (Lyrics: Srirangam Srinivasa Rao; Singers: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and P. Susheela)
  • "Takku Tikku Takkuladi Bandira" (Lyrics: Kosaraju Raghavaiah; Singers: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and S. Janaki)
  • "Yesukundam Buddoda" (Lyrics: Kosaraju Raghavaiah; Singers: Pithapuram Nageswara Rao and Madhavapeddi Satyam)
  • Synopsis

    Bhaskar (Shobhan Babu), a Dalit marries Aruna (Sharada), a Higher-caste woman, when she is on her deathbed. Fulfilling her wish to die a 'Sumangali' Bhaskar marries her. Aruna does not die and comes back to life from deadly consumption. After her recovery she understands the enormity of her decision and its consequences. She goes to live with Bhaskar's family. However Aruna finds it unable to accustom in Bhaskar's household. She finds them very much unlike Bhaskar. Their dialect, dressing sense, practices makes her feel the cultural distance. One of the major themes of Dalit Literature, Intercaste marriage is the leitmotif in this movie. Aruna insults Bhaskar on the basis of his lower caste and goes back to her Aunt and Uncle. There she sees that her relatives are more interested in her money than her ill health. Surprisingly, her cousin Kamala marries a man of different religion. She takes care of her family becoming a housewife. She becomes an instrument in Aruna's comprehension of human nature. In the end when Aruna is ill again due to consumption, she finds that she and her children need a safer abode than her own home. She goes to Bhaskar's family, and she sees that outward appearances do not account for inner purity. The Dalit In-law family takes care of Aruna and her two children. Bhaskar comes to her and Aruna dies in his arms apologizing for sacrificing so many lives with her decisions. And thus the title, Balipeetam: The pedestal of Sacrifice. The core issues of Inter-caste marriages and Interpersonal relations are woven into the movie

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