Bali Peetam
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Cast: Shoban Babu, Sharada, Murali Mohan
Director: Dasari Narayana Rao
MusicDirector: Chakravarthy
Screenplay: Dasari Narayana Rao
Producer: None
Banner: None
Presents: Dasari Narayana Rao Presents
Movie Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 17, 1975

Shobhan Babu, Sharada, Murali Mohan


Balipeetam is a 1975 Telugu Drama film directed by Dasari Narayana Rao. It is based on the popular socialist novel written by Muppala Ranganayakamma entitled Balipeetam.Balipeetam is a tragedy. The protagonist Bhaskar, a Dalit marries Aruna, 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 cultuural distance. One of the major themes of Dalit Literature, Intercaste marriage is the leitmotif in this movie. Aruna insults Bhasker 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 apologising for sacrificing so many lives with her decisions. And thus the title, Balipeetam: The pedestal of Sacrifice. The core issues of Intercaste marriages and Interpersonal relations are woven into the movie

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