Duration: 3 hours 6 minutes
Format: Black and White
Banner: Bhaskar Pics
Story and Direction: Harilal Desai
Camera: MA Rehman
Music: Kopparapu Subba Rao
Cast: BR Panthulu, Bhanumati, M Lingamurthy, Coconada Rajaratnam,
Shanta, Venkatagiri, Kutumba Sastry, Annapurna, Kondala Rao and GV
Pelli Chesi Choodu
Prema entha madhuram
Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam
to Feel Nostalgic
is a story paying tribute to Varkari tradition of Marathi saint
poets. Radha (Bhanumati), a devadasi (south Indian form of ritualized
prostitution, in which a woman is wedded to God), converts herself
into a worshipper of saints. The pimp Timmayya Sastry (Kondala Rao)
the villainous Brahmin Ramanujachari (Sithapaty) persecutes her.
The hero Mohan (Panthulu) joins her struggle for social reform.
When Ramanujachari has her framer for Mohan's murder, she is saved
through divine intervention.
of the best known films of Harilal Desai, a Gujarathi graduate of
the New York Institute of Cinematography as well as the manager
of Lakshmi films and the Suvarna Studio in Poona, and the founder
of Bangalore-based Surya Film. This studio became a conduit for
other Bombay based directors (e.g. Sundarrao Nadakarni) to work
in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada cinemas, bringing their influences
of Marathi, Hindi and Gujarathi cinema to the south.