Bangaru Panjaram story at a glance
After proving herself to be a good actress with films like Marapuraani Kadha, Sukha Dukhalu and Rangula Ratnam, Vanisri got a fantastic opportunity to act as Neela in Bangaru Panjaram. Her portrayal as a tribal woman who resides in Nallamala forests near Srisailam and then getting married to an Engineer, and her hardships in the in laws house was mesmerizing. This is the last film in the career of legendary director B.N.Reddy. After the success of Rangula Ratnam, B.N.Reddy got the confidence in producing this different themed film. Though this film got Nandi Award and fetched a good name for Vanisri-Sobhan Babu as a hit pair, it couldn’t achieve commercial success. Prominent character actor Rao Gopala Rao worked as assistant in direction for this film and even acted in a small role.
Venu (Sobhan Babu) is an honest gentleman and an engineer by profession. He goes to Nallamala forest area near Srisailam to work on a project. The corrupt contractor Rangaiah (Kakarala) doesn’t like the honest nature of Venu. Incidentally, Venu falls in love with a beautiful woman Neela( Vanisri), who resides at a tribal settlement near the project site.Rangaiah spreads wrong news about Venu and Neela out of jealousy. Neela’s father (Thyagaraju) gets furious with this and comes to attack Venu with an axe. But he realizes the good nature of Venu very soon and with his blessings, Venu marries Neela. Cut from there..
Venu’s mother (Junior Sriranjani) is a rich woman in the city. Her brother Ramakoti( Raavi Kondala Rao) and his wife Gowri ( Pushpavalli) plan to marry their daughter Padma (Geethanjali) to Venu and get a grip on the property. But Padma is determined to marry her boyfriend ( Potti Prasad). Ramakoti gets shocked to listen to the news of Venu’s marriage to a tribal woman Neela. He ill treats Neela and insults her a lot and even creates a rift between Neela and Venu. A frustrated Neela leaves her infant baby in her in laws house and goes to some unknown destination. Neela boards a train and unfortunately it meets with an accident. Everybody assumes Neela is dead and Venu gets depressed and bedridden listening to the news. He lives with Neela’s fond memories. In reality, Neela isn’t dead but rescued by a good natured doctor (Rao Gopala Rao). He understands the sad story of Neela and gets her trained in nursing course. Ramakoti incidentally contacts this doctor to get Venu treated. The doctor who already knows about Venu and Neela sends Neela for taking care of her husband. Venu recovers in the good care of Neela and the evil deeds of Ramakoti are exposed. The film ends on a happy note with the reunion of Venu-Neela.
Vanisri does a fantastic job as Neela- the tribal woman with many shades in life. Her emotional turmoil facing the insults and troubles in in-laws house was brilliantly evident on screen. Her chemistry with Sobhan Babu is another asset. Sobhan Babu is wonderful as the engineer Venu who is extremely good natured.It is a tailor made role for a good looking actor of his sort. Raavi Kondala Rao gets an interesting role as the evil uncle of the hero and he does it well. Pushpavalli, Jr.Sriranjani, Geethanjali, Potti Prasad and so on are good in their respective roles. Rao Gopala Rao gets a pivotal role of a doctor.
The film is extremely classy in every aspect and dialogues by Palagummi Padmaraju are brilliant. Music by S.Rajeshwara Rao and B.Gopalam add greatly to the heavenly lyrics by Devulapalli Krishna Sastry. Director B.N.Reddy made great use of the songs ‘Padamule Chaalu Rama’,’Eti Gattu Kadha Evaro’ which were already popular in Akasavani radio. Pagalaithe Doravera, Manase Marera Raja fetched good name for veteran playback singer S.Janaki. A.P. Komala sang the song Padamule Chaalu with such great devotion and melody. B.N.Reddy’s directional skills are evident in every frame of the film.
Cast and Crew:
Venu- Sobhan Babu
Ramakoti- Raavi Kondala Rao
Padma’s Lover- Potti Prasad
Venu’s Mother- Jr.Sriranjani
Doctor- Rao Gopala Rao
Story and Dialogues- Palagummi Padmaraju
Lyrics- Devulapalli Venkata Krishna Sastry
Music- S.Rajeshwara Rao, B.Gopalam
Producer and Director- B.N.Reddy
Release Date- March 19th 1969