Gunasundari Katha

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Gunasundari Katha
Gunasundari Katha.JPG
Directed by Kadiri Venkata Reddy
Written by Kamalakara Kameswara Rao
Pingali Nagendra Rao
Kadiri Venkata Reddy
William Shakespeare
Starring Sriranjani
Kasturi Siva Rao
Vallabhajosyula Sivaram
Relangi Venkata Ramaiah
Govindarajula Subba Rao
Shanta Kumari
K. Malathi
Pamarthi Venkateswara Rao
Jandhya Gaurinatha Sastry
T. G. Kamala Devi
Hemalatha
Kallakoori Sadasiva Rao
T. Kanakam
Vijaya Nirmala
Music by Addepalli Rama Rao
Ogirala Ramachandra Rao
Cinematography Marcus Bartley
Edited by C. P. Jamboolingam
Production
company
Release dates
1949
Running time
172 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Gunasundari Katha (Telugu: గుణసుందరి కథ) was a 1949 Telugu film directed by Kadiri Venkata Reddy and starring Sriranjani in the title role as Gunasundari. It is loosely based on William Shakespeare's King Lear.[1] Sri Tulasi Jaya Tulasi, sung by P. Leela, was a hit with the public.

The plot[edit]

King Ugrasena (Govindarajula Subba Rao) of Dhara Nagaram has three daughters - Rupasundari (Shantakumari), Hemasundari (Malathi) and Gunasundari (Sriranjani). Rupa and Hema are married to their cousins, Haramati (Subba Rao) and Kalamati (Relangi) respectively. Guna comments one day in a discussion that the husband is the most important entity for a girl. Her angered father, the King, then marries Guna to a blind, limp, mute and deaf pauper, Daivadeenam (Kasturi Siva Rao).

When it is discovered that Daivadeenam is in fact a prince under a curse, Guna and Daivadeenam are banished from the Kingdom. They live far away in a small hut. The King is fatally ill. Only a precious gem, the Mahendra Mani, can save him. So the three sons-in-law set out to find the gem and Daivadeenam finds it. Haramati and Kalamati steal it from him and the King is cured. Another curse hits Daivadeenam, who now turns into a bear. Pleased with Gunasundari's devotion, Lord Shiva and Parvati bless Daivadeenam and he becomes normal once again. The King, understanding the truth finally, makes Daivadeenam the King.

Cast[edit]

Actor / Actress Character
Govindarajula Subba Rao King Ugrasena
Sriranjani Gunasundari
Santha Kumari Rupasundari
Malathi Hemasundari
Vallabhajosyula Sivaram
Kasturi Siva Rao Daivadeenam
Relangi Venkataramaiah Kalamati
Subba Rao Haramati
T. G. Kamala Devi

Songs[edit]

There are many lyrics all of them written by Pingali Nagendra Rao. The music score is composed by Ogirala Ramachandra Rao.

  • Adiye Eduraivachche Daka Pada Munduku Padipodam (Singers: Relangi and Pamarti Krishna Murthy)
  • Amma Mahalakshmi Dayacheyavamma (Singer: Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao)
  • Challani Doravele O Chandamama (Singers: Malathi and Shanta Kumari)
  • Kala Kala Aa Kokilemo Palukarinche Vintiva (Singers: Malathi and Shanta Kumari)
  • Kalpagama Tallivai Ghanata Velasina Gouri (Singer: P. Leela)
  • O Chaaru Sheela Le Javarala (Singer: V. Shivaram)
  • O Matha Raavaa Naa Mora Vinavaa (Singer: P. Leela)
  • Ore Ore Brahma Devuda (Singer: Kasturi Shiva Rao)
  • Siri Thalam Vesenante (Singers: Kasturi Shiva Rao and P. Leela)
  • Sri Thulasi Jaya Thulasi Jayamuneeyave (Singer: P. Leela)
  • Thelusukondayya (Singers: T. G. Kamala Devi and Chorus)
  • Upakaara Gunaalayavai Vunnavu Kade Maatha (Singer: P. Leela)

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