Devadasu (1953 film)

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This article is about 1953 Telugu and Tamil film. For 2006 Telugu film, see Devadasu (2006 film). For Bengali novel, see Devdas. For other uses, see Devdas (disambiguation).
Devadasu poster.jpg
Theatrical Release poster
Directed by Vedantam Raghavaiah
Produced by D.L. Narayana
Written by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay
Samudrala Raghavacharya
Starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao
S.V.Ranga Rao
Music by C. R. Subburaman
Cinematography B. S. Ranga
Distributed by Vinoda Pictures
Release dates
Running time
191 min.
Country India
Language Telugu

Devadasu is a 1953 Telugu romance film based on the Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's Devdas. Samudrala Raghavacharya wrote the dialogue and screen adaptation. The film has received the Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu[1] The blockbuster film's soundtrack was composed by C. R. Subburaman, T. K. Ramamoorthy and M. S. Viswanathan. The film is listed among CNN-IBN's list of hundred greatest Indian films of all time.[2] [3]

Dubbed into Tamil as Devadas in 1953.


Devadasu, son of Ravulapalle zamindar Narayana Rao (S. V. Ranga Rao), and Parvati, daughter of his not-so-rich neighbour Neelakantham (Doraswamy) are childhood friends. The zamindar enrolls his son in a boarding school in the city. The grown-up Devadasu (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) returns to the village after his education. His childhood friendship with Parvati now turns into love. When Parvati’s grand mother (Surabhi Kamalabai) talks of the alliance, the zamindar spurns the proposal. A peeved Neelakantham vows to bring an even richer son-in-law home and arranges Parvati’s marriage with the zamindar of Durgapuram (Chilakalapudi Seeta Rama Anjaneyulu), an elderly widower with children. Parvati stealthily meets Devadasu and requests him to accept her as his wife. Surprised at her visit, Devadasu sends her away. He goes back to the city and writes to Parvati that he cannot defy his parents. Parvati marries the old zamindar. Unable to forget her, Devadasu hits the bottle, encouraged by his friend Bhagawan (Peketi Sivaram), who also introduces him to a courtesan Chandramukhi (Lalita). While Parvathi settles in her new house, Devadasu chooses the path of self-destruction. On the advice of Chandramukhi, he leaves for his village, but gets down at Durgapuram to keep a promise he had made to Parvati that he would visit her before his death. But even before he could meet her, Devadasu breathes his last in front of her house. Parvati rushes to see him, but the door is closed by family members and she collapses.




The music was composed by C. R. Subburaman assisted by T. K. Ramamoorthy & M. S. Viswanathan.

Telugu songs[edit]

Lyrics by Samudrala Raghavacharya.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Andaala Aanandam R. Balasaraswathi Devi Samudrala Raghavacharya
2 Antha Bhranthi Yenaa Jeevitana Velugintena K. Rani
3 Cheliya Ledhu Chelimi Ledhu Ghantasala & K. Rani
4 Jagame Maaya Bratuke Maya Ghantasala
5 Kala Idani Nijamidani Teliyadule Bratukintenule Ghantasala
6 Kudi Yedamaithe Porapatuledoy Ghantasala
7 Oh Devada Ghantasala & K. Rani
8 Palleku Podam Paaruni Choodam Chalo Chalo Ghantasala
9 Thaane Marenaa R. Balasaraswathi Devi

Tamil songs[edit]

Lyrics by Udumalai Narayana Kavi & K. D. Santhanam.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Sandhosham Vendum Endraal R. Balasaraswathi Devi
2 Ellaam Maayai Thaanaa K. Rani
3 Uravum Illai Pagaiyum Illai Ghantasala & K. Rani
4 Ulage Mayam Vaazhve Maayam Ghantasala
5 Kanavidhutaan Nijamidhuthaan Ghantasala
6 Thunindha Pin Maname Thuyaram Kollaadhe Ghantasala
7 Oh Devadas Ghantasala & Jikki
8 Sandhosham Tharum Savaari Povom Chalo Chalo Ghantasala
9 Anbe Paavamaa R. Balasaraswathi Devi



  1. ^ The Times of India directory and year book including who's who. Times of India Press. 1984
  2. ^ 100 Years of Indian Cinema: The 100 greatest Indian films of all time|Movies News Photos-IBNLive
  3. ^ The Hindu : The immortal lover

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