Bhale Kodallu

Bhale Kodallu (transl. Well done, daughter-in-law!)[2] is a 1968 Telugu-language comedy film written and directed by K. Balachander. It was simultaneously filmed in Tamil as Bama Vijayam, despite being released more than a year after that. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of S. V. Ranga Rao, Sowcar Janaki, Kanchana, Jayanthi, Nagabhushanam, Ramakrishna, Chalam, Rajasree and Saraswathi.

Bhale Kodallu
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Poster
Directed byK. Balachander
Written byK. Balachander
Produced byS. S. Vasan
StarringS. V. Ranga Rao
Sowcar Janaki
Kanchana
Jayanthi
Nagabhushanam
Ramakrishna
Chalam
Rajasree
Saraswathi
Music byM. S. Viswanathan
Production
company
Release date
  • 26 April 1968 (1968-04-26)
Running time
174 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu

PlotEdit

A movie star moves into the neighbourhood where a joint family of three husbands and their wives live. Her presence sends the wives into a spending spree as they buy radios and fancy goods to keep up with their glamorous neighbour, while accusing their husbands of being too close to the star.

CastEdit

Credits adapted from Chitra Seema:[3]

ProductionEdit

In 1965, when K. Balachander was "just getting his bearings in the film industry", his household was excited because Sowcar Janaki, a star, was due to visit their house. This incident laid the foundation for Bhale Kodallu,[4] which was written and directed by Balachander,[1] and produced by S. S. Vasan under Gemini Studios.[5] It was simultaneously filmed in Tamil as Bama Vijayam,[6] with a slightly different cast.[7] The final length of the film was 4,767 metres (15,640 ft).[1]

SoundtrackEdit

The soundtrack was composed by M. S. Viswanathan, while the lyrics were written by C. Narayana Reddy.[3]

Tracklist[8]
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Challini Illu"P. Susheela, S. Janaki, L. R. Eswari 
2."Nene Vachanu"Pithapuram Nageswara Rao, L. R. Eswari 
3."Aasthi Mooredu"Sathyam M, L. R. Eswari 
4."Vaade Vaadante"P. Susheela 
5."Akkada Choosina"Pithapuram Nageswara Rao, L R. Easwari 

ReleaseEdit

Bhale Kodallu was released on 26 April 1968,[5] over a year after Bama Vijayam (24 February 1967).[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Cowie, Peter (1977). World filmography, 1968. Tantivy Press. p. 266. ISBN 0-498-01569-6.
  2. ^ Narwekar, Sanjit (1994). Directory of Indian film-makers and films. Flicks Books. p. 24.
  3. ^ a b "Bhale Kodallu". Chitra Seema. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  4. ^ Balachander, Prasanna (21 December 2017). "K Balachander: the man, the movies". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Bhale Kodallu (1968)". Indiancine.ma. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  6. ^ Bali, Karan (9 July 2015). "K Balachander". Upperstall.com. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  7. ^ Rajadhyaksha & Willemen 1998, p. 391.
  8. ^ "Bhale Kodallu (1968)". Music India Online. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  9. ^ Film News Anandan (2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru [Tamil film history and its achievements] (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivagami Publishers. Archived from the original on 2018.

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