Punnami Naagu. What a wonderful treat it was too! Besides snakes and Chiranjeevi this movie had a menagerie of animal charactors that played key roles. There was an elephant, a monkey, a bull, a mongoose, and not to forget the brief but ill fated appearance of a chicken. Plus an awesome snake dance item number. The DVD I rented from NJMTV.com did not have subtitles but I managed ok.
The movie starts with a man interupting a snakecharmer that is accosting a women. The snake charmer sends a cobra to bite the man. The man dies and leaves behind a young son who is then cared for by the village head and comforted by an Elephant. Yep the elephant even gets free reign of the house!
Meanwhile Chiranjeevi plays Laxmi's cousin, Naagulu and is the son of the snakecharmer. He, his Father, his Aunt and Laxmi all live together in the village.
One day Naagulu rescues Menaka, played by Madhavi, who is being attacked by a bull. Of course they fall in love. Menaka happens to be the adopted sister of Raju.
Unbeknownst to Naagulu, his father the snake charmer has been feeding him snake venom his whole life in order to make him immune to the bite of a cobra, an occupational hazard for snake charmers no doubt.
Naagulu is overcome with grief when he learns that Menaka is dead. At the same time his Father is on his death bed because the Cobra finally got him. Now Naagulu finds out what his Father had done and he is in shock. He starts digging through his father's papers to find a remedy.
Snakes do NOT like Mongeese and Naagulu is no exception.
This was my favorite scene in the whole movie. I just want to know who had the job of repeatedly throwing a live mongoose at Chiranjeevi's head? I wonder how many takes it took to get just the right reaction?
ETA: The ladies over at CinemaChaat found the video of the snake song and did an awesome post on this movie as well. Check it out here