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Setu Bandhanam (1946)

Director: R. Padmanabhan

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.

Vanarani (1946)

Cast: G. Varalakshmi, Garikapati
Director: A. Surya

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.

Bhakta Tulasidas (1946)

Cast: Raghuramaiah, Vangara Subbaiah, Addanki Srirama Murthy, Rajeswari, Madhavapeddi Satyam, Bezawada Rajaratnam, Suribabu, Kakinada Rajaratnam, Saraseeruham
Dialogues and Lyrics: Balijepalli Lakshmikantham
Director: Lanka Satyam
Banner: Sri Rajarajeswari Natya Mandali

Narada Naradi (1946)

Cast: Lakshmirajyam, Mudigonda Lingamurthy, Soudamini, Suribabu, Umamaheswara Rao
Music: Susarla Dakshina Murthy
Director: Dev
Banner: Jaganmani Productions

Tyagayya (1946)

Synopsis: This is a religious drama about the life of saint/poet Tyagaraju (1767-1847), creator of the Carnatic form of classical music. At the film's outset, Tyagaraju (Nagaiah) is depicted as a humble villager who devotes himself to writing songs about the god Rama while at the same time rejecting the money and prestige offered to him by the maharaja of Tanjavur (Narayana Murthy). Thaygaraja's disinterest in social and financial gain drives his brother, Japesen (Lingamurthy), into fits of jealousy, culminating in him destroying Tyagaraju's beloved icons of Rama.
Cast: Chittooru Nagaiah (Tyagayya), Baby Vanaja (Krishna), Hemalatha (Kamalamba), Nyapathi Narayana Murthy (Sarabhoji), MC Raghavan (Marthanda Bhagavathar), Savita Devi (Chapalakshi), B. Jayamma (Dharmamba), K. Doraswamy (Sundaresa Mudaliar), Jayavanthi, Lakshmirajyam, Sundara Lakshmi, Mudigonda Lingamurthy (Japesam), Padmanabham, Baby T. Syamala (Radha), Vedantam Lakshmikantham (Narada), G. Visweswaramma, Rayapro…

Gruha Pravesam (1946)

Synopsis: Educated and emancipated Janaki (Bhanumathi) attacks traditionalist and women-baiter Somalingam (LV Prasad) for his orthodox ways. Her stepmother Tulasamma (Hemalatha) arranges Janaki's marriage with her cousin Ramana Rao (CSR), who had an amorous relationship with Lalitha (Jr. Sriranjani), whom he promises to marry, but ditches her for Janaki. To escape from the marriage, Janaki leaves the house and takes shelter in Somalingam's bachelor quarters. His neighbour Acharya (Sivarao)'s wife (Kanakam), who has a score to settle with Somalingam, makes insinuations against the duo. Somalingam and Janaki are thrown out of the quarters. A frustrated Somalingam joins an ashram. The locals beat up Janaki and she lands in the ashram. The job of nursing her is entrusted to Somalingam. Positive vibes develop between them. Meanwhile, Ramana Rao lands there with police and takes back Janaki. But, finally all ends well, and the marriage of Somalingam and Janaki is solemnized by h…

Swargaseema (1945)

Synopsis: Murthy (Nagaiah) is a publisher, married happily to Kalyani (Jayamma) and the proud father of their children. He watches a street play in his father-in-law's village, and notices the beautiful Subbalaxmi (Bhanumathi) in that troupe. He advises Subbalaxmi's father to take her to Madras where she would have the potential to become a big theatre artiste. He even refers them to a theatre company. The father-daughter duo travel to Madras, and are not left disappointed-Subbalaxmi is offered the lead role and changes her name to Sujatha. Murthy falls for Sujatha's charms and neglects his family. Kalyani fends for her children by taking up small tailoring works and leading a hard life. Slowly but surely, Murthy realizes his flaw and returns to his family. This film was reported based on Rouben Mamoulian's 1941 opus Blood and Sand starring Rita Hayworth.
Cast: Chittooru Nagaiah (Murthy), Bhanumathi (Sujatha), B. Jayamma (Kalyani), Mudigonda Lingamurthy (Ganganna), Kast…

Maya Lokam (1945)

Cast:Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Kannamba, CSR Anjaneyulu, Santha Kumari, Kamala Kotnis, GV Subba Rao, Bezawada Rajarathnam, MV Rajyam
Producer and Director: Gudavalli Ramabrahmam
Banner: Sarathi Films
Release Date: 10 October

Maya Machindra (1946)

Cast: Jandhyala Gowrinatha Sastry, Kannamba, Malathi, Satyajit, Addanki Sri Ramamurthy, Krishna
Dialogues and Lyrics: Vutukuru Satyanarayana Rao
Music: Bhimavarapu Narasimha Rao
Director: P. Pullaiah
Release Date: 14 January

