Grihapravesham (1946)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Satire  |  
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Synopsis by Jonathan Crow

Intended as a social reform picture decrying arranged marriages and untoward anglophilia, fledgling director L.V. Prasad turned Tripuraneni Gopichand's script into a satire of social reform pictures. The film centers on a misogynistic trickster named Somalingam (Prasad), who is nevertheless drawn to the obnoxiously modern Janaki (P. Bhanumathi). The film opens with Janaki playing badminton with her friends, though her verbose feminism keeps hindering the game. Janaki's stepmother (Hemalatha) is keen on getting her married to her son, Ramana Rao (C.S.R. Anjaneyulu) -- an obsessive anglophile who is already dating the beautiful Lalita (Sriranjani). Through Somalingam's underhanded scheming, everything turns out well for everyone.