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Dharmangada (1949)

Cast: Govindarajula Subba Rao, Krishnaveni, Rushyendramani, Mudigonda Lingamurthy, Rallabandi, Sadasiva Rao, Suryakantham
Editing: Rajan-Tilak
Director: H. Viswanatha Babu
Banner: Swastik Films
Release Date: 1 October
Trivia: In the editors duo, Tilak was none other than KB Tilak, the famous director of the later days.

Gunasundari Katha (1949)

Synopsis: King Ugrasena of Dhara Nagaram has 3 daughters-Rupasundari, Hemasundari and Gunasundari. Rupa and Hema are married to their cousins, Haramati and Kalamati respectively. Guna comments one day in a discussion that the husband is the most important entity for a girl. Her angered father, the King, then marries Guna off to a blind, limp, mute and deaf pauper, Daivadeenam.When it is discovered that Daivadeenam is in fact a prince under a curse, Guna and Daiva are banished from the Kingdom. They live far away in a small hut, when news that the King is fatally ill reaches them. Only a precious gem, the Mahendra Mani, can save him. So the three sons-in-law set out to find the gem and Daiva finds it. Haramati and Kalamati steal it from him and the King is cured. Another curse hits Daivadeenam, who now turns into a bear. Pleased with Gunasundari's devotion, Lord Shiva and Parvati bless Daivadeenam and he becomes normal once again. The King, understanding the truth finally, makes Da…

Keelugurram (1949)

Synopsis: While out on a hunt, a king meets a beautiful woman (Anjali Devi) who turns out to be a demon. The king decides to marry her even after the objections of his wife and son (Akkineni). After the wedding, the demon sends her stepson (Akkineni) out on an impossible mission to retrieve a rare herb. He succeeds with the help of Keelugurram (flying horse).
Cast: Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Jr. Lakshmirajyam, Anjali Devi, Kanakam, Sruyasree, Surabhi Kamalabai, Gangaratnam, M. Subbulu, AV Subba Rao, Relangi, P. Koteswara Rao, D. Satyanarayana
Dialogues and Lyrics: Tapi Dharma Rao
Music: Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao
Playback: Ghantasala, Vakkalanka Sarala, C. Krishnaveni
Producer and Director: Mirjapuram Raja
Banner: Sobhanachala Pictures
Release Date: 19 February
Trivia: Though he given tunes for 'Mana Desam' at first, Ghantasala's first released film was 'Keelugurram'.
C. Krishnaveni, an actress and singer, given voice for song on Anjali Devi.
Popular Songs:
1. Kaadu sumaa k…

Suvarna Mala (1948)

Cast: Surabhi Balasaraswathi, Suryanarayana, Joshi, Mudigonda Lingamurthy, Doraswamy, Ramakrishna Sastry
Lyrics: Darbha Venkata Krishna Murthy
Music: Addepalli Rama Rao
Direction and Art: Kallakuri Sadasiva Rao
Banner: Suvarna Latha Pictures Ltd

Vindhya Rani (1948)

Cast: Pushpavalli (Avanthi), DV Subba Rao (Vindhya Raju), Ramana Rao (Sivasri), Varalakshmi, Relangi, Panditha Rao, AV Subba Rao
Dialogues: Pingali Nagendra Rao
Music: Saluri Rajeswara Rao
Cinematography: CV Ramakrishnan
Editing: SR Krishna Swamy
Dance: Jayasankar
Sound: SP Gandhi
Art: KR Sarma
Director: C. Pullaiah
Banner: Vyjayanthi Films
Release Date: 14 Jan 1948
Trivia: This was based on the play VIDHYA RANI by Pingali Nagendra Rao.

Madalasa (1948)

Cast: Kalyanam Raghuramaiah, C. Krishnaveni, Anjali Devi, AV Subba Rao, Anasuya, Sriranjani, Rami Reddy
Producer: Mirjapuram Raja
Director: Chitrapu Narayana Murthy
Banner: Sobhanachala Pictures
Release Date: 29 May 1948

Balaraju (1948)

