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Theatrical release poster
Directed byA. Kodandarami Reddy
Written byJandhyala (dialogues)
Screenplay byA. Kodandarami Reddy
Based onRaktabhishekam
novel by Yandamuri Veerendranath
Produced byK. C. Reddy
StarringNandamuri Balakrishna
CinematographyN. Sudhakar Reddy
Edited byD. Venkataratnam
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Sri Rajeev Productions
Release date
  • 9 December 1988 (1988-12-09)
Running time
125 minutes

Raktabhishekam (transl. Anointing with Blood) is a 1988 Indian Telugu-language action film based on Yandamuri Veerendranath's acclaimed novel of the same title. The film stars Nandamuri Balakrishna as Parthasarathi opposite Radha who enacted the female lead, Aparna. Ilayaraja composed the film's score and soundtrack. The film directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy was released on 9 December 1988.[1][2][3] The film was dubbed into Tamil as Rathabhishegam.[4]


The film begins with a hazardous netherworld Black Tigers who creates mayhem in the country led by its deputy chief Black Cheetah Prasad. Anyhow, its chieftain Black Panther is under a veil. Pardhasaradhi a lionhearted lives with his father Constable Narasimham, brother Inspector Bhargav, sister-in-law Kamala & their daughter Raaji. Currently, Narasimham receives a Presidential Award for his integrity when DIG Raj Gopal organizes a ceremony in his honor. Whereat, Pardhasaradhi garlands Raj Gopal and assassinates him by removing the revolver from it. Speedily, he flees and reaches his love Aparna who surrenders him to the police. Astonishingly, she is the daughter of Raj Gopal but Pardhasaradhi succeeds in absconding twice. The next day, its mourning fraternity of Raj Gopal where GS Rao a humanitarian afflicted by black tigers conveys his condolences. At that moment, Pardhasaradhi abducts Aparna and Bhargav chases him when he seizes the two and spins rearward. Pardhasaradhi spends his life cheerfully one time he squabbles with Aparna and they crush. Meanwhile, black tigers design a bank robbery when Pardhasaradhi catches hold of one whom Bhargav severely interrogates. To slay him Prasad contacts Narasimham when he uncovers the Blank Panther when they show endanger to Raaji to shut him. Following this, they intrigue and eliminate his man on behalf of Bhargav. This day, GS Rao conducts an agitation against the cruelty of Bhargav and he attempts suicide. So, to guard him Narasimham takes the blame when Pardhasaradhi pledges to prove his father as non-guilty and break out of the mystery of the Black Panther. Accordingly, he brings truth to light with the aid of Aparna and acquits Narasimham. Since Pardhasaradhi turns into a diehard to them, Prasad falsifies with a trap and gets Raj Gopal killed via him. Despite verity, Bhargav decides to apprehend his brother but Aparna trusts him and they run off. As it is inevitable, Bhargav announces his father's death to seize Pardhasaradhi. Thus, he is out of hiding together with the black tigers' attack when Narasimham dies. Before leaving breathing he unwraps that Black Panther is non-else GS Rao. At a stretch, Pardhasaradhi finds the headquarters of diabolic when tragically, his remaining family is massacred. At last, he flares up and razes barbarians. Finally, the movie ends with Pardhasaradhi surrendering before the judiciary.



Film score by
LabelEcho Music
Ilaiyaraaja chronology
Aakhari Poratam
Marana Mrudangam

Music composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Lyrics written by Veturi. Music released on Echo Music Company.

1."Bandaru Chinnadana"Mano, K. S. Chithra4:46
2."Sari Ganga"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra4:22
3."Cheye Cheye"Mano, K. S. Chithra5:57
4."Love Ante"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela4:25
5."Kanhare"K. S. Chithra4:38
6."Jata Kata"Mano, S. P. Sailaja4:44
Total length:28:52



  1. ^ "Heading". Chithr.co.
  2. ^ "Heading-2". gomolo.
  3. ^ "Raktabhishekam film info".
  4. ^ "1".
  5. ^ "Raktabhishekam Songs". AllMusic.

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