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Directed by K. Viswanath
Produced by Edida Nageshwara Rao
Written by K. Viswanath
Starring Chiranjeevi
Meenakshi Seshadri
Sharath Babu
Music by M.M. Keeravani
Studio Poornodaya Movie Creations
Release date(s) 9 October 1992
Country India
Language Telugu

Aapathbandhavudu (Telugu: ఆపథ్బంధవుడు) is a 1992 Telugu film and the third collaboration between actor Chiranjeevi and director K. Viswanath. Unlike their previous movies together, Subhalekha and Swayamkrushi, this film was not commercially successful. Released on 9 October 1992, the movie followed Chiranjeevi's immensely successful Gharana Mogudu (which was a mass masala entertainer) and disappointed his fans, as his character is one of self pity and is totally deglamorized. However, the movie did win critical acclaim, especially for Chiranjeevi, who received the Nandi Award for Best Actor for his performance. He narrowly missed out that year's National Film Award for Best Actor.



Madhava (Chiranjeevi), is a loyal friend, servant, and cowherd to Hema (Meenakshi Seshadri) and her father (Jandhyala). He also stars in dramas, in which he plays Lord Shiva. Hema's father is a school teacher and is a great poet, but since his classical poetry is no longer popular, he cannot find a publisher to print his poems. Even though both, Hema and Madhava love each other deep down in their hearts, neither realizes this due to societal divisions of not only caste but of economic class as well. Hema is the first to realize her love during a drama where she portrays the role of Lord Shiva's consort, but suppresses her feelings owing to societal divisions.

One day, in order to pay for the wedding of Lalitha (Geetha), Hema's elder sister, Madhava sells his cows and gives the money to a family friend to give to Hema's father as a loan. When her father hears what he has done, he gives Madhava his manuscripts. Madhava goes to town to have them printed. When he returns, he sees Hema being taken away to an insane asylum. He learns that Hema has gone into shock after her brother-in-law tried to rape her and in the process killed Lalitha when she tried to stop him.

Madhava pretends to be crazy and enters the asylum, where he goes through many hardships in order to save her. After stopping a guard from attacking her, he is falsely accused of attempted rape and is electrocuted. He tries many times to help her regain her memory. When she finally does and realizes what he did for her, she wants to marry him after she is safely rescued. However, Madhava objects due to his being of a lower strata of society. Hema's fiancée (Sarath Babu) convinces him to change his mind.




  • Athala Vithala
  • Aura Ammaku
  • Chukkalara
  • Puvvu Navve
  • Odiyappa


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