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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Adurthi Subba Rao
Produced by Adurthi Subba Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Written by N. R. Nandi (dialogues)
Adurthi Subba Rao
K. Vishwanath
Starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Ram Mohan
Sakshi Ranga Rao
Sandhya Rani
K. V. Chalam
Music by K. V. Mahadevan
Cinematography P. N. Selvaraj
Edited by T. Krishna
Distributed by Chakravarthy Chithra
Release date
Country India
Language Telugu

Sudigundalu (English: Whirlpools) is a 1968 Telugu courtroom drama film written, and directed by Adurthi Subba Rao. The film has garnered the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu, The Nandi Award for Best Feature Film, and the Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu.[1][2] The film marked the debut of Nagarjuna Akkineni in a cameo.[3][4] The cult classic film was screened at the Tashkent Film Festival, and the International Film Festival of India.[5]


Judge Chandrasekharam is very kind and helpful to the relatives of the culprits. His wife dies after giving birth to a baby boy. His son Raja was killed by two youth (Prasanna Rani and Vijayachander). The judge who now wears the pleader's shoes argues in the favour of the young culprits and shocks the whole audience on bringing out the real intentions of the murder.

Chandrasekharam questions the parents of both the youngsters and finally concludes the responsibility of parents in bringing up the children is the key to the future generation. Also he brings out the cultural deviations our country faces in the coming future. The film gives this message as an argument and at the end Chandrasekharam dies in the court hall.





  1. "Vinara Sodara"


National Film Awards
Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South


  1. ^ "15th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Film producer passes away". 
  3. ^ "Sudigundaalu". 1 January 2000 – via IMDb. 
  4. ^ "Telugu cinema's second gen actors remember ANR - Times of India". 
  5. ^ Collections. Update Video Publication. 1991. p. 387. 
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