Anthuleni Katha (1976)

 ●  Telugu ● 2 hrs 53 mins

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Embedded with deep social relevance and charged emotions, this family-oriented drama probes into the struggles faced by modern women in a male dominated society, through the life of Saritha (Jayaprada), a working woman in a middle-class family. She works hard to support her widowed sister, unmarried sister, her blind younger brother, her mother, her drunkard brother Murthy (Rajinikanth) and his family. Her father abandons the family and becomes a saint. Her brother not only does not take responsibilities, but also creates additional problems for her. She has a longtime boyfriend, who wants to marry her, but she doesn't because of her commitment to her family. His eyes now wander to Saritha's widowed younger sister (Sripriya) who reciprocates his feelings. Saritha, after reading her boyfriend's love letter to her sister, arranges for them to get married, thus giving up her chance of having a life with him. She eventually accepts a marriage proposal of her boss (Kamal Hassan), when she realizes that her brother has become responsible enough to take care of her family. Will she finally have the opportunity to unburden herself from all her responsibilities and settle into a happily married life?

Cast: Jayapradha, Kamal Haasan

Crew: K Balachander (Director), Loganathan Srinivasan (Director of Photography), MS Viswanathan (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Family

Release Dates: 27 Feb 1976 (India)

Telugu Name: అంతులేని కథ

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Did you know? This movie was remade in Hindi as Jeevan Dhaara (1982) by director Tatineni Rama Rao, with Rekha playing the lead role. Read More
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as Sarita
as Arun
as Prasad
as Chandra
Supporting Actor
as Murthy
Supporting Actress


Associate Director


Screenplay Writer
Story Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Assistant Cameraman


Art Director
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Black & White
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Music Director: MS Viswanathan
Playback Singer: LR Eswari
Music Director: MS Viswanathan
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam
Music Director: MS Viswanathan
Playback Singer: S Janaki
Music Director: MS Viswanathan
Playback Singer: P Susheela
Music Director: MS Viswanathan
Playback Singer: KJ Yesudas
This is Jayaprada's first starring role, reprising the role played by Sujatha in the original and is considered to be one of her best films. This was also Rajinikanth's first major role.

This film is a remake of Tamil super hit film Aval Oru Thodar Kathai (1974), also directed by K Balachander. It was also shot on black and white film. Jayaprada played the role of Sujata , Rajinikanth did the role of Jai Ganesh, Kamal Haasan played the role of Narayana Rao.

In 1977, Mala Sinha starred in the Bengali remake titled 'Kabita' playing the Jayaprada's role. Kamal Haasan made his Bengali film debut with this film by acting in the same role that he played in the Tamil original.

This movie was remade in Hindi as Jeevan Dhaara (1982) by director Tatineni Rama Rao, with Rekha playing the lead role.

In 1983, Balachander produced the Kannada remake titled 'Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu' directed by Chandulal Jain and starring Suhasini, whose real-life uncle Kamal Haasan played the guest role of a bus conductor in this remake. The film was shot in color.

In 2001, Jayaprada herself acknowledged the deep impact this film had in her personal life, as she very much related to the lead character.
Movie Connection(s):
Remake of: Aval Oru Thodarkathai (Tamil)