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Chenchu Lakshmi is a 1958 bilingual Telugu and Tamil Hindu mythological film, produced and directed by B. A. Subba Rao under the B.A.S. Productions banner. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Anjali Devi in the lead roles and music composed by S. Rajeswara Rao; both of the movies simultaneously shot in Telugu and Tamil, most of the scenes and artists are same in both the versions, it was also made earlier in 1943 with different cast and crew.[1]

Chenchu Lakshmi
Chenchu Lakshmi film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byB. A. Subba Rao
Produced byB. A. Subba Rao
Written byVempati Sadasivabrahmam
(Telugu dialogues)
Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass
M. S. Subramaniam
(Tamil dialogues)
Screenplay byB. A. Subba Rao
Story byVempati Sadasivabrahmam
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
Anjali Devi
Music byS. Rajeswara Rao
CinematographyC. Nageshwara Rao
Edited byK. Marthandam
Production
company
B.A.S. Productions
Distributed byNavayuga Films
Release date
  • 9 April 1958 (1958-04-09)
Running time
145 mins
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu & Tamil

Contents

PlotEdit

The film is based on the Hindu mythological story which begins with the marriage ceremony of Lord Vishnu (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) & Goddess Lakshmi (Anjali Devi). On that occasion, Sage Durvasa (Gummadi) gets anger as he is uninvited guest and curses Mahalakshmi's parents, Samudra (E. R. Sahadevan), King of the ocean & his wife (Sandhya) to born as tribals. After some time, Vishnu kills Hiranyaksha, donning Varaha avatar, learning it, his brother Hiranyakasipa (S. V. Ranga Rao) ferocious and performs huge penance when Indra kidnaps his pregnant wife Leelavathi (Pushpavalli) to destroy his heir. Sage Narada (Relangi) safeguards her, takes to his Ashram where he preaches ethical & moral values to Prahlada (Master Babji) on her womb and makes him as an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. Meanwhile, Hiranyakasipa succeeds in his penance and gets a boon from Lord Brahma that he will not die by any weapon, human, animal, demon or divinity. After that, Hiranyakasipa defeats Indra and occupies the entire universe. Now he moves in search of Vishnu when he leaves his abode Vaikuntha along with Lakshmi, transforms her glow into a fruit and plants it on a tree. Parallelly, Samudra & his wife takes birth as Chenchu's the tribals but they suffer without children when Sage Narada plays a drama by showing them the fruit form of Lakshmi's glow and the couple are blessed with a child called Chenchita (again Anjali Devi) after eating that fruit. On the other side, Prahlada is worshipping Vishnu in an esteem, Hiranyakasipa attempts in many ways to divert him but fails. At last, he challenges his son to show his God and Vishnu appears from the pillar for Prahalada's prayers as Lord Narasimha (half man & half lion) and slays Hiranyakasipa. After that, still raging with fury, Narasimha, no one makes him calm including Lakshmi because she does not contain his favorite glow. In the forest, the little girl Chenchita grows up as the fearless woman wandering Narasimha subsides his anger after looking at her. He sheds and turns into the handsome Narahari who falls in love with her and marries. Lakshmi finds out regarding it when both the wives squabble. Here Narada reveals, Chenchita is none other than her glow when both of them conjoins and Samudra & his wife are also relieved from the curse. Finally, the movie ends on a happy note with the reunion of Lord Vishnu & Goddess Lakshmi.

CastEdit

Telugu CastEdit

Tamil CastEdit

CrewEdit

SoundtrackEdit

Chenchu Lakshmi
Soundtrack album by
Released1958
Length59:18
LanguageTelugu & Tamil
ProducerSaluri Rajeswara Rao
S. Rajeswara Rao chronology
Sati Savitri
(1958)
Chenchu Lakshmi
(1958)
Aada Pettanam
(1958)

Music composed by Saluri Rajeswara Rao. All the tunes for all the songs for both languages are the same. Music released on Audio Company.

