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Narthanasala (1963)

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Cast: NT Rama Rao (Arjuna), SV Ranga Rao (Keechaka), Savitri (Draupadi), Kanta Rao (Srikrishna), Sobhan Babu (Abhimanyu), L. Vijaya Lakshmi (Uttara), Relangi (Uttara Kumara), Dandamudi Rajagopal (Bheema), Mikkilineni (Dharmaraja), Mukkamala (Virata Raju), Dhulipala (Duryodhana), Sandhya (Sudheshna), Malladi Satyanarayana (Sakuni), Prabhakara Reddy (Karna), Suryakantham, Allu Ramalingaiah, Vangara, Balakrishna, Lakshmirajyam (guest), Nellore Kanta Rao, Satyanarayana, Kanchana Mala (guest), Padmini Priyadarshini Dialogues: Samudrala Raghavacharya
Lyrics: Samudrala, Sri Sri, Kosaraju Music: Susarla Dakshina Murthy Play-back: Mangalampalli Bala Murali Krishna, S. Janaki, Bangalore Latha, Ghantasala, Madhavapeddi Satyam, P. Susheela Cinematography: MA Rahman Editing: SPS Veerappa Art: Pratibha Sharma, TVS Sharma Sound: S. Rama Rao Choreographer: Vempati Peda Satyam
Costumes: Achyuta Rao


Producers: Lakshmirajyam, Sridhara Rao Director: Kamalakara Kameswara Rao Banner: Rajyam Pictures Release Date: 11 Oct…

Chaduvukunna Ammayilu (1963)

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Cast: Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Savitri, Krishna Kumari, Sobhan Babu, Relangi, Suryakantham, Gummadi, Padmanabham, EV Saroja
Lyrics: Kosaraju, C. Narayana Reddy
Music: Saluri Rajeswara Rao
Playback: Ghantasala, P. Susheela, Madhavapeddi Satyam, Swarna Latha
Cinematography: PS Selvaraj
Art: GV Subba Rao
Producer: D. Madhusudana Rao
Director: Adurthi Subba Rao
Banner: Annapurna Pictures
Release Date: 10 April
Trivia: ANR recommended Sobhan Babu to play the role of police inspector.
This was based on Dr. P. Sridevi's famous novel 'Kalateeta Vyaktulu'.
It had a 100-day run in 4 centers.
Popular Songs:
1. Kilakila navvulu chilikina palukunu naalo
2. Vinipinchani raagaale
3. Emiti ee avataaram

Lava Kusa (1963)

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Cast: NT Rama Rao (Srirama), Anjali Devi (Sita), Kanta Rao (Lakshmana), Satyanarayana (Bharatha), Sobhan Babu (Satrughna), Relangi (Chakali), Girija, Chittooru Nagaiah (Valmiki), Arja Janardhana Rao (Anjaneya), Kannamba (Kausalya), S. Varalakshmi (Bhoodevi), Master Nagaraju (Lava), Master Subrahmanyam (Kusa), Gemini Ganeshan, Ramana Reddy, Suryakantham, Annapurna, Sivarama Krishnaiah, Sukumari
Dialogues: Samudrala Raghavacharya
Lyrics: Samudrala Raghavacharya, Kosaraju, Sadasivabrahmam
Music: Ghantasala
Playback: Ghantasala, P. Leela, P. Susheela, Madhavapeddi Satyam, Pithapuram Nageswara Rao, Mallik, Raghavulu, Jikki, S. Janaki, AP Komala, Vaidehi, Sarojini, Sowmitri
Cinematography: PL Roy
Editing: A. Sanjeevi
Art: TVS Sharma
Action: Shyamasundar
Choreography: Vempati Satyam
Producer: A. Sankar Reddy
Directors: C. Pullaiah and CS Rao
Banner: Lalitha Sivajyothi Films
Release Date: 29 March
Trivia: This is the first Telugu movie collected Rs. 1 crore at the box-office, where as the tickets rates wer…

Somavara Vrata Mahatyam (1963)

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Cast: Devika, Kanta Rao, Kalyanam Raghuramaiah, Suri Babu, Rajanala, Mikkilineni, Sobhan Babu, Satyanarayana, Aadoni Lakshmi, Rajababu, Dhulipala, Geetanjali, Balakrishna
Story: BN Chari
Dialogues: Samudrala
Lyrics: Samudrala, Athreya
Music: Master Venu
Cinematography: CA Madhusudan
Editing: RM Venugopal
Art: Ramkumar
Producer and Director: RM Krishna Swamy
Banner: Aruna Films
Release Date: 22 February

