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Theatrical release poster
Directed byN. T. Rama Rao
Produced byN. Trivikrama Rao
Written bySamudrala Jr
Maddipatla Suri
Screenplay byN. T. Rama Rao
Story byN. T. Rama Rao
StarringN. T. Rama Rao
Krishna Kumari
Music byT. V. Raju
CinematographyRavikant Nagaich
Edited byG. D. Joshi
Release date
10 January 1969
Running time
176 minutes

Varakatnam (transl. Dowry) is a 1969 Indian Telugu-language drama film, produced by N. Trivikrama Rao under the banner NAT & Ramakrishna Cine Studios and directed by N. T. Rama Rao. It stars N. T. Rama Rao, Savitri and Krishna Kumari, with music composed by T. V. Raju.[1][2]


The film revolves between two neighboring villages, Meesala Venkaiah (Nagabhushanam) is the head farmer for one village who is high on self-respect and sternness. In another village, Bhadraiah (Mikkilineni) a quite confident with little less property. The alliance of Bhadraiah's daughter Sujatha (Krishna Kumari) is fixed with Venkaiah's son Devasimha (N. T. Rama Rao). During the time of the wedding, a troublemaker Acchaiah (Allu Ramailngaiah) injects an idea to Venkaiah to demand the dowry before the marriage when Bhadraiah's short-tempered son Balaramaiah (Satyanarayana) becomes furious and quarrels with them. As a result, the wedding is called off, Devasimha is dragged away by his father and the poor bride is in tears. After that, both the families plan to make different marriages to the couple which Devasimha opposes. He reaches Sujatha and secretly marries her with the help & blessings of Sujatha's sensible sister-in-law Subhadra (Savitri). Rest of the story is how Devasimha clears the differences between two families and fights against the dowry system.




Film score by
ProducerT. V. Raju

Music composed by T. V. Raju. Music released on Audio Company.

S. No. Song Title Lyrics Singers length
1 "Yanduki Thondara" Kosaraju P. Susheela, Tilakam
2 "Sampradayamidena" C. Narayana Reddy Ghantasala 4:49
3 "Malle Poola Panditlona" Kosaraju Pithapuram, Jamuna Rani 2:17
4 "Meruputeegelalona" C. Narayana Reddy Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:40
5 "Gilakala Mancham" Kosaraju Pithapuram, Jamuna Rani
6 "Puttaloni Nagamma" Kosaraju P. Susheela, Jikki
7 "Sye Sye Jodedla Bandi" Kosaraju Ghantasala, Madhavapeddi Satyam 5:10
8 "Deevenalu" C. Narayana Reddy Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:53
9 "Maradala Maradala" C. Narayana Reddy P. Susheela, Jikki 3:18
10 "Evaru Chesina Kharma" Kosaraju Madhavapeddi Satyam 4:20



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  2. ^ Narasimham, M. L. (8 March 2019). "Varakatnam (1968)". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 8 March 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
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