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When we are used to seeing an actor in a particular role, it is very difficult to accept him in a different image. If that actor has proved himself well in that new image, then the movie is totally worth watching (I mean the story should also be good but still). Director K Viswanath does this magic with his movie 'Swayam Krushi'. 


This film is an elaborate melodrama with Sambaiah (Chiranjeevi) as the illiterate cobbler who raises his dead sister's son Chinna (Arjun/Sirish) while also financing the education of the orphaned Sharada (Sumalatha). When Sharada marries, Sambaiah's lover Ganga (Vijaya Shanti) sterilized so that nothing will interfere with Chinna's growth. Ganga assists Sambaiah in becoming enormously wealthy, but this causes several problems.


Chinna's biological father Govind (Charan Raj) teams up with Sharada's no-good husband Bhaskar (Banarjee) to make a series of demands on Sambaiah and to claim Chinna's guardianship. Eventually Chinna rebels against his father and both he and Sambaiah return to latter's modest original profession of cobbler.


Chiru i.e Chiranjeevi plays the role of a modest, simple and illiterate cobbler Sambayya. The way he works through his hardships along with his lady love Ganga (Vijayasanthi), to raise his dead sister's son and also the little orphaned girl Sarada, is amazing to see. The sacrifices Ganga does, to be with him and help him without any tensions for him is superb to see. In the way of raising these children and even later, there are many difficulties. How he overcomes everything is portrayed excellently by Chiru. 


Director K Vishwanath has done a good job with the movie. Chiru has out-shone himself in every aspect. His simple image as compared to his usual angry image is amazing. The rest of the actors are also great. 


This film was a critical success, notably for recasting action star Chiranjeevi in an unusual role, which also constituted his influential effort to transform his screen image by entering what is known in Telugu cinema as the 'class film'.


Less than two years after the formation of Dalit Mahasabha in AP (1985), the film posits a conservative resolution to an important political movement in its evacuation of all caste conflict in favor of a fictional conflict between 'good' and 'bad' Dalits.


All in all the movie is a complete package of perfection.