Release dateJune 11, 1982 WriterMaruthirao Gollapudi (dialogue), Dr. K. Viswanath (screenplay), Dr. K. Viswanath (story) Featured songsNeyyamulallO NerellO, Oyyana Ooredi Uvvillo ScreenplayKasinathuni Viswanath, G. Maruti Rao CastChiranjeevi (Narasimha Murthi), Subhalekha Sudhakar (Murali), Sumalatha (Sujatha), Kaikala Satyanarayana (Ankela Adiseshayya), Rallapalli (Gurnadham) Similar moviesRelated Kasinathuni Viswanath movies
Subhalekha (English: Wedding Invitation) is a 1982 Telugu comedy drama film, produced by Allu Aravind & V. V. Sastry on Prasanthi Creations banner and directed by K. Viswanath. Starring Chiranjeevi, Sumalata in the lead roles and music composed by K. V. Mahadevan. The film recorded as Super Hit at the box office.
It was the first time they worked together; after this success, they went on to make two more movies: Swayamkrushi in 1987 and Aapadbandhavudu in 1992. The film was made at a time when Chiranjeevi had started getting lead actor roles and followed the immensely successful film Intlo Ramayya Veedilo Krishnayya. After making Saptapadi, in which he dealt with the social stigma of the caste system, K. Viswanath followed up with this film in which he dealt with the social malady of the dowry system and is inspired by famous writer Gurazada Venkata Apparao's work Kanyasulkam. The film is the first debut to famous actor Subhalekha Sudhakar, his character in the film became so popular and after that, he has been credited with this feature title before his name.
Narasimha Murthy a multi-talented person who works as a waiter in a star hotel (filming location: Dolphin Hotel, Visakhapatnam) since he is unable to pass his B.A. exams. He meets Sujata (Sumalata), a lecturer who works in a college run by councilor Ankella Adiseshayya (Satyanarayana). Mohan (Girish), who is an engineer and elder son of Adiseshayya, comes to Sujatha's place with his father for a marriage proposal. During this Sujata stands up and has an argument with Adiseshayya when the latter demands exorbitant amounts as dowry. This creates a rift between Sujata and her parents who fear that this act of Sujata might ostracize them from society. Adiseshayya also dismisses Sujata from her job.
During this difficult phase, Murthy, as a friend, provides solace to Sujatha; their relationship is mistaken as an affair and Sujata is forced to leave her home. Murthy creates a big ruckus during the felicitation function of Adiseshayya and humiliates him. Adiseshayya retaliates by hiring goons to beat up Murthy and also gets him dismissed from his job.
Left with no choice, Murti takes Sujata to Hyderabad and meets Rao (Arun) whom he had met during the latter's stay in the hotel where Murti worked. Rao, who is in a senior post in Allwyn, hires Sujata. Back home, Lakshmi (Tulasi), younger sister of Sujata, falls in love with Murali (Subhalekha Sudhakar) who is the younger son of Adiseshayya. Murali threatens his father with suicide and forces his father to let him marry Lakshmi. Left without a choice, Adiseshayya who had dreamed of getting a lot of dowries since his son is a doctor accepts the proposal with the very little dowry. After marriage, Lakshmi leaves to Sujatha's place where Murthy arranges for a marriage between Sujatha and Rao. Lakshmi with consent from her husband files a suit against Adiseshayya to surrender his son, Murali to her since she paid for him during her marriage to teach Adiseshayya a lesson. Seeing this notice, Adiseshayya, his son, and Lakshmi's parents come to Hyderabad just before Sujata's marriage. The climax deals with how Adiseshayya is taught a lesson and also ends with the marriage of Murthy and Sujata as per the wishes of the latter. Adiseshayya returns home to find that his elder son Mohan had married the widowed cousin of Murthy.
Dialogues: Gollapudi Maruti Rao
Lyrics: Veturi Sundararama Murthy and Annamayya
Music: K. V. Mahadevan
Playback singers: SP Balu, S. Janaki, P. Susheela, S. P. Sailaja & Poornachander Rao
Choreographer: Parupalli Seshu
Assistant Music Director: Puhalendi
Art: Thota Tharani
Cinematography: Lok Singh
Editor: G. G. Krishna Rao
Producers:Allu Aravind & V. V. Sastry
Story - Screenplay - Director: K. Viswanath
Production Company: Prasanthi Creations
DVD release: S.V. Entertainments
Music composed by K. V. Mahadevan. Music released on SAREGAMA Audio Company.
The movie did very well at the box office and perhaps would have done even better if it had been released a bit later: It was released within five weeks of Intlo Ramayya Veedilo Krishnayya which was running very successfully at that time.
Was remade into Hindi as Shubhkaamnaa (1983) by actor Rakesh Roshan who played the role played by Chiranjeevi in the direction of K. Viswanath. Rakesh Roshan had earlier remade Subhodayam into Hindi as Kaamchor.