Suvarna Sundari

Suvarna Sundari (transl. Golden Beauty) is a 1957 Indian Telugu-language swashbuckler film, produced by P. Adinarayana Rao under the Anjali Pictures banner and directed by Vedantam Raghavaiah.[1] It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Anjali Devi and music also composed by Adinarayana Rao.

Suvarna Sundari
Suvarna Sundari.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVedantam Raghavaiah
Written byMalladi Ramakrishna Sastry (dialogues)
Screenplay byVedantam Raghavaiah
Story byVempati Sadasivabrahmam
Adinarayana Rao
Produced byP. Adinarayana Rao
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
Anjali Devi
CinematographyM. A. Rahman
Edited byN. S. Prakash
Music byP. Adinarayana Rao
Distributed byChamria Talkie
Release date
  • 10 May 1957 (1957-05-10)
Running time
208 mins

The film was simultaneously shot in Tamil as Manaalane Mangaiyin Baakkiyam. Lata Mangeshkar suggested that 'Suvarna Sundari' be remade in Hindi instead of dubbing the film. It was then made in Hindi with the title same as the Telugu version. Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Anjali Devi did their roles in the Hindi version as well; it was the only Hindi movie in ANR's film career, while Gemini Ganesan played the male lead role in the Tamil version.

The shooting of the film was held at Venus Studios, Madras and the outdoor shooting was held at Shimsha falls, Mysore. The film was released through Chamria Talkie Distributors, headed by Sundar Lal Nahata, and it set a record at the box office by celebrating 50 days in 48 centers and completed 100 days in 18 centers.[2][3][4][5][6]


Once upon a time, there was a kingdom Malwa, it's prince Jayanth is ready to leave, after accomplishing his education. Just before, Rajaguru's daughter Sarala denounces him for the refusal of her love and claims that he molested her. So, King Chandra Bhanu penalizes him with the death penalty but Jayanth absconds somehow. On the way, he is acquainted with 3 sly thieves Kailasam, Ullasam, and Chadastam who confront Jayanth to resolve the mystery behind a Lord Siva’s temple. Therein, Jayanth relieves the curse of a Gandharva who bestows him with 3 marvel gifts. A Jug which supplies any amount of food, a Mat which travels anywhere, and a Wand which punishes a person irrespective of his strength. Meanwhile, the 3 crafty thieves backstab Jayanth and, steals the objects. They share the 3 objects among themselves and split.

Before long, fortuitously, a glorious angel Surana Sundari lands from heaven and comes across Jayanth. The two fall in love. They marry and Sundari conceives. When Lord Indra knows about Sundari's affair with a mortal man, he curses Sundari to take a permanent human form and casts her to Earth. He also curses that Jayanth will lose all her memory and will turn into stone if she touches him. Jayanth wanders, and Sundari becomes a mortal on earth and gives birth to a baby boy. But the wheel of fortune makes them separate. Years roll by, and Jayanth as a wanderer regains 3 objects from the thieves who cheated him earlier. In between, he contracts a curse that he will turn into a female in the day and a male in the night. The curse will be lifted only if one gets Amrit the nectar from heaven. Thereafter, he goes into a kingdom and lands a job at the palace in the female form of Jayanthi, getting close to the princess Parthima Devi.

In the meantime, Sundari uses a man's guide to search for his son and Jayanth. Sundari gets appointed as Chief Minister by the King. Simultaneously, their son Siva Kumara is raised by a cowherd, after his death, he sets foot in Siva temple where Lord Siva & Goddess Parvathi rears him with her breast milk. By fate, one-night Parthima encounters Jayanth and falls for him. Sundari sees that and renounces Jayanth and feels it's better for him as there is also Indra's curse. Later, Jayanth comes across a demon, and through it, he gets relieved from his curse. When touches Sundari he starts to become a statue due to Indra's curse and remembers his past with Sundari. At that moment, their son Siva Kumara checks them to the Shiva's temple. Thereupon, Lord Siva reveals to them that the boy is their son and for lifting Jayanth's curse the boy should pick up Golden Lotus from heaven. After making an audacious journey, the boy secures the golden lotus and reverses the curse. At last, they reunite and Jayanth is proven innocent. Finally, the movie ends on a happy note.



Suvarna Sundari
Film score by
LabelHMV Audio
ProducerP. Adinarayana Rao

Telugu version

Music composed by P. Adinarayana Rao. Music released on HMV Audio Company.

