Nammina Bantu

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Nammina Bantu
Nammina Bantu.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAdurthi Subba Rao
Produced byYarlagadda Venkanna Chowdary
Written bySunkara Satyanarayana
Tapi Dharma Rao (dialogues)
Screenplay byAdurthi Subba Rao
Story bySunkara Satyanarayana
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
Music byS. Rajeswara Rao
Master Venu
CinematographyB. S. Jagirdhar
Edited byA. Sanjeevi
Sambhu Films
Distributed byNavayuga Films
Release date
  • 7 January 1960 (1960-01-07)
Running time
161 mins

Nammina Bantu (English: Henchman) is a 1960 Telugu drama film, produced by Yarllagada Venkanna Chowdary under Sambhu Films and directed by Adurthi Subba Rao. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Savitri in the lead roles and music jointly composed by Saluri Rajeswara Rao & Master Venu. The film was remade as the Tamil film Pattaliyin Vetri. Both films were made simultaneously under same banner and director, some of the scenes and artists are the same in both versions. Upon release the film received critical acclaim. The film was screened at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.[1] The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu.[2]


Bhujangarao (Gummadi), a cruel landlord employs Chandraiah (S. V. Ranga Rao) in his mango orchards and after successfully cultivating it, instead of the promised fertile land, he gives Chandraiah a barren piece of land. Chandraiah’s daughter Lakshmi (Savitri) wins the bull race defeating Rao’s trusted servant Prasad (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) and the reward money is used to dig a bore well. Peeved by this, Rao asks Prasad to poison the bulls Ramudu and Lakshmanudu, to which Prasad refuses and leaves his service to join Chandraiah and the poor farmers to cultivate the barren land. They are supported by Rao’s daughter Sarala (Girija) and nephew Devaiah (Relangi), who advocates cooperative farming. This irks Rao and he plots to thwart their plans, but ends up falling into a bog and dies.




Nammina Bantu
Film score by
ProducerS. Rajeswara Rao & Master Venu

Music composed by S. Rajeswara Rao & Master Venu. Lyrics were written by Kosaraju. Music released on Audio Company.

S. No Song Title Composer Singers length
1 "Raitu Medibatti Saagalera Lokam" Master Venu Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:41
2 "Enta Manchi Vadavura" Master Venu Ghantasala,P. Susheela 3:51
3 "Chengu Chenguna" Saluri Rajeswara Rao P. Susheela 3:09
4 "Thela Thela Vaarenu" Saluri Rajeswara Rao Jikki 4:22
5 "Pogarubothu Potlagithara" Saluri Rajeswara Rao Ghantasala 3:15
6 "Topi Najooku Techu Topi" Master Venu Madhavapeddi Satyam 3:40
7 "Ghama Ghama Ghamayinchu" Master Venu Madhavapeddi Satyam, P. Leela 4:43
8 "Andala Bomma" Master Venu Madhavapeddi Satyam,Jikki 4:22
9 "Alu Mogudu Pondu Andamoyi" Master Venu Swarnalatha,P. Susheela, T. V. Rathinam 8:38
10 "Maata Paddavura Mechaledu" Master Venu Ghantasala 1:12


Yarlagadda Venkanna Chowdary, who himself was a landlord decided to produce a film based on the theme of exploitation of farmers by landlords written by socialist writer Sunkara Sathyanarayana for his debut production. Adurthi Subbarao was signed on to direct the film, while Sunkara and Tapi Dharma Rao wrote the dialogues. B. S. Jagirdar and Akkineni Sanjeevi worked as cinematographer and editor respectively. The film was simultaneously made in Tamil as Pattaliyin Vetri.[3]

Nageswara Rao and Savitri were selected to portray the lead pair. S. V. Rangarao was first offered the landlord’s role, but Rangarao preferred the character of downtrodden farmer Chandraiah’s character as he found it more challenging. Dagubati Ramanaidu, who went on to become a popular producer in Telugu cinema worked as one of the partners in the film. The film also happened to be his debut film as an actor. He acted as the body double for Nageswara Rao, driving the bullock cart in long shot scenes, besides donning the district collector’s role.[3]


National Film Awards


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