Raju Peda (transl. The Prince and the Pauper) is a 1954 Indian Telugu-language film, produced and directed by B. A. Subba Rao. It stars N. T. Rama Rao, Lakshmirajyam, S. V. Ranga Rao and Master Sudhakar, with music composed by S. Rajeswara Rao. The film is based on Mark Twain’s 1881 novel, The Prince and the Pauper and was later remade into the Hindi film Raja Aur Runk (1968) and dubbed into Tamil as Aandi Petra Selvan (1957).
|Directed by||B. A. Subba Rao|
|Written by||Pinisetty Srirama Murty(dialogues)|
|Based on||The Prince and the Pauper|
by Mark Twain
|Produced by||B. A. Subba Rao|
|Starring||N. T. Rama Rao|
S. V. Ranga Rao
|Edited by||K. A. Marthand|
|Music by||S. Rajeswara Rao|
|25 June 1954|
Two identical boys are born on the same day to King Surendra Dev and to a thief Poligadu. Twelve years later, the sick King decides to crown the Prince Narendra Dev. His lookalike Narigadu tortured by his father for refusing to beg, leaves home without informing his mother Achi and sister Malli. He is caught by the palace guards, but is saved by the Prince. They exchange clothes and find that they look identical. Narigadu falls asleep on the Prince's bed. Mistaking him for Narigadu, the guards throw the prince out. Thus they accidentally exchange places.
Soon the prince leaves Poligadu's house. Sudhir, a valiant soldier who is in love with Malli, takes care of him. Meanwhile, the king dies. The army commander Vikram Dev plots to usurp the kingdom. He learns the truth about Narigadu and compels him to act as the prince. He also plots to kill the real prince, but Poligadu and Sudhir thwart his plan. In the fight that follows, Poligadu kills Vikram. Narendra Dev is crowned as the king. He orders Poligadu and his family to stay with him in the palace.
- N. T. Rama Rao as Poligadu
- Lakshmirajyam as Achamma
- S. V. Ranga Rao as Maharaju Surendra Dev
- Relangi as Sudhir
- R. Nageswara Rao as Vikram
- Dr. Sivaramakrishnaiah as Bhugolam Panthulu
- V. C. Kamaraju as Vijay
- Lakshmaiah Chowdary as Subedhar
- Chelamaiah Chowdary as Raja Guruvu
- Jaya Rami Reddy as Bhaskar
- Lakshman Rao as Prabhakar
- Ammaji as Malli
- T. D. Kusalakumari as dancer
- Master Sudhakar as Narendra Dev & Naarigadu (dual role)
The music of the film was composed by S. Rajeswara Rao. Lyrics were by Tapi Dharma Rao, Aatreya and Kosaraju. Playback singers are Ghantasala, Madhavapeddi Satyam, Jikki, K. Rani, P. Susheela and T. Sathyavathi.
|1||"Amma Amma Enta Haayiga Pilichade"||Jikki||Tapi Dharma Rao||02:38|
|2||"Yuvarajuvule... Chinni Nanna Challagundali"||Jikki & T. Sathyavathi||Aatreya||04:51|
|3||"Ghoramuraa Vidhi.... Veduka Kosam"||Ghantasala||Tapi Dharma Rao||03:11|
|4||"Jay Jay.... Jebulo Bomma"||Ghantasala||Kosaraju||02:55|
|5||"Kallu Terachi Kanara Satyam"||Jikki||Kosaraju||02:13|
|6||"Marindi Marindi Mana Rajakeeyame Marindi"||K. Rani||Kosaraju||02:04|
|7||"Nariga Nayana Enta Vedakina Kanaranida"||Jikki & P. Susheela||Kosaraju||02:37|
|8||"Srimantulu Dheemantulu Indarunnare"||Jikki||Tapi Dharma Rao||02:31|
|9||"Malli Pilli Banginapalli Malli Rave"||Tapi Dharma Rao|
|10||"Jambhaari Pratimaana Vaibhava (Padyam)"||Madhavapeddi Satyam||Tapi Dharma Rao|
Music for the Tamil version was composed by T. Chalapathi Rao and the lyrics were penned by Kuyilan and Puratchidasan. Playback singers are T. M. Soundararajan, S. C. Krishnan, Jikki, P. Leela, R. Balasaraswathi Devi, M. S. Rajeswari, T. Sathyavathi and Kamala.
|1||"Ammaa Ammaa"||R. Balasaraswathi Devi||Puratchidasan||02:42|
|2||"Jaya Veerarilum Miga Theerane"||Jikki & T. Sathyavathi||Puratchidasan||04:51|
|3||"Aandi Petra.... Vindhai Endre"||T. M. Soundararajan||Kuyilan||03:03|
|4||"Jay Jay.... Jeppilor Bommai"||S. C. Krishnan||Kuyilan||02:55|
|5||"Kannai Thirandhu Kaanadaa"||Jikki||Kuyilan||03:06|
|6||"Vaarungal Vaarungal"||P. Leela||Puratchidasan||02:04|
|7||"Kannanai Kaanane Kaanane"||Jikki & T. Sathyavathi||Puratchidasan||02:37|
- This film was one of N. T. Rama Rao's finest performances, for which he was presented the Rashtrapati Award.
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- srimantulu demantulu on YouTube - Song sung by Jikki in Telugu
- Seemankalum komankalum on YouTube - Same song in Tamil
- Raju Peda at IMDb