|Directed by||V. Madhusudhan Rao|
|Produced by||Harirama Jogaiah
|Music by||Vijaya Bhaskar|
Krishnaveni is a 1974 Telugu feature film directed by V. Madhusudhan Rao, starring Krishnam Raju and Vanisri, under the banner of Gopikrishna Movies. The film met with a strong critical reception and commercial success upon release. The movie was about a lady suffering from hysteria and the emotional trauma of her family. The film is a remake of the Kannada hit film Sharapanjara (1971).
The movie starts with the marriage of a young couple Krishnaveni (Vanisri) and Krishnamraju, and continues with happy family life and kids. The couple decides to go to a tourist place called [Srisailam]. Krishnaveni has subconscious bad memories of her childhood abuse and the place where she was molested. She starts having hallucinations, overwhelming fear and other symptoms of mental illness. She is sent to a mental hospital and treated by psychologists. After her return from hospital, she is not welcomed back by her family members, kids, neighbours or even her friends. Society is afraid of her disease. Evil people misuse this opportunity. Slight disagreements or arguments are also treated as a sign of her disease. She cannot regain the affection of her husband and kids. Her misfortunes continue until she becomes ill again. The movie ends on a sad note, but conveys a message about society's misconceptions about mental illness.
- Krishnam Raju
- Gummadi Venkateswara Rao
- Anjali Devi
- M. Balaiah
- Pandari Bai
- Raja Babu
- Rama Prabha
- Producers: Harirama Jogaiah and Chalasani Gopi
- Banner: Gopikrisha banners
- Music: Vijaya Bhaskar
- Lyrics: C. Narayanareddy, Arudra and Veturi Sundararama Murthy
- Singers: P. Susheela and V. Ramakrishna
- Director: V. Madhusudhan Rao
- Editor: Marthand
- Story: Sharvani translated the Kannada script by Triveni.
The soundtrack features 5 songs.
- "Krishnaveni, Teluginti viriboni, Krishnaveni, Naa inti aliveni" - This is the most popular song in the album. It runs with two parallel themes, the hero singing about the heroine Krishnaveni and the heroine singing about the river Krishnaveni. Lyrics were written by C. Narayana Reddy. It was sung by P. Susheela and V. Ramakrishna.
- "Sreesaila Mallayya" - This song praises the Lord Mallikurjana Swamy and tells the historical importance of the place Srisailam. Lyrics were written by C. Narayana Reddy. It was sung by P. Susheela.
- "Sangeetam madhurasangeetam" - This song compares the love and feelings towards children and family to music. It was sung by P. Susheela.
- "Padunalegellu vanavamegi marali vacchenu Sita, Parama pavani aa maatha" - This song is melancholy and runs in the backdrop of depressed situation of the heroine. It explains the afflictions and misfortunes faced by Sita, wife of the Lord Rama because of the society.
- "Enduko nuvvu naato unna vela inta hayi, Enduko ninnu vidichi nimishamayina niluvalenoyi" - This song is a romantic expression between two lovers. It depicts the happiness and peace in togetherness and the grief and pain in separation.
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