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).[1][2]

Raju Peda
Raju Peda poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byB. A. Subba Rao
Written byPinisetty Srirama Murty(dialogues)
Based onThe Prince and the Pauper
by Mark Twain
Produced byB. A. Subba Rao
StarringN. T. Rama Rao
S. V. Ranga Rao
Master Sudhakar
Edited byK. A. Marthand
Music byS. Rajeswara Rao
B.A.S. Productions
Release date
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.[3] Lyrics were by Tapi Dharma Rao, Aatreya and Kosaraju. Playback singers are Ghantasala, Madhavapeddi Satyam, Jikki, K. Rani, P. Susheela and T. Sathyavathi.

No. Song Singer(s) Lyricist Duration (mm:ss)
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"[4] 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.

No. Song Singer/s Lyricist Duration (m:ss)
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
8 "Seemaangalum Komaangalum" Jikki Kuyilan 02:53



  1. ^ "RAJU-PEDA (1954)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 30 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Telugu Cinema – Research – "Telugu Cinema – past and the present" by Gudipoodi Srihari".
  3. ^ "RAJU PEDA - Film / Movie". citwf. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Raju-Peda (1954)". IMDb. 25 June 1954.
  5. ^ The Times of India directory and year book including who's who. Times of India Press. 1984.
  6. ^ Ramachandran, T.M. (1973). Film world. Vol. 9.

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