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Maya Bazaar
Maya Bazaar (1957)
Vijaya Productions - mAyAbajAr ( 1957 )
Color Black & White - 35MM
Photography: Marcus Bartley
Direction By: K.V. reDDi
Story: K.V. reDDi, (film adaptation) and Pingali Nagendra Rao
Editor: C.P Jambulingam, Bhaktavatsalam
Screenplay,lyrics and Dialogues: Pingali Nagendra Rao
Choreography (Dances): Pasumarti Krishnamurthi, Gopinath
Art: Madhavapeddi Gokhale, Kaladhar
Playback: ghanTasaala venkaTESwararaavu, Saluri rAjEswara rao, (for his songs see song list and Miscellany)
Makeup: Pitambaram, Bhaktavatsalam
Cast:
Akkineni Nageswara Rao,.... Abhimanyudu
N.T.Rama Rao .... Krishnudu
S.V. Ranga Rao,.... Ghathothgajha
Savithri .... Sasirekha
C.S.R. Anjaneyulu,.... Sakuni
Baby Saraswati (sachhu) Baby Sasirekha
Balakrishna/Anji
Chaaya Devi .... rEvatI dEvi
dhooLipaaLa
Mukkamala Krishanmoorti.... duryOdhanuDu
Chadalavada Kutumbarao .. Lambu
Master Anand .young abhimanyu
Mohana
Raajanaala naagESwararaavu.... duSSAsanuDu
Nagabushanam .... sAtyaki
Parvati
BezawaaDa raajaaratnam (yashoda in the dance drama of vinnava yashodamma)
MikkilinEni Radhakrishnamurty.... karNuDu
Rajani bhanumathi
Allu Ramalingayya.... Sarma
Ramana Reddy .... cinnamaya
RshyEndramaNi .... Subhadhra
Sandhya .... Rukmini
Madhavapeddi Satyam.... dArukuDu
Sita
Surya Kantam .... hiDimba
Relangi venkaTaraamayya.... Lakshmana Kumarudu
Vangara venkaTasubbayya.... SAstri
Gummadi Venkateswararao.... Balaramudu
Babji (chinni krishnudu)
Playback: Madhavapeddi Satyam, P. Suseela, ghanTasaala venkaTESwararaavu ,P. Leela, P.G.Jikki Krishnaveni, M.L vasantakumaari
Songs
  • neevEnaa nanu talachinadi
    Ragam : abhEri
    Cast : Akkineni Nageshwara Rao and Savitri
    Music : Saluri rAjEswara rao
    Playback: ghanTasaala venkaTESwararaavu
  • laahiri laahiri laahirilo
    Ragam : mOhana
    Music : Saluri rAjEswara rao
    Playback: ghanTasaala venkaTESwararaavu
    Cast: N.T Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, - Savithri - Gummadi Venkateswararao, - Chaaya Devi , Sandhya
    The song was shot at noon around 12:00 on a sunny day. This was to get a full moon night effect.
  • vivaaha bhOjanambhu
    Cast: Savithri -S.V. Ranga Rao, - Ramana Reddy
    Playback : , Madhavapeddi Satyam
  • aaha naa peLLanTa
    Cast : Savithri (as maya Sasirekha)
  • bhaLi bhaLi bhaLi bhaLi dEvaa
    Ragam : chArukESi
    Playback: Madhavapeddi Satyam
    Cast: Akkinen Nageswara Rao, i - RshyEndramaNi - , Madhavapeddi Satyam
    For the song the "gurrapu Dekkala" sound was given by Ghantasala Ratna kumar, the son of Ghantasala.
  • choopulu kalasina SubhavELa enduku neekee kalavaramu?
    Ragam : bRndAvanasArangi (chandrakauns?)
    Music : Saluri rAjEswara rao
    Playback , ghanTasaala venkaTESwararaavu
    Cast : Akkineni Nageshwara Rao and Savitri
  • nI kOsame nE jIvinchunadi
    Ragam : bhAgESwari
    Music : Saluri rAjEswara rao
    Playback , ghanTasaala venkaTESwararaavu and P.Leela
    Cast : Akkineni Nageshwara Rao and Savitri
  • sundari neevanTi divya swaroopamu
    Playback: ghanTasaala venkaTESwararaavu
    Cast Savithri - , rElangi venkaTaraamayya
  • dayachEyanDi dayachEyanDi
  • vinnavaTamma O yasOdha
    Cast: Babji and Bezawada Rajaratnam
  • vardhillu maa talli vardhillavammaa
    Ragam : dES
    Playback: M.L. vasantakumaari, chorus
  • akhila raakhasa mantra .... - (verse) RshyEndramaNi
  • lallilalaa lallilalaa lalli lalli lallilalaa
  • okaTE mA vayasu O rAjA okaTE mA sogasu
  • ashTa dikkumbhi kumbhAgrAla pai .... - verse
    Playback: Madhavapeddi Satyam
    Cast: S.V. Ranga Rao
  • durahankAra madAndhulai khalulu vidrOhambu kAvincirE - verse
    Playback: , Madhavapeddi Satyam
    Cast: S.V. Ranga Rao
  • Sakuni yunna cAlu Sani yEla ani gadA - verse
    Playback: C.S.R Anjaneyulu
    Cast C.S.R. Anjaneyulu

Comment:
Though the title is maayaa bazaar, never is the word bazaar used in the movie!! The whole film revolves around the paanDavaas but they are not shown anywhere in the film. The screenplay was so neatly written that this fact usually goes unobserved.

