Feature Film, Telugu (Sorted by Release Date Ascending)



1. Bhakta Prahlada (1932)

108 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.1
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Bhakta Prahlada is the first full length Telugu talkie film based on the story of Narasimha and Prahlada in Hindu mythology.

Director: H.M. Reddy | Stars: Venkata Subbaiah Munipalle, Surabhi Kamalabai, L.V. Prasad, B.V. Subba Rao

Votes: 58

3. Shakuntala (I) (1932)

Drama, Romance

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Director: Sarvottam Badami | Stars: Yadavalli Suryanarayana, Surabhi Kamalabai

4. Savitri (1933)

125 min | Drama

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A women named Savitri fights with Yama (Head of the Hell) to save her husband's life.

Director: Chittajalu Pullayya | Stars: Vemuri Gaggaiah, Surabhi Kamalabai, Ramatilakam

5. The Wife (1933)

125 min

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Mahabharata legend in which Princess Savitri marries Satyavan despite a curse that foretells his death within a year. She manages to get Yama (Gaggaiah), the god of death, to restore her husband to life.

Director: Chittajalu Pullayya | Stars: Ramatilakam, Vemuri Gaggaiah, Nidumukkala Subba Rao, Surabhi Kamalabai

6. Prithvi Putra (1933)

154 min

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This film is based upon a story from the Puranas. The story is about Narakasura, the demon who is slain by Krishna. He asks that the day of his death be celebrated by mankind and that he be... See full summary »

Director: Patina Srinivasa Rao | Stars: Raghuramaiah Kalyanam, Parepalli Satyanarayana, Surabhi Kamalabai

8. Chintamani (1933)

Drama

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Director: Sadasiva Rao Kallakoori | Stars: Venkateswarlu Pulipati, Ramatilakam

9. Lava Kusha (I) (1934)

165 min | Musical, Drama

5.9
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This is the Ramayana story of Seeta (Sriranjani) who retires to the forest and gives birth to twin boys, Lava (Bhimarao) and Kusa (M. Rao). They later take on the might of Rama (Subba Rao) ... See full summary »

Director: Chittajalu Pullayya | Stars: Parepalli Subba Rao, Sriranjani Sr., Master Bhimarao, Malleshwara Rao

Votes: 7

10. Seeta's Wedding (1934)

133 min

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A Telegu adaptation of the Tamil mythological Seeta Kalyanam (1933). It is also the first Telegu film to use outdoor sequences. It shows Rama and Lakshmana coming to the court of King ... See full summary »

Directors: Chitrapu Narasimha Rao, Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre | Stars: Master Kalyani, Bezawada Rajarathnam, Vemuri Gaggaiah, Venkatramaiah Madhavapeddi

11. Srikrishna Thulabhaaram (1935)

Musical, Drama

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This film is based on a particular part in the life story of Sri Krishna which explains the value of devotion a wife should offer to her husband.

Director: Chittajalu Pullayya | Stars: Ramanatha Sastri Kapilavayi, Kanchanamala, Lakshmirajyam, Relangi Venkatramaiah

12. Harishchandra (1935)

Musical, Drama

6.3
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Directors: P. Pullaiah, Rajopadhyay | Stars: Srirama Murthy Addanki, Kannamba, Bheema Rao, Venkateswarlu Pulipati

Votes: 9

13. Shri Krishna Leelalu (1935)

199 min | Musical, Family, Drama

6.0
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Playful mythological featuring the antics of the child Krishna (Rajeshwara Rao) from his birth to his victory over the evil Kamsa (Gaggaiah). It is the film debut of future composer ... See full summary »

Director: Chitrapu Narasimha Rao | Stars: Vemuri Gaggaiah, Ramatilakam, Saluri Rajeshwara Rao, Sriranjani Sr.

Votes: 6

14. Sakkubai (1935)

Musical, Drama

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Director: Ramanandam B.V. | Stars: Dasari Kotiratnam, Tungala Chalapathi Rao, Ramanatha Sastri Kapilavayi

15. Draupadi Vastrapaharanam (1936)

185 min | Drama

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This Mahabharata mythological was made to compete with Draupadi Manasamrakshanam. It depicts the episode from the Mahabharata in which Draupadi is publicly humiliated by the Kauravas. It ... See full summary »

Director: Hanumappa Vishwanath Babu | Stars: Yadavalli Suryanarayana, Seeta Rama Anjaneyulu Chilakalapudi, Nagaraja Rao Nellori, Dommeti Suryanarayana

16. Anasuya (1936)

100 min

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Ansuya was made and released by director C. Pulliah as a double bill with Dhruva (1936). It is two mythologicals made exclusively with children and tells the stories of Sati Ansuya and ... See full summary »

Director: Chittajalu Pullayya | Stars: C. Krishnaveni, Prakash Rao, Suryanarayana, Narayanrao

17. Dhruva (1936)

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Director: Chittajalu Pullayya | Star: Rao C.S.R.

