Pelli Kanuka (1998 film)

Pelli Kanuka (transl. Wedding Gift) is a 1998 Telugu-language drama film, produced by Nannapaneni Anna Rao under the N. V. S. Creations banner and directed by Kodi Ramakrishna. The film stars Jagapati Babu, Lakshmi, Bhanumathi Ramakrishna with music composed by M. M. Keeravani. The film is a remake of the 1997 Hindi film Pardes.

Pelli Kanuka
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Directed byKodi Ramakrishna
Written byPosani Krishna Murali (dialogues)
Screenplay byKodi Ramakrishna
Story byN. V. S. Unit
Based onPardes (1997)
Produced byNannapaneni Anna Rao
StarringJagapati Babu
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
CinematographyKodi Lakshmna Rao
Edited byTata Suresh
Music byM. M. Keeravani
N. V. S. Creations
Release date
  • 1998 (1998)
Running time
142 minutes


Savitramma, a wealthy woman living in Delhi, visits her village after so many years and meets her old family friends Sitaramaraju and family. During her stay at the conservative, traditional Indian household, she gets to know Sitaramaraju's daughter, Ganga, who shares her love for the village and its culture. Savitramma asks Sitaramaraju to promise Ganga as a bride for her westernized grandson, Srinivasa Prasad / Chintu. He is convinced that Ganga will be not only a perfect bride but the way treasured Indian values are revived and passed on in her westernized family. Sitaramaraju's family accepts the proposal. Savitramma knows he will have a tough time trying to convince her grandson to marry or even meet Ganga. She asks her foster son, Sagar / Airport to help his plan along. Sagar comes to the village ahead of Chintu to set the stage for him to meet Ganga when Chintu arrives, he also acts offensively; sometimes intentionally, and sometimes because he has no idea of anything Indians consider rude or inappropriate. But Sagar, despite his own attraction to Ganga, smoothens the way out. In his determination to help the marriage come to pass, Sagar deceives Ganga about Chintu's character and habits; he assures her that Chintu is a "nice guy"; he also covers up for Chintu's bad habits. Chintu and Ganga agree to the wedding.

After the engagement, the families agree that Ganga should come to Delhi before the wedding. Ganga arrives in Delhi and is hurt to hear her traditional dress and "foreign" manners despised by Chintu's father and mother at a party in her new home. In her new surroundings, her only friend and confidant is Sagar, with whom she begins to form a special bond. Little by little, Ganga realizes that Chintu isn't the person Sagar portrayed him to be. He smokes, gets drunk and acts like a bully. Later, Ganga is shocked to discover pictures of Chintu with his girlfriends that clearly show he has had a sexual relationship with them. When she asks Chintu regarding this, he misbehaves with Ganga, Sagar comes to her rescue, and revolts on Chintu. Chintu reverses the situation before Savitramma that Sagar is trying to marry, that's why he is creating misunderstandings between them. Savitramma sends Sagar from the house to their Agra branch. Ganga decides not to marry Chintu and goes back to her village. Chintu makes a plan; he promises to send Ganga back, but before that, he will take her to Agra to show her favorite spot Taj Mahal, after reaching there, Chintu makes a rape attempt on Ganga, however, she escapes. Sagar comes to her protection, both of them meet near the Taj Mahal and he decides to take her back to the village. Before they reach there, Chintu and his parents create a new story to Ganga's family members that Ganga eloped with Sagar. Ganga's family members beat Sagar badly and again surrender Ganga to Chintu. At the same time, Savitramma arrives, reveals all the truth and she disowns her family members and accepts Sagar as her heir. Now, she decides to go ahead with Ganga's marriage with Sagar.


  • Jagapati Babu as Sagar / Airport
  • Lakshmi as Ganga
  • Bhanumathi Ramakrishna as Savitramma
  • Viren Chaudhury as Srinivasa Prasad / Chintu
  • Sudhakar as Bholak Singh
  • Mallikarjuna Rao as Sitaramaraju
  • Pokula Narasimha Rao as Sitaramaraju's father
  • John as Robert Kristopher / Ramakrishna
  • Chalasani Krishna Rao as Venkanna (Chintu's father)
  • Rajitha as Indira
  • Radha Prasanthi as Lavanya (Chintu's mother)
  • Indu Anand as Sitaramaraju's wife


Pelli Kanuka
Film score by
LabelT Series
ProducerM. M. Keeravani
M. M. Keeravani chronology
Pelli Kanuka
Shri Sita Ramula Kalyanam Chootamu Raarandi

The music was composed by M.M. Keeravani with lyrics by Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry. The music was released on T Series Music Company.

1."Suvvi Suvvi Suvvala"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chithra, Malgudi Subha4:26
2."Rammane Kanti Reppala"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chithra3:35
3."Bangaru Bommaki"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Bhanumathi Ramakrishna4:50
4."Ee Gaali Ee Nela"Chithra, M.M. Keeravani4:35
5."Kovela Pavurama"Chithra4:00
6."Manninchamma"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam3:44
7."Suvvi Suvvi Suvvala (Pathos)"Chithra1:35
Total length:25:10



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External linksEdit

Pelli Kanuka at IMDb