Samsara Naradi (1944)

Cast: Maddali Krishnamurthy
Director: Chitrapu Narayana Murthy, Barodkar

Sri Seetharama Jananam (1944)

Cast: Akkineni Nageswara Rao (Srirama), Vemuri Gaggaih (Ravana and Parasurama), Balijepalli Lakshmikantham (Viswamitra), BN Raju (Lakshmana), T. Venkateswarlu (Dasaratha), Parupalli Satyanarayana (Vasishta), Parupalli Subba Rao (Janaka), Lanka Satyam, Kumpatla Subba Rao, Tripurasundari (Seetha), Kamala Kotnis (Kaikeyi), Rushyendramani (Kausalya), Annapurna (Sumitra), Sowdamini, Kamakshi (Mandodari), Chandrakala (Vedavati), TG Kamala Devi, Kumari Champa, Koteswara Rao (Sukracharya)
Dialogues: Duvvuri Rami Reddy
Lyrics: Balijepalli Lakshmikantham, Daita Gopalam
Music: Prabhala Satyanarayana, Ogirala Ramachandra Rao
Background Score: CR Subburaman
Cinematography: P. Sridhar
Dance: Vedantam Raghavaiah
Producer and Director: Ghantasala Balaramaiah
Release Date: 16 November
Trivia: This was the first film for ANR as a hero.

Bheeshma (1944)

Cast: Jandhyala Gowrinatha Sastry, C. Krishnaveni, Sriranjani, Srivatsava, R. Rami Reddy
Music: Saluri Rajeswara Rao
Producer: Mirjapuram Raja
Director: Chitrapu Narayana Murthy
Banner: Sobhanachala Pictures

Tahsildar (1944)

Synopsis: This film was a satire on Indian middle-class anglophilic pretensions. Soon after a low-level tax collector (Rao) marries the beautiful but unsophisticated village girl Kamala (Bhanumathi), he forces her to take a series of classes to learn to wear Western fashion and high heeled shoes and to learn to speak English. All this climaxes in a tea party hosted by the collector that leaves Kamala dispirited and humiliated. The collector dumps Kamala in favor of the slick and modern Rajani (Kamala Kotnis), who promptly has poor Kamala evicted. Soon the dark-hearted Rajani spends all of his money, forcing him to embezzle from his company.
Cast: YV Rao (Kamesam), Chadalavada Narayana Rao (Narasayya/DN Taral), BR Panthulu, P. Bhanumathi (Chittemma/Kamala), Balijepalli Lakshmikantha Kavi (Seethaiah and Panakalu), Kamala Kotnis (Rajani), MS Rama Rao (cameo), Bezawada Rajarathnam (Ramamma), Hemalatha (Parvathamma), Krishnaiah (Viswanatham)
Story: YV Rao
Dialogues and Lyrics: Balijepalli Lak…

Bhakta Kabir (1943)

Cast: CSR Anjaneyulu
Director: Chitrapu Narasimha Rao

Pantulamma (1943)

Cast: Lakshmirajyam, Mudigonda Lingamurthy
Lyrics: Samudrala Raghavacharya
Music: Galipenchala Narasimha Rao
Director: Gudavalli Ramabrahmam
Banner: Sarathi Studios

Chenchu Lakshmi (1943)

Synopsis: Mythological continuing the often-filmed Vishnu Purana legend of Prahlada and Hiranyakashipa. After the demon Hiranyakashipa is destroyed, Vishnu's (Narayana Rao) consort Lakshmi (Kotnis) takes the earthly form of a chenchu (tribal) to soothe and entice Vishnu out of his rage. Her success, marriage and eventual recognition as the goddess forms the major part of the film. Mainly known for Subburaman's innovative score. For his debut film he drew on Latin American music for the credit sequence and to accompany a tribal dance. Nagaiah plays the tribal woman's father.
Cast: Chadalawada Narayana Rao (Vishnu), Kamala Kotnis (Lakshmi), Lanka Satyam, Chittooru Nagaiah, Rushyendramani, Garudachary
Lyrics: Samudrala Raghavacharya
Music: C.R. Subbaraman, Saluri Rajeswara Rao
Cinematography: Jiten Bannerjee
Director: S. Soundara Rajan
Banner: Tamilnadu Talkies
Release Date: 14 January

Garuda Garvabhangam (1943)

Cast: Vemuri Gaggaiah, Bhanumathi, Ramakrishna Sastry, Vedantam Raghavaiah, Satyam, Bharatha Sastry
Story: Balijepalli Lakshmikanta Kavi
Dialogues: Samudrala Raghavacharya
Music: Ogirala Ramachandra Rao
Cinematography: P. Sridhar Rao
Producer and Director: Ghantasala Balaramaiah
Banner: Pratibha Pictures