Cast: Srihari, Madhu Sharma, Vijayachander and Pradeep Rawat
Direction: Chandra Mahesh
Villain-turned-hero Srihari, who is craving for a hit after some duds, comes out with a good subject `Hanumanthu' on his own production. However, the story has some similarities of `Jayam Manadera' released earlier with Venkatesh as a hero.
Hanumanthu (Srihari) is a he-man of a village. He has a grandmother called Mahalakshmamma (KR Vijaya). Satyavati (Madhu Sharma), daughter of the village sarpanch, loves him.
Twist in story
Though Mahalakshmamma doesn't want Hanumanthu to go out of the village, he goes to Hyderabad once when some students rag one of the village boys, a student of MBBS, to teach them a lesson. In the city, Krishna Murthy alias King Maker alias KM (Pradeep Rawat) holds sway in politics. People are of the view that is a good Samaritan though he is a traitor.
Sitaramaiah (Vijayachander), who is prison, knows his true colours. He escapes from jail to kill KM.
Sitaramaiah meets Hanumanthu and reveals how Hanumanthaiah, his grandfather lost his life for the sake of villagers.
How Hanumanthu taught a lesson to KM forms part of the climax. Srihari performs well in both roles. The scene in which Hanumanthaiah lays down his life for the sake of villagers is the highlight of the film.
The film is watchable because of Srihari's performance. Screenplay in the first half is slow but picks up in the second half. The climax is quite cinematic.