S. No. Song Title Lyrics Singers length
1 "Piluvakuraa Alugakuraa" Samudrala Sr. P. Susheela 3:22
2 "Bangaaru Vannela" Samudrala Sr. P. Leela 4:32
3 "Ammaa! Ammaa!" Samudrala Jr. Ghantasala 2:42
4 "Bommaalammaa" Samudrala Sr. P. Susheela 3:58
5 "Eraa Manatoti" Kosaraju Pithapuram 2:51
6 "Haayi Haayigaa Aamani Saage" Samudrala Sr. Ghantasala, Jikki 6:14
7 "Jagadeeswaraa" Samudrala Raghavacharya Sr. P. Susheela / Jikki (two versions) 4:29
8 "Lakshmeem Ksheerasamuri" (Slokam) Samudrala Jr. Ghantasala 0:58
9 "Naa Chitti Papa" Samudrala Sr. P. Susheela, M. S. Ramarao 4:19
10 "Kommanura" Kosaraju P. Leela 3:18
11 "Nee Needalona Nilichenuraa" Samudrala Sr. P. Susheela 2:56
12 "Sambho, Naa Mora Vinavaa!" Samudrala Sr. P. Susheela 4:10
13 "Tadheem Nanana Thom Tillana" Kosaraju P. Leela, Komala 2:40

Tamil version

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Thesulaavudhe Then Malaraale" Ghantasala & P. Suseela Thanjai N. Ramaiah Dass 05:28
2 "Azhaikkaadhe Ninaikkaadhe" P. Suseela 03:42
3 "Mogamadaa Thaalaadha Modamadaa" M. S. Rama Rao & P. Leela 03:33
4 "Jegadheeswaraa" P. Suseela 05:58
5 "Mannaadhi Mannarum Kannaale" P. Leela 04:16
6 "Neeye En Vaazhvin Nidhiyaagume" P. Suseela 04:03
7 "Kanee Nee Vaadaa Kaniye Nee" M. S. Rama Rao & P. Suseela 04:30
8 "Munivor Manadhil Oliyaai" Ghantasala 00:26
9 "Joraana Bommai Paarungga" P. Suseela 03:26
10 "Evanndaa Nam Munne" S. C. Krishnan 02:48
11 "Utthana Thom Thom Thanaa" P. Leela & A. P. Komala 02:21
12 "Dheva Dhayai Puriya Vaa" P. Suseela 04:22
13 "Polladha Maaranum Villendhum" A. P. Komala 02:57
14 "Ammaa Ammaa Enum Anaiyaadha" Ghantasala 03:01

Hindi VersionEdit

  1. "Kuhu Kuhu Bole Koyaliya" – Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
  2. "Mujhe Na Bula Chhup Chhup" – Lata Mangeshkar
  3. "Ram Naam Japna Paraya Maal Apna" – Mohammed Rafi
  4. "Girija Sang Hai Shish Pe Gang Hai" – Lata Mangeshkar
  5. "Tarana (Shastriya Sangeet)" – Lata Mangeshkar, Sudha Malhotra
  6. "Hat Hat Hat Jaa Re Natkhat Piya" – Lata Mangeshkar, Sudha Malhotra
  7. "Lakshmim Sheer Samudra Raj" – Ghantasala
  8. "Chanda Se Pyare Ankhiyo Ke Taare Soja Re Maiya Ke Raaj Dular" – Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar
  9. "Mausam Suhana Dil Hainz" – Lata Mangeshkar
  10. "Sar Pe Matki Ankhiya Bhatki" – Asha Bhosle
  11. "Shambho Sun Lo Meri Pukar" – Lata Mangeshkar
  12. "Lelo Ji Lelo Gudiya" – Lata Mangeshkar
  13. "Maa Maa Karta Phire Laadla" – Mohammed Rafi
  14. "Mai Hu Pari Rasiya Ras Ki Bhari" – Lata Mangeshkar


  1. ^ Anjali Pictures' Golden Hit Suvarna Sundari Archived 27 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Suvarna Sundari (1957) completes 50 years Archived 14 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul (1998) [1994]. Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema (PDF). British Film Institute and Oxford University Press. pp. 352–353. ISBN 0-19-563579-5.
  4. ^ Mani, Charulatha (23 December 2011). "A Raga's Journey — Heart-rending Hamsanandi". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
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