Padamati Sandhya Ragam
|Padamati Sandhya Ragam|
|Produced by||Gummaluri Sastry|
G. Subba Rao
|Music by||S. P. Balasubramanyam|
|Edited by||Gautham Raju|
|11 April 1987|
Padamati Sandhya Ragam (English: Evening Raga of the West) is a 1987 Telugu-language Indian romantic comedy film, directed by Jandhyala, starring American actor Thomas Jane, Indian actress Vijayashanti and drummer Sivamani in the leading roles. The film explores interracial romance. The soundtrack was written by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sadasiva Brahmendra, Annamacharya, and Veturi Sundararama Murthy. The film garnered Filmfare Award for Best Film – Telugu and premiered at International Film Festival of India, and Louisville's International Film Festival.
This film showcases the cultural differences of the east and the west. Adinarayana (Gummaluri Sastry) moves to Washington, D.C., United States along with his wife and daughter Sandhya (Vijayashanti) from Andhra Pradesh to join his younger brother Ramarao. Their neighbors are Chris (Thomas Jane), a White American, and Ronald (Sivamani), an African American. Both men fall in love with Sandhya, and when both of them propose to her the same day, she accepts Chris's proposal. Knowing that her father is too traditional, eccentric, and orthodox to approve of their love, Sandhya elopes with Chris and they get married. Adinarayana doesn't have a choice but to silently witness the happenings, but when he has a granddaughter, he takes her back to India and settles there, intending to bring her up in a traditional Indian environment, and away from the foreign lure that snatched away his own daughter. As a grownup, Sandhya's daughter hates her father Chris, assuming that he was at fault and was thus disapproved by her grandfather. Chris and Sandhya visit India when Adinarayana passes away, and that is when their daughter realizes her father's humility when he performs Adinarayana's funeral in Hindu tradition, and she realizes his love towards Sandhya and Adinarayana, repenting for the ill feelings she bore all those years and returning with them to the USA.
- Vijayashanti as Sandhya (Voice dubbed by Saritha)
- Tom Jane as Chris
- Benjiman York as Young Chris
- Sivamani as Ronald
- Gummuluri Sastry as Adinarayana
- Meer Abdulla as Ramarao
- Seshagiri Rao as Seshagiri Rao
- Vijay as Ganapathi
- Ashajyothy as Sudha
- Sudheshna Reddy as Anitha
- Sutti Velu as Natanalayam Manager
- Sudha as Lakshmi
- Ravi Chitturi as Doctor Ravi
Additional cast: Johnson, Godman, Elizabeth, Bindu, Jyothy, Baby Rohini, Vijay Kothari, Bhushan Rao, Rama Sastry, Seetha Sastry, Mrunalini, Joshua York. M.Bala Muralikrishna
- Ee Toorupu Aa Paschimam (Lyrics: Veturi Sundararama Murthy; Singers: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and S. Janaki)
- Life is shabby without you baby (Lyrics: S. P. Balasubramanyam; Singer: S. P. Balasubramanyam)
- Muddugare Yashoda (Lyrics: Annamacharya; Singer: S. Janaki)
- Pibare Ramarasam (Lyrics: Sadasiva Brahmendra; Singers: S. P. Balasubramanyam and S. P. Sailaja)
- Nandi Award for Best Story Writer - 1987 - Jandhyala
- Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu) - 1987 - G. Subba Rao 
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