Director: R.M. Krishnaswamy; Writer: Acharya Athreya; Cinematographer: R.M. Krishnaswamy; Cast: Chittor V. Nagaiah, Ramasarma, Sivaram, Pandharibai, B. Jayamma
Story, lyrics from Acharya Athreya's play NGO.
Influential realist effort in Telugu and Tamil cinemas based on a major Telugu play (1949) which introduced, along with Vasireddy’s Mundadugu, a new generation in Telugu theatre. Nagaiah plays a clerk in a government office who looks after a sick father (Ramasarma), an unmarried sister and an unemployed brother (Sivaram) who sells tooth powder on the street. The clerk accepts a bribe, is found out and arrested. The father dies and the younger brother delivers the play’s morality lecture on honesty. Athreya added scenes for the film such as the sister’s marriage to a man who promptly dies after the wedding.