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Jeevana Jyothi (1940)

Cast: Ch. Narayana Rao, C. Krishnaveni
Producer: Mirjapuram Raja
Director: Dronamraju China Kameswara Rao
Notes: This was the debut film for Ch.Narayana Rao. The film was a successful and he became one of the most glamourous heroes at that time.

Illalu (1940)

Synopsis: Indira (Kanchanamala) is happily married to Murthy (Umamaheswara Rao) till Murthy falls in love with an educated and sophisticated Leela (Lakshmi Rajyam) and brings her as his second wife. This naturally leaves Indira in pain and anguish. However she performs her duties as the devoted wife on one side and wins over her 'savathi' on the other with patience and perseverance. Leela undergoes a change of heart before fate plays with her life. Finally Indira emerges triumphant. To take the story forwared there are other characters like the romantic poet, Madhu (Saluri Rajeswara Rao), and his spouse Sarala (Rao Balasaraswathi Devi).
Cast: Kanchanamala, Lakshmi Rajyam, Rao Balasaraswathi Devi, S. Varalakshmi, V. Uma Masheswara Rao, Saluri Rajeswara Rao, P. Suribabu
Dialogues: Tapi Dharma Rao
Lyrics: Tapi Dharma Rao, Basavaraju Appa Rao
Music: Saluri Rajeswara Rao
Director: Gudavalli Ramabrahmam
Banner: Indira Devi Films Release Date: 27 Sept, 1940
Trivia: This was debut movie for U…

Bondam Pelli (1940)

Cast: L.V. Prasad, G. Varalakshmi
Director: H.M. Reddy
Banner: Madras United Artistes Corporation
Notes: Garikapati Varalakshmi from Ongole, was left home to act on stage in Vijayawada when she was 11 years old. She acted along with drama artists Tungala Chalapathi Rao and Dasari Kotiratnam and became popular for her roles in plays like Sakkubai and Rangoon Rowdy.
Her first movies are Barrister Parvatheesam by Producer Raghupathi Prakash and Bondam Pelli by Producer H.M. Reddy, when she was 14 years old.

Barrister Parvateesam (1940)

Cast: Lanka Satyam, G. Varalakshmi, Kasturi Sivarao, Dr. Siva Ramakrishnaiah
Story: Mokkapati Narasimha Sastry
Lyrics and Music: Kopparapu Subba Rao Producer: K. Subrahmanyam
Director: R. Prakash Banner: Motion Pictures Producers Combines Release Date: 7 Aug, 1940
Notes: This film was based on the hilarious Telugu novel 'Barrister Parvateesam' (1924) by Mokkapati Narasimha Sastry. The title role of Parvateesam is played by Lanka Satyam. This was second film to him. His first movie was 'Amma', directed by Niranjan Pal. He worked as assistant to Director R. Prakash. Varalakshmi got the female lead role unexpectedly. Director Prakash saw her, when she was acting in the stage play 'Sakkubai' in Rajahmundry, and called her for make-up test and given her the role of wife of Parvateesam. Then she was just 12 years old girl. She sung two songs in the film also. Kasturi Sivarao did two roles as a dentist and a rikshaw puller. 1940 was a bad year for the Telugu film industry. …