Mooga Manasulu (1964)

Synopsis: Newly married couple Gopinath (Akkineni) and Radha (Savitri) are on honeymoon and traveling over River Godavari. Gopinath cries to stop the boat and told that there are dangerous Whirlpools ahead. They reach nearby shore. Gopinath takes them to an old building. The oldman told them that it belongs to the Zamindar and takes them to the Samadhis of Gopi and Radha. They found an old lady Gowri lighting deepam at their Samadhi. She dies in the hands of Gopinath. He recollects from his memory that she only dies in his hands. The main story is narrated as flashback by Gopinath to Radha.
Gopi, an orphan lives on River Godavari and carries passengers by boat. Radha is daughter of the Zamindar (Gummadi). She goes to College on the other side of River. Gopi carries her daily, purely likes her and used to give her Chrysanthemum flower (mudda banthi puvvu) daily. Gowri is a shepherd girl loves Gopi intensely.
Radha's uncle (Wife of Zamindar Suryakantham's brother) is Rajendra (Nagabhushanam). His selfish plans results in marriage of Radha with Ramaraju. As fate otherwise directs, Ramaraju dies and Radha becomes widow and comes back to the village. Gopi is deeply disturbed by the unfortunate incident and tries to console Radha. Their affection is misunderstood by Gowri and villagers put an illegal relation between them spread by Rajendra. Knowing this Gopi leaves the village and Radha follows in search of him. Rajendra follows them to kill and Gowri sacrifices her virginity to save them. Both Radha and Gopi dies due to Whirlpools in the River. After narrating the story, the newly wed couple cremate Gowri besides the Samadhis of Radha and Gopi.
Cast: Akkineni Nageswara Rao (Gopi), Savitri (Radha), Jamuna (Gowri), Gummadi, Suryakantham, Nagabhushanam (Rajendra), Padmanabham (Ramaraju), Allu Ramalingaiah
Dialogues: Mullapudi Venkata Ramana and Athreya
Lyrics: Athreya, Dasarathi
Music: KV Mahadevan
Playback: Ghantasala, P. Susheela, Jamuna Rani
Cinematography: PL Roy
Editing: T. Krishna
Choreography: Hiralal and PS Gopala Krishna
Art: GV Subba Rao
Director: Adurthi Subba Rao
Banner: Babu Movies
Release Date: 31 January
Trivia: This was remade into Tamil as 'Praptham' directed by Savitri and Hindi as 'Milan' directed by Adurthi Subba Rao. K. Viswanath took the direction responsibilities of the second unit.
This got President's appreciation certificate.
Popular Songs:
1. Naa paata nee nota palakaala silaka (Athreya)
2. Eenaati ee bandhamenaatido (Athreya)
3. Godaari gattundi gattu meeda cettundi (Dasarathi)
4. Gowrammaa nee mogudevarammaa (Kosaraju)
5. Muddabanti poovulo mooga kalla oosulo (Athreya)
6. Paadutaa teeyagaa challagaa (Athreya)
7. Mukku meeda kopam nee mukhaanike andam (Athreya)
8. Maanu maakunu kaanu (Athreya)


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