It may seem like we speak about Sridevi far too often. But who do you blame? This iconic woman has given us more memories than we can count. It’s another Wednesday, and a good time to look back at some of the good work done by women. This Wednesday, we look back at Sridevi and her iconic film Padaharella Vayasu, which first came out in 1978.
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The title of the film translates to ‘At the age of 16’. Did you know? Sridevi was 15 years old when she played this character. We wonder if the film was written for her, from day one. The film also stars Chandra Mohan and Mohan Babu as the leading men. It is directed by the noted director K. Raghavendra Rao and is the remake of a Tamil film titled 16 Vayathinile. In the Tamil version, Sridevi starred alongside Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.
Even today, the film is rated 7.7/10 on IMDB. Padaharella Vayasu is the story of a 16-year-old girl named Malli. She is young, charming, bright and ambitious. A powerful village man named Simhachalam lusts over Malli. On the other hand, Malli lands her eyes on a veterinarian who newly moves to the same village. The doctor is also young and dynamic. More importantly, he also falls for Malli.
Their love starts to bloom and Malli decides to let go of her ambition of becoming a teacher, only to stay with the man. However, their story ends up being short-lived because the doctor forces himself upon her. Malli holds up to her integrity and lets go of the man who couldn’t respect her choice. Following this incident, Malli’s mother dies and the young girl is left on all her own.
Around these tough times, Malli finds herself being sheltered by her Bawa, Gopalakrishna. Gopal never admits but secretly loves Malli. With time, Malli also falls for Gopal. But just when they decide to marry each other, Simhachalam enters the picture and tries to molest her. Will Gopal save Malli? Will Malli every see a happy day? Watch the film to find out.
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