Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||T. Prakash Rao|
|Produced by||A. Sankara Reddy|
|Screenplay by||Vempati Sadasivabrahmam|
by Rabindranath Tagore
|Starring||N. T. Rama Rao|
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
|Music by||S. Rajeswara Rao|
|Cinematography||P. L. Roy|
|Edited by||N. M. Shankar|
Charana Daasi (transl. Wife) is a 1956 Indian Telugu-language drama film, produced by A. Sankara Reddy under the Lalitha Films banner and directed by T. Prakash Rao. It stars N. T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Anjali Devi, Savitri  and music composed by S. Rajeswara Rao. The film is based on Rabindranath Tagore's 1906 Bengali novel Noukadubi. The film was simultaneously made in Tamil as Mathar Kula Manikkam (1956).
The film revolves around couples – Dr. Chandra Shekar (N. T. Rama Rao) & Parvathi (Anjali Devi) ahead Venu (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) & Lakshmi (Savitri). Venu & Lakshmi are love birds, but Venu is forcibly coupled up with a girl Devaki by his parents. Simultaneously, another wedding takes place in the same village, of an orthodox girl Parvathi which is disrupted due to dowry problems. During that plight, Dr. Chandra Shekar the best friend of Parvathi's brother marries her to keep them at save face. Due to the sudden espousal, the couple fails to notice. Parallelly, as it is unwilling alliance Venu too overlooks the bride. Both the bridal parties travel on the same train, which runs into a disastrous accident. In which, Venu's parents and wife die. Here, Venu mistakes Parvathi as his wife seeing her bridal dress and takes her home. Meanwhile, Shekar assumes that both his friend and wife are deceased. Fortuitously, on time, Venu realizes the truth which he hides from Parvathi and engages himself in the relentless task of searching Parvathi's husband to unite them. Before he could succeed, Lakshmi misconstrues him by considering Parvathi as his wife. Right now, Parvathi also learns the truth and fled from Venu's house with mortifying when she tries to commit suicide. By means of the wheel of fortune, she is rescued by her mother-in-law Annapurna (Kannamba) and lands at her husband's house. Nevertheless, knowing the reality she is disabled to divulge her identity being dastarded that Shekar may suspect her chastity. Besides, Lakshmi becomes lunatic due to Venu's deceit and she is admitted at Shekar's hospital. During the time of treatment, Lakshmi & Shekar convenient each other and their elders decide to merge them to which Parvathi also happily approves. Just in time, Venu arrives and imparts the facts when Shekar whole-heartedly accepts Parvathi and both of them thank Venu even Lakshmi feels sorry. Finally, the movie ends on a happy note with the marriage of Venu & Lakshmi.
- N. T. Rama Rao as Dr. Chandra Sekhar
- Akkineni Nageswara Rao as Venu
- Anjali Devi as Parvathi
- Savitri as Lakshmi
- S. V. Ranga Rao as Raghavaiah
- Relangi as Mahesham
- Sowcar Janaki as Saroja
- Ramana Reddy as Narsu & Krishna (dual role)
- Suryakantam as Seshamma
- Govindarajula Subba Rao as Basavaiah
- Chadalavada as Hanumanthu
- Perumallu as Rangaiah
- Kannamba as Annapurna
- Hemalatha as Venu's mother
- Kamala Lakshman as Vasavadatta in Svapnavasavadattam Dance Drama
- Ragini as Dancer
- Ambika Sukumaran as Dancer
|Film score by|
|Producer||Saluri Rajeswara Rao|
Music composed by Saluri Rajeswara Rao. Music released on HMV Audio Company.
|S. No.||Song Title||Lyrics||Singers||length|
|1||"Gulabeela"||Samudrala Sr||Ghantasala, P. Susheela,||2:07|
|2||"Aasalu"||Samudrala Sr.||P. Susheela||3:49|
|3||"Are Beta"||Vempati Sadasivabrahmam||Mallikarjuna Rao||3:14|
|4||"Gunde Raayi Chesuko"||B. V. N. Acharya||Pendyala Nageswara Rao||3:42|
|5||"Ee Dayachaluna Raa"||Samudrala Sr.||P. Leela||3:41|
|6||"Regina Aasa"||Samudrala Sr.||Jikki||2:59|
|7||"Sree Lalithaa"||BVN Acharya||Swarnalatha||3:03|
|9||"Nede Kadaa"||Kosaraju||Madhavapeddi Satyam, K. Rani||3:32|
|11||"Murisenu"||Samudrala Sr.||Ghantasala, P. Susheela||2:23|
|12||"Oho Viyogini"||BVN Acharya||P. Susheela||2:42|
|13||"Yekkadunnadi"||Samudrala Sr.||Jikki and Rani||3:10|
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