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Bala Nagamma (1981 film)

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Bala Nagamma
Title card of the Tamil version
Directed byK. Shankar
Screenplay byS. Jagadeesan
Produced byA. Khader
StarringSarath Babu
CinematographyN. Balakrishnan
Edited byK. Shankar
K. R. Krishnan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
K. B. Creations
Release dates
  • 26 October 1981 (1981-10-26) (Tamil)
  • 30 April 1982 (1982-04-30) (Telugu)

Bala Nagamma is a 1981 Indian film, directed by K. Shankar. A Tamil-Telugu bilingual, the film stars Sarath Babu and Sridevi. It is a remake of the 1942 Telugu film of the same name.[1] The Tamil version was released on 26 October 1981,[2] and the Telugu version on 30 April 1982.[3][4]



Queen Punitha prays to the goddess Nagadevi to have a child as the kingdom has no heirs. The goddess offers her the choice of having a boy but losing her husband or having a girl and losing her own life. She chooses the latter and soon gives birth to a girl, Bala Nagamma. As she is dying, she asks Nagadevi to watch over her child. The king is heart-broken but is convinced to remarry so his daughter can have a mother. He marries Mohana who plots to be rid of Bala Nagamma to secure her own power in the kingdom. She convinces the king that his daughter's horoscope means he will die if Bala Nagamma lives. The king is unable to kill his child but abandons her in the forest. Nagadevi takes the child and raises her. As an adult, Bala meets king Vijayavarma of a neighbouring kingdom and the two soon marry. When Bala is pregnant, Vijayavarma leaves to subdue a group of bandits. He asks that Bala not cross the threshold of the palace while he's away. Bala gives birth to a son, Parthiban, while he's away. The evil magician Ranadeeran sees Bala when he asks to see the most beautiful woman in the world. Determined to have her, he tricks Bala into leaving the threshold of the palace and kidnaps her. Vijayavarma is also captured and transformed into a physically weak man when he tries to rescue her. Years pass and it falls to the young Partiban to rescue his parents with the help of Nagadevi.





The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The Tamil song "Koonthalile Megam" is set to the Carnatic raga Bilahari,[5][6] and attained popularity.[7]


Song Singers Lyrics
"Koonthalile Megam" K. J. Yesudas, B. S. Sasirekha Kannadasan
"Sangeethame En Thegam Andro" Vani Jairam Pulamaipithan
"Manmadha Raagangale"
"Palliyaraikul Malligai" Uma Ramanan Vaali
"Neer Kodukka Piranthathu" P. Susheela, S. Janaki
"Aadalaam Kadalil" S. P. Sailaja Muthulingam
"Vaaname Kaakum"

Telugu[citation needed]

  • "Kurulande Meghamvirishi..." – S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sasirekha
  • "Sangeetha Maharani Nenu..." – Vani Jairam
  • "Na Edalo Virisenamma Dola..." – S. P. Sailaja & P. Susheela
  • "Manmadha Geethanjali..." – Vani Jairam
  • "Malleteegara..." – S. P. Sailaja
  • "Edi Raksha Vidhi..." – S. P. Balasubramanyam
  • "Nemmadi Niratam..." – S. P. Sailaja
  • "Saptasagramulu..." – S. P. Sailaja
  • "Eekshanam Agni Bandhanam..." – S. P. Sailaja



Reviewing the Tamil version for Kalki, Sindhu-Jeeva panned the comedy and sets, they criticised Ilaiyaraaja for using computerised music for background score but praised the songs.[10]


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