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Released (15th January 2000) - Sammakka Sarakka
Sammakka - Sarakka
Jeevi Rating: 2/5
(Two on a scale of five)
Ramya Krishna, Dasari, Jaya Prada and Indraja.
Story, Screenplay, Production & Direction: Dasari
starts with explaining the tradition of 'medaram Jatara'.
And how it is being awesomely celebrated. At that celebration
a widow gives birth to two twins, whom their grandmother aptly
names as Sammakka and Sarakka.
Then the history behind the tribal goddesses, Sammakka and
Sarakka, is shown. These two women belong to tribals who laid
their lives for the sake of tribals prosperity in Telangana
region. On that eventful day 'Medaram Jatara' is celebrated
to pay homage to 'Sammakka and Sarakka'.
There is a remote village in Telangana, where the feudalism
and landlordship is at an alarming phase. A big baddie landlord
(Narra) stays there. He got four sons, whose responsibility
is to bed all the unmarried women in the village. In that
process they happen to see the minor girls 'Sammakka and Sarakka'.
Both these girls are taken into the palace of landlord and
were prepared to become matured so that they can be sexually
Sammakka and Sarakka give a slip to the landlord and they
go out of the village to their grand father's place. Later
on they grow up and marry the two servants of landlord. At
the time of the marriage, Landlord happen to recognize the
Sammakka and Sarakka. He kills the servants and gets Sammakka
and Sarakka ready to deflower them. In that process Sammakka
and sarakka kills the landlord. Sammakka escapes from the
clutches of Landlord and joins the Naxalite movement headed
by 'Peddanna'. Sarakka is subjected to torture by the sons
Naxalites kidnap the daughter of the landlord and asks the
Govt. to give Sarakka in exchange of Landlord's daughter.
In this process Sarakka was killed and was shown that she
opted for suicide. Enraged Naxalites smash the palace of Landlord.
But the kin's of landlord are at large.
Govt. sends a bunch of police headed by Bose (Prakash Raj)
to capture Naxalites. Naxalites succeed in duping the police
and captures them. As the 'medaram jatara' is nearing, the
climax is set for the Sammakka to take revenge on the kins
of Landlord. You have to watch this film if you want to know
what climax has to offer.
Roja: Roja is given a role that is very much similar
to her role of 'Swarnakka'. She dubbed the film with her own
voice. Her voice is a little raw. She is given a few dialogues
in this film for which she did justice.
Ramya Krishna: Her character in this film does not have
anything to offer. Her character has an immature end.
Dasari: He looks repetitive and jaded in his same old
Naxalite Guru role. He has 3 songs for his credit in
this film.One of them is good.
Prakash Raj: He gave the much needed relief with his
usual antics in the film. Characterization of his role is very
confusing and contradictory.
Story: This film has a powerful story.
Direction: This film lacks slickness in terms of direction.
As it has taken an year to produce film, this film suffers from
the ad-hoc attitude by the director. Director is resonsible
to make such a mess out of a Powerful theme.
Music: Vandematharam quality of music is missing. Songs
are not catchy.
Production: Improper planning and non-co-operation by
an artist dogged the production quality of the film. Added to
that, hotchpotch editing mars the product.
of this film started an year back. It faced all the problems
a small budget film can face. Audio of the film was released
8 months back. As
Dasari has to finish 'Pichivadi Chetilo Raayi', this film
was given a back seat. Later on Ramya Krishna accused Dasari
for nonpayment of remuneration and refuse to cooperate. There
by Dasari has to give a premature end to Sarakka character.
One more debatable factor is the characterization of the protagonists
'Sammakka and Sarakka'. One expects these two characters to
be powerful as they are shown as representatives of the real
Goddesses, Sammakka and Sarakka. But the Sarakka character
is just like another girl, who succumb to the feudalistic
fire by the landlords. Sammakka character blooms out as a
powerful role only during the climax.
Another drawback of the film: One expects this film to be
the story of 'Telangana' goddesses Sammakka and Sarakka. But
the story chosen here is a social one.
Inspite of all the drawback, this film is bound to do well
in the interior places of Telangana, as most of the Dalit
people can identify themselves with the protagonists in the
One beautiful aspect about this film is the characterization
of the Grandmother of Sammakka and Sarakka, enterprisingly
played by Shakuntala. The way she fights to protect the virginity
of her grand children Sammakka and Sarakka is very real and
This film is very raw and tests the patience of viewers, sometimes.
This film is not recommendable for the people who likes the
main stream films. If you like 'Osey Ramulamma' and if you
want to watch the badly executed 'Osey Ramulamma', watch this
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