Ramabrahmam died before he could complete his dream project, a historical foreshadowing India’s independence, and L.V. Prasad finished it. The film tells of warfare and rivalries within the kingdom of Palnadu, causing the kingdom to split and numerous bloody caste and religious conflicts. The minister Brahmanayudu (G.V. Subba Rao), a wily political visionary, opens the doors of the Chenna Keshava temple to people of all castes, leading to a revolt from the military instigated by the royal matriarch Nagamma. The kingdom splits and early contests for dominance give way to full-scale battle among the second generation of the warring clans. The opening title directly alludes to Partition, referring to the fate of a nation ‘whose soil has been converted into a rudrabhoomi [a cremation ground] by the vengeful attitudes of warring brothers’.
The movie was remade with the same title in the year 1966 featuring N. T. Rama Rao and Bhanumathi Ramakrishna in the lead roles.
After 10% of the movie was completed, director Gudavalli Ramabrahmam expired with illness and LV Prasad had to take over to complete the shooting of the film with Katuri Jaganmohan as his associate.
Gudavalli Ramabrahmam and lyricist Samudrala were colleagues at the magazine Prajamithra. and they worked together for the first time in this movie.
Palnati Yuddham 1947
01 Jan 1947 ● Telugu ● 2 hrs 48 mins
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