Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Adurthi Subba Rao|
|Produced by||Yarlagadda Venkanna Chowdary|
|Written by||Sunkara Satyanarayana |
Tapi Dharma Rao (dialogues)
|Screenplay by||Adurthi Subba Rao|
|Story by||Sunkara Satyanarayana|
|Starring||Akkineni Nageswara Rao|
|Music by||S. Rajeswara Rao|
|Cinematography||B. S. Jagirdhar|
|Edited by||A. Sanjeevi|
|Distributed by||Navayuga Films|
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. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu.
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.
- Akkineni Nageswara Rao as Prasad
- Savitri as Lakshmi
- S. V. Ranga Rao as Chandraiah
- Gummadi as Zamindar Bhujanga Rao
- Relangi as Devaiah
- Chadalavada as Suraiah
- Hemalata as Kanakamma
- Girija as Sarala
- E. V. Saroja as Dancer
- Art: Krishna Rao, Subba Rao
- Choreography: A. K. Chopra
- Stills: M. Satyam
- Lyrics: Kosaraju
- Playback: Ghantasala, Madhavapeddi Satyam, T. V. Rathinam P. Susheela, Jikki, Swarnalatha,
- Music: S. Rajeswara Rao, Master Venu
- Story: Sunkara Satyanarayana
- Dialogues: Sunkara Satyanarayana, Tapi Dharma Rao
- Editing: A. Sanjeevi
- Cinematography: B. S. Jagirdhar
- Producer: Yarlagadda Venkanna Chowdary
- Screenplay - Director: Adurthi Subba Rao
- Banner: Sambhu Films
- Release Date: 7 January 1960
|Film score by|
|Producer||S. Rajeswara Rao & Master Venu|
|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.
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.
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- "7th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
- "Blast from the past: Namminabantu (1960) - The Hindu". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 December 2015.