This article is about the film. For the Telugu translator and film director, see Aluri Chakrapani.
Directed by P. S. Ramakrishna Rao
Produced by P. S. Ramakrishna Rao
Written by Ravuri Satyanarayana Rao
Starring CSR
T. G. Kamala Devi
Music by Bhanumathi
Release dates
Running time
171 min. (approx)
Language Telugu

Chakrapani is a Telugu film produced by Bharani Pictures in 1954. It is produced and directed by P. S. Ramakrishna Rao and Bhanumathi. It was a comedy based family film.


The world and his family may call him a miser, but Chakrapani (CSR) has one goal in life – to save one lakh rupees by cutting down on whatever expenses he feels are avoidable. After his son’s death, he takes care of his daughter-in-law Visalakshamma (Venkumamba), grandson Jagannadham (Chandrasekhar), grand daughters Santha (T.G. Kamaladevi), Malati (Bhanumathi), and Revathy (Leelakumari). Among them Malati is the naughtiest and plays pranks on her grandfather, taking digs at his miserly ways. She instigates her brother to pick up a row with the old man, which leads to Jagannadham’s exit from the house. Not willing to spend much money on his grand daughters’ weddings, Chakrapani gets an elderly widower Ananda Rao (Ramana Reddy) for Santha and a dumb fellow for Malati. On the day of the marriage, Malati leaves home and boards a train while the meek Santha marries Ananda Rao and takes her younger sister Revathy along with her. In the train, Malati meets a considerate couple, Mukunda Rao (Dr. Sivaramakrishnaiah), a veterinary doctor, and his wife Usha (Chayadevi). They take her home and their only son Venkatachalam (ANR) falls in love with her. Malati agrees to marry him and the wedding is performed. Mukunda Rao gets transfer and leaves the town. Malati lets a portion of the house to Manorama (Suryakantham). Venkatachalam joins an insurance company which requires him to travel frequently.

Meanwhile, Chakrapani reaches his target of saving one lakh rupees and decides to give it to his great grandson. Revathy conveys this to Malati and also informs her that Santha is pregnant. Ananda Rao hopes that she will deliver a boy, but Santha gives birth to a girl. On the advice of Manorama (Suryakantham), Malati in order to get hold of the property, writes to her grandfather that she has delivered a boy. Chakrapani arrives to see the child. Chalam was on an official tour at that time. Manorama brings a child from the opposite house and the boy was shown to Chakrapani as Malati’s son. To bring authenticity to the drama, Manorama’s brother Saradhi (Amarnath) is made to act as Malati’s husband, Chalam. On the same day, Chalam too returns from his tour and was introduced to Chakrapani as the cook. And from there on the story takes a number of comic twists and turns and ultimately Chakrapani is elated that the money is going to the rightful heir- his great grandson, who happens to be none other than the son of his estranged grandson, Jagannatham. But Jagannadham declares that women have equal rights to property and that he will share the money with his sisters.



A popular writer of the time, Ravuru had started his career with Krishnapatrika in Machilipatnam and later worked in the editorial section of Andhra Prabha. His column Ashamaashi, in which he wrote on serious subjects in a lighter vein, was very popular in those days. He came up with the story of Chakrapani, a penny-pincher and his naughty grand daughter. This film was a satire on Tollywood Veteran Aluri Chakrapani. Due to her rift with Aluri Chakrapani , Bhanumathi had left the lead role in 'Missamma' movie and later that role went to Savitri. By that time she was in making of film Vipranarayana, in which ANR and Bhanumathi are playing lead roles. She Postponed the shooting of Vipranarayana and began to work on this film and want to release the film before the release of Missamma. It is debut movie of Bhanumathi as Music Director.

Critical Reception

An Article Published in The Hindu Newspaper On movie reviewed " The entire narrative in the movie is full of wit, thanks to Ravuru’s humorous dialogue and fine performance by all major actors – ANR, Bhanumathi, CSR, Kamaladevi, Amarnath, Ramana Reddy, Suryakantham and others. As usual Bhanumathi dominated the proceedings and came up with a career-best hilarious show, sustaining with ease the tempo throughout. ANR matched her with his comic timing and expressions.Apart from performances, excellent cinematography by P.S.Selvaraj, the musical score by Bhanumathi helped the film’s box-office success. Her renditions – ‘Uyyala jampalalooga raavaya…,’ ‘Pakkala nilabadi…,’ ‘Nanu choosi intha jaali yelanamma,’ and A.M. Raja’s ‘O Priyuraala… O Jawaraala’ needs mention. Addepalli Ramarao and the popular violinist of the time, Hari Achyutharama Sastry, provided the background score that enhanced the film’s quality."


When Bhanumathi reworked the story and made it as Athagaru Zindabad (director: P.Chandrasekhar Reddy) in 1988 as a tribute to her husband, her attempt did not meet with similar success.

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