Bhookailas (1958 Telugu film)

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Bhookailas
Bhookailas58.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. Shankar
Produced byA. V. Meiyappan
Written bySamudrala Sr (dialogues)
Screenplay byK. Shankar
StarringN. T. Rama Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Jamuna
Music byR. Sudarsanam
R. Govardhanam
CinematographyMadhava Bulbule
Edited byK. Shankar
K. Narayanan
Production
company
Release date
  • 20 March 1958 (1958-03-20)
Running time
174 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu

Bhookailas is a 1958 Telugu Mythological film, produced by A. V. Meiyappan under the AVM Productions banner and directed by K. Shankar. It stars N. T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Jamuna in the lead roles and music composed by R. Sudarsanam & R. Govardhanam. The story is based on the Sthala Purana of Gokarna Kshetram in Karnataka. The film was released in Tamil as Bhaktha Ravana. Previously, a film was made with the same story casting different artists in Tamil in 1938 and in Telugu in 1940 with the same title which were adaptation of the famous Kannada stage play Bhookailasa by Sri Sahitya Samrajya Nataka Mandali of Mysore.[1] A. V. Meiyappan also shot the movie simultaneously in Kannada as Bhookailasa starring Rajkumar.

Plot[edit]

Raksha's King Ravana decides to invade Amaravati, the capital of the heavenly kingdom of Indra. Scared of Ravana's plans, Indra asks Narada for help. Narada informs Indra that Ravana's strength comes from the worship performed by Kaikasi, Ravana's mother. He suggests that Indra sabotage Ravana's mother's worship of Saikatha Lingam, a sand sculpture representation of Lord Siva.

Ravana decides to perform penance and bring Lord Siva's Atma Lingam for his mother to worship. Hearing of Ravana's plans from Narada, Goddess Parvathi, Lord Siva's consort, appeals to Lord Vishnu. When Lord Siva appears to Ravana to grant his wish, Lord Vishnu manipulates Ravana's mind and makes him wish for Goddess Parvathi. As Ravana proceeds home with Goddess Parvathi, Narada meets him midway and tells him that his companion is a fake Parvathi. Dejected by the subterfuge, Ravana returns Goddess Parvathi to Lord Siva.

During his return journey, he meets Mandodari, the young princess of Pathala. Believing she is the real Goddess Parvathi, he marries her. Eventually, he realizes what happened and appeals to Lord Siva for forgiveness by presenting his severed head. Lord Siva presents Ravana with Atma Lingam and warns him that, if the Atma Lingam ever touches the earth, it can never be moved again. Narada instigates Lord Vinayaka to trick Ravana into grounding the Atma Lingam at what later became known as Gokarna Kshethram in Karnataka.

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Crew[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Bhookailas
Film score by
R. Sudharsanam
R. Govardhanam
Released1958
GenreSoundtrack
Length61:35
ProducerR. Sudharsanam
R. Govardhanam

Music composed by R. Sudharsanam, R. Govardhanam. Lyrics were written by Samudrala Sr. Music released on Audio Company.

S. No. Song Title Singers length Tamil
1 "Andamulu Vindulayye" P. Susheela 3:54
2 "Deva Deva Dhavalachala" Ghantasala 4:05
3 "Deva Mahadeva" M. L. Vasantha Kumari 3:17
4 "Munneta Pavalinchu" M. L. Vasantha Kumari 4:31
5 "Naa Nomu Phalinchenugaa" P. Susheela 5:26
6 "Agni Shikalatho" Ghantasala 1:21
7 "Neela Kandhara" Ghantasala 9:11 Chandra Sekhara Vaarai
8 "Premale Vidhama" Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:32
9 "Raamuni Avathaaram" Ghantasala 6:23
10 "Sundaranga Andukora" T. S. Bagavathi 4:02
11 "Tagunaa Varameeya" Ghantasala 4:48 Iraivaa Vaa Vaa
12 "Teeyani Talapula" P. Susheela 3:11 Un Thiruvadai Malar
13 "Eenenu Moodu Nala" A. P. Komala 3:28 Indha Udal Moondru Naal
14 "Naa Kanula Mundoluku" Ghantasala 0:58
15 "Pilichina Palukuma" Ghantasala 1:21
16 "Saikatha Lingam" Ghantasala 1:23
17 "Swamy Danyudanithi" Ghantasala 0:44

Adaptations[edit]

Bhakta Ravana
(Tamil)
(1938)
Bhookailas
(Telugu)
(1940)
Bhookailas
(Telugu)
(1958)
Bhookailasa
(Kannada)
(1958)
Subbaiah Naidu Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Rajkumar
R. Nagendra Rao Akkineni Nageswara Rao Kalyan Kumar
Lakshmi Bai Jamuna Jamuna

Other[edit]

  • VCDs & DVDs on - VOLGA Videos, Hyderabad
  • VCDs & DVDs on - SHALIMAR Video Company, Hyderabad

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