Gaali Medalu

Gaali Medalu (transl. Air Castles) is a 1962 Indian Telugu-language drama film, produced and directed by B. R. Panthulu. It stars N. T. Rama Rao and Devika, with music composed by T. G. Lingappa. The film was simultaneously made in Kannada as Gaali Gopura by the same banner and director. Both the versions were successful at the box-office.[1]

Gaali Medalu
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byB. R. Panthulu
Written byD. V. Narasa Raju (dialogues)
Screenplay byDadamiraasi
Story byM. S. Solamalai
Padmini Pictures Unit
Produced byB. R. Panthulu
StarringN. T. Rama Rao
CinematographyW. R. Subba Rao
Edited byR. Devarajan
Music byT. G. Lingappa
Padmini Pictures
Release date
  • 9 February 1962 (1962-02-09)
Running time
153 mins


A rich man Ranganatham (Chittor V. Nagaiah) suffers from T.B., before leaving for treatment, he entrusts his son Krishna and the property to his close friend Paanakaalu (S. V. Ranga Rao). But the greedy Paanakaalu escapes the village, purchases land in the town and informs everyone he is going to Rangoon. Meanwhile, Ranganatham recovers and knows that Paanakaalu is left to Rangoon, so, he too moves in search of his son. After that, Paanakaalu is blessed with a son Mohan, he engages Krishna in the fields and educates Mohan. Years roll by, Paanakaalu becomes rich, Krishna (N. T. Rama Rao) is good natured and loves Lakshmi (Devika), daughter of Paanakaalu's distant relative Naganna. Paanakaalu takes money as dowry in advance from Naganna by fixing Lakshmi's alliance with Mohan (Jaggayya). In the city, Mohan becomes a spoiled brat and also makes cheatings with the help of his friend Platform (Ramana Reddy). He traps a beautiful girl Nirmala (Jayanthi), daughter of a Zamindar (Rajanala) by focusing himself as a millionaire. Parallelly, Paanakaalu learns regarding the love affair of Krishna & Lakshmi, he accuses Krishna and throws him out by revealing his birth secret. At the same time, Paanakaalu knows Mohan loves the Zamindar's daughter of their own village, so, he makes a ploy, sends Lakshmi in search of Krishna, Naganna also follows her and they reach the city. A tea vendor Kanakam (Surabhi Balasaraswathi) gives shelter to Lakshmi. On the other side, Ranganatham returns from Rangoon as a millionaire and still in search of Paanakaalu. Fortunately, Krishna joins as a servant at him. Simultaneously, Mohan makes his marriage arrangements with Nirmala for which Paanakaalu sell his property. During the time of marriage, Nagamma visits and reveals the truth. The Zamindar becomes furious, but for his daughter's sack, he allows Mohan to stay with them and throws away Paanakaalu when he loses a limb and becomes a beggar. Eventually, Platform gets acquaintance with Kanakam and they fell in love. As a coincidence, Ranganatham & the Zamindar are familiar with each other, once he narrates his story, Mohan listens to it and makes a plan. Meantime, Krishna finds his mother, both of them goes for Paanakaalu, by the time, Mohan takes and leaves him far away from the city where Lakshmi & Platform protect him. Now Mohan showcases himself as Ranganathan's son. Overexcited, Ranganatham brings Mohan home where Krishna is shocked to see him and warns Mohan to leave the house until morning. But that night, crooked Mohan tries to kill Ranganatham, Krishna saves him. At last, Paanakaalu arrives, reveals Krishna as his real son, at that moment, Mohan also realizes his mistake. Finally, the movie ends on a happy note with the marriage of Krishna & Lakshmi.



Gaali Medalu
Film score by
ProducerT. G. Lingappa

Music composed by T. G. Lingappa.[2]

S. No Song Title Lyrics Singers length
1 "O Raayudo" Adisesha Reddy Madhavapeddi Satyam, S. Janaki 3:02
2 "Krishna Manchi" Ramchand Renuka 2:35
3 "Ee Mooga Choopaela" Samudrala Sr. Ghantasala, Renuka 3:21
4 "Navaraagalu" Ramchand P. B. Srinivas, P. Susheela 3:52
5 "Tea Shopuloni Pilla" Kosaraju Pithapuram, K. Rani 2:46
6 "Gaali Maeda Koolipoyera" Adisesha Reddy Raghavulu 3:52
7 "Mamathalu Leni" Samudrala Sr. Ghantasala 3:06


  1. ^ Sri (7 September 2005). "gAlimEDalu ( 1962 )". TeluguCinema.Com. Archived from the original on 23 December 2005. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Gali Medalu (1962)-Song_Booklet". Retrieved 23 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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