Daatu is based on late Mysore Ashwatha 'Dharma Konda" short story. It deals with the struggle of a woman.
The story of movie is that Sharanda, while cleaning the idols of the puja room, removes a bundle of anklets from her ancestors.
For this mistake she has to perform a 21 day 'Prayers of Mastamma" in the temple campus of Dharmakunda as penance.
She is kidnapped by a man, who wants her to embrace Islam and marry him. She somehow escapes captivity and returns to her village, where the elders are reluctant to accept her back. She removes her hereditary anklet and leaves the village with her son to lead a new life.
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