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  • 1970
  • 169 hr
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Chitti Chellelu is a 1970 Telugu drama film directed by Tatineni Rama Rao and produced by D. Madhusudhana Rao. The movie stars N.T. Rama Rao, Rajashree, and Relangi Venkatramaiah in lead roles. The film centers around the life of Chitti Babu (N.T. Rama Rao) and his family. Chitti Babu is a happy-go-lucky guy who spends most of his time singing and dancing. He lives with his father (Relangi Venkatramaiah) and younger sister Raji (Rajashree). Chitti Babu's father is a school headmaster and the family is well-respected in their village.

However, their happy life is shattered when Chitti Babu's father becomes ill and unable to work. Chitti Babu takes on the responsibility of supporting his family by singing at weddings and other functions. His hard work pays off and he becomes a popular singer in the village.

Meanwhile, Raji falls in love with Raja (Mikkilineni), a wealthy man in the village. The two plan to get married, but Raja's mother opposes the match as she feels Raji is beneath them in social status. Chitti Babu confronts Raja's mother and convinces her to accept his sister as their daughter-in-law.

As the family begins to settle down, a tragic event occurs. Chitti Babu's father passes away, leaving the family in disarray. Chitti Babu tries to support his sister and mother, but he struggles to make ends meet. In a desperate bid to earn more money, he joins a touring theatre group.

The theatre group is managed by a shrewd businessman who exploits the actors and cheats them out of their earnings. Chitti Babu and his fellow actors band together to protest against the manager's unfair practices. They succeed in getting a fair share of the earnings and return home triumphant.

However, Chitti Babu's joy is short-lived as tragedy strikes again. His sister dies suddenly, leaving him distraught. Chitti Babu blames himself for not being able to provide for his family and sinks into depression. His friends and well-wishers try to cheer him up, but he remains despondent.

In the end, Chitti Babu realizes that he needs to move on and make the most of what life has to offer. He decides to continue singing and entertaining people as that is what brings him happiness. The movie ends on a hopeful note, with Chitti Babu embracing his love for music and looking forward to a brighter future.

Chitti Chellelu is a poignant tale of a man's struggles to support his family and find his place in the world. N.T. Rama Rao delivers a powerful performance as Chitti Babu, bringing depth and nuance to the character. Rajashree and Relangi Venkatramaiah provide excellent support, making the family dynamic feel realistic and heartfelt.

The movie also features some excellent songs, with N.T. Rama Rao's voice lending a soulful quality to the music. The cinematography captures the beauty of the countryside and the vibrant energy of the theatre performances with equal finesse.

Overall, Chitti Chellelu is a timeless classic that explores themes of family, love, and resilience. The characters are well-drawn, the performances are superb, and the music is unforgettable. It is a must-watch for anyone who appreciates good cinema.

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