Mangalya Balam

Mangalya Balam
மஞ்சள் மகிமை
Directed by Adurthi Subba Rao
Produced by D. Madhusudhana Rao
Written by Aatreya
Story by Ashapurna Devi
Starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao
S. V. Ranga Rao
K. Savithri
Ramana Reddy
G. Varalakshmi
P. Kannamba
Music by Master Venu
Cinematography Selvaraj
Annapurna Pictures
Distributed by Annapurna Pictures
Release dates
December 1958
Country India
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.[1][2] 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.


Actor Role
A. Nageswara Rao Chandrasekhar
K. Savithri Saroja
S. V. Ranga Rao Paparao
P. Kannamba
G. Varalakshmi
K. A. Thangavelu (Tamil)
Relangi (Telugu)
Rajasulochana Meena
K. Sarangkapani
K. Balaji
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.[3]


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".[3]

Tamil Songs

Lyrics were by Udumalai Narayana Kavi. Playback singers are Ghantasala, S. C. Krishnan, P. Suseela, Jikki & K. Jamuna Rani.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
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 songs
The Telugu songs were written by Sri Sri. Playback singers are Ghantasala, Madhavapeddi Satyam, P. Suseela, Jikki & K. Jamuna Rani.

Telugu track list
No. TitleArtist(s) Length
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
Total length:


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.[3]


National Film Awards

Filmfare Awards South


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