18. Sati Tulasi (1936)

Drama, Musical

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Director: Chitrapu Narasimha Rao | Stars: Ghantasala Balaramaiah, Vemuri Gaggaiah, Sriranjani Sr.

19. Balayogini (I) (1936)

120 min

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A 'contemporary' setting story about a playboy being especially influential. A Brahmin widow (Chellam) and her daughter (Saroja) are cast out by wealthy relatives. She seeks shelter in the ... See full summary »

Director: K. Subramaniam | Stars: Baby Saroja, Arani Satyanarayana, Vangara, Kamala Kumari

20. Draupadi Manasamrakshanam (1936)

159 min | Drama

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A retelling of the Mahabharata episode in which Draupadi is publicly humiliated by the Kauravas. It occurs after Yudhisthara loses her in a game of dice to Duryodhana. As the Kauravas try ... See full summary »

Directors: S. Jagannath, Ramanamurthy | Stars: Bellari Raghava, S. Rangaswamy, Sivaramakrishna Rao, H.N. Choudhury

21. Premavijayam (1936)

133 min

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Based on the director's original stage play and regarded as the first non-mythological Telegu film. This melodrama tells of two lovers who have to overcome parental obstruction to their ... See full summary »

Director: Krithiventi Nageshwara Rao | Stars: Ranga Rao, P.S. Sharma, P. Rama Rao, K. Ranga Rao

22. Sampoorna Ramayanam (1936)

200 min

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This mythological features tales from the Ramayana. The film later acquired curiosity values for its primitive technique: workers from the Godavari canals were recruited to play Rama's (... See full summary »

Director: S.B. Narayana | Stars: B. Narayana Murthy, Rama Nagabhushanam, Pushpavalli

23. Lanka Dahanam (1936)

Musical, Drama

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Director: Sadasiva Rao Kallakoori | Star: Raghuramaiah Kalyanam

24. Veerabhimanyu (1936)

Musical, Drama, Romance

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Director: Amin V.D. | Star: Kanchanamala

25. Sasirekha Parinayam (1936)

Musical, Drama, Romance

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Director: Chitrapu Narasimha Rao | Stars: Lakshmana Swamy S.P., Shanta Kumari, Venkatramaiah Madhavapeddi, Sriranjani Sr.

26. Kanakatara (1937)

Drama, Romance

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Based on Chandala Kesava Das's stage play 'Kanakatara'

Director: Hanumappa Vishwanath Babu | Stars: Dommeti Suryanarayana, Kannamba

27. Dasavataramulu (1937)

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Directors: K.P. Bhave, Chittajalu Pullayya

28. Vipranarayana (1937)

Musical, Drama, Romance

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Director: Ahindra Choudhury | Stars: Narasimha Rao Kasturi, Kanchanamala, Tanguturi Suryakumari

29. Chal Mohana Ranga (1937)

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Director: Chittajalu Pullayya

30. Kasula Peru (1937)

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Director: Chittajalu Pullayya

31. Sarangadhara (I) (1937)

Musical, Drama

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Director: P. Pullaiah | Stars: Banda Kanakalingeshwara Rao, Shanta Kumari, Kannamba, Sriranjani Sr.

32. Mohini Rugmangada (1937)

165 min

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Proselyting mythological advocating the ekadashi 'vrat' (a ritual fast on the 11th day of the lunar month). Strongly promoted, it claimed to bring a new variety to Telugu cinema, featuring ... See full summary »

Director: Chitrapu Narasimha Rao | Stars: Vemuri Gaggaiah, Suryanarayana, Ramatilakam, Venkateswarlu Pulipati

33. Bhakta Jayadeva (1938)

155 min | Musical, Drama

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Big-budget by unsuccessful saint film about Jayadeva (12th C.), the author of the 'Geet Govind'. The story shows the enmity between Jayadeva and Taranatha, who first burns down Jayadeva's ... See full summary »

Directors: Hiren Bose, Surabhi Kamalabai | Stars: Surabhi Kamalabai, Shanta Kumari, Rentachintala Satyanarayana, Venkateswarlu V.

