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Directed byKrishna Vamsi
Written byKrishna Vamsi
Akkella (dialogues)
Produced byP. Kiran
StarringJagapathi Babu
Prakash Raj
Sai Kumar
CinematographyS. K. A. Bhupathi
Edited byShankar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 30 November 1998 (1998-11-30)
Running time
137 minutes

Anthahpuram (transl. Palace) is a 1998 Indian action crime film, written and directed by Krishna Vamsi, and produced by P. Kiran under the Anandi Art Creations banner. The film stars Jagapathi Babu, Soundarya, Prakash Raj, Sai Kumar and Saradha, with music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[1] Inspired from 1991 American film Not Without My Daughter (1991),[2][3] the plot revolves around a newly-married NRI woman finding herself in a traditionally feudal family in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh.[4]

The film has won nine Nandi Awards and three Filmfare Awards South including Best Film – Telugu. 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).[2][5]


The film begins in Mauritius where Bhanumati / Bhanu a naughty girl resides with her uncle Bobby. Prakash an orphan is acquainted with Bhanu, they couple up and are shortly blessed with a baby boy Raja. Once Prakash hears that an act of violence took place in his hometown in Rayalaseema, he tries to contact his mother through a letter, but fails. So, he rushes to India along with his wife and kid. Bhanu understands that Prakash has hidden his true identity, that he belonged to an extremely feudal society. His father Narasimha is a powerful factionist. Since Prakash couldn't bear the savagery in that society, he had migrated to Mauritius.

As soon as the pair lands, Narasimha's foes try to kill Prakash. They almost succeed when, Narasimha's aides counter-attack and rescue them. They are taken home to Prakash's ancestral home where Bhanu is repulsed and frightened seeing the violent culture of Narasimha and his men. She actively hinders Narasimha's attempts to get to know his grandson. She finds solace in the company of her mother-in-law who showers her, Prakash and Raja with utmost affection. After a while, Prakash decides to go back. He hands their passports over to his best friend, Inspector Chinna and tells him to make their travel arrangements back to Mauritius.

Narasimha is invited to attend a wedding ceremony but, Prakash goes instead. On his way there, the antagonists attack Prakash and kill him. Learning this information, Bhanu quickly packs up, fearing the safety of her child. However, she stops at the request of her mother-in-law who requests her to at least stay till Prakash's funeral. Narasimha refuses to give up the child as he needs an heir to take a vendetta for his son's death. Bhanu is distraught, protests and makes several attempts to escape. Hence she is imprisoned in their house.

Meanwhile, Sarai Veeraraju, a petty thief does various crimes to achieve his life ambition of living in Dubai. Bhanu absconds with the aid of her mother-in-law. She collects their passports and tickets from Chinna when Narasimha's deputies chase her. She coincidentally happens across Veeraraju who protects her from her assailants. Bhanu offers Veeraraju the money he needs to go to Dubai and pleads with him to help her board a train to Hyderabad. Narasimha decides to kill Bhanu and take Raju back when his wife reprimands him, telling him that they too were partially responsible for their son's death, which reforms him. Veeraraju makes a plan on how to get her on the train when Narasimha's enemies ambush them. They are chased by both Narasimha's enemies and acolytes. Veeraraju accomplishes the task and helps her board the train to Hyderabad. But, sadly, dies amidst the violence. At last, Narasimha continues to pursue Bhanu till the airport and catches her before she can get on her flight. But instead of stopping her, asks her to forgive him, allowing her and Raja to leave. Finally, the movie ends with Bhanu forgives Narasimha and Raja says goodbye to his grandfather.


Tamil version


The film's music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja with lyrics written by Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry and was released by Melody Makers Audio Company.[6][7]

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

All lyrics are written by Pazhani Bharathi.

1."Azageah Unn"Ilaiyaraaja, K. S. Chithra5:54
2."Maana Madura"Mano, Swarnalatha4:48
3."Ammmamma"Baby Deepika, K. S. Chithra5:10
4."Thai Thaga Thai"Shankar Mahadevan, Gopika Poornima5:40
5."Poovetham Kanna"K. S. Chithra4:59
Total length:27:31


Vishy of Indolink wrote, "Prakash Raj has done a good job in his role as the eccentric village patriarch with an iron heart. Soundarya has done a wonderful job as the mother struggling for the welfare of her son. The director has portrayed her character well, as she transforms from a happy-go-lucky girl to one who is willing to step into a physical fight to save her child."[8]


Award[a] Date of ceremony[b] Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Filmfare Awards South 24 April 1999 Best Film – Telugu Anthahpuram Won [9]
Best Director – Telugu Krishna Vamsi Won
Best Actress – Telugu Soundarya Won
Nandi Awards 18 March 1999 Special Jury Award Won [10]
Best Supporting Actor Jagapathi Babu Won
Best Character Actor Prakash Raj Won
Best Character Actress Telangana Shakuntala Won
Best Child Actor Master Krishna Pradeep Won
Best Female Playback Singer S. Janaki for "Suridu Poova" Won
Best Art Director Srinivasa Raju Won
Best Costume Designer Thota Sai Won
Best Female Dubbing Artist Saritha Won
National Film Awards 15 February 2000 Special Mention Prakash Raj Won [12]


  1. ^ Awards are in Alphabetical order.
  2. ^ Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.


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  2. ^ a b "A woman scorned". 18 September 2002. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  3. ^ "కథ వాళ్లది... క్రియేటివిటీ మనది!". Sakshi (in Telugu). 27 September 2015. Archived from the original on 15 March 2022. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  4. ^ C, Navya (27 October 2018). "From Rayalaseema with Love: Films That Added New Shades To The Region". Film Companion. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Karisma back with 'Shakti — The Power'". The Tribune. 20 September 2002. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Antahpuram". JioSaavn. 14 January 1998. Archived from the original on 12 August 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Anthapuram". JioSaavn. January 1999. Archived from the original on 27 September 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Anthapuram: Movie Review". Retrieved 27 February 2023.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Nandi Film Awards G.O and Results 1998". APFTVTDC. Archived from the original on 4 March 2021. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  11. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF) (in Telugu). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Archived (PDF) from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  12. ^ "46th National Film Awards 1999" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 July 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.

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