“Balagam” is a 2023 Telugu family drama film written and directed by Venu Yeldandi, marking his directorial debut. The film was produced by Dil Raju’s daughter and nephew, Hanshitha Reddy and Harshith Reddy, respectively, under Dil Raju Productions.
Balagam Telugu Movie 2023 Cast, Story, Plot, & Release
The cast includes Priyadarshi, Kavya Kalyanram, Sudhakar Reddy, Kota Jayaram, Mime Madhu, and Muralidhar Goud in prominent roles. Upon its release on March 3, 2023, “Balagam” garnered positive reviews, with particular praise directed at the direction, screenplay, story, and performances of the lead actors.
In a village in Telangana, Gajula Komurayya leads a contented life with his elder son Ailayya, daughter-in-law Swaroopa, and grandson Sayilu, who is set to get married soon. Sayilu plans to use his dowry to repay a loan of 15 lakhs INR took to start his unsuccessful small-scale businesses in the village.
However, the family’s happiness is shattered when Komurayya unexpectedly passes away, leading to Sayilu’s wedding being postponed indefinitely as it is considered inauspicious to celebrate or perform any religious event within a year of a family member’s same-surname death.
Komurayya’s death also brings back his estranged daughter, Lakshmi, who was forced to stay away from her family for twenty years because of her husband Narayana’s feud with Ailayya and the latter’s younger brother, Mogilayya. On the eleventh day of Komurayya’s passing, the family experiences an emotional realization, and Sayilu brings a photograph of the family taken twenty years ago, right before Narayana and Ailayya’s argument, which Komurayya had secured.
|Real Name||Role Name|
|Kethiri Sudhakar Reddy||Koamrayya|
|Surabhi Lalitha Chiranjeevi||Sujatha|
|Aasni Manaswini Gowd||Veena|
Kethiri Sudhakar Reddy
Surabhi Lalitha Chiranjeevi
Aasni Manaswini Gowd
Rewritten: Bheems Ceciroleo composed the soundtrack album for the film, with Kasarla Shyam providing the lyrics. Aditya Music released the full soundtrack, which includes three tracks. The first track, “Ooru Palletooru,” was released on February 6, 2023.
|“Balarama Narasayoo”||Kasarla Shyam||Bheems Ceciroleo, Venu Yeldandi||4:40|
|“Potti Pilla”||Kasarla Shyam||Ram Miriyala||3:44|
|“Ooru Palletooru”||Kasarla Shyam||Ram Miriyala, Mangli||4:80|
|“Thoduga ma thodundi”||Mr.& Mrs. Komutaiah,|
|“Ayyo Shivuda Yemaye”|
Despite being available on OTT platforms like Amazon Prime Video and Simply South outside India since March 24, 2023, Balagam continued to receive a positive response from the audience, prompting those who had already watched it on OTT to revisit the theaters to experience the film on the big screen.
Balagam Movie Poster
|Box Office Collection||₹26.72 crore (US$3.3 million)|
|Cinematography by||Acharya Venu|
|Directed by||Venu Yeldandi|
|Distributed by||Amazon Prime Video|
|Music by||Bheems Ceciroleo|
|Produced by||Harshith Reddy
|Production Company||Dil Raju Productions|
|Release Date||3 March 2023|
|Running Time||2hr 11min|
|Written by||Venu Yeldandi|
According to 123Telugu, Balagam is a sincere attempt to explore human values and emotions without any commercial elements. The film’s natural village setting, heartwarming performances, and satisfying emotional sequences are its strengths, earning it a 3 out of 5-star rating.
The Indian Express’s Raghu Bandi also gave the film a 3 out of 5-star rating, calling it an honest portrayal of rural Telangana life. The Times of India critic praised the film’s creative and technical team while highlighting the screenplay and acting performances of Priyadarshi and Kavya Kalyanram.
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