Devadasu (1953 film)
Theatrical Release poster
|Directed by||Vedantam Raghavaiah|
|Written by||Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay
|Starring||Akkineni Nageswara Rao
|Music by||C. R. Subburaman|
|Cinematography||B. S. Ranga|
|Distributed by||Vinoda Pictures|
|Running time||191 min.|
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 was also dubbed into Tamil the same year. The blockbuster film's soundtrack was composed by Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, and C. R. Subburaman. The film is listed among CNN-IBN's list of hundred greatest Indian films of all time. 
Devadasu (Sudhakar), son of Ravulapalle zamindar Narayana Rao (SVR), and Parvathi (Baby Anuradha), 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 Parvathi now turns into love. When Parvathi’s grandmother (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 Parvathi’s marriage with the zamindar of Durgapuram (CSR), an elderly widower with children. Parvathi 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 Parvathi that he cannot defy his parents. Parvathi marries the old zamindar. Unable to forget her, Devadasu hits the bottle, encouraged by his friend Bhagawan (Peketi), who also introduces him to a courtesan Chandramukhi (Lalitha). 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 Parvathi that he would visit her before his death. But even before he could meet her, Devadasu breathes his last in front of her house. Parvathi rushes to see him, but the door is closed by family members and she collapses.
- Producer : D. L. Narayana, Vedantam Raghavaiah, C. R. Subburaman and Samudrala Raghavacharya
- Production Company: Vinoda Pictures
- Director : Vedantam Raghavaiah
- Music : C. R. Subburaman assisted by M. S. Viswanathan & T. K. Ramamoorthy
- Screenplay: Vedantam Raghavaiah
- Dialogue: Samudrala Raghavacharya (Telugu) and Udayakumar (Tamil)
- Lyrics: Samudrala Raghavacharya (Telugu), Udumalai Narayana Kavi & K. D. Santhanam (Tamil)
- Art Direction : Godgaonkar
- Editing : Narayana
- Choreography: Vempati Chinna Satyam
- Cinematography : B. S. Ranga
- Makeup : Mangayya
- Playback singers : Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, Jikki Krishnaveni, K. Rani and Raavu Balasaraswathi.
- Telugu songs
- Andaala Aanandam - R. Balasaraswati Devi.
- Antha Bhranthi Yenaa Jeevitana Velugintena - K. Rani.
- Cheliya Ledhu Chelimi Ledhu - Ghantasala and K. Rani.
- Jagame Maaya Bratuke Maya - Ghantasala.
- Kala Idani Nijamidani Teliyadule Bratukintenule - Ghantasala
- Kudi Yedamaithe Porapatuledoy - Ghantasala
- Oh Devada - Ghantasala and K. Rani
- Palleku Podam Paaruni Choodam Chalo Chalo - Ghantasala
- Thaane Marenaa by R. Balasaraswathi Devi
- Tamil songs
- sandhOsham veNdum endRAl - R. Balasaraswathi Devi
- ellAm mAyai thAnA - K. Rani.
- uRavum illai pagaiyum illai - Ghantasala and K. Rani.
- ulagE mAyam vAzhvE mAyam - Ghantasala.
- kanavidhuthAn nijamidhuthAn - Ghantasala
- thunintha pin manamE thuyaram koLLAthE - Ghantasala
- Oh Devadas - Ghantasala and Jikki
- sandhOsham tharum savAri pOvOm chalo chalo - Ghantasala
- anbE pAvamA by R. Balasaraswathi Devi