Anthuleni Katha

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Anthuleni Katha/Antuleni Katha
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Directed byK. Balachander
Produced byRama Arannangal
Written byK. Balachander
M.S. Perumallu
Acharya Atreya
Phataphat Jayalaxmi
Music byM. S. Viswanathan
CinematographyB. S. Lokanath
Release date
27 February 1976
Running time
2 hours, 30 minutes

Anthuleni Katha also spelled as Antuleni Katha (English:Never Ending Story) is a 1976 Telugu film directed by K. Balachander, starring Jaya Prada in the lead role, with Rajinikanth, Sripriya and Phataphat Jayalaxmi in supporting roles. Kamal Haasan played an extended cameo. The film is a remake of the 1974 Tamil film Aval Oru Thodar Kathai, which was also directed by Balachander. This is Jaya Prada's first starring role, reprising the role played by Sujatha in the original and is considered to be one of her best films. This was also Rajinikanth's first major role. This film was shot in black-and-white.[1]


Saritha (Jaya Prada) is a working woman in a poor family. She works hard to support her widowed sister, unmarried sister, her blind younger brother, her mother, her drunkard brother Murthy (Rajinikanth) and his family. Her father abandons the family and becomes a saint. Her brother not only does not take responsibilities, but also creates additional problems for her.

She has a longtime boyfriend, who wants to marry her, but she doesn't because of her commitment to her family. His eyes now wander to Saritha's widowed younger sister (Sripriya), who reciprocates his feelings. Saritha, after reading her boyfriend's love letter to her sister, arranges for them to get married, thus giving up her chance of having a life with him. She eventually accepts a marriage proposal of her boss (Kamal Haasan), when she realizes that her brother has become responsible enough to take care of her family. She also helps her distressed friend, played by Phataphat Jayalaksmi to settle in life. She decides to resign from hard work, but could not as the result of the turning point in a typical Balachandar style climax.

Original and remakes[edit]

The film is a remake of Tamil super hit film Aval Oru Thodar Kathai (1974), also directed by K. Balachander. It was also shot on black & white film. Jaya Prada played the role of Sujata , Rajinikanth did the role of Jai Ganesh, Kamal Haasan played the role of Narayana Rao. The same tunes were used in both languages. Sripriya, Phataphat Jayalaxmi and the rest of the cast are the same in both versions. The Tamil film was later was dubbed into Malayalam as Aval Oru Thudarkatha (1975).

In 1977, Mala Sinha starred in the Bengali remake titled Kabita, playing the role of Jaya Prada. Kamal Haasan made his Bengali film debut with this film by acting in the same role that he played in the Tamil original film. Bharat Shamsher directed the black-and-white film.

The film was remade in Hindi as Jeevan Dhaara (1982) by director Tatineni Rama Rao. Rekha did the role of Jaya Prada. Raj Babbar did the role of Rajinikanth. Rakesh Roshan did the role of Kamal Haasan, Amol Palekar did the role of Narayana Rao. Karan Razdan did the conductor role, Simple Kapadia (sister of Dimple Kapadia) did Phataphat Jayalaxmi's role. The film was shot in color. The film was a decent hit.[2]

In 1983, Balachander produced the Kannada remake titled Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu, directed by Chandulal Jain and starring Suhasini, whose real-life uncle Kamal Haasan played the guest role of a bus conductor in this remake.[3] The film was shot in color.


  • In 2001, Jayaprada herself acknowledged the impact the film had in her personal life, as she very much related to the lead character.[4]



  • Camera assistant: R. Raghunatha Reddy
  • Assistant directors: Ananthu, S.A. John
  • Art: A. Ramaswamy
  • Associate director: Eranki Sarma
  • Story: M. S. Perumallu
  • Music: M. S. Vishwanathan
  • Assistant music director: Joseph Krishnamurthy
  • Dialogues and lyrics: Acharya Atreya
  • Camera: Lokanathan
  • Producer: Rama Aranangal
  • Story, screenplay, direction: K. Balachander


All songs are penned by Athreya and the music is composed by M. S. Viswanathan.

  • "Are Emiti Lokam", cast by Phaphat Jayalakshmi and voice by L. R. Eswari
  • "Tali Kattu Subhavela", cast by Narayana Rao and voice by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
  • "Kallalo Unnadedo Kannulake Telusu", cast by Jaya Prada and voice by S. Janaki
  • "Ugutundu Nee Inta Uyyala", cast by Jayaprada and voice by P. Susheela
  • "Devude Icchadu Vidhi Okkati", cast by Rajinikanth and voice by Jesudas.


  1. ^ "Anthuleni Katha Telugu Film". youtube. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
  2. ^ Articles : Movie Retrospect : Retrospect: Antuleni Katha - 1976 Archived 9 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Kamal Haasan's many talents
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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