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Directed byKrishna Vamsi
Produced byP. Kiran
Written byAkkella (dialogues)
Screenplay byKrishna Vamsi
Story byKrishna Vamsi
Prakash Raj
Jagapati Babu
Sai Kumar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyS. K. A. Bhupathi
Edited byShankar
Release date
30 November 1998
Running time
137 mins

Antahpuram (transl. Palace) is a 1998 Indian Telugu-language action drama film produced by P. Kiran under the Anandi Art Creations banner, directed by Krishna Vamsi. The film stars Jagapati Babu, Soundarya, Prakash Raj, Sai Kumar in the lead roles and music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[1] Prakash Raj won the National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) for his performance in the film. The film won three Filmfare Awards South for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress.[2] The film also went on to win the Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jagapati Babu and the Nandi Award for Best Female Playback Singer for S. Janaki and the Nandi Award for Best Female Dubbing Artist for Saritha and the Nandi Award for Best Actress for Soundarya.

This film is famous for being the first film in Telugu to have the Rayalaseema faction as its main plot. The film was later remade in 1999 in Tamil with the same name with Parthiban replacing Jagapathi Babu and it was remade in Hindi as Shakti: The Power (2003) with Shah Rukh Khan and Karishma Kapoor.


Bhanu (Soundarya) is a carefree young woman who lives happily with her guardian (Babu Mohan) in Mauritius. She is introduced to Prakash (Sai Kumar) and they get married quite spontaneously and are expecting a child soon. One day, Prakash comes to know that his family is in trouble, back in India. Bhanu is confused as she believed that he was an orphan, but Prakash explains to her that his family belongs to an extremely feudal society, and unable to bear the factions and violence in the community, he migrated to Mauritius. They decide to travel to India in order to assess the situation.

The couple arrives in Prakash's home town, where his father Narasimha (Prakash Raj) is an influential man with rustic habits, who doesn’t find Bhanu to be traditional enough for his son. Bhanu is uncomfortable with the casual approach to violence that she and her child see in the household. Narasimha’s wife Sharada is a kind-hearted person who takes care of Prakash, Bhanu and their son. She requests them to remain in India for a few more days in order to celebrate Prakash's birthday, and during this time Prakash is killed by Narasimha’s rivals. Bhanu is distraught and tries to take her son away from this madness and violence, but Narasimha stops her from doing so. He says Prakash’s son must be raised in a traditional way in order to avenge his father’s death, and if needed Bhanu can leave the town by leaving her son behind. Bhanu refuses to allow this and, with the help of Narasimha’s family members, she escapes from the house with her son. Sarai Veerraju (Jagapathi Babu), a petty thief, helps Bhanu evade Narasimha's man in order to board a train to Hyderabad. Sarai is killed in the midst of violence whilst trying to protect Bhanu and her son. Narasimha continues to pursue Bhanu, but ultimately allows her and the child to leave, after emotionally interacting with his grandson.



Film score by
LabelMelody Makers
Ilaiyaraaja chronology
Prema Kavyam

The film's music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja to lyrics written by Sirivennela Sitaramasastri, and was released by Melody Makers Audio Company.
The film's music was largely applauded and the song Asalem Gurthukuradhu became an all-time hit, it is an evergreen song yet now and this song is one of Chithra's best songs. S. Janaki received the Nandi Award for her great rendition of Sooreedu Puvva in this film.

1."Asalem"K. S. Chithra5:54
2."Chhamaku"Mano, Swarnalatha4:48
3."Kalyanam"K. S. Chithra5:10
4."Shivamethara"Shankar Mahadevan5:40
5."Suridu Poova"S. Janaki4:59
Total length:27:31
1."Azageah Unn Mugam"Chitra5:54
2."Maana Madura"Mano, Swarnalatha4:48
3."Ammmamma Kaadal"Chitra5:10
4."Thai Thaga Thai"Shankar Mahadevan, Gopika Poornima5:40
5."Poovetham Kanna"Chitra4:59
Total length:27:31


  1. ^ "Anthapuram: Movie Review". Archived from the original on 19 September 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Filmfare awards presented at a dazzling function — The Times of India". 25 April 1999. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2011.

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