Drohi (1948)

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Telugu filmmaker L. V. Prasad directs this melodrama about disease and corruption. A rural villain is dominated by the presence of the rich and evil Gangadhara Rao (Rallabandi). Driving her swank foreign car, his modernized daughter Saroja (G. Varalakshmi) runs over and kills an old man. The elder man's granddaughter Seeta (Lakshmirajyam) is taken in by village doctor Prakash (K. S. Prakash Rap) who is betrothed to Saroja. When she learns of her connection to the accident, Saroja has Seeta thrown out onto the streets. Meanwhile, a plague suddenly starts to ravage the area. As Prakash toils to end the epidemic, Saroja and Gangadhara Rao grow increasingly concerned about investigations of some of their dirty deeds by the regional authorities. After the two burn down the berg, angry villagers set out to find the culprits. Seeta stops them, only to be killed by Gangadhara Rao.