Irugu Porugu (1963)

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Cast: NT Rama Rao, Krishna Kumari, Gummadi, Relangi, CSR Anjaneyulu, Girija, Balaiah, Chittooru Nagaiah, Sobhan Babu
Dialogues: Kondepudi Lakshmi Narayana
Lyrics: Arudra, Kosaraju
Music: Master Venu
Play-back: Ghantasala, P. Susheela, LR Eeswari
Producer: Chilamkuri Vijaya Madhavi
Director: IN Murthy
Banner: Kalaprapurna Theatres
Release Date: 11 January
Trivia: This was the first social film for Sobhan Babu. He did a guest role as a NRI surgeon.

Mahamantri Timmarusu (1962)

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Synopsis: The story is about the critical role of Timmarusu (Gummadi) played during the reign of Sri Krishnadevaraya (NTR). The story begins with the pattabhishekam of Sri Krishnadevaraya. Before the function, he participates in the dance and music function of Chinna Devi (L. Vijayalaxmi). They get married and becomes his first queen. After coronation, Timmarusu arranges the marriage with Tirumala Devi (S. Varalakshmi) daughter of Srirangapatnam kingdom. Timmarusu slaps him on the cheek to remind him about the kickbacks while seating on the crown. He plans to attack Gajapathis of Kalinga kingdom lonely. Knowing about this Timmarusu reaches Kalinga and protects him. Pratraparudra Gajapathi (Mukkamala) wanted to kill him with the help of his son Veerabhadra Gajapathi (Prabhakar Reddy). However his daughter Annapurna Devi (Devika) openly opposes it and loves him. In a political dialogue, Prataparudra agrees to marry his daughter to Krishnadevaraya. After the marriage, he plans to kills h…

Bheeshma (1962)

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Cast: NT Rama Rao (Bheeshma), Anjali Devi (Amba), Haranath (Srikrishna), Ramakrishna, Kanta Rao (Salva), Dhulipala (Duryodhana), Relangi (Narada), Sobhan Babu (Arjuna), Gummadi (Karna), Suryakantham, Nagabhushanam (Parasurama), Vangara, Prabhakara Reddy (Santana), Sujatha (Satyavathi), G. Varalakshmi, Rajababu, Vanisri
Dialogues: Tapi Dharma Rao
Lyrics: Arudra
Music: Saluri Rajeswara Rao
Play-back: Ghantasala, P. Susheela, Jikki, PB Srinivas, Jamuna Rani, Madhavapeddi, Pithapuram, S. Janaki, Akula Narasimha Rao
Cinematography: MA Rahman
Editing: KA Marthand
Sound: A. Krishnan, Palani Babu
Art: Vaali
Makeup: Peetambaram
Producer and Director: BA Subba Rao
Banner: BAS Productions
Release Date: 19 April
Trivia: It had a 50-day run in 13 centers.
Popular Songs:
1. Hailo hailessa hamsa kadaa naa padava
2. Mahadeva sambho mahesaa gireesaa
3. Manasuloni korika (Arudra)

Seethaa Rama Kalyanam (1961)

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Cast: NT Rama Rao (Ravana), Haranath (Sri Rama), Mani or Geetanjali (Sita), Sobhan Babu (Lakshmana), Kantha Rao (Narada), B. Saroja Devi (Mandodari), Ratna (Urmila), Chittooru Nagaiah, Mikkilineni (Janaka), Chayadevi (Sunayana Devi), Gummadi, Kasturi Siva Rao, AV Subba Rao, Sarathi (Nalakubara)
Dialogues and Lyrics: Samudrala Raghavacharya
Music: Galipenchala Narasimha Rao
Play-back: Ghantasala, P. Leela, PB Srinivas, P. Susheela, MS Rama Rao
Cinematography: Ravikanth Nagaich
Editing: SPS Veerappa
Art: TVS Sharma
Executive Producer: Atluri Pundarikakshaiah
Producer: N. Trivikrama Rao
Director: NT Rama Rao
Banner: National Art Theatre
Release Date: 6 Jan
Trivia: This was NTR's first dirctorial film and debut film of Ravikanth Nagaich as a cinematographer.
This was debut film for actor Sarathi.
NTR's name doesn't appear in the title credits as a director.
After watching the film, Jagadguru Kanchi Peetadhipati, Sri Paramacharya Chandrasekhara Saraswati Swami blessed NTR with the title &…

Bhakta Sabari (1960)

