Doctor Chakravarty

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Doctor Chakravarthy
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAdurthi Subba Rao
Produced byD. Madhusudhana Rao
Written byAcharya Atreya
Gollapudi Maruti Rao (dialogues)
Screenplay byAdurthi Subba Rao
Story byKoduri Kousalya Devi
Based onChakrabharmanam (Novel)
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
Music bySaluri Rajeswara Rao
CinematographyP. S. Selvaraj
Edited byT. Krishna
Annapurna Pictures
Release date
  • 10 July 1964 (1964-07-10)
Running time
167 mins

Doctor Chakravarthy is 1964 Telugu drama film, produced by D. Madhusudhana Rao under the Annapurna Pictures banner and directed by Adurthi Subba Rao. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Savitri, Jaggaiah in the lead roles and music composed by Saluri Rajeswara Rao. The film is based on Koduri Kousalya Devi's Chakrabhramanam (Novel). The film was recorded as an Industry Hit at the box office. It is the first film to win the Nandi Award, instituted by Government of Andhra Pradesh in 1964. It inspired many people in India to become doctors.[1]


Dr. Chakravarthy (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) arrives from abroad and plans to marry his lady love Dr. Sridevi (Krishna Kumari). He has an affectionate sister Sudha (Geethanjali). Chakravarthy is extremely fond of his sister. Sudha is a great musician and loves writing poetry and she gets married to a loving person. However, by the time Chakravarthy returns to his hometown, his sister is terribly ill and in the last stages of her life. Chakravarthy gets distraught to know that his sister has cancer. Sudha requests Chakravarthy to marry her sister-in-law Nirmala (Sowcar Janaki) as a dying wish. Chakravarthy doesn’t get a chance to tell that he has already loved a woman in life. He suppresses the sadness and marries Nirmala as per his sister’s wish. Nirmala is a materialistic person who loves going around for picnics, shopping and doesn’t understand the artistic subtleties in life. Chakravarthy is a busy doctor with nonstop work dealing with patients, treatment and tests. He has nothing in common with Nirmala and their life goes on in a mechanical way, despite staying under one roof. The story makes a turn when Chakravarthy meets Ravindra (Jaggayya) and his wife Madhavi (Savitri). Madhavi is a great veena player and writes poetry exactly like Chakravarthy’s lost sister Sudha. Chakravathy starts feeling that his sister has returned in the form of Madhavi. He feels relief in visiting their house and speaking to Madhavi so that it’s like speaking to his own sister. Though Madhavi finds Chakravarthy’s behavior a little odd in the beginning, her husband convinces her, saying Chakravarthy is a very good gentleman.

Meanwhile, Nirmala despises the affection of Chakravarthy towards Madhavi’s family. On the ill advice of the cook (Suryakantham), Nirmala writes a secret letter to Ravindra by wrongly quoting the friendship of Chakravarthy and Madhavi. Ravindra starts believing the cooked up story and hates Chakravarthy. He insults Madhavi without even considering that the latter is pregnant and in a weakened condition. As the story reaches its climax, Ravindra realizes that Chakravarthy only had brotherly affection, but nothing else on Madhavi. Nirmala realizes her mistake of writing such a letter. Ravindra realizes his blunder and even names his newborn son after Chakravarthy.



  • Art: G. V. Subba Rao
  • Choreography: Hiralal, Pasumarthi
  • Lyrics: Athreya, Arudra, Sri Sri, Dasarathi, Kosaraju
  • Story: Koduri Kousalya Devi
  • Dialogues: Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, Athreya
  • Music: Saluri Rajeswara Rao
  • Play-back: Ghantasala, P. Susheela, S. Janaki, P. B. Srinivas, Madhavapeddi Satyam, Vasantha
  • Cinematography: P. S. Selvaraj
  • Editing: T. Krishna
  • Assistant Director: K. Viswanath
  • Producer: D. Madhusudhana Rao
  • Director: Adurthi Subba Rao
  • Banner: Annapurna Pictures
  • Release Date: 10 July 1964


Doctor Chakravarty
Film score by
ProducerSaluri Rajeswara Rao

S. No. Song Title Lyrics Singers length
1 "Manasuna Manasai" Sri Sri Ghantasala 3:47
2 "Ee Mounam Ee Bidiyam" Aarudhra Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:22
3 "Neevuleka Veena" Acharya Aatreya P. Susheela 3:28
4 "Paadamani Naanadagavalena" Aarudhra P. Susheela 3:45
5 "Nijam Cheppave Pilla" Aarudhra P. Susheela, B. Vasantha 4:10
6 "Paadamani Naanadaga Thaguna" Aarudhra P. Susheela 3:30
7 "Neevuleka Veena" (Pathos) Acharya Aatreya P. Susheela 1:09
8 "O Ungarala Mungurula Raja" Aarudhra Madhavapeddi Satyam, P. Susheela 4:32
9 "Ontiga Samayam Chikkindhi" Kosaraju S. Janaki, P. B. Sreenivas 3:24
10 "Evaro Jwalanu Ragilincharu" Acharya Aatreya Ghantasala 3:40




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