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Theatrical release poster
Directed by V. Madhusudan Rao
Produced by Sunderlal Nahta
Written by Samudrala Sr (dialogues)
Based on Life of Abhimanyu
Starring N. T. Rama Rao
Shobhan Babu
Music by K. V. Mahadevan
Cinematography Ravikant Nagaich
Edited by N. S. Prakasham
Rajalakshmi Productions
Release date
  • 12 August 1965 (1965-08-12)
Running time
182 mins
Country India
Language Telugu

Veerabhimanyu is a 1965 Telugu language Hindu mythological film,[2] produced by Sunderlal Nahta, Doondy on Rajalakshmi Productions banner and directed by V. Madhusudan Rao. Starring N. T. Rama Rao, Shobhan Babu, Kanchana in the lead roles and music composed by K. V. Mahadevan. The film recorded as Super Hit at the box office. It was simultaneously filmed in Tamil as Veera Abhimanyu with slightly different cast.[1]


The film begins while Arjuna (Kanta Rao) is explaining Subhadra (S. Varalakshmi) regarding Padmavyuha army in lotus shape and Abhimanyu is listening from her womb. By the time Arjuna is telling how to exit, Lord Krishna (N. T. Rama Rao) diverts him and takes away. Years roll by, now Pandavas on Agjnathavasam to live for one year unveiled. At that time, Subhadra lives in Dwaraka with her son Abhimanyu (Shobhan Babu). An archery contest is held in the presence of Balarama in which Abhimanyu wins Rudra Dhanusu seeing this Lakshmana Kumara son of Duryodhana (Rajanala) abuses Pandavas. Angered Abhimanyu chases him when Lord Krishna plays a trick lands him at Virata's kingdom where Pandavas are in disguise. There he meets Uttara (Kanchana) daughter of Virata king and falls in love with her. Arjuna alias Bruhannala sees Abhimanyu and warns him that his presence may harm his parents. So he calls his elder brother Ghatotkacha (Nellore Kantha Rao) and with his help he meets Uttara. Meanwhile, Ghatotkacha eats away the entire food in the kitchen when Bhima sees and throws him out. In that anger, Ghatotkacha starts destroying the city. King Virata blames Pandavas in disguise responsible for these events. Pandavas pray for Krishna for help and calms down Abhimanyu & Ghatotkacha by giving an assurance that he will make Uttara's marriage with Abhimanyu but for it, they have to be prisoners to Virata for few days.

On the other side, at Hastinapuram Duryodhana comes to know about Pandavas presence at the Virata Kingdom. So, he sends his army to capture cows on the south side. At the same time, he wants to capture north side cows. Abhimanyu & Ghatotkacha accompanies Virata in the war and protects him. Next day in the court Virata wants to honor them, Abhimanyu asks the hand of Uttara. But Virata refuses when the dispute arises between them. Lord Krishna immediately appears in the court along with Pandavas and reveals the truth. Finally, Uttara & Abhimanyu's marriage takes place. After that Pandavas send Sri Krishna as an ambassador to Dhritarashtra for negotiations but it fails and the war is declared. Abhimanyu is very happy about it. Subhadra requests Krishna to save her son Abhimanyu in the battle and he indirectly promises that her races only will rule this kingdom.

The war begins, after 10 days when Bhishma is collapsed Duryodhana makes Drona (Raavi Konadala Rao) as chief commander, for that he is ready to give a boon to him then he requests to capture Dharmaraja (Dhulipala) alive and he promises to do so. But until Arjuna is in the war field it is impossible, so, they plot a scheme and send Arjuna faraway from the battlefield. Parallelly, Drona plans for Padmavyuha except Arjuna no one knows to destroy it. At that stage, to keep up Pandavas honor, Abhimanyu comes forward but Dharmaraja does not accept because Abhimanyu does not know how to come back. Here remaining Pandavas & Ghatotkacha give an assurance that they will protect him and make Dharmaraja accept. Abhimanyu enters into Vyuha, remaining people also try to enter but Saindhava (Satyanarayana) obstructs their way and stops them due to the boon that he had received from Lord Siva to hold off the Pandava forces for one day. Solo Abhimanyu defeats & vanquishes most of the army. Now it is a difficult situation to Kauravas, so, plot a crooked false strategy, all of them surround Abhimanyu, attacks once and kills him cruelly. After hearing the details of Abhimanyu's death, Arjuna vowed to kill Saidhava before sunset, if not he will take self-immolation. Next day Kauravas hide Saidhava at a secret place. At that point in time, Lord Krishna creates an illusion of sunset. Thinking that sunset is over Saidhava comes out and Arjuna Kills him with his heavenly arrow Pasupatha. At last, Subhadra asks Krishna what about the word he has given to her then he replies that the child in Uttara's womb will become the ruler of India. But Arjuna blames Krishna that he intentionally done this deed when Lord Krishna shows his Vishwaroopam entire universe in him. Finally, the movie ends Krishna preaching Arjuna regarding the relations which are been made by birth will be ended after the death.




Veerabhimanyu revolves around Abhimanyu, a character in the Indian epic Mahabharata. Directed by V. Madhusudhan Rao and produced by Sunderlal Nahta and Dhoondeswara Rao under the banner Rajalakshmi Productions, it was simultaneously produced in Telugu and Tamil languages, the latter as Veera Abhimanyu which featured a largely different cast.[1] While Shoban Babu played Abhimanyu and N. T. Rama Rao played Krishna in Telugu,[3] they were replaced in Tamil by A. V. M. Rajan and Gemini Ganesan, respectively.[1] Kanchana played Uttara in both versions.[4][1] Cinematography was handled by Ravi, the editing by N. S. Prakasam, and the art direction by S. Krishna Rao.[3]


Film score by K. V. Mahadevan
Released 1965
Genre Soundtrack
Length 28:35
Producer K. V. Mahadevan
K. V. Mahadevan chronology
Thodu Needa
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Dr. Anand
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Music composed by K. V. Mahadevan. The song Rambha Urvashi Taladanne is a blockbuster. Music released on Audio Company.

S.No Song Title Lyrics Singers length
1 Pavitranaya Saadhunam Tikkana Ghantasala 0:35
2 Rambha Urvashi Taladanne Aarudhra Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:17
3 Taakina Chota Dasaradhi P. Susheela 4:59
4 Adigo Navalokam Aarudhra Ghantasala, P. Susheela 4:02
5 Choochi Valachi Aarudhra Ghantasala, P. Susheela 4:23
6 Kalla Kapatam Samudrala Sr S. Janaki 5:51
7 Challani Swaamini Acharya Aatreya Ghantasala, P. Susheela 4:47
8 Yada Yada Hai Tikkana Ghantasala 0:41


The film ran for more than 100 days in 12 centres in Andhra Pradesh.[2]


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  2. ^ a b "Box-Office Records And Collections — Sobhanbabu's 100 Days Films List". 14 January 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b வீர அபிமன்யு (songbook) (in Tamil). Rajalakshmi Productions. 1965.
  4. ^ "Gemini Ganesh excels in Veera Abhimanyu". The Indian Express. 21 August 1965. p. 3.

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