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Pedda Manushulu

1954 191’ b&w Telugu d K.V. Reddy pc Vauhini st Ibsen’s Pillars of Society sc D.V. Narasaraju lyr Kosaraju, Veetukari, N. Raghavaiah c B.N. Konda Reddy m Ogirala Ramchandra Rao, Addepalli Rama Rao lp Gaurinatha Sastry, Lingamurthy, Relangi Venkatramaiah, Sriranjani Jr., Vangara, Sheshamamba, Swarajyalakshmi, Ramchandra Kashyap, A.V.Subba Rao, Chadalavada

With this Ibsen adaptation by the Telugu playwright Narasaraju in his screen debut, the fantasist K.V. Reddy (Patala Bhairavi, 1951; Maya Bazaar, 1957) shifted to the realist melodrama which dominated Telugu cinema in the 50s. The central characters are chairman Dharma Rao (Sastry) and a widow who has an affair with a chauffeur (the film’s most popular scenes). Other characters include Tikka Shankaraiah (Venkatramaiah) and a newspaper editor (Lingamurthy). The film reintroduced some popular Telugu folk songs, e.g. Nandamaya guruda nandamaya.

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