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Maya Bazaar (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 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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Comedy | Drama


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This film was the 1st ever South Indian film to gross 2cr.

It's Telugu version grossed around 2cr with a share of 1cr & the Tamil dubbed version grossed around 50 Lakhs with a share of 25 Lakhs in 1957 and became the highest grossing South Indian film of all time then until it was surpassed by Lava Kusa which released in 1963.

The Kannada dubbed version grossed around 20 Lakhs with a share of 10 Lakhs in Karnataka in 1965.

The total number of tickets sold (Footfalls) for this film in India are estimated to be around 5.1cr, which includes 20 lakh tickets that were sold for the digitized and colourised version released in 2010. See more »


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No other Telugu movie has transcended the boundaries of language as this film did and it goes on.
20 September 2014 | by bradduggSee all my reviews

No other Telugu movie has transcended the boundaries of language as this film did and it goes on.

If there is one telugu film to refer to say that it is the all time great of all, then this film in every sense does justice to the statement. It indeed, is seriously the best film technically, culturally and aesthetically. Acting is one heck that makes it a must watch and so is the music that will be alive even 100 years later. I love many songs today too and the tiles of most songs are later made as titles for other films. Now, we can understand how loved the film was to every telugu movie goer.

The story is not as though a tale taken from Mahabharata but a fable written by the writer Pingali Nagendra Rao and also Nagireddi and Chakrapani (both Reddy and Chakrapni are founders of Chandamama magazine too) but nevertheless its based on Mahabharatha.

If I were to simplistically write then this is about out how a man helps a girl elope and gets her married to a dear relative of his own. But this movie is not that simplistic it's multi layered and comes out in many folds as we go about each character. What's more astonishing is that Ghatothkatcha (who is the main character of the whole film) comes an hour into the film and takes this film head on and gives us a really enthralling performance.

The movie is slow for today's times but perfect and in fact you will crave for more after the completion of it. Such is the magic of this film, just terrific and enjoyable. The cinematography by Marcus Bartley (I suppose the greatest cameraman ever for Telugu films) is so awesome like we wonder how those scenes were made possible in 1957 when there was no CG or computer or any other equipment apart from a camera. Man, he must have been god to create illusions as they were shown in the film.

Everyone did their best from writing to editing to sound design to every aspect of the film. There has since not been a movie that can beat this in all departments in Telugu at least.

I have both the Black and White and the Colour DVD's but I prefer to go with B & W. It's lengthier and pristine so that helps the magic live longer. Having said that, the colour conversion is done well and I was very happy with the fact that this film was being re released.

I bet, that most films made in those good old days of Telugu are much better and much relevant than the crap being made today.

I will go with 5/5 for this movie that will ever be called the best of all Telugu movies.

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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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