Vanaja (Mamatha Bhukya) is the 14 year-old daughter of a poor, low caste fisherman, struggling with dwindling catches and mounting debt. When a sooth-sayer predicts that she will be a great dancer one day, she goes to work in the house of the local landlady, Rama Devi (Urmila Dammannagari), in hopes of learning Kuchipudi dance while earning a keep.
Sexual chemistry is ignited between her and the landlady's son, but the situation suddenly turns ugly when Vanaja s superior intellect pits her against him in a public incident which ultimately humiliates him in front of his mother. Matters escalate, spiraling downwards and she is pitched into a tale of class, family and animus from which there is only one escape.
"Absolutely Timeless" - New York Times
"Auspicous Debut.. makes you eager for Domalpalli's next work" - Newsweek
"A film that touches the heartstrings" - Variety
"This is a movie exotic in look but recognizable in truth, the venture of a novice filmmaker very much ready for prime time" - LA Times
"If Domalpalli keeps this up, he might become something new for movies - a discreet combination of Satyajit Ray and Douglas Sirk" - Boston Globe
"Meet bright-eyed Vanaja.. possessed of a spirit as large and a smile as wide as the Indian Ocean" - --Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Sublime Direction... Wonder Filled Film" --San Francisco Chronicle, 5th October, 2007