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Maro Charitra and Ek Dhuje Ke Liye - Excellent romantic movies
By KP_Pen

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Fact File
Maro Charitra
Year 1978
Duration 169minutes
Format Black and White
Story - Direction K Bala Chandar
Banner Andal Productions
Producer Rama Ayangannal
Dialogues Ganesh Patro
Lyrics Acharya atreya
Camera BS Lokanathan
Music MS Viswanathan
Cast Kamal Hasan, Saritha, Jaya Vijaya Shyamala, Madhavi, Saroja, Ramana Murthy, PL narayana, Adams, Krishna Chaitanya, Bhaskara Raju, Janardhana Rao, Meera Rani, Dhum

"Ee thiga poovuna ee komma"
"Bhale Bhale mogadivo"
"Padaharellaku Neelo Nalo"
"Kalasi Vunte Kaladhu Sukamu"

These are the songs in Maro Charitra movie made in 1979 in black and white. The story revolves around a simple "Telugu - Tamil" neighboring girl and boy falling in love and later their family interfere and ask them to remain separate for the whole year which makes the story end in tragedy. Maro Charitra was picturized completely in Vizag. I heard that this is the first full-length movie showing us the beauty of Vizag beach, Bheemli, Gajuvaka etc.

The story talks a lot about neighboring Brahmin- Non Brahmin wordy quarrels, father and son disagreements between Ramana Murthy and Kamal Hassan, pre judged conditions to break-up the love affair and ends in tragedy. Looking closely there were only handful of characters and the entire story names only two places, Vizag and Hyderabad but the way the movie was cooked with tantalizing songs, picturesque, comedy, romance and dialogues makes you engaged throughout. Kamal was a rising star at that time and did 100% justice and debutant Saritha did well in her capacity.

Released in Telugu first and later in Tamilnadu without dubbing (in Telugu), the movie ran for a year in Madras. In 1981 Maro Charitra was remade in Hindi titling "Ek Dhuje Ke Liye" (produced by LV Prasad) with Kamal Hassan (debut movie in Hindi) and Rati Agnihotri created box-office waves all over India. The movie shot Rati Agnihotri and Kamal Hassan to fame and is the most popular romantic musical in Hindi till date. Kamal Hassan became a heartthrob with his mustache and handsome looks in India.

Songs in Hindi:

"Tere Mee Beechme"
"Mere Jevan sathi"
"Hum Bane Tum Bane"
"Solah Baras ki aage umar"

Either you listen to the songs in Hindi or Telugu, they are the best and always refreshing.

Some of the unique of the two movies:

1. Both Telugu and Hindi versions had SPB in all songs and he did his best.
2. The songs "Kalisi Vunte Kaladhu" and hindi "Mere Jeevan sathi" were done in an elevator/lift.
3. Kamal dubbed his voice in Hindi and Telugu.
4. Both Telugu and Hindi versions ran for 365 days in Hyderabad.

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