Mala Pilla

Mala Pilla
Directed by Gudavalli Ramabrahmam
Produced by Challapalli Maharaja,
Gudavalli Ramabrahmam,
Yarlagadda Sivarama Prasad
Written by
Unnava Lakshminarayana,
Tapi Dharma Rao
Starring Govindarajula Subba Rao
P.Suri Babu
Puvvula Anasuya
Teku Anasuya
P.Ganga Ratnam
Hemalathamma Rao
Music by Bhimavarapu Narasimha Rao,
Master Venu
Cinematography Sailen Bose
Sri Sarathi Studios
Release dates
25 September 1938
Running time
175 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Malapilla or Mala Pilla (English: Untouchable Child) (Telugu: మాలపిల్ల, lit. Mala "name of a lowly caste in the Telugu states"-child) was a 1938 Telugu Blockbuster film, that brought the social evil – caste – into the limelight. It was directed by Gudavalli Ramabrahmam.[1] It is based on a social drama taking Gudipati Venkatachalam's story Mala Pilla, a love story between a Brahmin boy and a Harijan girl.[2] The film dealt with the crusade against untouchability, prevailing in pre-independent India.[3][4]

The plot

The story is based on the discrimination against Harijans in villages. While some try to end discrimination, the Brahmins oppose it headed by priest Sundarama Shastri (Subba Rao). His photographer son Nagaraju (Suri Babu) falls in love with Shamapalatha (Kanchanamala), a Harijan girl and elopes with her to Calcutta where he teaches her to read and write. The two sects fight over water and work. After Shastri's wife is saved by the Harijans from a fire accident, his view of them changes. With the police and a few civilians, the situation in the village calms down while Nagaraju and Shampalatha are married with Shastri's blessings.



  1. Naati 101 Chitralu, S. V. Rama Rao, Kinnera Publications, Hyderabad, 2006, pp.14.
  2. Nostalgia Mala Pilla (1938) at
  3. Naati 101 Chitralu, S. V. Rama Rao, Kinnera Publications, Hyderabad, 2006, pp.14.
  4. "Nostalgia Mala Pilla (1938) at".

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