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Film poster
Directed byKrishna Vamsi
Written byKrishna Vamsi
Akkella (dialogue)
Produced byP. Kiran
StarringJagapati Babu
Prakash Raj
Sai Kumar
CinematographyS. K. A. Bhupathi
Edited byShankar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
30 November 1998
Running time
137 mins

Anthahpuram (transl. Palace) is a 1998 Indian Telugu-language action thriller film written and directed by Krishna Vamsi, and produced by P. Kiran under the Anandi Art Creations banner. The film stars Jagapati Babu, Soundarya, Prakash Raj, Sai Kumar, and Saradha. It features 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) with Shah Rukh Khan and Karishma Kapoor.[2][5]


Bhanu is a carefree young woman who lives happily with her guardian in Mauritius. She is introduced to Prakash, they soon marry and expect a child. One day, Prakash learns 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 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 Veeraraju, 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.


Tamil version


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

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


Award[a] Date of ceremony[b] Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Filmfare Awards South 24 April 1999 Best Film – Telugu Anthahpuram Won [6]
Best Director – Telugu Krishna Vamsi Won
Best Actress – Telugu Soundarya Won
Nandi Awards 18 March 1999 Special Jury Award Won [7]
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 [9]


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


  1. ^ "Anthapuram: Movie Review". Archived from the original on 19 September 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b "A woman scorned". Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Anthapuram Not Without My Daughter". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  4. ^ "From Rayalaseema with Love: Films That Added New Shades To The Region". Film Companion. 27 October 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Karisma back with 'Shakti — The Power'". The Tribune. 20 September 2002. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Nandi Film Awards G.O and Results 1998". APFTVTDC. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  8. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964 - 2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964 - 2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)
  9. ^ "46th National Film Awards 1999" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 21 August 2020.

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