Actually two music directors worked for this film. Three songs ('laahiri laahiri', 'coopulu kalasina Subha vELaa', 'neevEnaa nanu pilacinadi') were composed by S.Rajeswara Rao, while the others were composed by Ghantasala. Ghantasala is said to have done the orchestrization and recording of these songs though Saaluri composed. That's why only Ghantasala's name appears in the credits.

There was a talk that Tapi Dharma Rao and Aarudra were the dialogue writers contrary to the popular belief about Pingali being the dialogue writer, though the truth remains unrevealed.

According to a survey conducted in 1996 by special edition of India Today mAyAbazAr is named as the most outstanding movie ever made in the history of Telugu Cinema industry. This became the baseline for all future movies in all fields. The Film mentions gOngoora pickle, a very favorite pickle to the Telugu people of all times. The dialogue writer Pingali hails from Bandar (Machilipatnam) and very convincingly was able to integrate gongura into Mahabharatham.

R.Nageswararao who played duSSAsanuDu has the recurring dialogue "adE mana takshaNa kartavyam". Only on a couple of occasions does he have a line that does not have that phrase in it. It became quite a catchy phrase among the youth of that era.

Balakrishna (anji) has dual role. One is 'saradhi' and the other one as dwarapalaka who will fall down seeing Ghatothkacha.

In one of the year book of 'Sitara' a special article about this film under the heading 'Vijaya Vaari Vennela' appeared, which details many interesting things about this film. Director KVReddy has a habbit of introducing a song, padyam or dialogue at the end of his films saying whoever watches/hears the film's story will prosper. A similar padyam in this film is the last one 'Jai Satya Sankalpa'.

Actor Gummadi recalls that K.V.Reddy tried to show the similarities of the noses of both NTR and Gummadi in one shot so that it establishes the resemblence of the relationship of brothers.

A few new words coined in this movie namely: 'alamalam', 'gilpam', 'tasmadeeyulu' etc. Also a few words ('paravesadawaram', 'asamadeeyulu') were modified to generate comedy.

The Song Lahiri lahiri lo is done in three different locations in three different timings. But we don't see the difference. Part of the song was shot in an indoor studio, at noon!!

The introduction of Savitri is done on a single shot - young SaSirEkha sitting near the water, camera pans on water and Savitri is shown. When ghatothkacha lands on the mountain (to fight with abhimanyu) a small piece of the mountain is shown to have fallen down. This is shown to establish the weight of the rakshasa, such minute details were aso taken care of! The trick shots of gimbaLi and gilpam are done so neatly they still discuss about it even now.

This film was made with 26-30 lakhs, that's almost double to what was a normal budget at that time!!

This film was made more than ten times in all languages. A list of all those movies follows:

  1. Mayabazar aka Sureka haran (1925) silent movie with Santaram as a hero under Baburao Painter's direction.
  2. With the same name released in 1932 under the direction of Nanubhai Patel.
  3. Tamil version under R. Padmanabhan direction by name mayabazar aka Vatsala Kalyan.
  4. Telugu version under P.V.Dass direction Mayabazar aka sashirekha parinayam 1935 where Shantakumari played the role of shasirekha.
  5. Marathi version G.P.Pawar's Mayabazar (1939)
  6. A bi-lingual in hindi and marathi under Dharmadattadhikari's direction mayabazar aka vatsala haran (1949).
  7. Nanabhai bhat's vira ghatogaza aka surekha haran (1949) where Meena kumari played the role of shasirekha.
  8. Telugu, Tamil bi-lingual Mayabazar (1957). This was dubbed to hindi in 1971.
  9. Bhabubhai mistri's mayabazar in 1958. heroine is anita ghua. This film was dubbed as veera ghatotkacha to Telugu, Tamil and Kannada languages.
  10. Hindi version titled veera ghatotkacha by shanty lal soni
  11. Babubhai mistri's mayabazar (1984) in hindi, gujarathi in color.
Finally Dasari Narayana Rao made this film with social characters with the name maya bazaar (which was a dud at Box Office), though he tried stunts like "clap by K.V. Reddy" for the shooting, to attract the industry and the viewers.

This film is based on a very popular dance drama known as "SasirEkhaa pariNayam" (aka maayaabazaar) performed by drama troupes from Dharwad. However, the popular song vivAh bhOjanambu was taken from 1939 version of the film. These songs were later used by the famous Surabhi group on several occasions.

The Telugu version is released on 27th march 1957 and the Tamil version released in 14th april 1957, and both of them were big hits.

Acknowledgements: Srinivas Parachuri, VAK Ranga Rao, Ravi Kondala Rao.

For the story of mayabazar by NaChaKi click here

-by Tippi

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