Oka Oori Katha

Oka Oori Katha
Directed by Mrinal Sen
Produced by A. Parandhama Reddy
Written by Munshi Premchand
Starring A. R. Krishna
Pradeep Kumar
G. Narayana Rao
M. V. Vasudeva Rao
Mamata Shankar
Music by Vijay Raghava Rao
Cinematography K. K. Mahajan
Edited by Gadadhar Naskar
Distributed by Chandrodaya Art Films
Release dates
Country India
Language Telugu

Oka Oori Katha (English title: The Marginal Ones; Telugu: ఒక ఊరి కథ) is a 1977 Telugu film directed by Mrinal Sen.[1] It is based on the story Kafan by Munshi Premchand.[2] The film was one of the Indian entries at the 4th Hong Kong International Film Festival, won Special Awards at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and Carthage Film Festival.[3] The film has received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year, and was premiered at the International Film Festival of India.[4]

The plot

Venkaiah (Vasudeva Rao) and his son Kistaiah (Narayana Rao) lives in a village. Venkaiah lives in a queer world of his own. They have learnt to conquer hunger and are mentally strong. They consider the poor farmers are fools to work for the rich and suffer. Kistaiah wants to marry Nilamma (Mamata Shankar). The father does not like the marriage. Kistaiah refused and married Nilamma.

Nilamma tries to control the family. Venkaiah does not change. Kistaiah stands between them. There is bitterness in the family. In course of time Nilamma conceives. One day, they find Nilamma in acute pain. The father refuses to call a midwife and Nilamma dies. They decide to conduct funeral rites to Nilamma. They go begging around the village and gather some money and decide to spend it on drinks.






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