Babai Abbai is a 1985 Indian Telugu-language comedy film written and directed by Jandhyala. It stars Nandamuri Balakrishna and Anitha Reddy, with music composed by Chakravarthy. The film is inspired by the Telugu film Vaddante Dabbu (1954), which itself was based on the English novel Brewster's Millions (1902) by George Barr McCutcheon.[1][2]

Babai Abbai
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJandhyala
Written byJandhyala
Based onBrewster's Millions
by George Barr McCutcheon
Produced byM. Sudhakar Reddy
StarringNandamuri Balakrishna
Anitha Reddy
CinematographyS. Gopal Reddy
Edited byGautham Raju
Music byChakravarthy
Ushodhaya Movies
Release date
  • 5 February 1985 (1985-02-05)
Running time
122 minutes


The film begins with two con artists Bala & Veera who are acquainted with a crazy situation and move in together. Out of goodwill, they call each other as Babayi-Abbayi, and their livelihood is making debts and absconding from lenders. Once Bala fuses with a beautiful girl Krishnaveni / Krishna, daughter of a multi-millionaire Vara Prasada Rao and they fall in love. Being cognizant of it, Vara Prasada Rao assigns a task for Bala by allocating a huge amount of Rs.25 lakhs and asks him to spend it within 30 days. Eventually, warns him not to donate or destroy the money. At present, Bala starts the operation under the guidance of Babai in various methods such as racing, gambling, making a movie, constructing the house, etc. But their income grows day by day when Bala feds up with it. Ultimately, he throws the money into the sea when Vara Prasada Rao arrives. At last, he affirms, the task is to study the character of Bala and he should also perceive the fruitlessness of treacherous money. Finally, the movie ends on a happy note with the marriage of Bala & Krishna.



The music was composed by Chakravarthy. Lyrics were written by Veturi.[citation needed]

Song Title Singers length
"Telusa Neeku Telusa" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 3:20
"Nee Choopu" Srinivasamurthy, S. Janaki 3:59
"O Priyaa" Anita Reddy 3:50
"Sommu Penchaku" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Madhavapeddi Ramesh 3:27
"Lady Lady" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 4:05


  1. ^ Parankusam, Aditya (11 June 2017). "Chronicles of screwball comedy". The Hans India. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Narthanasala to Akbar Salim Anarkali, List of Remakes Starring Nandamuri Balakrishna". News18. 8 June 2022. Retrieved 9 September 2022.

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