Shri Krishnavataram

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Shri Krishnavataram
Directed by Kamalakara Kameshwara Rao
Produced by Atluri Pundarikakshaiah
Written by Tirupati Venkata Kavulu (poems)
Samudrala Raghavacharya (dialogues)
Starring N.T. Rama Rao
Devika
Ramakrishna
Krishnam Raju
Geetanjali
Kaikala Satyanarayana
Rajanala
Chittor V. Nagaiah
Mudigonda Lingamurthy
Music by T. V. Raju
Cinematography Annayya
Release date
12 October 1967
Running time
211 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 10 lakhs

Sri Krishnavataram is a 1967 Telugu film directed by Kamalakara Kameshwara Rao. The magnum opus mythological film is based on Hindu epics Mahabharata and Bhagavata Purana covering major life events of Lord Krishna.[1]

The story[edit]

The movie covers all episodes of Lord Krishna's life. Krishna's birth, his captive parents and the prediction that Kamsa would be killed by Devaki's eighth child makes the first episode. After defeating Kamsa, he marries Rukmini, fights with Jambavantha to procure the Samanthaka Mani and gets his daughter Jambavanthi's hand in marriage. Satrajit, who initially proclaims that Krishna has the Mani regrets his mistake and gives his daughter Satyabhama in marriage to Krishna.

An example of Bhakti and devotion to friendship like Kuchelopakhyanam is also pictured beautifully.

After Sisupala completes his 100 sins, he defeats and kills him, thus regaining his entry back to Vishnu's abode. Kuchela's episode is followed by Draupadi's humiliation where Krishna saves her honour. The great war of Kurukshetra takes place after the negotiations (Rayabharam) between the cousins fails. Krishna's Geetopadesam to Arjuna is also shown. Finally he saves Bheema from Dhritarashtra's ire after Bheema kills Duryodhana. Balarama wades deep into the ocean after the gory war, while Lord Krishna ends his Avataram owing to a hunter's mistake.

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

There are 10 songs and 25 poems in the film. Music score provided by T. V. Raju.[2]

  • "Adigo Alladigo"
  • "Ededo Autundi Egisi Egisi Padutundi"
  • "Tanuvuto" (Geetopadesam) (singer: Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao)
  • "Jagamulanele Gopalude Naa Sigalo Poovavune" (singer: P. Susheela and Ghantasala; Cast: NTR and Kanchana)
  • "Jayahe Krishnavatara" (Singer: Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao; Cast: Sobhan Babu)
  • "Neecharana Kamalana Needaye Chalu" (singers: Ghantasala, P. Leela, P. Susheela; Cast: NTR, Devika and Kanchana)

Boxoffice[edit]

The movie was a huge hit. The film was also successful in Karnataka and celebrated Silver Jubilee. Even in the second and third releases in 1982 and 1990, it ran for more than 100 days.[3]

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