|Directed by||C. Umamaheswara Rao|
|Produced by||K. V. Suresh Kumar|
|Written by||C. Umamaheswara Rao|
|Distributed by||Film India Art Creations|
Ankuram (Telugu: అంకురం; translation: The Seeding) is a 1993 Telugu drama film directed by C. Umamaheswara Rao, with Revathi in the lead role. The film is about an inspiring journey of a middle-class woman to return an abandoned child to his father. Ankuram runs, in the background, issues like social stigmas, feudalism, naxalism, bureaucracy and human rights. The film was premiered at the 1993 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.
The plot unfolds like a Chinese puzzle; it's a journey where we discover gradually the reason for the lead being harassed by the police, the blocks she faces uncovering a father's identity, and the darker side of an authoritarian police force and its brutality towards tribals. The film has received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year.
The movie starts with the marriage of a young couple. The bride Sindhura (Revathy) finds a child on a train. She wants to support the child, against the wishes of her husband's family, until she locates the child's parents.
She starts enquiring about the passenger who left his child on the train. Satyam (Om Puri), father of the child, has been on the chase by feudals and police. The police are unable to find him and arrest his pregnant wife. Tribals protested and planned to attack the police. They were stopped by Dr. Mitra (Charuhasan), a pro-tribal doctor. A sadistic officer forced the mother to do situps, resulting in loss of her life. Angered crowd killed the police officer, which caused more violence between officials and tribals.
During the course of the search, Sindhura is implicated in a false case and loses her married life. She faces the threats by rowdies to her own parents and sisters. She persists with the help of Rao (Sarat Babu) (a civil liberty activist and lawyer), goes to the village, brings the atrocities towards the oppressed people to light, and returns the child.
Ankuram ends with the message that citizens who can speak have the responsibility of speaking about the rights of the fellow citizens who can not speak.
- National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu (1992) - (director) - C. Umamaheswara Rao (1992)
- Filmfare award for best Telugu actress.
- Revathy as Sindhura
- Sarath Babu as Lawyer Rao
- Om Puri as Satyam
- M. Balaiah as Sindhura's father
- Kota Sankararao as Police officer
- Charuhasan as Mitra
- Hari Prasad as Sindhura's husband
- P. L. Narayana
- Raasi as Sindhura's sister
- Sai Chand
- Raja Ravindra as Photographer
- Ali as Veera Babu
- Story, screenplay and direction: Umamaheswara Rao. C
- Production: K. V. Suresh Kumar from Film India Art Creations
- Music: Hamsalekha
- Camera: Madhu Ambat
- Lyrics: Sirivennela
- Playback: S. P. Balasubramanyam and Chitra
The soundtrack features one popular track "Evaro okaru epudo apudu nadavara mundhuga" with lyrics by Sirivennela and voice by playback singers S. P. Balasubramanyam and Chitra. The theme of the song is that the first person walking towards a new goal is always alone at first and then others follow.
The film has one comic song "Athaarintiki Railekkindhi rubber bomma" which was shot in the train while Revathy was traveling. It also has another song "Hai guru! Chelaregaro selavulochhayani" picturized on college students.
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