Padaharella Vayasu

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Padaharella Vayasu
Padaharella Vayasu.jpg
Directed by K. Raghavendra Rao
Produced by Angara Sathyam
Written by Satyanand (dialogues)
Story by Bharathiraja
Starring Chandra Mohan
Mohan Babu
Music by K. Chakravarthi
Release date
31 August 1978[1]
Country India
Language Telugu

Padaharella Vayasu is a 1978 Telugu film starring Sridevi Kapoor, Chandra Mohan, and Mohan Babu. Directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, it is a remake of the Tamil Super hit 16 Vayathinile (1977) which starred Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth and Sridevi.


This film revolves around a 16-year-old girl, Malli (Sridevi). She is a recent high school graduate (10th pass) with exceptional scores. She is an attractive, intelligent woman living in a small society filled with ambitions of becoming a teacher. A new veterinarian arrives at the village hospital. Many are impressed by this charming young fellow, he seems to be wealthy and prosperous. Malli is deeply attracted to the doctor and he too in turn seems to reciprocate her feelings. Malli sacrifices her opportunity to study in the teaching college course to spend time with him. But she sees his true colors when he tries to force himself on her. Malli refuses his advances. The doctor dumps her insulting her that she is an ignorant villager and leaves the village.

Malli's mother also passes away soon after finding out about her daughter's affair and her failure to get any match arranged for Malli . Her only remaining family is her distant cousin Gopalakrishna (Chandramohan), a village simpleton who is taken advantage of and isolated by the society. He is secretly in love with Malli, and is jealous and upset about the veterinarian. Another important character is the village rowdy Simhachalam (Mohan Babu) who also has an eye on Malli. How Malli lives and whom she chooses as her man forms the rest of the story.

The theme of this emotive story is to show how vulnerable women are when in love. This story conveys strong themes and depicts an issue faced by many young women all over the world.



Producer Midde Rama Rao bought the remake rights of Tamil film 16 Vayathinile at the cost of 1.25 lakhs. Sobhan Babu showed interest in character but the character was ultimately played by Chandramohan. Mohan Babu was selected to play the antagonist. Sridevi reprised her role from the original after attempts to sign Jayasudha turned out unsuccessful.[2]

The film was completed in four months. Overall, with all expenses for rights and remunerations, the film costed makers 10.5 lakh rupees, and they got a table profit of six lakhs. The film celebrated hundred day runs in almost all centers it was released.[3]


The music, largely Carnatic, was composed by K. Chakravarthi.

Song Singer
Sirimallepoovaa Sirimallepoovaa S. Janaki
Sirimallepoovaa Sirimallepoovaa (sad)[1] S. Janaki
Puvvulaanti Malli Pushpinchenamma Chorus
Vayasanta Mudupugatti Vastantale Adukundaam S. Janaki
Kattukathalu Nenu Cheppi Navviste S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki
Pantachelo Paalakanki Navvindi S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki


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