Bangaru Papa (English title: Golden Baby; Telugu: బంగారు పాప) is a 1955 Telugu film directed by B. N. Reddi. It is based on the 1861 English novel Silas Marner by George Eliot. B. N. Reddi personally considered it as his best cinematic work. It showcased the acting skills of S. V. Ranga Rao. This film introduced the famous writer Palagummi Padmaraju to the cine-world.
|Directed by||B. N. Reddi|
|Written by||B. N. Reddi|
|Starring||S. V. Ranga Rao|
|Music by||Addepalli Rama Rao|
|Cinematography||B. N. Konda Reddy|
|19 March 1955|
Kotayya (Ranga Rao) is a kind man. He marries Rami. She succumbs to pressure from Gopala Swamy and elopes with him, leaving her husband. Rami and Gopala successfully plan and send Kotayya to jail. After returning from jail, Kotayya becomes a rowdy drunkard. He plans to take revenge and kill Gopala Swamy.
During the fateful night when he prepares to implement his plan, he hears a little child's cries. His humanity overtakes his thirst for revenge. He takes the child, a girl named Papa, under his wings. Papa is the daughter of Manohar (Jaggaiah) and Santa (Jamuna). The child's mother has died after giving birth to her. Manohar, the father, remarries.
Kotayya begins a new life in taking care of the child. He leaves rowdyism and drinking. The grown-up Papa is loved by Sekhar, the nephew of Manohar. Learning this, the landlord (Zamindar) calls Kotayya and shows anger with him. Then Manohar announces that Papa is his daughter. The landlord agrees to Sekhar's marriage with Papa and makes Kotayya happy.
- Director: B. N. Reddi
- Story: Palagummi Padmaraju and B. N. Reddi
- Dialogues: Palagummi Padmaraju
- Original Music: Addepalli Rama Rao
- Cinematography: B. N. Konda Reddy
- Art Direction: A. K. Sekhar
- Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishnasastri and Balantrapu Rajanikanta Rao
- Playback Singers: A. M. Rajah, Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, P. Susheela, Madhavapeddi Satyam
Four of the songs including Harikatha were written by Devulapalli Krishnasastri.
- "Harikatha" of Seeta Apaharanam (Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishnasastri)
- "Kanna Devaki Vantu Kanneere Kaani" (Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishnasastri)
- "Kanulakokasaraina Kanapadani Naa Talli" (Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishnasastri; Singer: P. Susheela)
- "Tadhimi Takadhimi Tolubomma" (Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishnasastri; Singer: Madhavapeddi Satyam)
- "Vennela Pandirilona" (Singers: A. M. Rajah and P. Susheela)
- "Vennela Velalu" (Singer: P. Susheela)
- "Yavvana Madhuvanilo" (Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishnasastri; Singers: A. M. Rajah and P. Susheela)
- Bangaru Papa in Naati 101 Chitralu, S. V. Rama Rao, Kinnera Publications, Hyderabad, 2006, pp: 109-110
- Tale of a Celluloid Poet by Randor Guy in The Hindu.
- Krishna Sastry Sahityam, Venditera Patalu, Volume 3; Vishalandhra Publishing House, Hyderabad, 2008; pp: 28-31.
- "3rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2011.