|Directed by||Tatineni Rama Rao|
|Produced by||N. N. Bhatt|
|Written by||Acharya Aatreya (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||Tatineni Rama Rao|
|Story by||P. Kesava Dev|
|Based on||Odayil Ninnu (Novel)|
|Starring||Akkineni Nageswara Rao|
|Music by||K. V. Mahadevan|
|Edited by||J. Krishna Swamy|
Sri Uma Productions
Marapurani Manishi (transl. Memorable Person) is a 1973 Indian Telugu-language drama film, produced by N. N. Bhatt under the Sri Uma Productions banner and directed by Tatineni Rama Rao. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Manjula and music composed by K. V. Mahadevan. The film is a remake of the Malayalam movie Odayil Ninnu (1965), which was adapted from a novel of the same name, which was first remade as the Tamil movie Babu (1971), with Sivaji Ganesan and later as the Hindi movie Babu (1985), with Rajesh Khanna in the main role. Akkineni Nageswara Rao won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu  for this film.
The film begins with Abbi (Akkineni Nageswara Rao), an orphan and self-esteemed person, who stands on his own and works as a rickshaw puller. He lives in a colony where everyone credits him for his amiable nature and a hotel owner Rangaiah (S. V. Ranga Rao) treats him as his son, but he never seeks his help. Abbi falls in love with a beautiful girl Lakshmi (Manjula) and both spend time happily. One night, he helps a family of wealthy man Shankar (Jaggayya) from heavy rainfall, in return, he invites him provides good hospitality, including his wife Parvathi (Jayanthi) and their cute little daughter Ammulu (Baby Sridevi), showers love on him. From there on, Abbi becomes their debtor, Ammulu goes to school in his rickshaw when he knows the life ambition of Shankar is to see Ammulu as a graduate. Meanwhile, the wheel of fortune blights Abbi's life when Lakshmi is molested and killed by a goon Ranga (Ananda Mohan), In anger, Abbi slays him and thereby lands in jail. After release, Rangaiah accommodates him with a rickshaw when he gets shocked to spot Ammulu as a beggar and Parvathi as a widow. Here he learns that Shankar is bankrupted and died. Now Abbi dedicates his life for their welfare and his only aim is to make Ammulu a graduate. Time passes, Abbi strives hard at the cost of his health, but Ammulu develops aversion and hatred towards him as she is habituated to a rich lifestyle, yet, Abbi does not leave his aim. Years roll by, Abbi almost becomes terminally ill, Ammulu (Latha) falls in love with a rich guy Shekar (Chandra Mohan), to which Abbi opposes when Ammulu insults him very badly. At that point in time, Parvati berates Ammulu and makes her understand the virtue of Abbi when she realizes her folly and adheres to his word. Thereafter, Abbi toils and succeeds to see Ammulu graduation gown. Meanwhile, Shekar convinces his father Ananda Rao (Gummadi) and everyone accepts to their marriage. Finally, the movie ends Abbi blessing newly wedded couple and breathes his last, happily.
- Akkineni Nageswara Rao as Abbi
- Manjula as Lakshmi
- S. V. Ranga Rao as Rangaiah
- Gummadi as Ananda Rao
- Jaggayya as Shankar
- Raja Babu as Delhi
- Nagabhushanam as Varaalu
- Chandra Mohan as Shekar
- P. J. Sarma
- Ch. Krishna Murthy
- Ananda Mohan as Ranga
- Chitti Babu as P. Pal
- Jayanthi as Parvathi
- Latha as Ammulu
- Roja Ramani as Middle age Ammulu
- Pushpa Kumari as Varaalu's wife
- Baby Sridevi as Young Ammulu
|Film score by|
|Producer||K. V. Mahadevan|
|K. V. Mahadevan chronology|
Music composed by K. V. Mahadevan. Music released on Audio Company.
|S. No.||Song Title||Lyrics||Singers||length|
|1||"Vacchindhi Vacchindhi"||C. Narayana Reddy||Ghantasala||4:09|
|2||"O Raamayyaa"||Acharya Aatreya||Ghantasala, P. Susheela||4:22|
|3||"Ekkado Ledule Devudu"||Acharya Aatreya||Ghantasala||4:01|
|4||"Evade Ee Pillagaadu"||C. Narayana Reddy||SP Balu, P. Susheela||3:58|
|5||"Em Cheppanu"||C. Narayana Reddy||Ghantasala, P. Susheela||4:19|
- VCDs and DVDs on - VOLGA Videos, Hyderabad
- "Marapurani Manishi (Overview)". IMDb.
- "Marapurani Manishi (Review)". Know Your Films.
- "Marapurani Manishi (Cast & Crew)". Spicy Onion.
- The Times of India Directory and Year Book Including Who's who. Bennett, Coleman. 1980. p. 308.