Bala Nagamma (1942 film)

Bala Nagamma is a 1942 Telugu-language film directed by C. Pullayya and produced by S. S. Vasan. The story Bala Nagamma was one of the most popular Burrakathas. It was one of the successful early films made by Gemini Studios in Telugu which was not remade in Tamil. Gemini Studios remade the film in Hindi starring Madhubala titled Bahut Din Huwe (1954).[1] The film was later remade in 1959 with same name under the direction of Vedantam Raghavayya.

Bala Nagamma
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Directed byC. Pullayya
Written byBalijepalli Lakshmikanta Kavi
Produced byS. S. Vasan
Govindarajula Subba Rao
CinematographySailen Bose
B. S. Ranga
Edited byChandru
N. K. Gopal
Music byM. D. Parthasarathy
S. Rajeswara Rao
Distributed byGemini Studios
Release date
  • 17 December 1942 (1942-12-17) (India)
Running time
220 minutes


The story is about Bala Nagamma, a young princess. The queen Bhulakshmi of King Navabhojaraju prays Jatangi Muni for progeny and is blessed with seven children; the youngest of them is named Bala Nagamma (Kanchanamala). She is married off to Karyavardi Raju (Banda). She is kidnapped by Mayala Marathi (Govindarajula Subbarao), who turns her into a dog and takes her to his cave at Nagullapudi Gattu. Once there, he tries to take advantage of her. She keeps him away by quoting some Vratam (Holy Rites) and Pujas that she is involved in. She is a prisoner in the cave for fourteen years, during which time the Fakir's mistress, Sangu (Pushpavalli), becomes jealous. In the meantime, her son Balavardi Raju grows up and discovers the truth about his mother that she is at Nagallapudi gattu under captive of Mayala Fakir. He seeks the Fakir out through flower-seller woman Tambali peddi by posing as her grandson. Then, he defeats the Fakir.



There are three songs in the film.[3]

  1. "Naa Sogase Kani Marude Dasudu Kada" – Pushpavalli
  2. "Nanna Memu Delhi Potham"
  3. "Sri Jaya Jaya Gowri Ramana" – Bellary Lalitha


According to film historian Randor Guy, Bala Nagamma netted a profit of 40 lakh (equivalent to 50 crore or US$6.3 million in 2020).[4]


  1. ^ Guy, Randor (23 May 2003). "With a finger on people's pulse". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 29 June 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b Pullayya, C. (1942). Balanagamma (motion picture) (in Telugu). Gemini Studios. Opening credits, from 0:57 to 1:41.
  3. ^ "Lyrical details of Bala Nagamma at Ghantasala Galamrutamu". 18 April 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  4. ^ Randor Guy (December 2008). "... And thus he made Chandralekha sixty years ago". Madras Musings. XVIII. Archived from the original on 24 May 2013.

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