Mangalya Balam

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Mangalya Balam
Mangalya Balam.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Adurthi Subba Rao
Produced by D. Madhusudhana Rao
Written by Acharya Aatreya (dialogues)
Screenplay by Adurthi Subba Rao
D. Madhusudhana Rao
Acharya Atreya
Story by Aasapoorna Devi
Based on Agni Pariksha (novel)
Starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Savitri
Music by Master Venu
Cinematography P. S. Selvaraj
Edited by A. Sanjeevi
Production
company
Distributed by Navayuga Films
Release date
  • 7 January 1959 (1959-01-07)
Running time
177 mins
Country India
Language Telugu

Mangalya Balam (English: Power of Wedding Chain) is a 1959 Telugu drama film, produced by D. Madhusudhana Rao under Annapurna Pictures and directed by Adurthi Subba Rao. Starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Savitri in the lead roles and music composed by Master Venu.[1][2] The film is based on Aasapoorna Devi's Bengali novel Agni Pariksha which was simultaneously remade as Tamil Movie Manjal Mahimai (1959); both the movies are made simultaneously by same banner & director and some of the scenes & artists are same in both versions. Later remade as Hindi movie Chhoti Si Mulaqat (1967) with slight changes, starring Uttam Kumar, Vyjayanthimala in pivotal roles.

Plot

Zamindar Papa Rao (S. V. Ranga Rao) lives in town with his wife Kantham (Suryakantam), mother Parvathamma (Kannamba) and two children Suryam & Saroja. Kantham is an aggressive woman who, always illtreats her mother-in-law. Papa Rao has a sister named, Sita (G. Varalakshmi) who has married a poor man named, Rangaiah (A. V. Subba Rao) and they live in the village of which Papa Rao is the Zamindar. Sita eventually suffers a serious illness and is nearing her last days. This prompts Parvathamma to reach their village along with Suryam & Saroja.

To fulfil Sita’s last wish Parvathamma performs her eight-year-old Saroja’s (Baby Sasikala/ Savitri) marriage with Sita’s ten-year-old son Chandram (Master Babji/Akkineni Nageswara Rao) in the absence of Papa Rao & Kantham.

On coming to know about what has transpired, Papa Rao & Kantham take away their son & daughter to the town in an effort to destroy the relation

An infuriated Kantham even removes the wedding chain (Mangalsutra) from Saroja’s neck.

The children grew up in different places and meet at a hill station, fall in love not knowing they were cousins and wedded during their childhood. But Parvathamma reveals to Chandram about his childhood marriage. Saroja’s brother Suryam (Ramana Murthy) also tells his sister that she was already married to her cousin and gives her the wedding chain, Mangalsutra that their mother threw away. Unaware that Sekhar whom she loved and Chandram are one and the same, Saroja keeps a distance from him. Meanwhile, her marriage is fixed with distant relative Kailasam (Relangi) who is in love with Meenakshi (Rajasulochana). To reunite with Saroja, Chandram along with Kailasam enacts a drama and brings the story to a happy ending.

Cast

Crew

Soundtrack

The music was composed by Master Venu. He borrowed only one tune from the Bengali film’s composer Anupam Ghatak, for the song "penu cheekataye lokam" from its original version "ke tumi amare dako".[3]

Telugu songs
The Telugu songs were written by Sri Sri. Playback singers are Ghantasala, Madhavapeddi Satyam, P. Suseela, Jikki & K. Jamuna Rani.

Telugu track list
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Chekkili Meeda" Madhavapeddi Satyam, Jikki 02:58
2. "Aakaasha Veedhilo" Ghantasala, P. Susheela 03:51
3. "My Dear Meena" Madhavapeddi Satyam, Jikki 03:16
4. "Thirupathi Vengkateshwara" K. Jamuna Rani 03:55
5. "Vaadina Poole" Ghantasala, P. Susheela 03:32
6. "Avunthaaraa" P. Leela, P. Susheela 04:43
7. "Haayiga Alumagalai" P. Susheela 03:32
8. "Theliyani Aanandham" P. Susheela 03:25
9. "Penucheekataye Lokam" Ghantasala, P. Susheela 03:14
Total length: 30:26

Production

Bhavanarayana, producer of Meghasandesham suggested Dukkipati Madhusudhana Rao to watch the Bengali film Agni Pariksha (1954). Madhusudhana bought the remake rights after being impressed with the film and approached Atreya to write the screenplay and dialogues for the film. One of the major changes the maker brought in was while in the original version the girl’s father dies of shock, in Mangalyabalam his character was retained till the last frame. Mangalyabalam was said to be the first Telugu film to shoot in Ooty and it was also Savitri’s first visit to the hill town. The Tamil version Manjal Mahimai was simultaneously made retaining all the leading actors and technicians with two changes to the cast – Thangavelu and Balaji replacing Relangi and Ramanamurthy respectively.[3]

Release

Mangalyabalam was released on 7 January 1959 and for the first time in the history of Telugu cinema, the hundred days function was held in an open arena, the Municipal High School grounds, Vijayawada with thousands of cine fans participating and presided over by the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Kasu Brahmananda Reddy. Tamil version Manjal Magimai was released on 14 January 1959 and ran for hundred days.[3]

Awards

National Film Awards

Filmfare Awards South

References

  1. ^ Mangalya Balam (1959) - IMDb
  2. ^ Mangalya Balam (1958) Telugu_MHCe DVD5_No Subs [DDR] - DesiTorrents - #1 Desi Community In The World Archived 28 February 2014 at Archive.is
  3. ^ a b c "BLAST FROM THE PAST - Mangalyabalam (1959)". Hindu. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "6th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  5. ^ The Times of India directory and year book including who's who. Times of India Press. 1984

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