Sita Ramam is a 2022 Indian Telugu period romantic drama movie written and directed by Hanu Raghavapudi and produced by Vyjayanthi Movies and Swapna Cinema. The movie stars Dulquer Salmaan, Mrunal Thakur (in his Telugu debut), Rashmika Mandanna and Sumanth. Set in 1964, Lt. Ram, an orphaned army officer serving on the Kashmir border, receives anonymous love letters from Sita Mahalakshmi. Ram is on a mission to find Sita and offer her love.
Filming began in April 2021 and ended in April 2022 with filming in Hyderabad, Kashmir, and parts of Russia. The movie has music composed by Vishal Chandrasekhar, cinematography by P. S. Vinod and Shreyaas Krishna, and editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao. Sita Ramam was released in theaters on August 5, 2022.
Sita Ramam: Movie Synopsis
In 1964, the Pakistani extremist Ansari does not approve of the brotherly relationship between Kashmiri Muslims and Hindus. He plans to break the bond and separate them. He strongly believes that the reason for unity is the Indian Army. He resorts to brainwashing teenagers in Pakistan and sends them to Kashmir. He advises them to live in disguise in order for his plans to succeed.
In 1985, Afreen is a wild Pakistani bully in London who doesn’t like anything about India. She set fire to Indian philanthropist Anand Mehta’s car in retaliation for burning the Pakistani flag. Her university’s board of trustees asks her to apologize to him. Since Afreen does not like to apologize to Indians, the philanthropist gives her two options: either give him 1 million (INR 10 lakhs) as compensation or go to jail.
Being a stubborn and unapologetic patriot, she decides to compensate him and returns to Pakistan to meet her grandfather, Pakistan Army Brigadier Tariq, for giving her compensation money. However, upon arriving in Pakistan, she discovers that her grandfather has died.
In his will, he asks her to deliver a letter he could not, written in 1965 by Indian Army lieutenant Ram, to his lover Sita Mahalakshmi of India. When she does this successfully, she inherits his wealth. Although reluctant at first, Afreen agrees to deliver the letter to her so that she can inherit Tariq’s fortune.
Afreen leaves for Hyderabad to look for Sita, where she is accompanied by Balaji, her senior at the University of London. She gets to the address but finds it to be a women’s college. She asks Subramaniyam, who has worked there for over 20 years, about Sita. He tells Afreen that the college was once the royal palace of the Nawab of Hyderabad, donated by Princess Noor Jahan for the education of girls.
He also adds that there was no one with the name Sita. A clueless Afreen cannot find Sita without any details. After getting an idea, she goes in search of Ram instead and learns about the address of Lt. Vikas Varma, who was in Ram’s regiment in Kashmir. While meeting Vikas, Afreen meets Ram’s friend Durjoy Sharma and superior Vishnu Sharma and learns about Ram’s story.
In 1964, Ansari, who sent the teenagers to Kashmir, revealed to them the location of the Indian army. After learning about them, Major Selvan orders the army to capture and kill the Pakistani teenagers as they may threaten the security of Indians in Kashmir. However, their plan backfired as Kashmiri Muslims in the area, who claimed the youths as their own, attacked any soldier responsible for killing the youths. Ansari knew this was going to happen, would enter Kashmir and brainwash the Kashmiri Muslims.
Enraged Muslims set fire to the houses of Kashmiri Pandits in Agartha. Realizing that they are under Ansari’s influence, Ram tries to stop them, where he captures the informer and reveals the truth to the Kashmiri Muslims. After learning the truth, they apologized for trying to incite religious riots and help the Indian Army put out the fires. This incident becomes national news and Ram and his regimental colleagues become national heroes.
Vijayalakshmi, an investigative journalist, comes to interview them, through which she learns that Ram is an orphan. The next day on the radio he tells everyone about Ram and asks everyone in India to send him their love. As a result, Ram receives many letters from people all over India recognizing him as their own brother and son. He is happy to know that he has a big family and starts writing letters to answer them all.
One of them is a letter written by Sita Mahalakshmi, addressing him as her husband. He is surprised and regularly receives unaddressed letters from her. One day, Vikas and Ram take the same train as Sita based on the details provided in the letters. He searches the entire train and manages to find her. He repeats the riddle written in her letter to recognize him.
He gives her his friend’s landline number and leaves the train. On reaching his friend Durjoy Sharma’s house, he learns that the phone has been dead for a week. Sita comes looking for Ram at Durjoy’s house. They meet and Ram subtly takes a picture of her.
