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Balagam (2023)

Balagam is a 2023 Telugu-language family drama film written and directed by Venu Yeldandi in his directorial debut. The film stars Priyadarshi, Kavya Kalyanram, Sudhakar Reddy, Kota Jayaram, Mime Madhu, and Muralidhar Goud. It was released on 3 March 2023 to critical acclaim.

The film is set in a village in Telangana and revolves around the after effects on a family and its relations, both with the village folks and among themselves, after the jovial patriarch of the family suddenly passes away. The film explores the themes of family, greed, and redemption.

The film’s cast has been praised for their performances, with Priyadarshi in particular receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of the protagonist. The film’s music, composed by Bheems Ceciroleo, has also been well-received.

Balagam has been a commercial success, grossing over ₹30 crores at the box office. The film has been praised by critics for its sensitive handling of the subject matter, strong performances, and engaging screenplay.

Release Date:

Balagam was released on 3 March 2023.

Cast:

  • Priyadarshi as Sayilu
  • Kavya Kalyanram as Swaroopa
  • Sudhakar Reddy as Ailayya
  • Kota Jayaram as Gajula Komurayya
  • Mime Madhu as Chenchu
  • Muralidhar Goud as Pedda Komurayya

Story:

Gajula Komurayya is a jovial elderly inhabitant of a village in Telangana. He lives with his elder son Ailayya, the latter’s wife Swaroopa, and their son Sayilu. Unbeknownst to his short-tempered father, Sayilu owes a massive sum of money to a cruel moneylender. He reassures the moneylender that he will pay off the loan once he receives dowry from his fiancee’s family.

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However, Sayilu’s fiancee’s family refuses to give him dowry, and he is forced to find other ways to pay off his debt. He begins to manipulate those around him, including his family and friends. However, he soon realizes the folly of his greed, and he tries to make amends.

Reviews:

Balagam has been a critical success, with many critics praising the film’s sensitive handling of the subject matter, strong performances, and engaging screenplay.

The Times of India gave the film a 4 out of 5 star rating, calling it “a heartwarming and emotionally resonant film that will stay with you long after you’ve watched it.” The Hindu gave the film a 3.5 out of 5 star rating, calling it “a well-made and engaging film that is sure to please fans of Telugu family dramas.”

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