Duration Music directorVijay Raghav Rao LanguageTelugu
Release date1977 WriterMohit Chattopadhya (screenplay), Munshi Premchand (novel), Veerendranath Yandamoori ScreenplayYandamuri Veerendranath, Mohit Chattopadhyay CastMamata Shankar (Nilamma), M V Vasudeva Rao (Venkaiah), Pradeep Kumar, G Narayana Rao (Kistaia), Krishna AR Similar moviesRelated Mrinal Sen movies
Oka Oori Katha (English title: The Marginal Ones; Telugu: ఒక ఊరి కథ) is a 1977 Telugu film directed by Mrinal Sen. It is based on the story Kafan by Munshi Premchand. The film was one of the Indian entries at the 4th Hong Kong International Film Festival, won Special Awards at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and Carthage Film Festival. The film has received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year, and was premiered at the International Film Festival of India.
Venkaiah (Vasudeva Rao) and his son Kistaiah (Narayana Rao) lives in a village. Venkaiah lives in a queer world of his own. They have learnt to conquer hunger and are mentally strong. They consider the poor farmers are fools to work for the rich and suffer. Kistaiah wants to marry Nilamma (Mamata Shankar). The father does not like the marriage. Kistaiah refuses and marries Nilamma.
Nilamma tries to control the family. Venkaiah does not change. Kistaiah stands between them. There is bitterness in the family. In course of time Nilamma conceives. One day, they find Nilamma in acute pain. The father refuses to call a midwife and Nilamma dies. They decide to conduct funeral rites to Nilamma. They go begging around the village and gather some money and decide to spend it on drinks.
A. R. Krishna
G. Narayana Rao as Kistaiah
M. V. Vasudeva Rao as Venkaiah
Mamata Shankar as Nilamma
Bhadra Reddy as Zamindar
Director: Mrinal Sen
Story: Munshi Premchand
Screenplay: Mohit Chattopadhya
Writer: Yandamoori Veerendranath
Producer: A. Parandhama Reddy
Original Music: Vijay Raghava Rao
Cinematography: K. K. Mahajan
Assistant Cameraman: Nadeem Khan
Film Editing: Gangadhar Naskar
Art Direction: B. Kalyan
Nandi Award for Best Feature Film in 1977 from Government of Andhra Pradesh.
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu in 1977.
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Special Jury Award