Rojulu Marayi

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Rojulu Marayi
Rojulu Marayi.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTapi Chanakya
Produced byC. V. R. Prasad
Screenplay byKondepudi Lakshminarayana
Tapi Chanakya
C. V. R. Prasad
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
Sowcar Janaki
Music byMaster Venu
CinematographyKamal Ghosh
Edited byTilak
Akkineni Sanjeevi
Production
company
Release date
  • 14 April 1955 (1955-04-14)
Running time
190 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu

Rojulu Marayi (lit. The days have changed) is a 1955 Indian Telugu-language drama film produced by C. V. Ramakrishna Prasad and directed by Tapi Chanakya. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sowcar Janaki in the lead roles and music composed by Master Venu. The story is set in a native village environment and portrays the changing times. The film is the debut of Waheeda Rehman in the film industry.

Rojulu Marayi was released on 14 April 1955. The film ran for over 25 weeks in theatres, thereby becoming a silver jubilee film, and was remade in Tamil as Kaalam Maari Pochi (1956).

Plot[edit]

Kotaiah is an honest poor farmer who has a son Venu and daughter Bharathi. Sagaraiah is the zamindar in the village who gives loans for high interest and when the farmers fail to pay he grabs their lands. With the help of Karanam Sambaiah and Rowdy Poolaiah, Sagaraiah grabs the lands in false names. Retired military man Ratnam and his daughter Radha also live in the same village. After an initial misunderstanding with Venu, Radha falls in love with him and marries him. Venu tells all about Sagaraiah in front of the collector and distributes the land to the real owners. Here Sagaraiah creates differences between Kotaiah and Venu. The rest of the story is how Venu solves his problems and arrange his sister's marriage with Gopalam (Vallam Narasimha Rao) and sends Sagaraiah to jail.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Sixteen years after making Raithu Bidda (1939), a film which dealt with the hardships faced by poor peasants under the zamindari rule, the production house Saradhi Studios decided to make another film dealing with similar issues, titled Rojulu Marayi. The producer of the film was C. V. R. Prasad, who also wrote the screenplay with Kondepudi Lakshminarayana and Tapi Chanakya, who was named director. Cinematography was handled by Kamal Ghosh, and editing by Tilak and Akkineni Sanjeevi. Filming took place prominently at the Dandimitta village. When shooting for the film was almost complete, Prasad felt that a celebration song set after the film's harvest scene would add colour to the black and white film. Lyricist Kosaraju Raghavaiah remembered a song he had written for producer Thottempudi Ramaiah's shelved film Paleru, that was composed by Venu. Chanakya and Prasad liked the lyrics and the tune,[2][4] and Vedantam Jagannatha Sarma suggested Waheeda Rehman, then a dancer, to the makers. She was signed on a remuneration of 500 (equivalent to 39,000 or US$540 in 2017) for being the dancer in the song, "Eruvaaka Sagaroranno Chinnanna",[2] and Rojulu Marayi thus marked her feature film debut.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack was composed by Master Venu.[6] "Eruvaaka Sagaroranno Chinnanna" was inspired by the folk song "Ayyo Koyyoda", popularised by Valluri Jagannatha Rao. It was later adapted into many other songs, such as "Summa Kidantha Sothuku Nashtam" from the Tamil film Madurai Veeran (1956) and "Dekhne Me Bhola Hai Mera Salona" from the Hindi film Bombai Ka Babu (1960).[2]

S. No. Song Title Lyrics Singers length
1 "Oliyo Oli Oliyo Oli" Kosaraju Ghantasala 1:57
2 "Idiye Haayi Kalupumu" Tapi Dharma Rao Ghantasala, Jikki 2:56
3 "Eruvaaka Sagaroranno Chinnanna" Kosaraju Jikki 5:19
4 "Randayya Podamu" Kosaraju Ghantasala 3:23
5 "Maaraju Vianavayya" Tapi Dharma Rao Ghantasala, Jikki 4:12
6 "Chirunavvulu Virise" Tapi Dharma Rao Ghantasala, Jikki, Krishna Kumari 3:58
7 "Ellipotundi Elli" Tapi Dharma Rao Pithapuram 3:40

Release and reception[edit]

Rojulu Marayi was released on 14 April 1955.[2] The film ran for over 25 weeks in theatres, thereby becoming a silver jubilee film.[7] It's 100th day functions were held in the Hyderabad-based Rajeswar theatre and Konda Venkata Ranga Reddy, then the Deputy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, presided over the function. The film was later remade in Tamil as Kaalam Maari Pochi (1956), where "Eruvaaka Sagaroranno Chinnanna" was re-used as "Yerupooti Povaye Anne Sinnanne", with Waheeda Rehman returning as dancer.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, p. 343.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Narasimham, M. L. (31 July 2014). "Rojulu Maaraayi (1955)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 25 June 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Rojulu Maarayi". iQlik Movies. Archived from the original on 3 June 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  4. ^ Narasimham, M. L. (20 March 2017). "Her big ticket to stardom". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  5. ^ Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, p. 73.
  6. ^ "Rojulu Marayi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". Apple Music. Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  7. ^ Kabir, Nasreen Munni (2005). Guru Dutt: A Life in Cinema. Oxford University Press. p. 107.

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