Chantigadu (Baladitya) is a teenager who roams around in the village with his gang of friends (Rambabu, Pavan, Jagadish and Phani). He is the son of a widower (Saranya) who serves as a cook at Lord Rama's temple of that village. Seetamaha Lakshmi (Suhasini) is daughter of a landlord Reddappa (Ahuti Prasad). Reddappa is known as a very cruel guy. Chantigadu and Suhasini pass their 10th class examinations. They join a college in a near by town and everyday they have to go to that town by a boat. Suhasini falls in love with Chantigadu and Chantigaru also likes her. But the temple priest in that village tells Chantigadu that whoever marries Seetamahalakshmi, that person's mother expires after marriage. Now Chantigadu decides that his mother's life is more important than his love for Seetamaha Lakshmi. When Chantigadu is trying to avoid Seetamahalakshmi, fate decides otherwise. They are found in a lonely boat during one night and father of Seetamahalakshmi comes to know about it. The rest of the story is all about how the teen couple get acceptance from parents.