S. No. Song Title Lyrics Singers length
1 Aanandamaye Ali Neelaveni Arudra Ghantasala, Jikki 4:18
2 Chettulekkagalava O Narahari Arudra Ghantasala, Jikki 3:07
3 Chilaka Gorinka Vempati Sadasivabrahmam Ghantasala, Jikki 2:54
4 Paala Kadalipai Arudra P. Susheela 3:23
5 Adhigo Kanalera Kamala Samudrala Sr P. Susheela 3:10
5 Neelagagana Ghana Shyama Arudra Ghantasala 4:32
5 Kaanaga Raavaa Vempati Sadasivabrahmam Ghantasala, Jikki 3:26
6 Cheyi Cheyi Kosaraju P. Susheela, Satyavathi, Vaidehi 3:15
7 Kaallaku Gajjelu Vempati Sadasivabrahmam P. B. Sreenivas, Jikki 2:43
8 Ma Chinni Papayi Samudrala Sr P. Susheela 2:04
9 Marapurani Manchi Vempati Sadasivabrahmam Ghantasala, Jikki 5:33
10 Karunaala Vaalaa Kosaraju Ghantasala 7:14
11 Sri Nadhuni Samudrala Sr P. Susheela 2:36
12 Chenchu Lakshmi Slokam Vempati Sadasivabrahmam P. Susheela 10:03

Tamil SongsEdit

Lyrics by Papanasam Sivan, Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass & M. S. Subramaniam.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Aanandham Eedhe Alidula Veni Ghantasala & Jikki 04:13
2 Naaraayanan Thiru Adi Malar Panindhu P. Suseela 02:47
3 Maratthil Eruvaayaa Ye Singga Manadhil Ghantasala & Jikki 02:17
4 Mangai Endhan Manadhil Inbam Ghantasala & Jikki 05:01
5 Anbe En Raaja Assai Kannaalane Ghantasala & Jikki 02:38
6 Vidhiyai Vellum Valimai Amma Unakku Illaiye Ghantasala 01:00
7 Sri Hariye Sagala Soothradhaari Ghantasala 00:40
8 Paal Kadal Thanile Sesha Sayanatthil P. Suseela 02:54
9 Oyilu Kummi Podalaam Ullaasamaai Jikki, P. S. Vaidehi & Sathyavathi 03:22
10 Andha Naal Arakkan Iraniyan Arundhava Palanil Ghantasala 00:26
11 Alitthidum Avamadhippaiyai Naan Nasukkuven V. N. Sundharam 02:32
12 Agila Jegamadhil Aadhi Naadhan Ghantasala 01:26
13 Bramma Sittha Niyaayatthilum Unnmai Purivadhedhu Ghantasala 01:01
14 Undhanai Pol Dheivam Undo Dhevaa P. Suseela 01:54
15 Paarkadal Thanile Palli Konde Endrum Seerkazhi Govindarajan 00:51
16 Sri Hari Dheva Jegame Pugazh Jeeva Ghantasala & Jikki 03:09
17 Naaraayanaa Hari Naaraayanaa Sriman P. Suseela Papanasam Sivan 03:23
18 Vidha Vidhamaagave Vedanggal Aniyum Seerkazhi Govindarajan 00:45
19 Eerezhu Loganggal Koorume Un Perai Ghantasala 01:13
20 Chandhrodhayam Pole Indha Jegam Meedhile Jikki 01:59
21 Gaandha Sakthi Enavo Kai Padave Ghantasala 00:44
22 Dhargamudan Viyaagaranam Sangeetham P. Suseela 04:00
23 Lambaadi Lambaadi Hoi Lambaadi M. Sathyam & Jikki 02:58
24 Uyar Karunaamoorthi Perumai Avar Kanndaar Ghantasala 02:44
25 Inngiruppaano Anggiruppaano Endra Iyame V. N. Sundharam & P. Suseela 02:58

The 1943 filmEdit

Chenchu Lakshmi was made in 1943 directed by S. Soundararajan and starring C. H. Narayana Rao and Kamala Kotnis in the lead roles.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Narasimhan, M. L. (28 May 2015). "Chenchulakshmi (1958)". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  2. ^ Chenchu Lakshmi 1943 film at IMDb.

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