Cast: Akkineni Nageswara Rao (Balaraju), Anjali Devi (Seetha), S. Varalakshmi, Gadepalli, DS Sadasiva Rao, Kasturi Siva Rao
Dialogues: Prayaga
Lyrics: Samudrala Raghavacharya
Music: CR Subbaraman, Galipenchala Narasimha Rao
Play-back: S. Varalakshmi, Ghantasala, Vakkalanka Sarala
Cineamtographer: P. Sridhar
Editor: LM Lal
Sound: Meenakshi
Choreography: Vedantam Raghavaiah
Producer and Director: Ghantasala Balaramaiah
Banner: Pratibha Films
Release Date: 26 February
Box-office: Super hit
Trivia: This film had a 365-day run in Vijayawada and a 100-day run in another 12 centers.
It created new records at the box-office.
Initially Akkineni has sung the song 'cheliyaa kanaraavaa', but in the film, the producers opted the song rendered by Ghantasala. In the titles, his name appeared as GV Rao.
S. Varalakshmi rendered 10 songs out of total 18 songs.
Popular Songs:
1. Evarine nenevarine
2. O baalaraajaa preme erugavaa
3. Chiliyaa kanaraavaa
4. Teeyani vennela reyi
5. Raajaa raaraa naa raajaa raar…

Drohi (1948)

Cast: G. Varalakshmi (Saroja), Lakshmirajyam (Sita), KS Prakasa Rao (Dr. Prakash), Rallabandi Kutumba Rao (Gangadhara Rao), Kona Prabhakara Rao (Raja Rao), LV Prasad, Kasturi Siva Rao, Venkumamba, Surabhi Balasaraswathi
Story and Dialogues: Tapi Dharma Rao
Lyrics: Tapi Dharma Rao
Music: Pendyala Nageswara Rao
Playback: Ghantasala, G. Varalakshmi
Cinematography: Sridhar
Art: TVS Sharma
Director: LV Prasad
Producers: K. Bhaskara Rao, KS Prakasa Rao
Banner: Swatantra Films
Release Date: 10 December
Trivia: This was debut film for Pendyala Nageswara Rao as a music director.
Tatineni Prakasha Rao, the associate director, directed the scenes of his guru LV Prasad.
Popular Songs:
1. Navvulaina navvavate bulbul
2. Aalakinchandi baaboo aalakinchandi
3. Chakkera kottuku vachchaave

Geethanjali (1948)

Cast: Jandhyala Gaurinatha Sastry, Purnima, Sriranjani Jr., Tanguturi Suryakumari, Ch. Subba Rao, M. Prakash
Dialogues: U. Suryanarayana Rao
Music: K. Prakasa Rao
Cinematography: Prabhakar
Editing: Partha Sarathi
Producers: Jandhyala Gaurinatha Sastry, Joshua Gause
Director: Tangirala Hanumantha Rao
Banner: Sri Syamala Pictures
Release Date: 5 March

Radhika (1948)

Cast: Balasaraswathi, D. Kotiratnam, Sundaramma, Chenchuratnam, Padmanabha Rao, Ramakrishna Sastry, Kalyanam Raghuramaiah, Rama Murthy
Lyrics: Sadasiva Brahmam
Playback: Rao Balasaraswathi Devi
Music: Saluri  Hanumantha Rao
Cinematography: PL Rai
Editing: Rajan-Tilak
Sound: K. Ramachandran
Director: VPT Sadasiv
Banner: Sri Chatrapathi Pictures
Release Date: 20 Febraury
Trivia: In the editors duo, Tilak was none other than KB Tilak, the famous director of the later days.
Popular Songs:
1. Gopala krishnudu nallana

Ratnamala (1948)

Synopsis: Simhakethu, the ruler of Kancheepuram, is on the look out for a suitable bridegroom for his daughter, Rathnamala. Chandrachooda, the king of Sonapura, is blessed with a son, but with the curse, to survive, before it reaches the 16th month the child should be married to a 16-year-old girl. His minister goes on a bride hunt and reaches Kancheepuram. He shows them his own son's portrait and not that of the child prince. Rathnamala agrees to marry him. However, the minister says that, according to tradition, her marriage has to be performed with a sword. On entering the room, Rathnamala is shocked to see a child instead of the handsome youth she had seen in the portrait. The minister's son explains to her why they had to do that. She leaves the palace along with her child 'husband' and goes into a forest. Unaware of all this and finding Rathnamala missing, her father imprisons Chandrachooda, his minister and the minister's son, and then sends his men in searc…

Brahmaratham (1947)

