Sutradharulu (transl. The Initiators) is a 1989 Indian Telugu-language drama film written and directed by K. Viswanath. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Bhanuchander, Ramya Krishna and music is composed by K. V. Mahadevan. It is produced by Sudhakar and Karunakar under the Sudarshan Cine Enterprises banner.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. Viswanath
Written byK. Viswanath
M. V. S. Haranatha Rao (dialogues)
Produced bySudhakar, Karunakar
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
Ramya Krishna
CinematographyMadhu Ambat
Edited byG. G. Krishna Rao
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
Sudarshan Cine Enterprises
Release date
  • 4 May 1989 (1989-05-04)
Running time
155 mins

This film is based on a story against violence shown in a rural background. This message is shown in a short graphic format as an introduction to the film. The film received National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu, and three state Nandi Awards (including Third Best Feature Film).


The film begins in a village where Neelakantam a tyrant who tramples the public. Hanumanth Dasu & his brother-in-law Rangadasu belong to a Haridasa family. Once Neelakantam molests an orthodox Brahmin woman Yashodamma the wife of a Bhagavathar Acharyulu. So, Yashodamma forfeits herself to be his wife and discards Hanumathu Dasu's son Tirumala Dasu intending to give him a good education. After 20 years, Tirumala Dasu backs as a collector and pretends as the sidekick of Neelakantam. According to the guidance of his father to get a revolution in public and they succeed in it. Parallelly, Seeta the daughter of Rangadasu who endears Tirumala Dasu detests him but afterward realizes his virtue. Right now, Neelakantam ploys to squat the Govt lands for which he initiates Tirumala Dasu to get them to the auction. Here, Tirumala Dasu clearly takes bribe from different landlords and acquire the land from the villagers. At present, enraged Neelakhantam intrigues to destroy the village with the help of other landlords when Tirumala Dasu ceases them. Being cognizant of it, the villagers' onslaught on Neelakantam when Hanumath Dasu bars and pacifies them that violence is not the solution to resolve a problem. Finally, Neelakantam also realizes his mistake, sheds all his weapons, and reforms as a rectitude. Even Yashodamma reunites with her husband. At last, Hanumanth Dasu affirms that it's wiser to give the best punishment for the egregious to destroy their evil nature than eliminate them. Finally, it is proclaimed that Nonviolence is great piety.



Film score by
LabelAditya Music
ProducerK. V. Mahadevan
K. V. Mahadevan chronology
Muddula Mavayya
Muddula Menalludu

Music composed by K. V. Mahadevan. Music released on ADITYA Music Company.

1."Maharaja Rajasri"Sirivennela Sitarama SastryS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Mano2:51
2."Lalelo Lillelelo"C. Narayana ReddyS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja4:01
3."Kolichinanduku Ninnu Kodandarama"C. Narayana ReddyS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, SP Sailaja5:09
4."Jolajolamma"C. Narayana ReddySP Sailaja4:57
5."Kalalenduku Kathalenduku"Sirivennela Sitarama SastryS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, SP Sailaja2:34
6."Yedhukulavadaku"C. Narayana ReddyS. P. Balasubrahmanyam1:57
7."Yopam Pushpam Veda"Sirivennela Sitarama SastryS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, SP Sailaja2:51
8."Srirasthu Subhamasthu"Maadugala Nagaphani SharmaP.Susheela, V.Kalyani5:28
Total length:29:48


Griddaluru Gopalrao in his review for Zamin Ryot opined that the film lacks novelty, and the talent of the lead cast is not fully realised.[1]


National Film Awards of 1989
Nandi Awards - 1989[3]


  1. ^ Gopalrao, Griddaluru (19 May 1989). "శతాబ్దాల చిత్రాగల జానపద నిథి: సూత్రధారులు" (PDF). Zamin Ryot. Retrieved 22 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Kumar, Asha Kiran (18 February 2019). "K Viswanath: National Award films directed by the ace filmmaker". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF) (in Telugu). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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