Pandaga ( Festival) is a 1998 Telugu-language drama film, produced under the Jayasri Art Pictures banner and directed by Sarath. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Srikanth, Raasi and music composed by M. M. Keeravani. The film was recorded as a Super Hit at the box office. It is a remake of the Malayalam film Katha Nayagan.


The film begins on Suryadevara Lakshmi Raghava Vara Prasad (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) a top-tier holds high esteem in the society. He is also paterfamilias to a large extended joint family who is unmarried, shoulders his 5 sisters and their respective families. However, they usurp for his wealth under the guise of serving him. Once Vara Prasad is rescued by a young guy Anand (Srikanth) from a few burglars. Just after, he is impressed by virtue of Anand and appoints him as Manager of his house. Time being, Anand wins Vara Prasad's credence and obtains household authority. Besides, Prameela (Raasi) one of the nieces of Vara Prasad piety quarrels with Anand. After some time, Vara Prasad realizes Anand as a forge, one that trapped him with his excellence, so, he boots him. Thereupon, he notices his ex-lover Vijayalakshmi's (Jayasudha) photograph with him. Here as a flabbergast, it is revealed, Anand as Vara Prasad's son who walked in, to pay back his father for deceiving his mother. Soon, Vara Prasad clarifies it's an error of fortune. At present, Anand proclaims Vara Prasad to accept him as his son when he dichotomizes as his honor & family prestige obstruct him. But Anand challenges to divulge reality. At that moment, Prameela overhears the conversation, apologizes Anand and they fall in love. Thereafter, Anand raises chaos in the family and brings out the true faces of his sly relatives. Meanwhile, Vara Prasad decides to declare his heir on the occasion of his 60th birthday and ultimately, he affirms the actuality. Learning it, Vara Prasad's sisters accuse and their riffraff husbands poison him but on time Anand saves his father. At last, Vara Prasad handovers his property to them and ready to leave when they all plead pardon and change his intention. Finally, the movie ends on a happy note with the marriage of Anand & Prameela.

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    director Sarath
    editor D. Venkataratnam
    genre drama
    keywords joint family learn rescue trap unmarried
    musicBy M. M. Keeravani
    producer Ch. R. B. Chowdary
    productionCompany Jayasri Art Pictures
    theme romantic drama