|Directed by||P. S. Ramakrishna Rao|
P. S. Ramakrishna Rao|
|Written by||Samudrala Raghavacharya (dialogues and lyrics)|
A. Nageswara Rao|
Relangi Venkata Ramaiah
|Music by||S. Rajeswara Rao|
|Cinematography||M. A. Rehman|
|Edited by||P. S. Ramakrishna Rao|
|Distributed by||Bharani Studios|
Vipra Narayana or Vipranarayana (Telugu:విప్రనారాయణ, हिंदी: विप्र नारायण) story is based on the life of Thondaradippodi Alvar, also called Vipranarayanar or Bhaktanghri Renu Swami was a Tamil Vaishnava Saint. He led his life in devotion to Lord Narayana and worked for the Perumal (Lord) by dedicating him with garlands. He is one of the 12 Alvars.
The story revolves around a Brahmin who makes flower garlands. He devotes his life to Perumal (Lord). He is seduced by a woman who is determined to make him break his vow.
Vipra Narayana was made in Telugu language first time in 1937 by Aurora Pictures. starring Kasturi Narasimha Rao, Kanchanamala and Tanguturi Suryakumari, directed by Ahindra Chaudhari.
Vipra Narayana was made in Tamil language in 1938 by Sound City. Starring Kothamangalam Cheenu and T. V. Rajasundari in the lead roles, the film was produced and directed by A. Narayanan.
A staunch devotee of Lord Ranganatha, Viparanarayana (Rao) lives, along with his disciple Rangaraju (Relangi), in an ashram on the banks of the Cauvery at Srirangam. Devadevi (Bhanumathi), a devadasi, after performing a dance recital at the Chola King (V. Sivaram)’s court on her way back along with her elder sister Madhuravani (Sandhya, mother of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha), passes through the ashram. When Viparanarayana does not even throw a glance at her, Devadevi’s vanity is hurt and she vows to entice him with her charm.
She enters the ashram making Vipranarayana believe her sorrowful story. Very soon Vipranarayana surrenders to her charm. Once her ego is satisfied, Devadevi begins to regret her act. She leaves for her home and Vipranarayana follows her, but Devadevi’s mother (played by Rushyendramani) drives him out. Unable to see His devotee’s plight, Lord Ranganatha (R. Nageswara Rao in a guest appearance) assumes the form of Rangaraju and gives a golden vessel to Rangasani, saying that it has been sent by Vipranarayana. Soon it comes to light that the vessel has been stolen from the temple. The Chola King orders the hands of Vipranarayana to be amputated as a punishment. Finally the Lord appears and reveals the truth, saying that Vipranarayana is none else than the human form of Vyjayanthi, the garland that adorns Him and Devadevi is a Gandharva kanya. Vipranarayana assumes his real form and adorns the Lord.
|A. Nageswara Rao||Vipranarayana|
|Rushyendramani||Mother of Devadevi|
|Sandhya||Sister of Devadevi|
- Director: P. S. Ramakrishna Rao
- Producers: P. S. Ramakrishna Rao & P. Bhanumathi
- Editor: P. S. Ramakrishna Rao
- Production company: Bharani Pictures
- Lyrics: Samudrala Raghavacharya (Telugu) & K. D. Santhanam (Tamil)
- Music Director: S. Rajeswara Rao
- Playback singers : A. M. Rajah, P. Bhanumathi, T. V. Rathinam
- Cinematography: M. A. Rehman
The music was composed by S. Rajeswara Rao.
- Telugu Songs
Lyrics by Samudrala Raghavacharya.
- "Aadadhi Ante Layam Layam - Aa Needantene Bhayam Bhayam" by Relangi Venkata Ramaiah
- "Anuraagalu Dhooramu" by A. M. Rajaha & P. Bhanumathi
- "Choodumadhe Cheliya" by A. M. Rajah
- "Dharicherukora Ranga" by A. M. Rajah
- "Endhukoyi Thotamali" by P. Bhanumathi
- "Evvade Athadevvade" by P. Bhanumathi
- "Madhura Madhuramee" by A. M. Rajah & P. Bhanumathi
- "Meluko Sriranga" by A. M. Rajah
- "Nanu Vidanaadakura" by P. Bhanumathi
- "Paalinchara Ranga" by A. M. Rajah
- "Raa Raa Naa Swamy" by P. Bhanumathi
- "Ranga Kaaveti Ranga" by A. M. Rajah
- "Ranga Rangayani" by P. Bhanumathi
- "Saavirahe Thava Dheena" by P. Bhanumathi
- "Thillana" by P. Bhanumathi
- "Yela Naapai Dhaya Choopavu" by P. Bhanumathi
- Slokams by P. Bhanumathi
- Tamil Songs
Lyrics by K. D. Santhanam.
|1||Aadhavan Ezhundhaan Aaruyire En Maadhavaa||A. M. Rajah||K. D. Santhanam|
|2||Yogamadhe Ezhilaam Kannan Yogamadhe Ezhilaam||A. M. Rajah|
|3||Malaril Madhuvellaam Innisai Thaane||A. M. Rajah & P. Bhanumathi|
|4||Ini Aagatha Sogam Aanathaa||A. M. Rajah & P. Bhanumathi|
|5||Naayagane Jaya Geeta Radha||P. Bhanumathi|
- The film won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu - Certificate of merit in 1954 at 2nd National Film Awards