Chenchu Lakshmi (1958)

 ●  Telugu ● 2 hrs 41 mins

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Musical mythological, remade from S. Soundararajan’s hit of 1943, featuring Vishnu (Nageshwara Rao) in his two best- known incarnations: the boar (Varaha) and the man-lion (Narasimha). Not invited to the celestial marriage of Vishnu and Lakshmi (Anjali Devi), Durvasa banishes Lakshmi’s parents to earth as common people. There, Lakshmi is reborn as a tribal. The film intercuts her story on earth with the heavenly tale of Hiranyakashapu (Ranga Rao) who cannot be killed by man or beast. The demon’s son Prahlada (Balaji), devoted to Vishnu, survives several murder attempts by his own father until finally Vishnu kills Hiranyakashapu using his Narasimha avatar. The heaven-earth split allows the film to deploy two narrative styles: the mythological one and a folk idiom (cf. Anjali Devi as a restrained goddess and a coquettish earthling). Her performance and Rajeshwara Rao’s music helped the film’s commercial success.
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as Lord Vishnu
as Chenchita
as King of the Chenchus
as Lord Shiva
as Saint Narada
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as Hiranyakashipu
as Chandamarkula

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Telugu
Colour Info:
Black & White
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
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No
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Music Director: Khalid Zakaria
Playback Singer: P Susheela
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Music Director: Khalid Zakaria
Playback Singer: P Susheela