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Directed by Indraganti Mohan Krishna
Produced by B. V. Subba Rao
N. Anji Reddy
P. Venkateswara Rao
Written by Gudipati Venkatachalam
Indraganti Mohan Krishna
Starring Tanikella Bharani
Music by K. Vijay
Cinematography P.G. Vinda
Edited by Lokesh
Release date
Country India
Language Telugu

Grahanam (English Translation: The Eclipse) is a 2004 Telugu film directed by Indraganti Mohan Krishna. The film is based on Dosha Gunam a story written by Gudipati Venkatachalam, popularly known as Chalam. The film won critical acclaim upon release and received National Film Award, for the Best First Film of a Director. The film premiered at the 2005 International Film Festival of India,[1] the 2004 Seattle First Independent South Asian Film Festival and the 2004 Mumbai Asian Film Festival.[2]


Dr.Raghavram is a practicing physician in a small village.Another doctor and a nurse work along with him at the clinic.One day when he is on his rounds, he comes upon a quarrel between a patient and his mother.The patient express disgust and claims to have no relationship with his mother.The patients mother leaves in tears and Dr.Raghavram follows her to tell her that her son is now ok. When he asks her for her name and where she came from, she walks away without answering his questions.The doctor is intrigued and delves into the details of the patient and finds out the patients names is Vasudeva.

After work, the Doctors tells his friend that the old woman was from his village.He proceeds to a narrate a story from the days of his youth.When the Doctor was merely a young boy he lived in a small village. In that small village lived a wealthy family, Narayana Swamy, his wife Sardamba and their young son, Vasudeva.They were a kind and generous couple who contributed to the welfare of the community.Saradamba, in particular was regarded as pious, religious,generous and also very beautiful.She would sponsor lunch meals for students.Among the students is a boy called Kanakayya, who was also a very good student. Saradamba is very fond of Kanakayya and showers him with love and affection.Kanakayya too is very fond of Saradamaba and does errands around the house for Saradamba, such as giving her foot massages and plucking mangoes from the garden.

One day Kanakayya gets sick.He has a high fever that refuses to break.The village physician, Sri Hari claims its a stubborn viral fever and gives him medicine but there seems to be no immediate relief.Kanakkayas' fever gets worse and he mutters "Saradamba" over and over in a delirious state. Kanakayya's family brings in a doctor,Gopayya who practices alternative medicine.Gopayya claims that its "Dosha gunam", a STD that young men get from having sex with older women.The treatment for Doshagunam is apply the blood extracted from the thigh region of the older woman into the eyes of the young man. Kanakayyas family struggles with this information and word gets out.Narayana Swamy comes to hear of this and starts to suspect his wife.Saradamba too hears of this from Kanakayyas mother and becomes furious.Later, when Narayana Swamy brings this up with his wife it results in a huge quarrel.

Kanakayya gets even worse and Gopayya claims there is no more time to lose.Kanakayyas father approaches Narayana Swamy for Saradamba's blood.Fearing the boys death might result in greater scandal, Narayana Swamy extracts the blood from Saradamba forcefully. Sometime after Gopayya administers the blood to Kanakayya, the boy recovers from the grips of the viral fever.Narayana Swamy upon hearing that Kanakaya is now better, accuses his wife of being immoral and makes her leave the village.Kanakkaya learns of what happened when he recovers but no one is willing to listen to him.

The Doctor asks his friend about his take on the story.The friend replies that there is no way to tell what exactly happened but must take into consideration that Kanakayya did get better. perhaps there was an illicit relationship with Kanakkaya and Saradamba.The Doctor counters by saying that it might have been merely a coincidence that Kanakkayas fever broke after the application of blood.The friend replies that there is no way to conclude this and that the nature of the relationship is only known to two people, Kanakkaya and Saradamaba.

At this point the doctor reveals that he is Kanakkaya and that there was nothing illicit between him and Saradamba.He moved out of his house, went to Madras to become a Doctor and changed his name. The next day the Doctor goes back to the hospital to find the patient in a critical state and Doctor saves his life.He goes out to the place where he saw the old woman in hope she will return.

"Unless you believe in some principles to be true, there can be no peace. The intellect of all those who say "this is all we know, this what there is" is weak and fatigued. Perhaps there is another explanation, another truth, perhaps we don't know it yet!"- Chalam


  • Tanikella Bharani as Narayana Swamy
  • Jayalalitha as Saradamba
  • Thallavajhula Mohnish as Kanakayya
  • Surya as Dr. Raghav
  • Thallavajhula Sundaram as Gopayya
  • Kamal as Srinivas
  • G. Ramana as Subramaniam
  • Sivannarayana
  • Jyoti as Lakshmi
  • Thallavajhula Sundaram as Village Doctor
  • Rachakonda Vidya Sagar as Sri Hari


National Film Awards - 2005
Nandi Awards - 2005
Other Awards

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