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Sati Anasuya (1936)

Synopsis: Sinners bathed in the Ganga to get rid of their sins. The sins thus cast off manifested themselves in the form of devils and worried Ganga. Lord Siva suggests to Ganga to seek the help of righteous wife. Parvathi, Lakshmi and Saraswathi console Ganga and try to help her but in vain. Narada takes Ganga to Anasuya, the wife of Athri Maharshi in Bhooloka. Anasuya with the force of her devotion to her husband relieves Ganga of her distress.
The three Goddesses thus humiliated want to somehow or other spoil the good name of Anasuya. Parvathi instigates Bringeeswara and Nandeeswara to achieve this object. The both in the guise of Sanyasins go to Anasuya's Ashram at an inopportune time and ask for food. Anasuya is engrossed in serving her husband. Bringi gets angry and whirls a poisonous snake to coil round the neck of Anasuya who, however, turns it into a garland of flowers and wears it around her neck.
The humiliation of the three Goddesses knows no bounds. They send their husbands to Anasuya in the disguise of Brahmins. Anasuya receives them hospitality and serves them with sumptuous food. However they insist upon Anasuya serving food naked. Anasuya with the force of her devotion to her husband and her chastity turns the three Gods into three children and feeds them naked.
Anasuya with motherly love takes the three Gods into her fold and caresses them. Narada conveys this news to the three Goddesses, who were obliged to come to Anasuya to pray her to give back their husbands and to pardon them. Anasuya turns the three children back to their original forms. The three Gods in recognition of the chastity and devotion of Anasuya are born to her as Dattatreya.
Cast: Krishnaveni (Anasuya), Prakasa Rao (Atri), Suryanarayana (Narada), Kondal Rao (Brahma), Lingaraju (Vishnu), Gunneswara Rao (Shankar), Narayana Rao (Kaushika), Koteswara Rao (Mandavya), Srinivasa Rao (Indra), Shakuntala (Saraswathi), Saraswathi (Ganga), Sundari (Lakshmi), Gopalam (Parvathi), Sundaramma (Sumati), M. Shakuntala (Kanakangi)
Dialogues and Lyrics: Balijepalli Lakshmikantha Kavi
Music: Prabhala Satyanarayana
Cinematography: Prabodh Dass
Editing: Dharamvir and Baijnath Joshi
Sound Recording: CS Nigam
Art: Adivi Bapiraju
Director: C. Pullayya
Banner: East India Film Company
Trivia: This was India's first Childrens Talkie.

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