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Maya Bazaar (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 27 March 1957 (India)
Balarama promises Subhadra to get his daughter married to her son. But when the Pandavas loses their kingdom to the Kaurava's, Balarama breaks his promise.


Kadiri Venkata Reddy (as Kadri Venkata Reddy)


Aluri Chakrapani (screen adaptation) (as Chakrapani), Pingali Nagendra Rao (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taraka Rama Rao Nandamuri ... Lord Krishna
S.V. Ranga Rao ... Ghatotkajudu
Savitri ... Sasirekha
Gemini Ganesan ... Abhimanyu
Akkineni Nageshwara Rao ... Abhimanyu
Rushyendramani Rushyendramani ... Subhadra
Seeta Rama Anjaneyulu Chilakalapudi ... Sakhuni
Nambiar Nambiar ... Sakuni
K.A. Thangavelu ... Lakhmana Kumaran (as Thangavelu)
Relangi Venkatramaiah ... Laxmana Kumarudu
Balasubramaniam D. Balasubramaniam D. ... Balaram
Gummadi ... Balarama
Sandhya ... Rukmini
Chhayadevi ... Revathi (as Chhaya Devi)
Suryakantham ... Hidimbi

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The story revolves around the characters in the Hindu Epic "The Mahabharata" and is set in Dwaraka, the hometown of Lord Krishna (NTR). Arjuna's son Abhimanyu(ANR) falls in love with Balarama's daughter Sasirekha(Savitri). When the Pandava's lose their kingdom in the infamous game of dice to the Kaurava's, Balarama promises his daughters hand to Duryodhana's son, there by breaking the promise made to Subhadra(Abhimanu's mother and Balarama's sister). The rest of the movie is how Bhima's son Ghatotkacha(SVR) helps the lovers unite with his magic. Written by Chandu Parimi

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The song "Lahiri lahiri lahiri lo" contains the illusion of moonlight. This was the first illusion of moonlight ever featured in Indian cinema, shot by cinematographer Marcus Bartley. See more »


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Best Movie in Telugu Film Industry
22 January 2012 | by reacharifSee all my reviews

Perhaps the complete cinema in its era, Mayabazar with its stellar cast continues to amaze the Telugu audience till date... If the Telugu film industry can be divided into two eras then, it would be Pre and Post Mayabazar... That's how big the movie is... It was, it is and it will remain the CLASSIC for eternity... It has big heavy weights of Telugu Film Industry donning in various roles... ANR as Abhimanyu; SVR as Ghatothkacha and above all NTR donning the role of Lord Krishna.... Particularly NTR's subtle dialogue delivery and magnificent stature lights up the frame when he is there... The ever gorgeous Savithri is at her best... Adorable beauty she remains...

To sum it all, the events in the Movie do not truly depict of what happened in Mahabharata (The Epic of Hindu Mythology)... The likes of K.V. Reddy came out with a brilliant idea of weaving a small skit in the form of MAYABAZAR... The stand out point in the movie is "Marcus Bartley's" stunning light effects for the song "Lahiri Lahiri Lo..." The frame has been caught to perfection in every minute detail.. Hats off to that...

The movie was digitally remastered in color in the year 2008. They had to do away with some editing as the original movie tape was badly damaged in the testimony of time.. The newer version is Nevertheless, it lived up to its expectations... The movie came out exceptionally well and K.V.Reddy would have been proud of that..

If Moghal-E-Azam is to Hindi Film Industry then, the south India claims to have Mayabazar ... If a person were to draw comparison, then that would be it.. Both were magnum opus in their own way...

Go ahead and watch it in color and be enthralled !!! I will give it 10 out of 10... I consider myself blessed to have been born in the MAYABAZAR era....

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Telugu | Tamil

Release Date:

27 March 1957 (India) See more »

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Fantasy Bazaar See more »

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Vijaya Pictures See more »
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