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Devadasu (1953)

Adapted from a popular Bengali novel, Devadasu narrates the story of a rich guy and poor girl separated by class system of India. Parvati is forcefully married off to a middle-aged rich man and Devadasu becomes a drunkard.


Saratchandra Chatterjee (novel), Samudrala Raghavacharya (dialogue and screen adaptation)

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Credited cast:
Akkineni Nageshwara Rao ... Devadas
Savitri ... Parvati
S.V. Ranga Rao ... Zamindar Narayana Rao
Seeta Rama Anjaneyulu Chilakalapudi
Lalita Lalita ... Chandramukhi
Doraiswamy Doraiswamy ... Neelakantham
Satyanarayana Aarani Satyanarayana Aarani ... Dharmanna
Sivaram Peketi Sivaram Peketi ... Bhagawan
Nageswara Rao R. Nageswara Rao R.
Chandrakumari Chandrakumari
Bellary Lalitha Bellary Lalitha
Sitaram Sitaram ... Bandivadu (as Seetaram)
Narasimha Rao Kanchi Narasimha Rao Kanchi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sudhakar Sudhakar


It's a Telugu adaptation of Sharat Chandra chatterjee famous novel Devdas. It's eternal love story between Devadasu (ANR) and Parvathi(Savithri). Devadasu son of a landlord is a egoistic and spoiled brat from childhood itself. Due to his mischievous acts he will be sent to Britain for higher studies. After coming back from foreign he meets paru aka parvathi feels attraction. Due to social status differences Paru's parents were forced to fix marriage with a Zamindar widower with 5 children. Paru approaches Devdas for eloping from home, Devdas a fickle minded person cannot go against his father's wish and traditions. Paru marriages a old widower whose daughter is elder than his daughter. Paru takes responsibility of the family n streamlined everything. Devdas starts missing Paru under the influence of a friend becomes alcoholic and comes in touch with prostitute Chandrakala. Chandrakala understands the pain of devdas and she loves him wholeheartedly. Due to his father's death, his elder... Written by Sarath Chandra

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Drama | Family | Musical







Release Date:

26 June 1953 (India) See more »

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Vinoda Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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This film is an 'Industry Hit' in Telugu Cinema then. It grossed around 1.1cr with a share of 55 lakhs in 1953. But including its Tamil version, it grossed a total of 1.3cr with a share of 65 lakhs then. The estimated number of tickets sold (Footfalls) for this film are around 4.34cr including its Tamil version. See more »


Version of Dev.D (2009) See more »

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Superb direction, acting and wonderful songs
17 September 2002 | by bsvprasadSee all my reviews

A superb recreation of the novel. Superb direction, acting and wonderful songs. ANR made his mark with this movie, and did he act! He left an indelible impression.

I have not seen the Bimal Roy version or the latest extravaganza by Sanjay Leela Bhansali but I have seen the Saigal version. It was good and had some super numbers like "dukh ke.." but ANR easily towers head & shoulders over Saigal as Devadas.

A Classic. Don't miss it, even if you don't know a word of Telugu.

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