BR Ambedkar enters the mainstream Telugu cinema

In ‘Love Story’, we see a photo of BR Ambedkar in Revanth’s (Naga Chaitanya) room. It’s because the male lead is a Dalit in the movie. ‘Love Story’ has to be one of the earliest movies to use Ambedkar’s picture as a symbol to talk about caste-based discrimination in our society. 

Director Sekhar Kammula seems to have been influenced by the cinematic language that Kollywood director Pa.Ranjith has introduced with films like ‘Kabali’ and ‘Kaala’. Even ‘Sarpattu Parambarai’ had elements of the same.

Ambedkar’s portrait was seen in films like ‘Palasa 1978’ in recent past. But they were not exactly as commercial and popular as ‘Love Story’. 

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