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Akbar Saleem Anarkali

1978 139’ col Telugu d/s N.T. Rama Rao pc Tarakarama Films dial/lyr C. Narayana Reddy m C. Ramchandra lp N.T. Rama Rao, Gummadi Venkateshwara Rao, Jamuna, Deepa, Madhavi, Sridhar, Chalapathi Rao

In a rare departure from the mythologicals he directed at Tarakarama, NTR’s big-budget Mughal historical retells the often-filmed love story between Prince Salim and the slave girl Anarkali. This version ends with both Salim and Anarkali being saved when the court singer Tansen persuades Akbar (NTR) to forgive the lovers. The film marks the belated entry into Telugu by the Hindi/Marathi? composer C. Ramchandra with hit songs like Reyi agiponi and Vela eringa doravunte, echoes his own memorable score for Filmistan’s Anarkali (1953) over two decades previously. The film recalls Muddu Krishna’s stage version of the story which was also NTR’s first theatrical success in the early 40s.