This biographical saga traces the exemplary life of Alluri Seetaramaraju, an anti-imperialist tribal leader, who fought the British rule and led early insurgency movements. He continued to inspire the locals to revolt and fight for their rights, until he was captured and brutally slain
Evocative and provocative, this historical biography is based on the life of Alluri Sitarama Raju, an Indian revolutionary and freedom fighter, who martyred himself in the fight for freedom from British tyranny.
After the passing of the 1882 Madras Forest Act, its restrictions on the free movement of tribal peoples in the forest prevented them from engaging in their traditional Podu agricultural system, which involved shifting cultivation. Raju led the 'Rampa Rebellion' of 1922–24, during which a band of tribal leaders and other sympathisers fought against the British Raj, which had passed the law.
He was referred to as 'Manyam Veerudu' ('Hero of the Jungles') by the local people, who supported and protected him. Along with his ardent followers, he raided police stations, stole guns and ammunition and killed several British army officers, including Scott Coward near Dammanapalli.
Raju was eventually trapped by the British in the forests of Chintapalli, then tied to a tree and was executed by gunfire in Mampa village. His tomb is in Krishna Devi Peta village.
The film is the first Telugu movie to be filmed in CinemaScope format.
This film is considered a classic and is fondly remembered for its exemplary story, acting, and technical work, including the patriotic lyrics by radical poet Sri Sri. This movie's phenomenal success spawned a wave of biopics of historical as well as mythological figures, usually presented as major challenges to the star actors.
Alluri Seetaramaraju 1974
01 May 1974 ● Telugu ● 3 hrs 7 mins
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