Cast: B. Jayamma (Sacheedevi), Addanki Srirama Murthy, Parupalli Subba Rao, AV Subba Rao, Kumpatla, Kalyanam Raghuramaiah, Kallakuri Sadasiva Rao, KS Ranganayakulu, I. Koteswara Rao, Saroja, Sowdamani, T. Kanakam, Sriranjani, Anasuya, Rama Rao, Nagumani, Srivatsa, MC Raghavan, Rama Murthy, Ramanatha  Sastry, KV Subba Rao
Dialogues and Lyrics: Balijepalli Lakshmikantha Kavi
Music: Moti Babu
Cinematography: Maari
Audiography: Walke
Art: TVS Sharma
Dances: Vempati Satyam
Director: Chitrapu Narayana Murthy
Banner: Venkatarama Pictures
Release Date: 29 October

Palnati Yuddham (1947)

Synopsis: King Anugu of Palnadu has three sons - Nalagama Raju, Narasinga Raju and Malideva Raju from his three wives. Before his death, he anoints Nalagama Raju the king and leaves him to the care of his minister Brahmanaidu. During Anugu's rule a wealthy and powerful woman Nagamma enters the kingdom. Brahmanna is a Vaishnavite, while Nagamma is a staunch Saivite. Progressive-minded Brahmanna allows Harijan entry into temples and appoints a Harijan, Kannama Dasu as the army commander. This irks the upper caste people and also the prince Narasinga Raju, who seeks the help of Nagamma.
In the king's court, Nagamma accuses Brahmanna of fomenting trouble. This leads to Malideva demanding a division of the kingdom. Much against the wish of Nagamma, Nalagama divides the kingdom, and Macherla is given to Malideva, who rules it with Brahmanaidu as his adviser. Nagamma holds control over Gurajala and its ruler Nalagama. She hatches a conspiracy to unite the country and make Narasinga R…

Gollabhama (1947)

Cast: C. Krishnaveni, Kotiratnam, Leelebai, Sundaramma, Gangaratnam, Raghuramaiah, Rami Reddy, Vellanki, Teegala, Relangi, AV Subba Rao, Koteswara Rao, Kumpatla, Mallikarjuna Rao, KV Subba Rao, Ramamurthy, Anjali Devi
Lyrics: Tapi Dharma Rao, Balijepalli Lakshmikantham, Madhira Subbanna Deekshitulu
Playback: Krishnaveni, Raghuramaiah
Music: SB Dinakar Rao
Cinematography: Kotnis
Art: TVS Sharma
Producer: Mirjapuram Raja
Director: C. Pullaiah
Banner: Sobhanachala Pictures
Trivia: This was Anjali Devi's debut film.
This movie was based on 'Kasi Majilee Kathalu' written by Madhira Subbanna Deekshitulu.
This was remade as 'Bhama Vijayam' in 1967.
Popular Songs:
1. Sandamama andamaina o sandamama

Varudhini (1947)

Cast: SV Ranga Rao, Dasari Tilakam, AV Subba Rao, Kanthamani, Kotiratnam
Music: K. Bhujanga Rao
Producers: Nagumalli Narayana Murthy, BV Ramanandam
Director: BV Ramanandam
Banner: Ananda Pictures
Release Date: 11 January Trivia: This was debut film for SVR as an actor.

Mugguru Maratheelu (1946)

Cast: Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Ch. Narayana Rao, Govindarajula Subba Rao, Kasturi SivaRao, Kannamba, TG Kamala Devi, Kumari, Bezawada Rajaratnam,
Music: Ogirala Ramachandra Rao
Lyrics: Tapi Dharma Rao, Prayaga Narasimha Sastry
Producer and Director: Ghantasala Balaramaiah
Release Date: 1 June
Note: The highlight of this movie is the action of P.Kannamba, who played the villain role. Standing up to the acting prowess of three heroes and showing villainy with a panache that counters three heroes is no ordinary thing, that too for an actress. But Kannamba, with an inimitable aplomb, came out with a sterling performance. I personally feel she dominated the three heroes with her performance. No other actress can do it.

Mangalasutram (1946)

Cast: Lakshmirajyam, Prabhakar, Snehalatha Devi, Indira Devi, Tulasi, PV Subba Rao Chowdary, AR Sastry, AV Krishna Murthy
Director: DS Kotnis
Banner: Prabhakar Productions
Trivia: Initially the makers selected the title as IDI MAA KATHA. Later they changed it as MANGALASUTRAM.