Viswa Mohini

Viswa Mohini (English: The World of Entertainment) is a 1940 Telugu romantic thriller film in the backdrop of Indian motion picture world, directed by Y. V. Rao.[1] The ensemble cast starring V. Nagaiah was written by Balijepalli Lakshmikanta Kavi, and was screened at the Venice Film Festival.[1][2] The production design was handled by T. V. S. Sarma, and cinematography was handled by Pandurang Naik.[3][4]

Viswa Mohini
Directed byY. V. Rao
Screenplay byBalijepalli Lakshmikanta Kavi
Story byY. V. Rao
Produced byY. V. Rao
StarringV. Nagaiah
Y. V. Rao
Gohar Mamajiwala
CinematographyPandurang Naik
Chandulal Shah
Edited byY. V. Rao
Music byOgirala Ramachandra Rao
Newton Studios
Lakshmi Studios
Distributed bySri Jagadesh Films
Release date
November 9, 1940
Running time
195 minutes


Mohan Rao (Y. V. Rao), who works for a Law firm in Madras, cheats his Manager Padmanabham (Rangaswamy), and becomes the owner of the company through illegal means. Mohan Rao is the son of Padmanabham's business rival Purushothama Rao (Doraiswamy). He plans his son Mohan Rao's marriage with Hemalatha (Bezawada Rajarathnam), the daughter of a rich and wealthy widow Visalakshi (Cocanada Rajarathnam) who happens to be Puroshothama Rao's neighbour. But Mohan Rao's is not interested in this alliance.

Pasupathi (Chittor Nagaiah), a renowned film maker and friend of Mohan Rao, lures him to popular actress Viswamohini (Lalitha Devi) on the sets of a film shooting. Viswamohini is the daughter of Padmanabham who is cheated by Mohan Rao. Mohan Rao develops a secret affair with Viswamohini, and expresses his wish to marry her. Padmanabham, is unaware of the fact that Mohan Rao is the son of his arch rival Purushotham.

Meanwhile, Pasupathi lures the wealthy Visalakshi into film production and distribution. Visalakshi loses all her wealth in the process. In a twist of fate, Padmanabham is shocked to know through Hemalatha that Mohan Rao is the son of his rival Purushotham. How Padmanabham deals with the situation, and how he becomes aware of Mohan Rao's criminal deeds, and Pasupathi's ulterior motive forms the rest of the plot.


  • V. Nagaiah
  • Y. V. Rao
  • Pushpavalli
  • Gohar Mamajiwala
  • Lalitha
  • Bezawada Rajarathnam
  • T. Suryanarayana
  • Doraiswamy
  • Cocanada Rajarathnam
  • P. Ganga Rathnam
  • Rangaswamy
  • Sampurna


The lyrics for the soundtrack were written by Balijepalli Lakshmikantha Kavi, the songs were choreographed by Srinivasa Kulakarni.[2][5]

  • "Melavimpagade Cheliya Veena"
  • "Bhale Face Beautiful Nee Pose"
  • "Yee Poo Podarinta"

Release and receptionEdit

The film had an unprecedented release in 1940 at 11 centers in Madras Presidency, and turned out to be a mediocre success.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b c Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul (10 July 2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Routledge. ISBN 9781135943257 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c narasimham, m.l. "Viswamohini (1940)".
  3. ^ pioneer, Y. V. Rao (21 August 2003). "A revolutionary filmmaker". The Hindu. p. 04. Archived from the original on 17 January 2004 – via The Hindu (old).
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  5. ^ "Viswamohini review Indian express".