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'Mayabazar' is India's greatest film ever!

New Delhi: Every Telugu person should feel proud of this great news! Telugu film 'Mayabazar' has topped the poll conducted by IBNLive to find out India's greatest film till date.

Mayabazar is a 1957 mythological Telugu film. The Telugu version was first released in Andhra Pradesh on 27 March 1957. The Tamil version, the following month in Tamil Nadu, with changes in cast and other details apt to Tamil audience. The Telugu version was later dubbed in Kannada. The story, dialogues, and song lyrics in Telugu were written by Pingali Nagendra Rao. The producer of both the versions, Bommireddy Nagi Reddy bagged the highest award for films in India, Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1986.

The critically acclaimed Mayabazar is considered one of the enduring classics of Indian Cinema. The film was touted as a landmark achievement in Indian film's cinematography, art direction and visual effects with the technology available at the time. The music delivered by Saluri Rajeswara Rao and Ghantasala has been extremely popular. The film stars Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) as Krishna and S.V. Ranga Rao as Ghatotkacha. Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Gummadi Venkateswara Rao and Savitri played in other lead roles. A digitally remastered colour version was released in 2010. IBN Live declared it as "India's greatest film ever".

Malayalam film 'Manichitrathazhu' came 2nd while another Malayalam film 'Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha' grabbed the 3rd spot.

Almost every big name of Telugu, Tamil and Kannada film industry was associated with 'Mayabazar'. Be it cinematography or be it music, this film was a pioneer in every sense. The theme of the film threw a new light on the events of Mahabharata.

News Posted: 13 May, 2013
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