Devata (1964 film)
|Directed by||K. Hemambharadhara Rao|
|Produced by||B. Padmanabham
|Written by||Veeturi (story, dialogues and lyrics)|
|Starring||N.T. Rama Rao
Chittor V. Nagaiah
|Music by||S. P. Kodandapani|
|Cinematography||M. G. Singh|
|Edited by||M. S. N. Murthy|
|Budget||Rs. 5 lakhs.|
Devata is a 1964 Telugu drama and musical film produced by veteran comedian B. Padmanabham and directed by K. Hemambharadhara Rao. Mahanati Savitri portrayed dual role in this film. The story had a similar plot with a Tamil film Kaathirundha Kangal.
The soundtrack has numbers with music score provided by S. P. Kodandapani.
Lecturer Prasad (N T Ramarao) and Seeta (First Savitri) are a happily married couple. They have a son Madhu (Master Murali). Seeta looks after her parents-in-law very affectionately. She also takes care of every family affair meticulously. She comes to know that her father Seshaiah (Perumallu) is sick and starts home by train. The train meets with an accident. The family members come to know that Seeta is alive and rejoice. She reaches home, but is unable to identify any of them. Seshaiah leaves his entire property in the name of Seeta and dies. Dr. Rukminamma is called for consultation. She identifies that the lady in the family is not Seeta. Meanwhile, Prasad comes to know that Seeta died in the accident. The lady in their house is found to be Lalitha (Savitri) and arranges her marriage with her lover (Vallam). But he refuses with suspicion. Seeta's relative Jagannadham (Rajanala) kidnaps Lalitha for the property, but saved by Prasad. Taking into account the affection shown on her by the family, Lalitha decides to continue the relationship to replace Seeta and gets married to Prasad.
- Savitri as Seeta and Lalita
- Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao as Prasad
- Chittor V. Nagaiah as Lokabhiramaiah, Father of Prasad
- B. Padmanabham as Varahalu
- Rajanala Kaleswara Rao as Jagannadham
- Gitanjali as Hema
- Vallam Narasimha Rao as Lover of Lalita
- Vangara Venkata Subbaiah as Anjaneyulu
- Perumallu as Seshaiah
- Master Murali as Madhu
- Nirmalamma as Parvatamma
- Vanisri as Song Performer (Naaku Neeve Kaavaler song)
- Story and Dialogues: Veeturi
- Director: K. Hemambharadhara Rao
- Producers: B. Padmanabham and B. Purushottam
- Production Company: Rekha and Murali Productions
- Director of Photography: M. G. Singh
- Art Direction: B. N. Krishna
- Film Editing: M. S. N. Murthy
- Choreography: Pasumarthi Krishna Murthy, Chinni-Sampat, Venugopal
- Lyricists: Veeturi, Srirangam Srinivasa Rao, Dasaradhi, C. Narayana Reddy, Kosaraju Raghavaiah, Palagummi Padmaraju
- Original Music: S. P. Kodandapani
- Playback Singers: Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, P. Susheela, P. B. Srinivas, S. Janaki, Madhavapeddi Satyam, L. R. Eswari and B. Padmanabham
The film started with the story of Veeturi written for the purpose of drama company Rekha and Murali Arts. It is felt that the story does not suit for the drama as there is duel role for heroine. It may well be taken for films. B. Padmanabham took up the task of producing the film under the banner Rekha and Murali Arts with the support from Kakarla Venkateswarlu of Vani film distributors. Padmanabham mortgaged his house for Rs. 40,000 for the initial capital. Most of the shooting was done in Vauhini Studios, Chennai in three months.
- Vanisri acted as a guest in the college anniversary festival song "Naaku Neeve Kaavalera". She became a megastar in the subsequent period.
- Master Murali acted as Madhu, son of Prasad and Seeta. He is the eldest son of B. Padmanabham. He has acted in some films subsequently.
- Padmanabham portrayed the character as Varahalu. He is crazy about the films and film actors. He visits Madras to personally meet many famous film actors. This flick in the film became a special attraction for the masses.
- Vallam Narasimha Rao, one of the partners in Rekha and Murali Arts has acted in the film as the lover of Savitri.
- "Aalayaana Velasina Aa Devuni Reeti Illale Ee Jagathiki Jeevana Jyothi" (Lyricist: Veeturi; Singer: Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao; Cast: NTR and Savitri)
- "Andamulolku" (Lyricist: Veeturi; Singer: P. Susheela; Cast: Savitri and Nagaiah)
- "Are Kushi Kushi Chestene Kalugu Husharu" (Lyricist: Dasarathi; Singer: S. Janaki)
- "Bhalare Dheeruda Neevera Bhalare Veeruda Neevera" (Lyricist: Paalagummi Padma Raju; Singers: S. Janaki and P. B. Sreenivas; Cast: Padmanabham and Gitanjali)
- "Bommanu Chesi Pranamu Posi Aadevu Neekidi Veduka" (Lyricists: Veeturi and Srirangam Srinivasa Rao; Singers: Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao; Cast: NTR)
- "Eethade Tragedee" (Lyricist: Veeturi; Singer: Madhavapeddi Satyam; Cast: Padmanabham)
- "Jagamella Parikinchu Challani Jabilli" (Lyricist: Veeturi; Singer: Ghantasala; Cast: NTR and Nagaiah)
- "Kannullo Misamisalu Kanipinchani" (Lyricist: Veeturi; Singers: Ghantasala and P. Susheela; Cast: NTR and Savitri)
- "Mavooru Madarasu Naa Peru Ramdasu" (Lyricist: Kosaraju Raghavaiah; Singers: B. Padmanabham and L. R. Eswari; Cast: Padmanabham and Gitanjali)
- "Naaku Neeve Kaavalera" (Lyricist: C. Narayana Reddy; Singers: Madhavapeddi and S. Janaki; Cast: Vanisri, Ramu and others)
- "Tholi Valape Pade Pade Piliche Edalo Sandadi Chese" (Lyricist: Veeturi; Singers: Ghantasala and P. Susheela; Cast: NTR and Savitri)