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Ardhangi
Ardhangi.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed byP. Pullaiah
Produced byP. Pullaiah
Written byAcharya Atreya
Screenplay byP. Pullaiah
Story byManilal Banerjee
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
Savitri
Music byMaster Venu
B. Narasimha Rao
CinematographyMadhav Bulbule
Edited byB. Narasimha Rao
Sri Raamulu
Production
company
Ragini Pictures
Distributed byRajasri Pictures
Release date
  • 26 January 1955 (1955-01-26)
Running time
152 mins
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu

Ardhangi (English: Wife) is a 1955 Telugu drama film, produced and directed by P. Pullaiah under the Ragini Pictures banner. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Savitri in the lead roles and music jointly composed by Master Venu & B. Narasimha Rao. The film is based on the Bengali novel Swayamsidda, written by Manilal Banerjee. The film was recorded as a Super Hit at the box office. The film has received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu and the Filmfare Award for Best Film - Telugu.[1]

The film was remade in Tamil as Pennin Perumai, in Hindi twice as Bahurani in 1963 and as Jyoti in 1981.[2] The story of Swayamsiddha was also similar to the Kannada novel Mallammana Pavaada by B. Puttaswamayya, which was adapted into 1969 movie titled Mallammana Pavaada, for which the screenplay was written by the director of this movie P. Pullaiah, based on this movie. The Kannada novel Mallammana Pavaada also inspired the 1987 Tamil movie Enga Chinna Rasa, which went on to be remade in Telugu as Abbaigaru, in Hindi as Beta, in Kannada as Annayya and in Oriya as Santan (1998).

Plot[edit]

Zamindar Bhujangarao (Gummadi) has two sons. The elder son Raghunath Rao (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) born to his first wife is retarded. After her death, he married Rajeswari (Santha Kumari) and the couple has a son Nagendra Rao / Naagu (Jaggaiah) a man of vices. Impressed by the way Padma (Savitri), a village girl faced Naagu when he threatened to take their farmlands, the Zamindar fixes Naagu’s marriage with her. But Rajeswari vetoes the alliance and suggests to perform her marriage with Raghu. After marriage, Padma learns that Raghu became retarded due to the opium used during his childhood to put him to sleep by the maid, Ayamma (Vijayalakshmi). She takes up the task of making him normal and also keeping the whiplashing-Naagu at a distance from Raghu. The Zamindar rewrites the will in Raghu’s name and dies. But Raghu leaves the property to the peeved Rajeswari and Nagu and goes to the village with his wife. Naagu brings his paramour Neelaveni (Surabhi Balasaraswati), who along with her entourage (Sivaramakrishnaiah, Kasipathi, and Gangarathnam) eye Naagu’s property. When he learns that the farmers paid the tax to Raghu, an enraged Naagu goes to the village with a rifle. At the same time, Raghu brings the money to give it to him. A repentant Rajeswari along with Raghu reaches the village, to bring sense to Nagu. When she fails, she takes the rifle and aims at him. But Padma shields him when Naagu realizes his mistake.

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

  • Art: Khandavalli Subba Rao
  • Choreography: Vempati
  • Dialogues - Lyrics: Acharya Atreya
  • Playback: Ghantasala, P. Leela, Jikki, Akula Narasimha Rao
  • Music: Master Venu, B. Narasimha Rao
  • Story: Manilal Banerjee
  • Editing: B. Narasimha Rao, Sri Raamulu
  • Cinematography: Madhav Bulbule
  • Producer - Director: P. Pullaiah
  • Banner: Ragini Films
  • Release Date: 26 January 1955

Soundtrack[edit]

Ardhangi
Film score by
Master Venu & B. Narasimha Rao
Released1955
GenreSoundtrack
Length20:51
ProducerMaster Venu & B. Narasimha Rao

Music composed by Master Venu & B. Narasimha Rao. Lyrics were written by Acharya Atreya. Music released on Audio Company.

S. No. Song Title Singers length
1 "Intiki Deepam Illale" Akula Narasimha Rao 2:39
2 "Ekkadamma Chandrudu" Jikki 2:37
3 "Pelli Muhurtham Kudirindha" P. Leela 2:40
4 "Edche Vallani Edavani" P. Leela 3:35
5 "Radhanu Rammanadu" Akula Narasimha Rao 2:16
6 "Raka Raka Vachavu" Jikki 1:57
7 "Vodduraa Kannayya" Jikki 1:58
8 "Tharalirava" Ghantasala 2:09

Box office[edit]

The film ran for more than 100 days in 5 centers in Andhra Pradesh.[3]

Awards[edit]

Other versions[edit]

The story line has been an inspiration for various movies and has had various remakes in Indian film industry.

Year Title Language Director Cast
Step-mother Son Wife
1955 Ardhangi Telugu P. Pullaiah Santha Kumari Akkineni Nageswara Rao Savitri
1956 Pennin Perumai Tamil P. Pullaiah Santha Kumari Sivaji Ganesan Savitri
1963 Bahurani Hindi T. Prakash Rao Lalita Pawar Guru Dutt Mala Sinha
1969 Mallammana Pavaada Kannada Puttanna Kanagal Advani Lakshmi Devi Rajkumar B Sarojadevi
1975 Swayamsiddha Bengali Sushil Mukherjee Ranjit Mallick Mithu Mukherjee
1981 Jyothi Hindi Pramod Chakravorty Shashikala Jeetendra Hema Malini
1987 Enga Chinna Rasa Tamil K. Bhagyaraj C. R. Saraswathy K. Bhagyaraj Radha
1992 Beta Hindi Indra Kumar Aruna Irani Anil Kapoor Madhuri Dixit
1993 Abbaigaru Telugu E. V. V. Satyanarayana Jayachitra Venkatesh Meena
1993 Annayya Kannada D. Rajendra Babu Aruna Irani V. Ravichandran Madhoo
1998 Santan Oriya Snigdha Mohanty Siddhanta Mahapatra Rachana Banerjee

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