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Bhakta Prahlada (1942)

Cast: Vemuri Gaggaiah, M.V. Rajamma, Chadalawada Narayana Rao, G. Varalakshmi
Director: Chitrapu Narayana Murthy
Banner: Sobhanachala Pictures

Bhakta Potana (1942)

Synopsis: This religious drama about the life of saint poet Bammera Potananmatya (also called Bhakta Pontana), who was a farmer until the god Rama came down from the heavens and told him to translate the holy text Bhagvata Gita from Sanskrit into Telugu. Soon after completing his life's work, Potananmatya is told to dedicate his work to his king. When he balks at the sovereign's inveigling attempts to claim credit for the work, the king sends out the troops. Hanuman -- the trickster monkey god -- saves Potananmatya and his family from the royal onslaught. As the troops mobilize to destroy the author's house, the king's palace gets magically trashed instead.
Cast: Chittooru Nagaiah (Pothana), Dr. VR Sharma (Singa Bhupala), Mudigonda Lingamurthy (Ajameela), Hemalatha Devi (Narasamamba), Naalam Vanaja (Lakshmi), Tanguturi Suryakumari (Saraswathi), Bezawada Rajarathnam, Vallabhajosyula Sivaram (Mallanna), Jandhyla Gowrinatha Sastry (Srinatha), K. Malathi (Sarada), Samrajyam…

Bala Nagamma (1942)

Synopsis: The King prays for progeny and is blessed with children, the youngest of who is named Bala Nagamma. She is married off to Karyavardi Raju but is kidnapped by Mayala Marathi who turns her into a dog and whisks her off to his cave. Once there, he tries to take advantage of her, but she keeps him away quoting some Holy Rites and Pujas that she is involved in. Fearful, she is a prisoner in the cave for 14 years, where the Fakir's mistress, Sangu, is jealous of his obsession with Bala Nagamma. In the meantime, her son [Balavardi Raju] grows up and gets to know the truth about his mother. He seeks the Fakir out and defeats him.
Cast: Kanchanamala (Bala Nagamma), Govindarajula Subba Rao, Banda Kanakalingeswara Rao (Karyavardhi), Balijepalli Lakshmikantha Kavi, T.G. Kamala Devi, Kamala Kotnis, Pushpavalli, Bellari Lalitha, Addala Narayana Rao, Lanka Satyam (Chakali Tippadu), Relangi (Talari Ramudu), Master Viswam (Balavardhi)
Dialogues and Lyrics: Balijepalli Lakshmikantha Kavi
Mus…

Patni (1942)

Synopsis: Kovalan, the rich merchant of the sea in the Chola Kingdom and Kannagi, his beautiful virtuous and devout wife lived happily till the danseuse Madhavi entered Kovalan's life. He attended the maiden dance performance of the voluptuous Madhavi in the King's court. Pleased withe her performance, the Chola king gifted her gold coins and the customary green leave garland. Madhavi's mother Chitra auctioned the garland as per tradition and Kovalan bid the highest amount thus becoming the lord of Madhavi who by then fell in love with him.
Kovalan's friend Velu had an amorous eye on Madhavi and was dismayed at being forestalled in the bid. Passionately in love with Madhavi, Kovalan lost all his wealth including his wife's jewels to please her mother. Kovalan went to Madurai with his wife to sell the diamond anklet that she gave him to restart business. He met a goldsmith for this purpose. The vicious goldsmith who stole the Pandyan queen's precious anklet puts…

Sati Anasuya (1935)

Synopsis: Sinners bathe in the river Ganga to wash of their sins. Ganga gets polluted and suffers for their sins. Her suffering becomes acute and unbearable. A voice from heaven tells Ganga that she could get purified through the help of a devoted wife. Ganga seeks the help of Goddess Lakshmi. Goddesses Lakshmi, Parvathi and Saraswathi try to purify Ganga but in vain.
Narada suggests to Ganga Devi to pray to Anasuya, the most reputed in Bhooloka as a devoted wife. Goddesses Lakshmi, Parvathi and Saraswathi begin to feel envious of Anasuya and decide to test her virtue.
Some people go to the Ashram of Athri for water. Anasuya goes out to fetch water for them. Ganga Devi appears before Anasuya, feels purified and relieved of her suffering and gives water to Anasuya. Anasuya gets the water to the Ashram of Athri and serves it to the guests. Bhringi, a guest at the Ashram, gets infuriated, creats a devil but gets humiliated.
Anasuya attends on Athri while he sleeps.Bhringi puts a venomous…

Jeevanmukthi (1942)

Cast: E.S. Kamala Kumari, Balijepalli Lakshmikanta Kavi, Suri Babu, Bezawada Rajarathnam, Lanka Satyam, Master Viswam
Director: T.V. Neelakanthan
Banner: Gemini Studios
Release Date: 14 Jan, 1942

Bhaktimala (1941)

Synopsis: Radha (Bhanumati), a devadasi (south Indian form of ritualized prostitution, in which a woman is wedded to God), converts herself into a worshipper of saints. The pimp Timmayya Sastry (Kondala Rao) the villainous Brahmin Ramanujachari (Sithapaty) persecutes her. The hero Mohan (Panthulu) joins her struggle for social reform. When Ramanujachari has her framer for Mohan's murder, she is saved through divine intervention.
Cast: B.R. Panthulu, Bhanumathi, Gidugu Venkata Sitapathi Rao, Mudigonda Lingamurthy, Addanki Srirama Murthy, Kondala Rao, Kutumba Sastry, K. Rajarathnam, Santha, Annapurna, Venkatagiri
Music: Kopparapu Subba Rao
Cinematography: M.A. Rehman
Story and Direction: Harilal Raghunathji Desai
Banner: Bhaskar Pictures