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 (Tamil: தேவதாஸ்) 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 find a wealthier prospective 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 asks him to accept her as wife. Devadasu is surprised at her visit, sends her away and he goes back to the city. He writes to Parvati that he cannot defy his parents so Parvati marries the old zamindar. Devadasu is despondent unable to forget her so drinks alcohol excessively and is 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 goes to Durgapuram to keep a promise he had made to Parvati that he visit her before his death. Devadasu breathes his last in front of her house. Parvati rushes to see him, but the door is closed by her family 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 03:17
2 Antha Bhranthi Yenaa Jeevitana Velugintena K. Rani 03:02
3 Cheliya Ledhu Chelimi Ledhu Ghantasala & K. Rani 04:15
4 Jagame Maaya Bratuke Maya Ghantasala 03:17
5 Oh Devada 02:51
6 Kala Idani Nijamidani Teliyadule Bratukintenule Ghantasala 03:08
7 Intha Telisiyundi R. Balasaraswathi Devi 03:32
8 Kudi Yedamaithe Porapatuledoy Ghantasala 03:08
9 Oh Devada Ghantasala & K. Rani 02:51
10 Palleku Podam Paaruni Choodam Chalo Chalo Ghantasala 02:27
11 Thaane Marenaa R. Balasaraswathi Devi 03:16

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 03:17
2 Ellaam Maayai Thaanaa K. Rani 03:02
3 Uravum Illai Pagaiyum Illai Ghantasala & K. Rani 04:15
4 Ulage Mayam Vaazhve Maayam Ghantasala 03:17
5 Oh Devadas 02:51
6 Kanavidhutaan Nijamidhuthaan Ghantasala 03:08
7 Paaraamugam Enaiyaa R. Balasaraswathi Devi 03:32
8 Thunindha Pin Maname Thuyaram Kollaadhe Ghantasala 03:08
9 Oh Devadas Ghantasala & Jikki 02:51
10 Sandhosham Tharum Savaari Povom Chalo Chalo Ghantasala 02:27
11 Anbe Paavamaa R. Balasaraswathi Devi 03:16



  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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