Manushulu Mamathalu

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Manushulu Mamathalu
Manushulu Mamathalu.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. Pratyagatma
Produced byA. V. Subba Rao
Written byAcharya Aatreya (dialogues)
Screenplay byK. Pratyagatma
Story byYaddanapudi Sulochana Rani
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
Music byT. Chalapathi Rao
CinematographyP. S. Selvaraj
Edited byJ. Krishnaswamy
Distributed byNavayuga Films
Release date
  • 27 August 1965 (1965-08-27)
Running time
170 mins

Manushulu Mamathalu (English: Human Effections) is a 1965 Telugu drama film, produced by A. V. Subba Rao under the Prasad Art Productions banner and directed by K. Pratyagatma. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Savitri, Jayalalithaa in the lead roles and music composed by T. Chalapathi Rao. Director Tatineni Rama Rao worked as associate director for this film. This is remembered as Jayalalithaa's debut film in Telugu and also her first pairing with Akkineni Nageswara Rao. This was the first Telugu film to get an A certificate from the Censor Board.[1]


Rajarao (Gummadi) is a rich man and has a daughter Radha (Savitri). Radha’s mother has died during her childhood and her father has looked after her ever since. At that time, Rajarao allows his sister Kanakamma (Hemalatha) and her son Venu (ANR) to stay in his house. Venu’s father has died in the Godavari floods. Venu has witnessed this sad incident and dreams of becoming an engineer to curb such calamities by constructing dams. He studies very hard and shares a good friendship with Radha since childhood. While Venu considers Radha to be a good friend, Radha falls in love with Venu after growing up. One fine day, Radha proposes to Venu, but the latter rejects her politely saying he always looked at her as a friend and also says that he would never want to marry in life, but settle down as a good engineer and work for the nation. A sensible Radha understands his ambition and respects his decision. Meanwhile, Rajarao has a nephew Seshu (Prabhakara Reddy) who is a spoiled brat. He has an affair with a prostitute Vani (Rajasri) and plans to marry Radha for the sake of her property. But Radha hates him.

Rajarao’s friend Gopala Rao (Ramana Reddy) is a chief engineer who lives in the city and has a beautiful daughter Indira (Jayalalithaa). His brother’s son Bhaskar (Jaggaiah) is a B.A. Graduate, but idle in life. On a friendly word, Rajarao gets Radha married to Bhaskar. At the same time, Venu gets a seat in an engineering college and arrives in the town. Gopala Rao offers Venu to study in the college by staying at his place. The jovial Indira falls for Venu and tries to gain his attention in various ways. Venu realizes her intentions and tries to stay away. The more he distances himself from her, the more she tries. Gopala Rao also wants Venu to become his son-in-law. Meanwhile, Seshu plans to break Radha’s marriage out of anger that he couldn’t marry her. He takes the help of Vani and they both trap Bhaskar. When Venu realizes that Radha’s life is in trouble, he arrives on the scene and repairs the broken relationship between Bhaskar and Radha with the help of Indira.



  • Art: G. V. Subba Rao
  • Choreography: Heeralal
  • Dialogues: Athreya
  • Lyrics: Dasarathi, C. Narayana Reddy, Kosaraju, Athreya
  • Playback: Ghantasala, P. Susheela, S. Janaki, Jayadev
  • Music: T. Chalapathi Rao
  • Story: Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani
  • Editing: J. Krishna Swamy
  • Cinematography: P. S. Selvaraj
  • Producer: A. V. Subba Rao
  • Screenplay - Director: K. Pratyagatma
  • Banner: Prasad Art Pictures
  • Release Date: 27 August 1965


The music was composed by T. Chalapathi Rao.[2]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Siggestondha Siggestondha" Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, Susheela C. Narayana Reddy 04:05
2 "Nee Kaaliki" Jayadev, Janaki Dasarathi 05:16
3 "Neevu Eduruga Unnavu" Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, Susheela C. Narayana Reddy 04:22
4 "Okaru Kaavali" Janaki Kosaraju Raghavaiah Chowdary 02:46
5 "Vennelalo Malliyallu" Susheela Dasarathi 03:14
6 "Nenu Taagaledu" Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Dasarathi 03:25
7 "Kannu Moosindhiledhu" Susheela Dasarathi 04:01
8 "Ninnu Choodani" Susheela Dasarathi 03:47
9 "Ontariga Vunnavante" Susheela Atreya 02:21


National Film Awards