Aapadbandhavudu (transl. Protector against misfortune) is a 1992 Indian Telugu-language drama film written and directed by K. Viswanath.[1] Produced by Edida Nageswara Rao's Poornodaya Movie Creations, the film stars Chiranjeevi and Meenakshi Seshadri while Jandhyala, Sharath Babu and Geetha play supporting roles.[2] It was the third collaboration between actor Chiranjeevi and Viswanath after Shubhalekha and Swayam Krushi. The film won critical acclaim with five state Nandi Awards, including the Nandi Award for Best Actor for Chiranjeevi, and the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu for Chiranjeevi. The film was screened at the International Film Festival of India, the Asia Pacific Film Festival, and the AISFM Film Festival.[3][4] The film was later dubbed and released into Tamil as Veera Marudhu.[5]

Theatrical poster
Directed byK. Viswanath
Written byJandhyala (dialogues)
Screenplay byK. Viswanath
Story byK. Viswanath
Produced byEdida Nageswara Rao
Meenakshi Seshadri
Sarath Babu
CinematographyA. Vincent
Ajayan Vincent
Edited byG. G. Krishna Rao
Music byM. M. Keeravani
Distributed byPoornodaya Movie Creations
Release date
  • 9 October 1992 (1992-10-09)


Madhava (Chiranjeevi) is a loyal friend, servant, and cowherd to Hema (Meenakshi Seshadri) and her father (Jandhyala). He also performs in dramas, in which he portrays Lord Shiva. Hema's father is a school teacher and a great poet. However, since his classical poetry is no longer popular, he cannot find a publisher to print his poems. Even though Hema and Madhava love each other, neither realize this due to societal divisions of caste and economic class. Hema is the first to realize her love during a drama where she portrays the role of Lord Shiva's consort but suppresses her feelings owing to societal divisions.

One day, in order to pay for the wedding of Lalita (Geeta), Hema's elder sister, Madhava sells his cows and gives the money to a family friend to give to Hema's father as a loan. When her father hears what he has done, he gives Madhava his manuscripts. Madhava goes to town to have them printed. When he returns, he sees Hema being taken away to an asylum. He learns that Hema has gone into shock after her brother-in-law tried to rape her and killed Lalitha who tried to stop him.

Madhava pretends to be mentally unstable and is admitted to the same asylum, where he goes through many hardships in order to save Hema. After stopping a guard from attacking her, he is falsely accused of attempted rape and is given shock therapy. He tries many times to help her regain her memory. When she finally does and realizes what he did for her, she wants to marry him after she is safely rescued. However, Madhava objects to her proposal as he is from the lower strata of society when Hema's fiancé Sripathi (Sarath Babu) convinces him to change his mind. Hema and Madhava finally unite.


Chiranjeevi Madhava
Meenakshi Seshadri Hema
Jandhyala School Teacher (Hema's & Lalitha's father)
Sarath Babu Sripati
Allu Ramalingaiah Sripati's father
Geetha Lalita
Brahmanandam Madhava's friend
Nirmalamma Brahmanandam's grandmother
Kaikala Satyanarayana President of the village
Silpa Nurse in a mental asylum
Kalpana Rai Nurse in mental asylum
Suthi Velu A patient in mental asylum
Vijayachander Baba
Prasad Babu Guard in a mental asylum
Mukku Raju Cameo appearance as a dancer



Soundtrack album by
LabelLahari Music
M. M. Keeravani chronology
Allari Mogudu
Mr. Pellam

All songs are composed by M. M. Keeravani and audio is owned by Lahari Music.[6][7]

1."Odiyappa"BhuvanachandraS. P. Balasubrahmanyam3:55
2."Oura Ammaka Chella"Sirivennela Seetharama SastryS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra5:45
3."Chukkallara (Female Version)"Sirivennela Seetharama SastryK. S. Chithra2:40
4."Chukkallara (Duet)"Sirivennela Seetharama SastryS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra4:53
5."Puvvunavve Guvvanavve"C. Narayana ReddyS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra5:06
6."Athala Vithala"Sirivennela Seetharama SastryS. P. Balasubrahmanyam2:12
7."Parameshwaruni"Sirivennela Seetharama SastryS. P. Balasubrahmanyam2:00
Total length:26:31


Nandi Awards[8]
Filmfare Awards South


  1. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (25 April 2017). "K Viswanath brought dignity and grace to Telugu cinema". The Hindu – via www.thehindu.com.
  2. ^ "Aapadbandhavudu (1992)". Indiancine.ma.
  3. ^ "The films of K. Viswanath". AISFM Blog. 15 February 2014.
  4. ^ https://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/10603/1808/8/08_chapter%203.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ Zachariah, Serene. "A Critique of Star Worship in the Case of Malayalam Actor Dileep's Sexual Abuse Controversy" – via www.academia.edu. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "Apathbhandavudu". 4 January 1992 – via www.jiosaavn.com.
  7. ^ "Apathbhandavudu". 31 August 2014 – via music.apple.com.
  8. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)
  9. ^ https://archive.org/download/40thFilmfareSouthBestActorActress/40th%20Filmfare%20South%20Best%20Actor%20Actress.jpg[bare URL image file]
  10. ^ https://archive.org/download/40thFilmfareSouthBestActorActressFilmsLifetimeMusicDirector/40th%20filmfare%20south%20best%20actor%20actress%20films%20lifetime%20music%20director.jpg[bare URL image file]

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