Bhishma (1962 film)

Bhishma is a 1962 Indian Telugu-language Hindu mythological film, based on the life of Bhishma from the epic Mahabharata,[1] produced and directed by B. A. Subba Rao. It stars N. T. Rama Rao and Anjali Devi, with music composed by Saluri Rajeswara Rao.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byB. A. Subba Rao
Produced byB. A. Subba Rao
Based onLife of Bhishma
StarringN. T. Rama Rao
Anjali Devi
Music bySaluri Rajeswara Rao
CinematographyM. A. Rehman
Edited byK. A. Marthand
B. A. S. Productions
Release date
  • 19 April 1962 (1962-04-19)
Running time
165 mins


The film begins in the court of Brahma where Mahabhisha (Prabhakar Reddy) and Ganga (Anuradha) are attracted to each other and Brahma curses them to be born as mortals. After that, Mahabhisha takes rebirth as Shantanu in the Kuru dynasty and he meets Ganga on banks of the river, requests her to marry him, she accepts on condition that he will not ask any questions about her actions. They married and she later gave birth to 7 children and drowns them in the river, when Ganga was about to drown the eighth son, Shantanu, devastated, could not restrain himself and confronted her. Finally, Ganga disappears along with the child. The child grows up as Devavratha (N. T. Rama Rao) a great warrior trained by Parasurama (Nagabhushanam). Once he meets his father Shantanu while hunting, without knowing his identity, Ganga appears and reunites father and son and goes away. A few years later, Shantanu comes across Satyavati (Sujatha), daughter of Dasaraju (A. V. Subba Rao), king of the fishermen and falls in love with her. Upon asking for his consent, her father agreed to the marriage on the condition that Satyavati's son would inherit the throne of Hastinapura. For his father's happiness, Devavratha a powerful vow that lifelong celibacy and of service to whoever sat on the throne of their dynasty, from that day he is named as Bhishma and his father gives him a boon to him that death will not come near to him until he calls.

After some time, Shantanu passes away and Satyavathi son Vichitravirya (Peketi Sivaram) becomes the king, in the process of finding a bride for him, Bhishma abducted princesses Amba, Ambika, & Ambalika of Kashi by defeating all the princes. After reaching Hastinapura, Amba (Anjali Devi) reveals that she is already in love with King Salwa (Kanta Rao), So Bhishma sends her back, but Salwa refuses to marry her because now she is owned by Bhishma. Amba approaches Bhishma and asks him to marry her, but he also refuses because of his oath. Then Amba reaches Parasurama and he orders Bhishma to marry her, Bhishma disagrees, the war begins between them and Parasuram is defeated. There, Amba takes an oath that she will take revenge against Bhishma, so, she performs severe penance to please Lord Shiva (Satyanarayana) and takes a boon that she will be the reason for Bhishma's death. As a result, Amba was reborn as Sikhandi, the beautiful woman later transformed into a man.

The Kurukshetra war begins, Bhishma was supreme commander of the Kauravas. The Pandavas are not able to defeat him for 10 days. Therefore, on the ploy of Lord Krishna, (Haranath) Arjuna (Shobhan Babu) shoots arrows at Bhishma, keeping Sikhandi in front and he is collapsed on Ampashayya (bed of arrows). After completion of the war, Bhishma gives up his body on Uttarayana Punyakalam. Lord Krishna gives him a boon that the day shall be celebrated as Bhishma Ekadashi.



Film score by
ProducerSaluri Rajeswara Rao

Music composed by Saluri Rajeswara Rao. Lyrics were written by Aarudhra.[2]

S. No Song Title Singers length
1 Brahmadevasutha Bhagyavidhaata Ghantasala, P. Susheela
2 Teliyagalere Nee Leelalu Ghantasala
3 Jo Jo Jola Garala Bala P. Susheela
4 Hailo Hailessa Jamuna Rani
5 Naa Janmambu Ghantasala
6 Manasuloni Korika P. B. Srinivas, P. Susheela
7 Mahadeva Sambho P. Susheela
8 Bhavi Bharatha Katha Aakula
9 Durasache Duryodhanadulu Ghantasala
10 Madhava Madhava P. Susheela, S. Janaki
11 Bava Karunude P. B. Srinivas
12 Samaramatanchu P. B. Srinivas
13 Emanuvaru Madhavapeddi Satyam
14 Poru Nashtambu P. B. Srinivas
15 Nannu Nevvaniga P. B. Srinivas
16 Chesina Karmaye P. B. Srinivas
17 Kuppinchi Yegasina Ghantasala
18 Pandavulunu Kunthi P. B. Srinivas
19 Deva Deva Ghantasala
20 Namo Tyaga Charitha Pithapuram


  1. ^ Mondal, Manisha (18 January 2019). "N.T. Rama Rao, the three-time CM of Andhra Pradesh who could serve one full term". ThePrint. Archived from the original on 22 February 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Bheeshma (1962)-Song_Booklet". Retrieved 23 January 2021.

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