Aapadbandhavudu (transl. The Good Samaritan) is a 1992 Indian Telugu-language drama film written, and directed by K. Viswanath. Produced by Edida Nageswara Rao, starring Chiranjeevi and Meenakshi Seshadri in pivotal roles, with Jandhyala and Sharath Babu playing supporting roles. It was the third collaboration between actor Chiranjeevi and director K. 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. The film was later dubbed into Tamil as Veera Marudhu.
|Directed by||K. Viswanath|
|Produced by||Edida Nageswara Rao|
|Written by||Jandhyala (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||K. Viswanath|
|Story by||K. Viswanath|
|Music by||M. M. Keeravani|
|Edited by||G. G. Krishna Rao|
|Distributed by||Poornodaya Movie Creations|
|9 October 1992|
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 realizes 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 a lower strata of society when Hema's fiancé Sripathi (Sarath Babu) convinces him to change his mind. Hema and Madhava finally unite.
|Jandhyala||School Teacher (Hema's & Lalitha's father)|
|Allu Ramalingaiah||Sripati's father|
|Nirmalamma||Brahmanandam's grand mother|
|Kaikala Satyanarayana||President of the village|
|Silpa||Nurse in mental asylum|
|Kalpana Rai||Nurse in mental asylum|
|Suthi Velu||A patient in mental asylum|
|Prasad Babu||Guard in mental asylum|
|Mukku Raju||Cameo appearance as a dancer|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Producer||M. M. Keeravani|
- "Odiyappa Odiyappa "(Singer: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam; Lyrics: Bhuvanachandra)
- "Aura Ammakuchella Alakinchi Nammadamella "(Singers: S. P. Balasubrhamanyam, K. S. Chithra; Lyrics: Sirivennela Sitaramasastri)
- "Puvvu Navve Guvva Navve "(Singer: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra; Lyrics: C. Narayana Reddy)
- "Chukkallara Choopullara Ekkadamma Jabilli 1 ("Singer: K. S. Chithra; Lyrics: Sirivennela Sitaramasastri)
- "Chukkallara Choopullara Ekkadamma Jabilli 2 "(Singer: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra; Lyrics: Sirivennela Sitaramasastri)
- "Athala Vitala Patala "(Singer: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam; Lyrics: Sirivennela Sitaramasastri)
- Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Bronze) - Edida Nageswara Rao
- Nandi Award for Best Actor - Chiranjeevi
- Nandi Award for Best Dialogue Writer - Jandhyala
- Nandi Award for Best Art Director - B. Chalam and Arun D Ghodgavnkar
- Nandi Award for Best Choreographer - Bhushan Lakhandri
- Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (25 April 2017). "'K Viswanath brought dignity and grace to Telugu cinema'" – via www.thehindu.com.
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- "The films of K. Viswanath". AISFM Blog. 15 February 2014.
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- "Apathbhandavudu" – via www.hungama.com.