DirectorL. V. Prasad Release dateNovember 24, 1949 (India) LanguageTelugu
WriterSamudrala Raghavacharya Release date1949 SongsVedalipo Tella Dora Vedalipo CastN T Rama Rao (Police Inspector), Krishnaveni (Shobha), Chittor V Nagaiah, S V Ranga Rao, C H Narayana Rao (Madhu)
Mana desam 1949
Mana Desam (English: Our Country) is a 1949 Telugu social film directed by L. V. Prasad and produced by actress Krishnaveni. The title means "Our Country" in Telugu. The film is based on Vipradas, a Bengali novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, and is set against the backdrop of the Indian freedom struggle.
Mana desam songs maruvalenu ra krishna veni nagaiah
It will be remembered as the film that introduced Telugu thespians like N. T. Rama Rao and the popular singer Ghantasala as a music director and famous south Indian singer P. Leela to Telugu people.
Krishnaveni used the all traditional story telling techniques then in the movie. She used styles of Burra katha, Oggu katha, stage dramas like Veedhi Natakalu, Bommalatalu in parts of the movie. She also included all types of traditional songs in Telugu, patriotic songs, dhampudu songs, bhajans and rural songs.
The movie also portrays the Gandhian values during freedom struggle and their deterioration after India got freedom from British.
It is first Telugu film based on Bengali story. Many Bengali stories like Devdas and Aradhana were used as plots for Telugu movies afterwards.
Madhu and Shoba are lovers. Madhu supports the Congress party but Shoba is opposed to congress views. They both are arrested in political violence during the freedom struggle. Madhu is tortured by the police and loses memory. The movie ends with his recovering from amnesia and reunion of the couple. Producer Krishnaveni herself played the role of Sobha and Narayana Rao played the role of Madhu.
Producer - Krishnaveni and her husband Raja of Mirzapuram under MRA Productions.
Director - L. V. Prasad
Music - Ghantasala
Story - famous Bengal writer Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel
Dialogue and lyrics - Samudrala Raghavacharya
Camera - MA Rehman
Singers - Ghantasala, M. S. Ramarao, C. Krishnaveni, P.G. Jikki Krishnaveni, P. Leela, Nagaiah etc.
Madhu - C. H. Narayana Rao
Sobha - Ms. C Krishnaveni
Police Inspector - N. T. Rama Rao
Chittor V. Nagaiah
S. V. Rangarao
Vangara Venkata Subbayya
Surabhi Bala Saraswati
Hero - Ravijangam
Jaya Janani - patriotic song, singers are Ghantasala and C. Krishnaveni
Emito Ee Sambhandam Enduko Ee Anubhandam - duet, singers are M. S. Ramarao and C. Krishnaveni
Chalo Chalo Raja - Singers are M. S. Ramarao and C. Krishnaveni