|Directed by||Adurthi Subba Rao|
|Produced by||D. Madhusudhana Rao|
|Story by||Ashapurna Devi|
Akkineni Nageswara Rao|
S. V. Ranga Rao
|Music by||Master Venu|
|Distributed by||Annapurna Pictures|
|Language||Telugu and Tamil|
Mangalya Balam is a 1958 Telugu family drama film, directed by Adurthi Subba Rao. The film dealt with the institution of marriage. The film was made simultaneously with Tamil as Manjal Mahimai (Tamil: மஞ்சள் மகிமை) and released on 14 January 1959. In 1967 it was later remade with slight changes to the plot in Hindi as Choti si mulaqat starring Vyjayanthimala and Uttam Kumar.
|A. Nageswara Rao||Chandrasekhar|
|S. V. Ranga Rao||Paparao|
| K. A. Thangavelu (Tamil)|
|S. A. Asokan|
|M. S. Sundari Bai|
|P. D. Sambandam|
Bhavanarayana, producer of Meghasandesham suggested Dukkipati Madhusudhana Rao to watch the Bengali film Agni Pariksha (1954). Madhusudhana bought the remake rights after being impressed with the film and approached Atreya to write the screenplay and dialogues for the film. One of the major changes the maker brought in was while in the original version the girl’s father dies of shock, in Mangalyabalam his character was retained till the last frame. Mangalyabalam was said to be the first Telugu film to shoot in Ooty and it was also Savitri’s first visit to the hill town. The Tamil version Manjal Mahimai was simultaneously made retaining all the leading actors and technicians with two changes to the cast – Thangavelu and Balaji replacing Relangi and Ramanamurthy respectively.
The music was composed by Master Venu. He borrowed only one tune from the Bengali film’s composer Anupam Ghatak, for the song "penu cheekataye lokam" from its original version "ke tumi amare dako".
- Tamil Songs
|1||Anbinaal Ondrai Neengal||P. Suseela||02:48|
|2||Aagaaya Veedhiyil Azhagaana Vennilaa||Ghantasala & P. Suseela||Udumalai Narayana Kavi||04:46|
|3||Thiruppadhi Vengkadesane||K. Jamuna Rani|
|4||Maaraadha Sogam Thaano||Ghantasala & P. Suseela||Udumalai Narayana Kavi||03:21|
|5||My Dear Meena Un Idea Enna||S. C. Krishnan & Jikki||Udumalai Narayana Kavi||03:17|
|6||Kodai Maraindhaal Inbam Varum||Ghantasala & P. Suseela||Udumalai Narayana Kavi||03:17|
|7||Aanadhu Aachu Ponadhu Pochu||S. C. Krishnan & Jikki||Udumalai Narayana Kavi||03:08|
|8||Idhuvenna Aanandhamo||P. Suseela||Udumalai Narayana Kavi||03:24|
|Telugu track list|
|1.||"Chekkili Meeda"||Madhavapeddi Satyam, Jikki||02:58|
|2.||"Aakaasha Veedhilo"||Ghantasala, P. Susheela||03:51|
|3.||"My Dear Meena"||Madhavapeddi Satyam, Jikki||03:16|
|4.||"Thirupathi Vengkateshwara"||K. Jamuna Rani||03:55|
|5.||"Vaadina Poole"||Ghantasala, P. Susheela||03:32|
|6.||"Avunthaaraa"||P. Leela, P. Susheela||04:43|
|7.||"Haayiga Alumagalai"||P. Susheela||03:32|
|8.||"Theliyani Aanandham"||P. Susheela||03:25|
|9.||"Penucheekataye Lokam"||Ghantasala, P. Susheela||03:14|
Mangalyabalam was released on 7 January 1959 and for the first time in the history of Telugu cinema, the hundred days function was held in an open arena, the Municipal High School grounds, Vijayawada with thousands of cine fans participating and presided over by the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Kasu Brahmananda Reddy. Tamil version Manjal Magimai was released on 14 January 1959 and ran for hundred days.
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