Vijaya Productions (P) Ltd.
Direction: K.V. Reddy
Story, Dialogues & Songs: Pingali Nagendra Rao
Producers: B.Nagireddy & Chakrapani
Music: Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao
Playback singers: Ghantasala, P.Leela, P.Suseela, Madhavapeddi, M.L.Vasantha Kumari, Jikki
Photography: Marcus Bartley
Actors & Actresses
Abhimanyu: A. Nageswara Rao
Krishna: N.T. Rama Rao
Ghatothkacha: S.V. Ranga Rao
Balarama: Gummadi Venkateswara Rao
Revathi (Balarama's wife): Chayadevi
Rukmini (Krishna's wife): Sandhya
Subhadra (Abhimanyu's mother): Rishyendramani
Hidimbi (Ghatothkacha's mother): Suryakaantham
Lakshmana Kumara: Relangi Venkatramayya
Duryodhana: Mukkamala Krishnamurthy
Sakuni: C.S.R. Anjaneyulu
Chinnamaya: Ramana Reddy
Other Characters (Actors/Actresses):
Lambu (Chadalavada) & Jambu, Daaruka (Madhavapeddi Satyam), Sarma & Sasthry (Vangara Venkatasubbayya & Allu
Ramalingayya), Saradhi (Balakrishna), Bhanumathi (Duryodhana's wife), Dusshaasana (Mikkilineni Radhakrishnamurthy), Saatyaki (Nagabhushanam), Karna (R. Nageswara Rao) etc.
The story is believed to be fictitious, made up based on the characters of Mahabharata. This story is mainly based on the stage drama played by the famous Surabhi theatrical troupe, and the earlier version of the same movie (1936). The film is all about the marriage of Abhimanyu, son of Arjuna, with Sasirekha, daughter of Balarama. The other lead roles in the story are that of Krishna & Ghatothkacha, and some other supporting characters are that of Lakshmana Kumara, Subhadra, Revathi, Sakuni and Duryodhana. Still other characters and comedians occassionally come into picture
The story starts with that Sasirekha and Abhimanyu are very close eversince their childhood, and that their parents too have consented to their marriage in future. As these playful days go on, Pandavas lose all their wealth and kingdom in a fradulent gambling with the Kauravas. This part is however not shown, but is told by Krishna to others. Subhadra, a sister of Balarama and Krishna, and the wife of Arjuna comes to her brothers' place Dwaraka after this, accompanied by her son Abhimanyu, an youngster by then. Hearing all this, Balarama goes to Kauravas to scold them for the fraud in the gambling, but is cooled off by Sakuni and others, and in that glad mood, he consents to his daughter Sasirekha's marriage with Duryodhana's son Lakshmana Kumara. Subhadra, being upset about this, wants to leave the place with Abhimanyu. Krishna then arranges for them to be led to Ghatothkacha's territory.
Ghatothkacha, the son of Bheema & Hidimbi, then enters the scene. After a fight betweeen Abhimanyu and Ghatothkacha, they realize that they are cousins, and the union is rejoiced by all. Learning about the insult they faced, Ghatothkacha and his mother Hidimbi decide to help them out and promise to get Abhimanyu married with Sasirekha. Ghatothkacha then goes to Dwaraka, gets Sasirekha to his territory with his magical powers, and stays in Dwaraka in Sasirekha's getup (Maya Sasirekha). He, with three of his aides, starts the fun as the arrangements for Lakshmana Kumara's marriage with Sasirekha (supposedly) are at pace. At the same time, arrangements for Sasirekha's marriage with Abhimanyu are made at his own place. Finally, on the day of the marriage, Ghatothkacha (now as Sasirekha) frightens the groom and punishes the Dusta Chathushtayam (The Evil Four - Duryodhana, Dusshaasana, Karna & Sakuni)
and exhibits his original getup (Ghatothkacha). Sakuni then has to confess his evil plan to Balarama. The film winds up as the intended marriage of Abhimanyu and Sasirekha takes place at Ghatothkacha's abode, under the supervision of Krishna
The main highlight of the movie is that the Pandavas are only mentioned in the dialogues but are never portrayed. Every actor performs at his/her best; NTR as Krishna, SVR as Ghatothkacha, and Savithri as Sasirekha (esp. in the scenes when she portrays the Maya Sasirekha) are really worth-mentioning. Relangi acts with ease as the comic-hero Lakshmana Kumara, and Balakrishna, Vangara & Allu Ramalingayya add to the comedy in most of the scenes. The trick photography rendered by Marcus Bartley astounds the spectators even now, in scenes like Ghatothkacha walking 'on' Dwaraka, he flying off with Sasirekha etc. The director's talent is well-known. He was already a trendsetter by then with movies like Pathala Bhairavi to his credit. And the banner Vijaya Productions is very well known to be the address of hit movies.
Other Technical Aspects
Music: The movie is a musical hit with songs like Vivaaha bhojanambu..., Aha! Naa pelli anta..., Neevenaa..., Laahiri laahiri..., Choopulu kalasina subhavela..., Nee kosame ne jeevinchunadhi..., Sundari nee vanti.... The movie introduced the singer Madhavapeddi Satyam in the song Bhali Bhali Bhali Bhali Deva..., also picturized on him. A few songs, like Laahiri laahiri... & Choopulu kalasina subhavela.... were first composed and recorded under the direction of Saluru Rajeswara Rao, but later Ghantasala replaced S. Rajeswara Rao, and the songs were however retained. Other songs in the movie are Lallilalaa..., Daya cheyandi..., and a few poems (Astadikkul.., Akhila raakshasa.., Durahankaara.., Sakuni unna chaalu.., Swathishayammuna.., Pandavule kaadhu.., Jai satya sankalpa..). The background music too is excellent, and a musical dance ballet, Mohini Bhasmaasura, proves this. The movie has another dance ballet too, Vinnaava Yasodamma..., which is specifcally fit into the story.
Dialogues & Songs: Pingali Nagendra Rao, regular writer of dialogues & songs for Vijaya Productions, excels in his usual way in this movie. The dialogues are easily conceivable to the common man, unlike other mythological movies. All the songs show the ease in his talent, esp. the most popular songs like Vivaaha Bhojanambu... & Laahiri laahiri.... The dialogues always go well with the scene, and perhaps this is one movie for which the audio cassettes with the film story are as popular as the songs. The dialogues in most scenes add to the comedy, especially those between Sarma & Sasthry, and in the session of instruction to the accomplices at Ghatothkacha's place. A dialogue as petty as that spoke by those accomplices, Hai Hai Nayaka!, is also quite popular.