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Theatrical release poster
Directed byV. Madhusudhan Rao
Produced bySunderlal Nahta
Written bySamudrala Sr (dialogues)
StarringN. T. Rama Rao
Shobhan Babu
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
CinematographyRavikant Nagaich
Edited byN. S. Prakasham
Rajalakshmi Productions
Release date
  • 12 August 1965 (1965-08-12)
Running time
182 mins

Veerabhimanyu is a 1965 Telugu-language Hindu mythological film,[2] produced by Sunderlal Nahta and Doondi under the Rajalakshmi Productions banner and directed by V. Madhusudhan Rao. It stars N. T. Rama Rao, Shobhan Babu, Kanchana and music composed by K. V. Mahadevan. The film was recorded as a Super Hit at the box office. It was simultaneously filmed in Tamil as Veera Abhimanyu, with slightly different cast.[1] The film had its climax scene shot in Eastmancolour.


The film begins with Arjuna (Kanta Rao) describing the Padmavyuha i.e. game plan in the lotus shape to Subhadra (S. Varalakshmi), which Abhimanyu in her womb is overhearing. At the moment, when Arjuna is about to disclose the exit position, Lord Krishna (N. T. Rama Rao) diverts his attention. Years roll by, by this time, the Pandavas are on exile period when Subhadra resides in Dwaraka. Once in an archery competition, Abhimanyu (Shobhan Babu) wins, which irks Lakshmana Kumara and he abuses the Pandavas. Angered, Abhimanyu chases him, when Krishna adroitly swerves him to Matsya, where the Pandavas driving their Agnathavasam i.e. live incognito under different identities. Thereupon, Abhimanyu falls for Uttara (Kanchana), daughter of King Virata. So, he calls his elder brother Ghatotkacha (Nellore Kantha Rao) and intrudes into the palace. Soon, they create chaos which leads to turbulence and Pandavas in disguise are confounded. During that plight, Krishna appears and resolves the conflict by making Abhimanyu and Ghatotkacha prisoners of Virata. Thereafter, the Pandavas successfully complete their exile and couple up Uttara and Abhimanyu. Right now, Krishna moves as an ambassador to Duryodhana (Rajanala) for negotiations, which fails and war erupts. At that moment, Subhadra seeks Krishna to protect her son from the bloodshed when he implies by affirming that only her races are going to rule the earth.

The war begins, after 10 days Bhishma collapses. Immediately, Duryodhana delegates the chief commander to Drona (Raavi Konadala Rao) and solicits to capture Dharmaraja (Dhulipala) alive. Just as he proclaims until the presence of Arjuna is on the battlefield it is not feasible. So, they intrigue by deploying Arjuna faraway and design Padmavyuha which any individual is familiar with. As the sphere is vulnerable, to keep the Pandavas saving face, Abhimanyu enters the battlefield. Before long, the remaining force attempts the doorway when Saindhava (Satyanarayana) obstructs their way. Since he upholds a boon of Lord Siva, he bars them. At present, solo Abhimanyu defeats and vanquishes most of the army. Therefore, the malicious Kauravas ploy, all at once attack and slaughter Abhimanyu. Learning it, enraged Arjuna vows to eliminate Saidhava before sunset or else shall do self-immolation. The next day, the Kauravas safely hide Saidhava, so, Krishna creates an illusion of sunset when Saindhava appears and Arjuna knocks him out. At last, Subhadra grills Krishna regarding the assurance then he replies, the child in Uttara's womb is going the rule of earth. Nevertheless, Arjuna needles Krishna for his intentional deed. Therein, Krishna shows his Vishwaroopam, the entire universe in him. Finally, the movie ends with Krishna preaching to Arjuna that human relations are aroused by birth and end by 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
ProducerK. V. Mahadevan
K. V. Mahadevan chronology
Thodu Needa
Dr. Anand

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

Box office[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b c d e Narasimham, M. L. (10 November 2017). "Veerabhimanyu (1965)". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  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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