Naadi Aada Janme
|Naadi Aada Janme|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||A. C. Tirulokchandar|
|Produced by||S. V. Ranga Rao|
|Screenplay by||A. C. Tirulokchandar|
|Story by||Sri Sailesh Day|
|Based on||Bengali play Podhu|
N. T. Rama Rao
S. V. Ranga Rao
|Music by||R. Sudarshanam|
|Cinematography||T. Muthu Swamy|
|Edited by||R. G. Gopu|
Naadi Aada Janme (transl. I am also a woman) is a 1965 Indian Telugu drama film, produced by S. V. Ranga Rao under the banner Srivani Films and directed by A. C. Tirulokchandar. It stars Savitri in the lead role, along with N. T. Rama Rao, S. V. Ranga Rao, and Ramana Reddy,  with music composed by R. Sudarshanam. The film is based on the Bengali play Podhu, which was first made into the Tamil film Naanum Oru Penn (1963), and in Hindi as Main Bhi Ladki Hoon (1964). The film was a commercial success.
The film begins, Zamindar Vijaya Narasimha Rayalu (S. V. Ranga Rao) who becomes mentally disturbed after the death of his wife Parvati and sticks to his room. He has two sons, Bhaskar (N. T. Rama Rao) and Chandram (Haranath). Bhaskar is an artist who dreams intensely regarding his future and wants to marry a beautiful educated girl. Zamindar's brother-in-law Dasaradharamaiah (Ramana Reddy), a cunning person freezes in their house and hangs around the property. Meanwhile, Zamindar wants to perform the alliance of Bhaskar and his ambition is also that the bride must resemble his wife. In the same town, there lives a small grocery vendor Simhadri (Allu Ramalingaiah) who has two sisters, the elder one Kalyani (Savitri) a dark complexion whereas the younger one Malathi (Jamuna) is elegant. Here Dasaradaramaiah makes a ploy by showing Malathi to Bhaskar and fixes the match with Kalyani. During the time of the wedding, the truth comes forward when everyone rebukes Kalyani. Now to protect her grace and his esteem Bhaskar marries Kalyani. Learning it, Zamindar becomes furious and does not allow the couple into the house, but on request of his loyal servant Ranganna (Perumallu), he soothes. Initially, the Zamindar & Bhaskar are reluctant towards Kalyani, but she gains their hearts through her good nature and also tends motherly affection towards Chandram. Eventually, Chandram & Malathi falls in love. Soon after, Kalyani becomes pregnant when Bhaskar awakens she is uneducated, he chides on her and she goes into a miscarriage. After that, Bhaskar leaves to Delhi for the national painting competitions. Now Kalyani firmly decides to study and requests Chandram to teach her at nights. Dasaradaramaiah exploits the situation by attributing an illicit relationship to them and makes Zamindar neck them out. In Delhi, Bhaskar gets acquaintance with his childhood friend Mohan (Jaggayya) in a drunken state, who reveals that his beautiful wife has ditched him. At that moment, Bhaskar realizes virtue is greater than beauty. After return, he learns the dilemma but gives no credence to it and leaves the house. Due to which Zamindar goes down when Dasaradaramaiah plans to transfer the property into his name, just in time, Kalyani arrives, breaks out his foul play and he flees when Zamindar senses the noble character of Kalyani. Finally, the movie ends on a happy note by the reunion of the family along with the marriage of Chandram & Malathi.
- Savitri as Kalyani
- N. T. Rama Rao as Bhaskar
- S. V. Ranga Rao as Zamindar Vijaya Narasimha Rayalu
- Ramana Reddy as Dasaradharamaiah
- Perumallu as Rangaiah
- Allu Ramalingaiah as Simhadri
- Jamuna as Malathi
- Haranath as Chandram
- Chaya Devi as Tayaramma
- Surabhi Balasaraswathi as Seeta
- Jaggayya as Mohan
- Art: A. K. Shekar
- Choreography: A. K. Chopra
- Stills: E. V. K. Naayar
- Dialogues: D. V. Narasa Raju
- Lyrics: Dasaradhi
- Playback: Ghantasala, P. Susheela, Pithapuram
- Music: R. Sudarshanam
- Story: Sri Sailesh Day
- Editing: R. G. Gopu
- Cinematography: T. Muthu Swamy
- Producer: S. V. Ranga Rao
- Screenplay - Director: A. C. Tirulokchandar
- Banner: Srivani Films
- Release Date: 7 January 1965
|Naadi Aada Janme|
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Music composed by R. Sudarshanam. Lyrics were written by Dasaradhi. Music released by EMI Columbia Audio Company.
|S. No.||Song Title||Singers||length|
|1||"Kallallo Gantulu"||Pithapuram, P. Susheela||4:27|
|2||"Naa Mata Nammitivela" (M)||Pithapuram||3:21|
|3||"Kannayya Nallani"||P. Susheela||4:48|
|4||"Chinnari Ponnari Puvvu"||Ghantasala, P. Susheela||3:29|
|5||"Naa Mata Nammiti" (F)||P. Susheela||3:13|
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