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Illarikam (1959 film).jpg
Theatrical release Poster
Directed by Tatineni Prakash Rao
Produced by A. V. Subba Rao
Written by Arudra (dialogues)
Screenplay by Tatineni Prakash Rao
Story by Vempati Sadasivabrahmam
Starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Music by T. Chalapathi Rao
Cinematography A. Vincent
Edited by A. Sanjeevi
Distributed by Navayuga Films
Release date
  • 1 May 1959 (1959-05-01)
Running time
160 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Illarikam (Telugu: ఇల్లరికం) is a 1959 Telugu, comedy film, produced by A. V. Subba Rao on Prasad Art Pictures banner and directed by T. Prakash Rao. Starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Jamuna in the lead roles and music composed by T. Chalapathi Rao. The film is a Silver Jubilee recorded as Blockbuster at the box office.

Illarikam literally means bridegroom goes to the bride family and lives permanently with them; as against the custom of the bride going into the groom family. This custom is observed in some rich families where the bride is the only child to their parents.


Venu (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) is an orphan brought up by his maternal uncle Dharmayya (Ramana Reddy). He falls in love with Zamindar's (Gummadi) daughter Radha (Jamuna). He married with a condition that Venu should live in their house called Illarikam. Due to status-conscious Sundaramma (Hemalatha), wife of Zamindar looks down on Venu and insults him indirectly. Govindayya (C.S.R. Anjaneyulu) cousin brother of Sundaramma and also manager of their mica factories creates problems between Venu and Radha. Because he plots to usurp the wealth. So, he brings his wayward son Seshagiri (R. Nageswara Rao) weaning away from Kanakadurga (Girija) whom he had secretly married. Venu spots Kanakadurga, his presumed to be dead sister while she was performing on stage. Not knowing they are siblings, Radha suspects Venu’s fidelity. The villains try to cash in on their rift. When things are getting worse Venu wears a Zorro-like guise, teaches Govindayya and his son a lesson and paves way for a happy family reunion.




Film score by T. Chalapathi Rao
Released 1959
Genre Soundtrack
Length 27:12
Producer T. Chalapathi Rao

Music composed by T. Chalapathi Rao. All songs are evergreen blockbusters. Music released on Audio Company.

S.No Song Title Lyrics Singers length
1 Adigindaaniki Cheppi Kosaraju Ghantasala, P. Susheela 5:24
2 Ekkadi Dongalu Akkadane Gapchup! Sri Sri Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:35
3 Niluvave Vaalu Kanuladhana Kosaraju Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:13
4 Chetulu Kalasina Chappatlu Arudra Ghantasala, P. Susheela, Madhavapeddi Satyam 4:05
5 Nedu Srivariki Memante Arudra Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:17
6 Madhu Patram Arudra Jikki 3:35
7 Bhale Chancele Kosaraju Madhavapeddi Satyam 3:03


After releasing the dubbed version of Tamil film Uthamaputhiran in Telugu, AV Subbarao dannounced his next project Illarikam with Nageswara Rao based on the story of Vemapti Sadasivabrahmam. Jamuna was selected to pair with ANR. The pair had earlier collaborated in Nirupedalu (1954). ANR suggested to remove the song – "Niluvave vaalu kanuladaana" as he felt the audience may not like the teasing song as by then the heroine had realised the truth but the producer and the director felt otherwise. After its release, seeing the audience response to that song, ANR conceded that he was wrong. Tatineni Ramarao started his career as an assistant director with Illarikam.[1]


Illarikam was remade in four other languages. L.V. Prasad produced the Hindi version titled Sasural (1961) with Rajendra Kumar and B. Saroja Devi in the lead. T. Prakash Rao directed it. A.V. Subbarao himself remade it in Kannada as Mane Aliya (1964), in Malayalam as Kalithozhan (1966) and Tamil as Maadi Veettu Mappilai – (1967). The Tamil and Kannada versions starred the present day Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha in the female lead, the Malayalam version starred the hit pair Prem Nazir and Sheela. All these versions were box office hits.[1]


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