Prema (1989 film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed bySuresh Krissna
Screenplay bySuresh Krishna
Story bySuresh Krishna
Produced byD. Ramanaidu
CinematographyP. S. Prakash
Edited byK. A. Marthand
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Distributed byRajeswari Films
Release date
  • 12 January 1989 (1989-01-12)
Running time
156 minutes

Prema (transl. Love) is a 1989 Indian Telugu-language musical romance film, produced by D. Ramanaidu under the Rajeswari Films banner and directed by Suresh Krissna in his Telugu film debut. It stars Venkatesh and Revathi, with original soundtrack by Ilaiyaraaja. It was dubbed into Tamil as Anbu Chinnam (1990).[1] Suresh remade the film in Hindi as Love (1991).[2] The film won four Nandi Awards.


Pruthvi (Venkatesh) is an orphan who tries hard to become a great singer. One day he comes across a beautiful, naughty young girl Maggi (Revathi Menon), and they both fall in love. When he approaches Maggi's parents to ask her hand in marriage, his criminal background comes into the picture, and they disagree. In the past, Pruthvi has killed his father as he was the reason for his mother's suicide. Pruthvi tries hard to get Maggi's parents' consent, and at last, they agree. Unfortunately, when Maggi kisses Pruthvi on the altar, she loses her consciousness. In the hospital, the doctors tell Pruthvi that she has taken too many medicines for small problems, and now the medicines have poisoned her vital organs. Meanwhile, Pruthvi gets a chance to participate in a singing competition. Maggi, after regaining her consciousness, knows about this and sends Pruthvi to sing. Pruthvi sings and ends up winning the competition. He comes back to Maggi with the trophy. By that time, Maggi's condition becomes critical, and she dies in Pruthvi's hands, saying that she will always be alive in his heart.



Music composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Lyrics written by Acharya Aatreya.[3]

1."Priyatama"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chitra (Humming)5:49
2."Eenade Yedho"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chitra4:28
3."You Are My Hero"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chitra4:29
4."Ivvu Ivvu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chitra5:18
5."Ekkada Ekkada"S. P. Sailaja4:35
6."I Am sorry"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:43
7."Ontari Vadini Nenu"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam2:09
Total length:32:04


N. Krishnaswamy of The Indian Express wrote, "A love story that is sometimes put across with a delicacy not found in the general run of films".[4]


Nandi Awards[5]


  1. ^ "Anbu Chinnam". The Indian Express. 25 May 1990. p. 3. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Don't love me so much, please…". The Hans India. 25 October 2015. Archived from the original on 14 August 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Prema". Gaana. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  4. ^ Krishnaswamy, N. (8 June 1990). "Anbu Chinnam". The Indian Express. p. 7. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  5. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF) (in Telugu). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Archived (PDF) from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2020.

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