Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||P. S. Ramakrishna Rao|
|Produced by||P. S. Ramakrishna Rao|
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna (Presents)
|Written by||Samudrala Sr|
(story / dialogues)
|Based on||Life of Vipranarayanar|
|Starring||Akkineni Nageswara Rao|
|Music by||S. Rajeswara Rao|
|Cinematography||P. S. Selvaraj|
|Edited by||P. S. Ramakrishna Rao|
Vipra Narayana (Telugu:విప్రనారాయణ) is a Telugu devotional biographical film, produced & directed by P. S. Ramakrishna Rao under the Bharani Studios banner. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Bhanumathi Ramakrishna in the lead roles and music composed by S. Rajeswara Rao. The film is based on the life of Thondaradippodi Alvar, also called Vipranarayanar or Bhaktanghri Renu Swamy who was a Tamil Vaishnava Saint. He led his life in devotion to Lord Narayana and worked for the Perumal (Lord) by dedicating him with garlands. He is one of the 12 Alvars. The film is also dubbed in Tamil with the same title and released in 1955.
A staunch devotee of Lord Ranganatha, Viparanarayana (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) lives, along with his disciple Rangaraju (Relangi), in an ashram on the banks of the Cauvery at Srirangam. Devadevi (Bhanumathi Ramakrishna), a devadasi, after performing a dance recital at the Chola King's (V. Sivaram) court on her way back along with her elder sister Madhuravani (Sandhya), passes through the ashram. When Viparanarayana does not even throw a glance at her, Devadevi’s vanity is hurt and she vows to entice him with her charm. She enters the ashram making Vipranarayana believe her sorrowful story. Very soon Vipranarayana surrenders to her charm. Once her ego is satisfied, Devadevi begins to regret her actions. She leaves for her home and Vipranarayana follows her, but Devadevi’s mother (Rushyendramani) drives him out. Unable to see His devotee’s plight, Lord Ranganatha (R. Nageswara Rao) assumes the form of Rangaraju and gives a golden vessel to Rangasani, saying that it has been sent by Vipranarayana. Soon it comes to light that the vessel has been stolen from the temple. The Chola King orders the hands of Vipranarayana to be severed as a punishment. Finally, the Lord appears and reveals the truth, saying that Vipranarayana is none else than the human form of Vyjayanthi, the garland that adorns Him and Devadevi is a Gandharva Kanya. Vipranarayana assumes his real form and adorns the Lord.
- Akkineni Nageswara Rao as Vipranarayana
- Bhanumathi Ramakrishna as Devadevi
- Relangi Venkataramaiah as Rangaraju
- Rushyendramani as Mother of Devadevi
- V. Sivaram as Maharaja
- Allu Ramalingaiah
- Sandhya as Madhuravani
- Art: D. S. Godgaonkar
- Choreography: Pasumarthi, Elappa
- Story - Dialogues - Lyrics: Samudrala Raghavacharya
- Playback: A. M. Rajah, T. V. Ratnam, Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
- Music: S. Rajeswara Rao
- Cinematography: P. S. Selvaraj
- Editing - Producer - Director: P. S. Ramakrishna Rao
- Banner: Bharani Studios
- Release Date: 10 December 1954
|Film score by|
|Producer||S. Rajeswara Rao|
|S. Rajeswara Rao chronology|
|S. No.||Song Title||Singers||Length|
|1||"Meluko Sriranga"||A. M. Rajah||3:15|
|2||"Anuraagalu Dhooramu"||A. M. Rajah, Bhanumathi Ramakrishna||5:42|
|3||"Choodumadhe Cheliya"||A. M. Rajah||3:54|
|4||"Dharicherukora Ranga"||A. M. Rajah||2:00|
|5||"Endhukoyi Thotamali"||Bhanumathi Ramakrishna||4:32|
|6||"Evvade Athadevvade"||Bhanumathi Ramakrishna||6:24|
|7||"Madhura Madhuramee"||A. M. Rajah & P. Bhanumathi||3:25|
|9||"Nanu Vidanadakura"||Bhanumathi Ramakrishna||3:40|
|10||"Paalinchara Ranga"||A. M. Rajah||3:19|
|11||"Raa Raa Naa Swamy"||Bhanumathi Ramakrishna||4:16|
|12||"Ranga Kaaveti Ranga"||A. M. Rajah||1:06|
|13||"Ranga Rangayani"||Bhanumathi Ramakrishna||1:26|
|14||"Saavirahe Thava Dheena"||Bhanumathi Ramakrishna||5:12|
|15||"Thillana"||N. L. Gana Saraswathi||2:57|
|16||"Yela Naapai Dhaya Choopavu"||Bhanumathi Ramakrishna||3:57|
The story revolves around a Brahmin who makes flower garlands. He devotes his life to Perumal (Lord). He is seduced by a woman who is determined to make him break his vow.
Vipra Narayana was made in Telugu language for the first time in 1937 by Aurora Pictures. It stars Kasturi Narasimha Rao, Kanchanamala and Tanguturi Suryakumari, and was directed by Ahindra Chaudhari.
Vipra Narayana was made in the Tamil language in 1938 by Sound City. It stars Kothamangalam Cheenu and T. V. Rajasundari in the lead roles, the film was produced and directed by A. Narayanan.
Vipra Narayana was made in both Telugu and Tamil, directed and produced by P. S. Ramakrishna Rao and P. Bhanumathi of Bharani Pictures. The title role was played by A. Nageswara Rao.S. D. Sundharam wrote the dialogues and lyrics for the Tamil version.
- The film won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu - Certificate of merit in 1954 at 2nd National Film Awards
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