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Review No - 1
comedy about a village zamindar (Ranga Rao) who advertises for a
married couple to run a school set up in memory of his long-lost
daughter. The unemployed Rao (NTR) and Mary (Savitri) pretend to
be married to get the job. Annoyed by Rao's interest in the zamindar's
other daughter (Jamuna in her debut), Mary starts teaching music
to an amateur detective and the zamindar's future son-in-law (ANR).
Mary feigns pregnancy when zamindar tries to convert her to Hinduism.
Eventually Mary turns out to be zamindar's lost daughter and she
Ghantasala/P Susheela Ravoyi Chandamama was especially popular.
This film that established Savitri as a great actress adapts Jyotish
Banerjee's classic Bengali comedy 'Manmoyee Girls School (1935).
Prasad remade his own version at AVM Studio in Hindi as Miss
Mary (1957) starring Meena Kumari. Ananth Mane is also did a
Marathi version of the story, Jhalki Mooth (1957).
Review No - 2
is a film that denies the natural phenomenon of aging. It is the
film that is liked by all the generations. It is a slapstick comedy
on the problem of unemployement. Ony Vijaya banner can produce films
that have comedy situations, melodious songs and humorous dialogues
mixed in right blend. It was remade in Tamil as 'Missiyamma'.
Total credit for the success of this film goes to the trio Pingali,
Saluri and Chakrapani.
Story of this film goes like this. Daughter of a Jamindar is lost
in Kakinada Pushkaralu. She was spotted by a Christian family
and they adapt her and names her as Mary. Jamindar starts school
in memory of his lost daughter. Being an ex precipal and a detective
Akkineni looks after managing of the school and he keeps on searching
for Jamindar's daughter. Being an unemployed graduate NTR had to
pair up with Mary and act as her husband in order to secure the
job of teacher in Jamindar's school. Though Mary and NTR dislike
each other, they acts as a married couple. At the end all the mystaries
The character of Detective is a memorable one. Akkieni did this
role. Tangavelu and Kishore Kumar donned this role in Tamil and
Hindi versions. NTR's role was done by Gemini Ganeshan in Tamil
version. Bala Krishna acted as assistant to detective. One more
memorable role is that of Relangi who acted as a blind begger.
Chakrapani selected Bhanumathi for the Mary role. But when Bhanumathi
reported late to the shooting (as she was performing Vara Laxmi
Pooja that day) Chakrapani made a dynamic decision to replace her
with Savitri. And the rest is history. " May be it's the God's
decision that Savitri should become most popular star, I lost that
film to Savitri" says Bhanumti.
Though Missamma touches a burning issue called unemployment
Chakrapani disagrees with a point that his films carry messages
to viewers. He feels that films should entertain. "If anybody
want to give social messages let them send telegrams to viewers
instead of making films" says Chakrapani. Indian producers
make their actors imitage Chaplin when they made comedy films. But
Chakrapani made sure that his character's do not get affected by
'Chapline' towering presence. He feels that comedy should have local
The same principle applies to 'Chandamama' a magazine for
entertaining kids. Chandamama is also published from Vijaya's
group. Recently the same film is recycled and released as 'Brindavanam'
that has Rajendra Prasad and Ramya in main leads.