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Cast: Pandaribai (Sabari), Haranath (Sri Rama), Ramakrishna (Lakshmana), Rajasri (Sita), Sobhan Babu (Karuna), Nagaiah, Chadalawada, Meena Kumari
Story and Dialogues: Palagummi Padmaraju
Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishna Sastry, Malladi Ramakrishna Sastry, Palagummi Padmaraju
Music: Pendyala
Cinematography: KVS Reddy
Producer: BR Naidu
Director: Chitrapu Narayana Murthy
Banner: Sukheebhava Productions
Release Date: 22 July
Trivia: Sobhan Babu done the role of Karuna, son of a preist. He did three or four scenes in this film and a song 'O Vannela chinnela vayyari momu chooda veduka' picturised on him, written by Malladi Ramakrishna Sastri, sung by Ghantasala.
Sobhan names his son as Karuna, which was his role in this movie, born on 28 Sept 1959.
Popular Songs:
1. Emi ramakatha sabari sabari edee mariyokasaari

Daiva Balam (1959)

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Cast: NTR, Jayasri Ammaji, Sobhan Babu, Gummadi
Music: Ashwatthama
Co-director: Ravi Kondala Rao
Producer: KV Sundaram
Director: P. Vasantha Kumar Reddy
Banner: Ponnaluri Brothers
Release Date: 17 Sept
Trivia: This is Sobhan Babu's debut film as an actor. He did the role of Gandharva Kumara. He received Rs. 200 as remuneration for this role.
Vasantha Kumar Reddy was the publisher of the film magazine, 'Cine Rama'.
Sobhan Babu was worked for only 3 days for his role on the sets.
Sobhana Chalapathi Rao turned as Sobhan Babu from this film.
This is a black and white film while the songs were picturised in colour.
Jayasri Ammayi, the heroine, was mother of actress Jayachitra.

Chandraharam (1954)

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Cast: NT Rama Rao (Chandana Raju), Sriranjani (Gowri), Savitri (Chanchala), SV Ranga Rao (Maali), Relangi (Dhoomakethu), Rushyendramani, Suryakantham, Joga Rao (Nikshepa Rayudu), Santha Kumari, Srivatsa (Chandrachooda), Kantha Devi, Balakrishna (Anji)
Story, Dialogues and Lyrics: Pingali Nagendra Rao
Music: Ghantasala
Playback: Ghantasala, N. Lalitha, P. Leela
Cinematography: Marcus Bartley
Art: Madhavapeddi Gokhale, Kaladhar
Sound: Krishna Iyer
Executive Producer: LV Prasad
Producers: Nagi Reddy and Chakrapani
Director: Kamalakara Kameswara Rao
Banner: Vijaya Pictures
Budget: Rs. 25 lakhs
Release Date: 6 January
Box-office: Hit
Trivia: This was first Telugu film made with Rs. 25 lakhs.
This was debut film for Kamalakara Kameswara Rao as a director.
Popular Songs:
1. Evarivo echatanuntivo o sakhee
2. Idi naa cheli idi naa sakhi
3. Emi siksha kaavaalo korukonave
4. Enaadu modaliditivo o vidhi
5. Yem cheste adi ghana kaaryam
6. Vignaana deepamunu veligimpa raarayya

Sri Rajeswari Vilas Coffee Club (1976)

Cast: Krishna (Mathew), Jayaprada (Rajeswari), Jaggaiah (Seshadri), G. Varalakshmi (Venkayamma), Padmanabham (Narasimham), Ravi Kondala Rao (Dance Master), Kantha Rao (John), Allu Ramalingaiah (Gabriel), Ramaprabha (Rosy), Pushpa Kumari, Indira, Girija Rani, KV Chalam, Kalyani, Sakshi Ranga Rao, Jagga Rao, Balakrishna, Seetharam
Dialogues: Palagummi Padmaraju
Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishna Sastri, Dasarathi, Kosaraju, Palagummi Padmaraju
Playback: P. Susheela, LR Eshwari, SP Balasubrahmanyam, Savitri
Music: Pendyala Nageswara Rao
Cinematography: Sundara Babu
Editing: Kalyana Sundaram, DG Jayaram
Art: S. Krishna Rao
Fights: AR Basha
Choreography: Pasumarthy Krishna Murthy, Kalyani
Costumes: Krishna
Publicity Designs: Eshwar
Executive Producer: TVS Sastry
Producers: Nagireddy, Chakrapani
Directors: Chakrapani and Bapu
Banner: Vijaya Productions Pvt. Ltd.
Release Date: 20 February
Trivia: Chakrapani died during the production of this film in 1975 and this film was dedicated to him.
Popular Songs:
1. Rakoyee …

