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Instilling ‘bhakti’: Meena in Vengamamba
Instilling ‘bhakti’: Meena in Vengamamba

Film: Vengamamba

Cast: Meena, Sai Kiran

Direction: Uday Bhaskar

Tarigonda Vengamamba is a saint, poetess and an ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara. She was created on the insistence of the Lord’s consort who wanted a woman devotee to instil bhakti in the hearts of people who were turning corrupt and selfish. Thus, Vengamamba was born in the Kannala family and right from her childhood, she believed that the Lord was her husband.

Sharat Babu and Sudha’s daughter Meena, who plays Vengamamba, is married to her childhood friend Injeti Chalapati, but the marriage is not consummated as her husband sees a goddess in her. Both the families now want Chalapati to marry Vengamamba’s sister, but Vengamamba doesn’t allow. The reason is revealed later lending credibility to her decision. The first half of the film reads like a story book and post interval concentrates on her works and contributions. It’s interesting to note Vengamamba’s fight against the anomalies prevalent in society those days her views on female emancipation, etc. A wonderful script, dialogues that sound simple yet deep, fantastic work by Meena ensure that the audiences are glued to their seats.

Subtle comedy

Doraswamy Raju, who produced Annamayya, is back with his passion for devotional films and kudos to him for bringing alive the work of all the little known television artistes, the ensemble cast.

Each one of them shine in their respective roles.

Comedy is subtle, in tune and flows with the story.

Watch out for Meena’s stubborn, yet firm behaviour when there is a personal upheaval, her poser to the high priest when he orders her head to be tonsured.

Keeravani’s mellifluous music is ornament to the “maha kavyam” of Tarigonda Vengamamba.

Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY

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