Rahasyam (1967 film)

Rahasyam (Telugu: రహస్యం; English: Secret) is a 1967 Telugu swashbuckling adventure fantasy film, produced by Allareddy Sankar Reddy under the Lalitha Siva Jyothi Films banner and directed by Vedantam Raghavaiah. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, B. Saroja Devi, Kanta Rao, Krishna Kumari, S. V. Ranga Rao in the lead roles and music composed by Ghantasala.[1]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byVedantam Raghavaiah
Produced byAllareddy Sankar Reddy
Written byVempati Sadasivabrahmam
(screenplay / dialogues)
Story byR. Subramanyam Pillai
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
B. Saroja Devi
Kanta Rao
Krishna Kumari
S. V. Ranga Rao
Music byGhantasala
CinematographyP. L. Roy
Edited byVenu
Lalitha Siva Jyothi Films
Distributed byVani Films
Release date
  • 10 December 1967 (1967-12-10)
Running time
174 mins


Saint Rakthabhisha (S. V. Ranga Rao) & Sriganda (Gummadi), king of Kanchipuram are disciples of Sage Narada (Haranath) both of them develop rivalry feeling that one is superior to other. Rakthabhisha is a great devotee of Goddess Lalitha (Anjali Devi), he contracts an underground temple and performs a huge penance. The goddess appears before him, he asks her for salvation and she replies that he can attain it only after enjoying the marital life and blessed with a son. Then he requests her to stay in that temple and see that except him no one could enter into it when Goddess presents him a powerful ring without it even he cannot enter into it. After that, Rakthabhisha reaches Chandrapuri kingdom along with his assistant Krishna (Ramana Reddy), who is a crack and relieves people from their pain. Mandaka (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) a young & energetic guy, son of Nityananda who is co-student Rakthabhisha visits for his blessings. At the same time, Karunakara (Chittor V. Nagaiah), king of Chandrapuri brings his blind daughter Rajyalakshmi (Krishna Kumari) & lame niece Kumari (B. Saroja Devi). Sriganda also reaches there, challenges Rakthabhisha to create the heaven and he does so by transforming Mandaka into Indra, Rajyalakshmi & Kumari into Apsara. Sriganda immediately makes it disappear but he could not remove the women's beauty. Here Sriganda is attracted to Rajyalakshmi, sends his men to kidnap her when a prince Ravi Chandra (Kanta Rao) comes to her protection, Mandaka also helps him in rescuing Rajyalakshmi. King Karunakara gives them hospitality when Karunakara adopts Mandaka and Ravi Chandra & Mandaka become good friends.

Meanwhile, Mandaka & Kumari, Ravi Chandra & Rajyalakshmi love each other. Eventually, Sriganda sends his marriage proposal with Rajyalakshmi to Karunakara when Mandaka uses his tactics and performs the marriage of Ravi Chandra & Rajyalakshmi. Chandramma (G. Varalakshmi), sister of Karunakara who is not acceptable with it leaves to Kanchipuram along with her daughter Kumari with an intention of making Kumari's marriage with Sriganda. Sriganda invites them, Mandaka also reaches there and joins in the court as a dance teacher to Kumari in disguise. After some time, Rajyalakshmi becomes pregnant and Ravi Chandra leaves to his hometown when Sriganda plans to conquer Chandrapuri. He lures Karunakara's army chief commander Durjaya, captures the kingdom and makes Karunakara arrested. But somehow Karunakara is able to make Rajyalakshmi escape. Knowing this, Mandaka tries to release Karunakara but he is chased by the soldiers. At that point in time, Rakthabhisha loses the divine ring which Mandaka obtains. To escape from the soldiers he enters the temple, brings Krishna too and makes him normal. Surprising, Mandaka learns the actual secret through Krishna that Rakthabhisha is transformed into Ravi Chandra attain his salvation when Mandaka becomes furious and decides not to allow this injustice. Parallelly, they find Rajyalakshmi, by the time, she gives birth to a baby boy and Mandaka sends her with Krishna. Simultaneously, Mandaka plots take Rakthabhisha to the temple where he keeps the ring at goddess feet and asks for a boon to transform Rakthabhisha into Ravi Chandra. The goddess appears, removes all supernatural powers of Rakthabhisha and permanently changes him into Ravi Chandra. Eventually, Sriganda plans to crown his leftenant Virupaksha (Rajanala) as king of Chandrapuri and perform his marriage with Kumari. On the way, they find Rajyalakshmi and forcibly takes her. Krishna reveals it to Mandaka & Ravi Chandra, both of them attack the fort where Sriganda is defeated and he too loses all his powers. At last, Karunakara is again crowned and Rajyalakshmi is united with Ravi Chandra. Finally, the movie ends on a happy note with the marriage of Mandaka & Kumari.



  • Art: T. V. S. Sharma
  • Choreography: Heeralal, Vempati Satyam
  • Screenplay - Dialogues: Vempati Sadasivabrahmam
  • Lyrics: Malladi Ramakrishna Sastry, Samudrala, C. Narayana Reddy, Arudra, Vempati Sadasivabrahmam
  • Playback: Ghantasala, P. Susheela, Madhavapeddi Satyam, Raghavulu, P. Leela, Vaidehi, Sarojini, Komala, Padma
  • Music: Ghantasala
  • Story: R. Subramanyam Pillai
  • Editing: Venu
  • Cinematography: P. L. Roy
  • Producer: Allareddy Sankar Reddy
  • Director: Vedantam Raghavaiah
  • Banner: Lalitha Siva Jyothi Pictures
  • Release Date: 10 December 1967


Film score by

Music composed by Ghantasala. Music released on Audio Company. It was a musical hit with many songs are remembered by Telugu people even today. The movie songs were all-time favorite of Ghantasala.

S. No. Song Title lyrics Singers length
1 "Chaaradesi Kanulato" C. Narayana Reddy Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:06
2 "Magaraya Valaraya" Malladi Ramakrishna Sastry Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:20
3 "Idiye Deva Rahasyam" Arudra P. Susheela, P. Leela 3:06
4 "Srilalitha Shivajyothi Sarvakaamadaa" Malladi Ramakrishna Sastry Ghantasala, P. Leela, Vaidehi, Sarojini, Komala, Padma 5:53
5 "Unnadile Dagunnadile" C. Narayana Reddy Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:50
7 "Sadhinchanouna" Samudrala Ghantasala, P Susheela 4:51
8 "Tirumala Girivasa" Malladi Ramakrishna Sastry Ghantasala 3:17
9 "Girija Kalyanam" Malladi Ramakrishna Sastry Ghantasala, Chorus 13:50


  1. ^ Peter Cowie (1977). World Filmography: 1967. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. pp. 277–. ISBN 978-0-498-01565-6. Retrieved 23 February 2015.

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