34. Gruhalakshmi (1938)

184 min | Drama

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The film tells of the decadent dancer, Madhuri (Kanchanmala), who seduces the upright Dr. Krishna Rao (Ramanujachari) into leaving his good wife Radha (Kannamba). The doctor becomes an ... See full summary »

Director: H.M. Reddy | Stars: Chittor V. Nagaiah, Ramanujachari, Jandhyala Gaurinatha Sastri, Govindrajulu Subba Rao

35. Markandeya (1938)

Musical, Drama

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Director: Chitrapu Narayana Rao | Star: Vemuri Gaggaiah

36. Mohini Bhasmasura (1938)

183 min

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Mythological about the demon Bhasmasura who comes to earth armed with a boon from Shiva and causes mayhem. The demon is indestructible until Vishnu confronts him. Vishnu appears in the ... See full summary »

Director: Chittajalu Pullayya | Stars: Pushpavalli, Dasari Kotiratnam, Subba Rao A.V., Puvvula Nagarajakumari

38. Malapilla (1938)

175 min | Drama

8.3
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The son of a priest falls in love with a Harijan girl and elopes with her. The film was a social drama that deals with untouchability prevalent in pre-independent India.

Director: Gudavalli Ramabrahmam | Stars: Govindrajulu Subba Rao, Kanchanamala, Suri Babu P., Sundaramma

Votes: 33

39. Jarasandha (1938)

Musical, Drama

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Director: Chitrapu Narasimha Rao | Stars: Vemuri Gaggaiah, M.V. Rajamma

40. Kacha Devayani (1938)

Drama, Romance

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Director: China Kameswara Rao Dronamraju | Star: C. Krishnaveni

41. Raitu Bidda (1939)

175 min | Drama

6.3
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A seminal reformist melodrama critiquing the zamindari system from the viewpoint of the Kisan Sabha agitations in A.P. Small-time landowner Narsi Reddy (Raghawan) borrows money from a ... See full summary »

Director: Gudavalli Ramabrahmam | Stars: Bellari Raghava, G.V. Sitapati, Narasimha Rao Bhimavarapu, Suri Babu P.

Votes: 10

42. Amma (1939)

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Director: Niranjan Pal | Star: Lakshmirajyam

43. Vara Vikrayam (1939)

194 min

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A reformist social film about the iniquitous dowry system. Although opposed to the dowry system, the retired government official Purshottama Rao borrows money to get his eldest daughter ... See full summary »

Director: Chittajalu Pullayya | Stars: Pushpavalli, Bhanumathi Ramakrishna, Balijepalli Lakshmikanta Kavi, Daita Gopalam

44. Balaji (1939)

171 min

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A mythological about the deity at Tirupati, notorious as India's richest temple shrine. The film featured Pulliah's wife as the consort of 'Lord of the Seven Hills', Venkateswara. The film ... See full summary »

Director: P. Pullaiah | Stars: Seeta Rama Anjaneyulu Chilakalapudi, Shanta Kumari, Rajeshwari Devi, Buchanna Sastry

45. Jayapradha (1939)

190 min

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Rather than resorting to violence to defend his country, the peace-loving Emperor Pururava leaves his palace with his wife Jayapradha and his two sons. The royal couple attempt manual ... See full summary »

Director: Chitrapu Narasimha Rao | Stars: Seeta Rama Anjaneyulu Chilakalapudi, K. Pichhaiah, Narasimha Rao, Tanguturi Suryakumari

46. Malli Pelli (1939)

Not Rated | 187 min | Drama

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Reformist melodrama about widow remarriage. Villain Janardhanarao Panthulu has his 6-year-old daughter Lalitha married to an old man who dies shortly after. Lalitha (Kanchanmala) is brought... See full summary »

Director: Y.V. Rao | Stars: Y.V. Rao, Kanchanamala, Balijepalli Lakshmikanta Kavi, Bezawada Rajarathnam

47. Matri Bhoomi (1939)

200 min

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A nationalist allegory about an Indian king's resistance to Alexander the Great. Greek general Seleucus Nicator, her called Minander (C.S.D. Singh), is left in charge by Alexander. He is ... See full summary »

Director: H.M. Reddy | Stars: S. Santhanam, P.U. Chinnappa, Kali N. Rathnam, C.S.D. Singh

48. Vande Mataram (1939)

222 min | Drama

6.6
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Elaborate melodrama, presented the problems of uneven development in terms of an emotional conflict between and innocent feudal rural female and a worldly-wise capitalist urban male. Hero ... See full summary »

Director: B.N. Reddi | Stars: Chittor V. Nagaiah, Kanchanamala, Mudigonda Lingamurthy, Kalyani

Votes: 7

49. Mahananda (1939)

Drama, Romance, Musical

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Director: China Kameswara Rao Dronamraju | Stars: Srirama Murthy Addanki, C. Krishnaveni, Kannamba, Parepalli Subba Rao

50. Pasupathastram (1939)

Musical, Action, Drama

7.4
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Director: Ranga Rao Kocharlakota | Star: Raghuramaiah Kalyanam

Votes: 9


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