Kadri Venkata Reddy, Kamalakara Kameswawara Rao
This 1951 classic by Vijaya Pictures,is the filmatic imagination and extension of Kasi Majli Kathalu, a folk story which catapulted N.T. Rama Rao to fame. The son of a gardener falls in love with a princess and on being rejected goes in chase of fortune to return rich and ask for the hand of the princess. He falls into the trap of a black magician, brilliantly played by S.V. Ranga Rao, and the rest of the story is how the hero outwits the villain and wins the hand of princess. The eternal singer Ghantasala has provided music which includes the evergreen ‘Prema Kosame Valalo Padene Papam Pasivadu’ and ‘Kalavaramaye madilo’. It is the first Telugu film that has been widely acclaimed and remains a great crowd puller to this day.