CID (1965)

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Cast: NT Rama Rao, Jamuna, Gummadi, Jaggaiah, Pandaribai, Rajanala, Jagga Rao, Meena Kumari, Mikkilineni, Hemalatha, Ramana Reddy
Dialogues and Lyrics: Pingali Nagendra Rao
Music: Ghantasala
Play-back: Ghantasala, P. Susheela
Editing: G. Kalyana Sundaram, DG Jayaram
Art: Krishna Rao, Kaladhar
Producers: Nagi Reddy and Chakrapani
Director: Tapi Chanakya
Banner: Vijaya Productions
Release Date: 23 Sept
Popular Song:
Aligina velane choodali

Gundamma Katha (1962)

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Cast: NT Rama Rao (Anji), Akkineni Nageswara Rao (Raja), SV Ranga Rao (Ramabhadraiah), Savitri (Lakshmi), Jamuna (Saroja), Suryakantham (Gundamma), Ramana Reddy (Kanchu Gantaiah), Haranath (Prabhakar), L. Vijayalakshmi (Padma), Rajanala (Bhupathi), Rushyendramani, Chayadevi (Durgamma), Mikkilineni, Allu Ramalingaiah (Iyer), Balakrishna
Story and Dialogues: DV Narasaraju
Music: Ghantasala
Lyrics: Pingali Nagendra Rao
Cinematography: Marcus Bartley
Editing: G. Kalyana Sundaram
Art: Gokhale and Kaladhar
Choreography: Pasumarthi Krishna Murthy
Producers: Nagi Reddy and Chakrapani
Director: Kamalakara Kameswara Rao
Banner: Vijaya Productions
Release Date: 7 June
Trivia: This was remade into Tamil as 'Manithan Maravillai', which was directed by Chakrapani and starred by Gemini Ganesan, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Savitri and Jamuna.
'Gundamma Katha' was NTR's 100th film, and 'Manithan Maravillai' was ANR's 100th film.
It had a 100-day run in 23 centers (including late run 4…

Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu (1959)

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Synopsis: Rao Bahadur Ramadasu (CSR) borrows from all and sundry, and spends relentlessly. Zamindar Diwan Bahadur Mukunda Rao (SVRanga Rao) is an innocent simpleton, and a good man. He is on the quest for the perfect match for his granddaughter Manjari (Savitri). Ramadasu wants his London-returned son, Dr. Raghu (Jaggaiah) to marry Manjari and take all of Mukunda Rao's assets.
Raghu is married to Leela (Jamuna), who is pretending to be a maid-servant and works in Raghu's home. Manjari is in love with Raja (NTR), Leela's brother, who reciprocates and is jailed for being a revolutionary and a part of the independence struggle. Raja's released from jail, and to set the affairs straight and teach Ramadasu a lesson, he pretends to be Bonkulamarri Raja, a big-time Zamindar and stays in Mukunda Rao's home, who now wants Raja to marry Manjari. Raghu gets involved in the drama without anyone's invite or knowledge, thus producing situational humor by posing as a prospect…

Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952)

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Cast: NT Rama Rao, SV Ranga Rao (Dupati Viyyanna), G. Varalakshmi, Savitri, Joga Rao, Suryakantham, Doraswamy, Dr. Sivarama Krishnaiah, Padmanabham, Kutumba Rao, Mahankali Venkaiah, Padmanabham, Balakrishna, Master Kundhu, Master Kanda Mohan, Pushpa Latha, Meenakshi, Baby Girija, Baby Usha, Baby Rajakumari, KB Kotilingam
Story and Dialogues: Chakrapani
Lyrics: Pingali Nagendra Rao, Utukuri Satyanarayana
Music: Ghantasala
Orchestra: Venu
Play-back: Ghantasala, Leela, Pithapuram Nageswara Rao, Jamuna Rani, Udatha Sarojini, AP Komala, K. Rani
Cinematography: Marcus Bartley
Audiography: A. Krishnan
Editing: CP Jambulingam, MS Mani
Art: Gokhale, Kaladhar
Make-up: Peetambaram, Bhaktavatsalam
Producers: Nagi Reddy and Chakrapani
Director: LV Prasad
Banner: Vijaya Productions Ltd
Release Date: February 29
Trivia: This was the first film run 100 days in 11 centers.
This film's 100 days function celebrated at Durga Kalamandhir, Vijayawada on 8 June, 1952, but NTR didn't attend to this function due to …