Chakradhari (1977 film)

Chakradhari (transl. A Person Holding a Wheel) is a 1977 Telugu-language biographical film, based on the life of the potter-turned-saint Gora Kumbhar.[2] produced by N. R. Anuradha Devi under the Lakshmi Films Combines banner[3] and directed by V. Madhusudhan Rao.[4] The film stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Vanisri and music composed by G. K. Venkatesh[5] The movie was a remake of the 1974 Kannada movie Bhakta Kumbara starring Rajkumar. G.K.Venkatesh who had composed music for the Kannada version was chosen as the music director of this movie. 4 songs were retained from the original version.[6][7]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byV. Madhusudhan Rao
Written byAcharya Aatreya (dialogues)
Screenplay byV. Madhusudhan Rao
Based onBhakta Kumbara
Produced byN. R. Anuradha Devi
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
CinematographyP. S. Selvaraj
Edited byKotagiri Gopalakrishna
Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Music byG. K. Venkatesh
Lakshmi Films Combines[1]
Release date
  • 1977 (1977)
Running time
142 mins


The film is based on the story of Gora Kumbhar an advent devotee of Lord Panduranga between 11th to 12th century belongs to Satyapuri village Maharashtra. The film begins, Namadeva a great disciple of Lord Panduranga (Ramakrishna) offering Prasāda to which he does not respond when saint Gynadev (Nagaraju) explains that the Lord may visit some other devotee. At that moment, self-centered Namadeva declares there is no other devotee superior to him. Now the story twists to Gora (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) a potter, leads a happy family life with his ideal wife Lakshmi (Vanisri) and a kid Vittu. Gora is very kindhearted who ameliorates everyone in the village. However, he is not interested in worldly matters and always immersed in the adoration of Lord Panduranga. Once, Namadeva & Gynadeva in their tour halts at Satyapuri where Gora provides hospitality. Here Gynadeva orders Gora to acknowledge the state of knowledge from the disciples when Gora affirms Namadeva as a half-knowledge fellow. Knowing it, Namadeva seeks the Lord to endorse his duty when the Lord states to search a mentor to amend his deficiency and he moves. Meanwhile, an awful incident, Gora while mixing clay get involved with a devotional ecstasy and plods the child under the mud. Due to which, furious Lakshmi takes a vow in the name of Lord that Gora should not touch her. There onwards, Gora works on his own which suffers Lakshmi. So, she performs remarriage to him with her sister Manju (Jayaprada) when Lakshmi's father (Gummadi) takes a promise from Gora to treat both of his wives similarly. Right now, Gora refuses to touch Manju also, but one night, unfortunately, he touches them when dies out to contrition as he committed a great sin. So, he amputates his hands when Panduranga appears in the form of a potter Ranganna and starts serving him. During that time, Namadeva realizes Gora as his mentor, bows his head down and also make known that Ranganna is none other than Panduranga. At last, the Lord completes his test of Gora, restores his hands and gives back his child alive. Finally, it is proclaimed that Gora's name will be immortal as one of the great devotees of Lord Panduranga.



Film score by
ProducerG. K. Venkatesh
G. K. Venkatesh chronology
America Ammayi
Ravanude Ramudayithe?

Music was composed by G. K. Venkatesh who was also the composer of the Kannada version. Four songs were retained from the original Kannada versions whereas another song was based on a Kannada song from Bangaarada Manushya movie composed by the same music director.

S. No. Song Title Lyrics Singers length Original
1 "Kanugontini Harini" Acharya Aatreya V. Ramakrishna 5:47 Kande Hariya Kande [8]
2 "Naalo Evevo Vinthalu" C. Narayana Reddy P. Susheela 4:19 Aaha Mysooru Mallige [9] from Bangaarada Manushya
3 "Mavava Amunnadi Deham" Acharya Aatreya V. Ramakrishna 3:58 Manava Dehavu Moole Mamsada Thadike [10]
4 "Harinamame Madhuram" Acharya Aatreya V. Ramakrishna 4:20 Hari Namave Chanda [11]
5 "Vitala Panduranga Vitala" Acharya Aatreya V. Ramakrishna 3:42 Vitala Vitala Panduranga Vitala [12]
6 "Ekkadunnavu" Acharya Aatreya V. Ramakrishna 5:01

Other versionsEdit

The story of Gora Kumbhar has been an inspiration for various movies and has had various versions in Indian film industry.

Year Title Language Director Cast
1944 Chakradhari Telugu Chittor V. Nagaiah, S. Varalakshmi
Chakradhari Tamil K. S. Gopalakrishnan Chittor V. Nagaiah, Pushpavalli
1960 Gora Kumbara Kannada
1967 Sant Gora Kumbhar Marathi Rajesh Limkar Mangesh Diwanji, Mansi Lonkar
1974 Bhakta Kumbara Kannada Hunsur Krishnamurthy Rajkumar, Leelavathi


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  2. ^ "Chakradhari (Shri Sant Gora Kumbhar)". Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Chakradhari (Banner)". Filmiclub.
  4. ^ "Chakradhari (Direction)". Know Your Films.
  5. ^ "Chakradhari (Cast & Crew)".
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