Kalyan (Chiranjeevi) marries Rekha
(Vijayashanti) but comes up against her
arrogant and dominating mother-in-law
Chamundeshwari Devi (Vanisree). Most of the
plot deals with complicated familial tribulations
and ends with the hero getting even with his
mother-in-law, whom he eventually rescues
and humanises when her evil accomplices
frame her for murder. The enormous success of
the film led to both Chiranjeevi and Vanisree
repeating aspects of their roles in several later
films, also spawning a new genre of ‘mother-inlaw’
films in which class antagonisms are often
played out with a lower-class son-in-law (cf.
Alluda Majaaka, 1995).
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