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Directed by Krishna Vamsi
Produced by P. Kiran
Written by Akkella (dialogues)
Screenplay by Krishna Vamsi
Story by Krishna Vamsi
Starring Jagapati Babu
Prakash Raj
Sai Kumar
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography S. K. A. Bhupathi
Edited by Shankar
Release date
30 November 1998
Running time
Country India India
Language Telugu

Antahpuram (English: Palace) is a 1998 Telugu action drama film produced by P.Kiran on Anandi Art Creations banner, directed by Krishna Vamsi. The film stars Jagapati Babu, Soundarya, Prakash Raj, and Sai Kumar in prominent roles with music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[1] Prakash Raj won 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, Nandi Award for Best Female Playback Singer for S. Janaki and Nandi Award for Best Female Dubbing Artist for Saritha. This film is famous for being the first film in Telugu to have 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).


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

The couple arrive in the Shekar's hometown, 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 Shekhar, Bhanu and their son. She requests them to remain in India for a few more days in order to celebrate Shekar's birthday, and during this time Shekhar 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 Shekhar’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. Dubai Pandiyan (Jagapathi Babu), a party thief, helps Bhanu evade Narasimha's man in order to board a train Hyderabad. Dubai is killed in the midst of violence whilst trying to protect Bhanu and her son. Narashimha continues to pursue Bhanu but ultimately allows her and the child to leave, after emotionally interacting with his grandson.



Film score by Ilaiyaraaja
Released 1998
Genre Soundtrack
Length 27:31
Label Melody Makers
Producer Ilaiyaraaja
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 & is an evergreen song yet now & this song is one of the Chithra's best song. S Janaki received Nandi Award for her great rendition of Sooreedu Puvva in this film.

Telugu version[edit]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Asalem Gurthukuradhu" Chitra 5:54
2. "Chhamaku Chhamaku" Mano, Swarnalatha 4:48
3. "Kalyanam Kanundhi" Chitra 5:10
4. "Shivamethara Sambayya" Shankar Mahadevan 5:40
5. "Suridu Poova" S. Janaki 4:59
Total length: 27:31

Tamil version[edit]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Azageah Unn Mugam" Chitra 5:54
2. "Maana Madura" Mano, Swarnalatha 4:48
3. "Ammmamma Kaadal" Chitra 5:10
4. "Thai Thaga Thai" Shankar Mahadevan 5:40
5. "Poovetham Kanna" Chitra 4:59
Total length: 27:31

Anthapuram (1999 film)[edit]

Directed by Krishna Vamsi
Produced by Kiran
Starring Prakash Raj
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Boopathi
Release date
  • 16 July 1999 (1999-07-16)
Country India
Language Tamil

Anthapuram is a 1999 Tamil film directed by Krishna Vamsi, which is a remake of his successful 1998 Telugu film of the same name. The film, which also retains some scenes canned in the original, stars Prakash Raj, Soundarya and Parthiban in prominent roles.[3]



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