Sita again leaves without giving him the address. Ram goes to the magic show to look for Sita and meets her friend who reveals that Sita wrote him many letters but only sent a few of them. He learns that Sita is a dance teacher and lives in Princess Noor Jahan’s palace in Hyderabad to teach her kathak. With the help of Subramaniyama, he enters the palace and meets Sita. Ram learns that he saved her from the riots in Agartha and that this was her first meeting with him.
However, he did not see her face then. Sita is later revealed to be none other than Princess Noor Jahan, whose marriage alliance is tightly bound with the Prince of Oman to save her family’s factories and businesses that have been captured in Oman. She goes to say goodbye to Ram but ends up accompanying him for the next four days where they meet his family (the kind who wrote him letters). Sita and Ram are spied on by a journalist who clicks their pictures together.
Later, Ram drops Sita at the palace and leaves for Kashmir. The photos are published in newspapers and reveal the princess’s love for a common man. Sita reveals to her brother that the news is true and breaks off their alliance. She leaves for Kashmir for Ram. They spend some time together and Noor gets to know Ram’s friends like Sita. They meet Vishnu Sharma and his family at dinner. However, they are attacked by a youth seeking revenge for an earlier encounter. They capture him and get Ansari’s exact location. Ram promises the young man to save his younger sister Waheeda from Ansari.
The army plans a secret mission to shoot Ansari and warns the soldiers that if they are caught they will be ostracized by the army and declared traitors. Ram, Vishnu Sharma, and his team leave for the operation by crossing the Indian border and successfully executing Ansari. However, Brigadier Tariq becomes concerned about the fires that have started due to the crossfire and go to the location. Ram and his team are about to leave when Ram hears a girl crying and realizes it is Waheeda.
He leaves to save her. However, Ram along with Vishnu Sharma are captured by the Pakistani Army while the other soldiers successfully escape. Ram hands Waheed over to Brigadier Tariq. They are mercilessly tortured to reveal the coordinates of an Indian army base in Kashmir, but Brigadier General Tariq takes pity on Ram and Vishnu and provides them with care.
Using brute force, the Pakistani soldiers are able to get Vishnu to give them the coordinates of the Indian army bases in exchange for his freedom and not harming his family. Vishnu is released but hangs Ram to demoralize the Indian army. Indian military bases in Kashmir are destroyed and Ram is branded a traitor. Before the execution, Ram writes a letter to Sita and asks the Brigadier General to deliver it to her.
In 1985, Afreen learns that the Brigadier General was actually Tariq. Moreover, the child whose life Ram saved in the fire is Afreen herself. With a heavy heart, a changed Afreen delivers a letter to Sita through Balaji where they learn of Ram’s innocence and also find a newspaper clipping attached to it about “Princess Noor Jahan of Hyderabad who is in love with a common man”.
Both Afreen and Balaji realize that Ram knew about Sita’s true identity as a Muslim and didn’t care. With Ram’s letter and Afreen as evidence and witness, an investigation is ordered against Vishnu Sharma and his regiment. Out of shame, he shoots himself with his service revolver. Sita is able to prove Ram’s innocence and restores his name and honor in the Indian army.
Sita Ramam Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
The last part of the story of Sita and Ram is told to Afreen by Vishnu himself. He reveals that he has been suffering under the weight of guilt for his actions for the past 20 years. He also reveals that Afreen is none other than Waheeda, the girl Ram tried to save when he was captured by the army. Afreen is more than shocked. She now knows that the letter was written by Ram in prison, just before his execution.
He gave it to her adoptive grandfather Abu Tariq as his last words to Sita. Vishnu asks her where is the letter. She tells him that she is with Balaji and he already had to deliver it to Sita who is in Kashmir. True to her words, Sita received the letter. It turns out that Ram knew she was Princess Noorjahan. While in prison, he came across a newspaper clipping that said “Princess Norrjahan was in love with an ordinary man”.
Expressing his love for her and regretting the time they lost, he calls this letter the last page of their love story. It also contains details of the exact events of the time. With the letter as evidence, Sita is able to clear Ram’s name. Vishnu commits suicide out of guilt and also because of his inability to face the subsequent shame that would come with the truth.
Afreen is a changed woman and is now able to look past her hatred of the country and appreciate its humanity. She apologizes to Anand Mehta and seeks the release of more such POWs. This brings us to the end of ‘Sita Ramam’.