Bala Nagamma

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Bala Nagamma
Directed by Chittajallu Pullayya
Produced by S. S. Vasan
Written by Balijepalli Lakshmikanta Kavi
Starring Kanchanamala
Govindarajula Subba Rao
Banda Kanakalingeswara Rao
Balijepalli Lakshmikanta Kavi
T.G.Kamala Devi
Kamala Kotnis
Pushpavalli
Bellary Lalitha
Relangi Venkata Ramaiah
Music by M.D.Partha Sarathi
Saluri Rajeshwara Rao
Cinematography SAilen Bose
B.S.Ranga
Edited by Chandran
N.K.Gopal
Production
  company
Gemini Studios
Release date(s) 1942
Running time 220 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Bala Nagamma or Balanagamma (Telugu: బాలనాగమ్మ) is a 1942 Telugu Silver Jubilee film directed by Chittajallu Pullayya and produced by S.S.Vasan. The Bala Nagamma story was one of the most popular Burrakathas. It was one of the early successful films made by Gemini Studios in Telugu and not remade in Tamil. Gemini Studios made an adaptation of this film in Hindi starring Madhubala called "Bahut Din Huwe".

The plot[edit]

The story is about Bala Nagamma, young princess. The King prays for progeny and is blessed with children, the youngest of them is named Bala Nagamma (Kanchanamala). She is married off to Karyavardi Raju (Banda). She is kidnapped by Mayala Marathi (Govindarajula Subbarao) who turns her into a dog and takes her to his cave. Once there, he tries to take advantage of her. She keeps him away quoting some Holy Rites and Pujas that she is involved in. She is a prisoner in the cave for 14 years, where the Fakir's mistress, Sangu (Pushpavalli), is jealous of his obsession with Bala Nagamma. In the meantime, her son Balavardi Raju grows up and gets to know the truth about his mother. He seeks the Fakir out and defeats him.

Cast[edit]

Actor/Actress Character
Kanchanamala Nagamma
Govindarajula Subba Rao Mayala Marathi
Balijepalli Lakshmikantham Navabhoja Raju
Karyavardhi Raju
Master Viswam Balavardhi Raju
Pushpavalli Sangu
Addala Narayana Rao Nagendra
Bellary Lalitha Bhoolaxmi
Lanka Satyam Chakali Thippadu
Relangi Venkataramaiah Kotwal Ramasingu

Soundtrack[edit]

There are three songs in the film.[1]

  1. Naa Sogase Kani Marude Dasudu Kada - Pushpavalli
  2. Nanna Memu Delhi Potham
  3. Sri Jaya Jaya Gowri Ramana - Bellary Lalitha

Features[edit]

  • Gemini Pictures later remade this movie in Hindi with Madhubala in the lead role and Savitri as Sangu. The movie was titled Bahut Din Hue. This was Savithri's first Hindi movie.
  • The movie was a trendsetting folk-based successful venture and ran for more than 25 weeks in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
  • The story has been adopted for another movie as Bala Nagamma in 1959 starring N. T. Rama Rao, Anjali Devi and S. V. Ranga Rao. It was also big success.

Reception[edit]

According to film historian Randor Guy, Bala Nagamma netted a profit of INR4 million (US$66,000).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lyrical details of Bala Nagamma at Ghantasala Galamrutamu.
  2. ^ Randor Guy (December 2008). "... And thus he made Chandralekha sixty years ago". Madras Musings. XVIII. Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 

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