Balaramaiah's way of directing film is totally different. If you
forget the 'Pratibha' part in his direction, the Pratibha Banner's
'Swapna Sundari' is a magical tour into the unexplored vintage world.
We get a feeling that directors of the new millennium are following
the trend of Balaramaiah.
most fascinating part of Swapna Sundari is the sensuality of G Vara
Laxmi that challenged the feminine beauty of Anjali Devi. When Siva
Rao and Akkineni were taking rest, Anjali Devi appears in the dreams
of Akkineni by signing 'Misamisalade O Yavvanam .. O Paradesi'.
Then Akkineni decides to search for Anjali. When Sivaram brush the
whole affair as trash, Akkineni decides not to stop his search for
Anjali. In that process he happened to get seduced by the heavenly
beauty of G Vara Laxmi who bumps into him while hunting a deer.
At the end the director makes sure that he do not fall in love with
Vara Laxmi and married Anjali Devi. (Did we not observe this story
line in 'Pelli Sandadi'?)
Anjali is having a nice time singing and dancing to the songs like
'Nee Sari Neevele' and 'Choodachakkani Vaada ...' in Bhoolokam,
she was forced to abandon her passport as a resident of 'Devalokam'
and was forced to live as apsara in 'Manava Lokam. (Remember Jagadeka
Veerudu Atiloka Sundari?)
Raghavaiah is the dance director for this film. Later on he produced
an epic called 'Suvarna Sundari'. This 'Swapna Sundari' must have
inspired him in choosing the story line and treatment. In Suvarna
Sundari Akkineni was forced to become a women(played by Raja Sulochana).
Sundari falls in the prey of a 'Mantrikudu'. Incidentally
in the same year(1950) another film with 'Mantrikudu', Pathala Bhairavi
was released. And 'Bala Nagamma' is the mother of all 'Mantrukudu'
films. Mukkamala who donned the role of 'Mantrikudu' in swapnasundari
is the devotee of 'Kama Vardini' goddess. When Mukkamala traps Anjali
in this den, Akkineni managed to get rid of the spelling cast of
G Vara Laxmi. He reaches the house of 'Pedarasi Peddamma'. After
seeking information from her, he manages to go through three story
versions of 'Vikramarkuni Katha', 'Kambhoju Raju Katha' and 'Arabian
Knights'. And at the end Akkineni manages to reach the den of Mukkamala.
The movie ends with Akkineni killing Mukkamala and saving Anjali
Devi. G Varalaxmi gets killed by Mukkamala in this process.
film sports memorable songs like 'Rangaa Bangaaru Prema .. Ee swapna
Seema', Nijamaaye Kalaa .. Nijamaye Kalaaa', EE Seema Velasina Haayi',
'O Swapna Sundari .. Ninu Kaanaga Naitinigaa', 'Aaagani Vegame Jeevitam'
than the direction of Ghantasal Bala Ramaiah, histrionics by ANR,
Anjali, G Vara Laxmi, Siva Ram, its the music of Subbarayan and
the voice of Ghantasala and R Bala Saraswati that lingers in the
hearts of the viewers for ever.
(PS: Check out the sequence of cast in the poster image above. Can
you read in between lines?)