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Draupadi Vastrapaharanam (1936 film)

Draupadi Vastrapaharanam (Telugu: ద్రౌపదీ వస్త్రాపహరణం) is a 1936 Telugu film.[1] It was made to compete with Draupadi Manasamrakshanam (1936). This film was a major boxoffice success, whereas the Manasamrakshanam failed. The film is remembered for the rendition of poems with acting performances by C. S. R. Anjaneyulu and Yadavalli Suryanarayana.The story is based on the Mahabharata episode of Draupadi Vastrapaharanam. It depicts the episode in which Draupadi is publicly humiliated by the Kauravas. It occurs after Yudhisthara and other Pandavas loses her in a game of dice to Duryodhana. As the Kauravas try to insult her by removing her clothes, she prays to Lord Krishna. He comes to her aid by making her Sari longer and longer.The production of this film has some historical importance in Telugu film industry, wherein two production houses competed for the same theme of Draupadi Vastrapaharanam in Mahabharata to produce films in 1936. Kurukuri Subbarao of Saraswati Publishing House and Parupalli Venkata Seshaiah launched Saraswati Talkies Ltd. with Gudavalli Ramabrahmam as the production controller. They have decided to produce the film version of Draupadi Vastrapaharanam, a popular stage play. Kavali Gupta of Sri Lakshmi Films already acquired the rights and signed Bellary Raghava to play the key role. Subbarao and Seshaiah has decided to go ahead with their project. They signed the famous stage actor of Vijayawada Yadavalli Suryanarayana for playing Duryodhana. When Kavali Gupta saw their announcement, he changed his film title as Draupadi Manasamrakshanam and hurried the production. However it was released three weeks after Saraswati Talkies venture and failed at the boxoffice. Subbarao and Seshaiah approached H. M. Reddy to direct their film. Since he was busy, Reddy agreed to be the supervisory director with his brother-in-law H. V. Babu as the director. Pasumarthi Yagna Narayana Sastry, editor and publisher of the famous Telugu film magazine Chitrakala was chosen to write the screenplay and additional lyrics and poems. Yadavalli Suryanarayana has clean diction, expressive rendition of poems and natural acting was his forte. He made his screen debut in 1932 with Paduka Pattabhishekam. They signed C.S.R. Anjaneyulu for Sri Krishna's role as he showed variance in each role he played. The other actors were chosen selectively for the film characters. The sequence Dussasana pulling Draupadi's Sari was shot by throwing a bundle of tied saris from a height by a man away from the camera sitting on a plank and were shot separately by Cinematographer S. C. Shinde. They were joined at the editing table by Baburao Bhadorkar

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