Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tapi Chanakya|
|Produced by||D. Rama Naidu|
|Written by||D. V. Narasa Raju|
(story / dialogues)
|Starring||N. T. Rama Rao|
|Music by||Pendyala Nageswara Rao|
|Edited by||K. A. Marthand|
|21 May 1964|
|Box office||₹2 Lakhs|
Ramudu Bheemudu is a 1964 Indian Telugu-language comedy film, produced by D. Ramanaidu under the Suresh Productions banner and directed by Tapi Chanakya. It stars N. T. Rama Rao, Jamuna, L. Vijayalakshmi in the lead roles and music composed by Pendyala Nageswara Rao. The film was very successful at the box office.
The film was the debut of D. Rama Naidu's Suresh Productions banner into the film industry and it is N. T. Rama Rao's first dual role movie. Satyanarayana was Body double for N. T. Rama Rao in climax scenes. The film is considered a trendsetting blockbuster and became a benchmark for later films with similar storyline. It was remade into Tamil as Enga Veettu Pillai (1965), into Hindi as Ram Aur Shyam (1967), into Malayalam as Ajayanum Vijayanum (1976) and into Kannada as Mojugara Sogasugara (1995), into Turkish as Kalbimdeki Yabancı (1968) and Ali Cengiz Oyunu (1971) and into Persian as Gol Pari Joon (1974).
Ramudu (N. T. Rama Rao) is an innocent rich young man who has been in the guardianship of his uncle Panakala Rao (Rajanala) since his childhood. This uncle of his is both crooked and wicked and simply wants to usurp Ramudu's property, and is just waiting for an appropriate opportunity. Ramudu is made to attend to all the domestic chores and is often beaten by his uncle at the slightest opportunity and is generally treated like a slave even though he is the sole heir to large amounts of money and property. His uncle is just a guardian of Ramudu's property...and since his uncle wants to usurp Ramudu's property...the uncle raises Ramudu as a coward and puts fear in the heart of Ramudu. One day Ramudu thinks he has had enough of this torture and runs away from home.
Bheemudu (again N. T. Rama Rao) is a villager who is interested in loafing around and staging plays, which his mother strongly disapproves of. After he comes back home from one such stage play, he is taken to task by his mother. In order to escape the wrath of his mother, Bheemudu also flees his home and lands in the nearby city.
Both of them enter the same hotel and unexpectedly exchange their respective places. Thus Ramudu goes to the other's village, enters the house of Bheemudu, is taken care of lovingly by Bheemudu's mom and falls in love with the village girl Santhi (L. Vijayalakshmi); On the other hand, Bheemudu [the villager], takes the place of the rich Ramudu in the later's bungalow and falls in love with the cultured and city-bred Leela (Jamuna). Bheemudu, who is in the place of Ramudu, now understands that he has to bring Ramudu's uncle Panakala Rao to his senses so that the property that really belongs to Ramudu, should be restored to Ramudu. Ramudu, now in the role of Bheemudu, starts enjoying the love and affection of the new family members. However, Panakala Rao comes to know of this change of places and attempts to take advantage of this situation. At the end, Ramudu and Bheemudu turn out to be twins who got separated during the Godavari Pushkarams. All ends well in the film with Ramudu marrying Santhi and Bheemudu marrying Leela.
- N. T. Rama Rao as Ramudu & Bheemudu (dual role)
- Jamuna as Leela
- S. V. Ranga Rao as Ranganatham
- Rajanala as Panakala Rao
- Relangi as Jayaram
- Ramana Reddy as Sarabhaiah
- Mikkilineni as Director Somaiah
- Raavi Kondala Rao as Registrar
- D. Ramanaidu as Lawyer (cameo)
- Santha Kumari as Susheela
- Rushyendramani as Venkamma
- Suryakantham as Sundaramma
- Hemalata as Nainamma
- L. Vijayalakshmi as Shanta
- Girija as Kamala
- Kuchala Kumari as Dancer (Song Undile Manchi Kalam)
|Film score by|
|Producer||Pendyala Nageswara Rao|
|Pendyala Nageswara Rao chronology|
Music was composed by Pendyala Nageswara Rao. All songs are evergreen blockbusters. Music released on SAREGAMA Audio Company.
|S. No||Song Title||Lyrics||Singers||length|
|1||"Undile Manchi Kalam"||Sri Sri||Ghantasala, P. Susheela||4:59|
|2||"Saradaa Saradaa Cigarette"||Kosaraju||Madhavapeddi Satyam, Jamuna Rani||3:36|
|3||"Telisindile Telisindile"||C. Narayana Reddy||Ghantasala, P. Susheela||3:37|
|4||"Thaguna Idi Mama"||Kosaraju||Ghantasala, Madhavapeddi Satyam||3:54|
|5||"Ade Ade"||C. Narayana Reddy||Ghantasala, P. Susheela||4:18|
|6||"Desammu Maarindoy"||Kosaraju||Ghantasala, P. Susheela||4:28|
|7||"Po Mama Pommikan"||Kosaraju||Ghantasala||3:26|
|8||"Thaluku Thaluku"||C. Narayana Reddy||Ghantasala, P. Susheela||3:27|
|1965||Enga Veettu Pillai||Tamil|
|1967||Ram Aur Shyam||Hindi|
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