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Theatrical release poster
Directed by N. T. Rama Rao
Produced by N. Trivikrama Rao
Written by Samudrala Jr
Maddipatla Suri
Screenplay by N. T. Rama Rao
Story by N. T. Rama Rao
Starring N. T. Rama Rao
Krishna Kumari
Music by T. V. Raju
Cinematography Ravikant Nagaich
Edited by G. D. Joshi
Release date
10 January 1969
Running time
176 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Varakatnam (English: Dowry) is a 1969 Telugu drama film, produced by N. Trivikrama Rao on NAT & Ramakrishna Cine Studios banner and directed by N. T. Rama Rao. Starring N. T. Rama Rao, Savitri, Krishna Kumari in the lead roles and music composed by T. V. Raju.[1]


The story is based on two neighboring villages. For one village the head farmer Meesala Venkaiah (Nagabhushanam) is high on self-respect and sternness. He has a son Deva Simha (N. T. Rama Rao). In another village, the head farmer Bhadraiah (Mikkilineni) is also quite confident but has little less property holder his son Balaramaiah (Satyanarayana) is a short-tempered person who gets into fights for no reason. He is complemented by a sensible wife Subhadra (Savitri). He has a sister Sujatha (Krishna Kumari) whose marriage gets fixed with Deva Simha. In the bridegroom’s family, one person Acchaiah (Allu Ramailngaiah) is a troublemaker who injects the idea of taking more dowry to the bridegroom’s father Meesala Venkaiah and he rightfully goes to the Bhadraiah and demands more dowry. He goes overboard by even testing the worthiness of the jewelry gifted by the bride’s party. Balaramaiah gets furious and he goes over the argument with Meesala Venkaiah. As a result, the wedding gets called off. The bridegroom is dragged away by his father and the poor bride is in tears. Both the families make plans to get this bride and bridegroom married to different people but Devasimha opposes this with confidence. He reaches the Sujatha's village one night and even marries her. Subhadra looks at this and blesses the couple. Rest of the film is about how the couple fights over the differences in two families and whether they live happily ever after.




Film score by T. V. Raju
Released 1968
Genre Soundtrack
Producer T. 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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External links

  • Varakatnam on IMDb

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