Release Date: 27 March
Banner: Vijaya Pictures
Synopsis: During the Pandavas’ Agnyatavasa (period of exile), Arjuna sends his wife Subhadra and their son Abhimanyu to Dwaraka to stay with her brothers, Krishna (N.T.Rama Rao)and Balarama (Gummadi Venkateswara Rao). Sasirekha (Savitri), Balarama’s daughter and Abhimanyu have been in love with each other from their childhood. Their families had agreed to get them married when they were children. However, Balarama’s wife refuses to honour that commitment as the Pandavas no longer have their kingdoms and are in exile. Balarama decides to conduct Sasirekha’s marriage with Lakshmana Kumara (Relangi Venkata Ramaiah) who is his favourite disciple, Duryodhana’s (Mukkamala) son. Krishna advises Subhadra to approach (Ghatotkacha) (S.V.Ranga Rao). Initially Ghatotkacha assumes them to be intruders in his forest and attacks them, but later apologizes once he realizes who they are. He goes to Dwaraka along with his retinue. Using his magical powers he assumes the form of Sasirekha and goes about wrecking her marriage with Lakshmana Kumara.
Cast: NT Rama Rao (Srikrishna), Akkineni Nageswara Rao (Abhimanyu), SV Ranga Rao (Ghatotkacha), Gummadi (Balarama), Savitri (Sashirekha), Rushyendramani (Subhadra), Chaya Devi (Renuka), Sandhya (Rukmini), Relangi (Lakshmana Kumara), Mukkamala (Duryodhana), CSR Anjaneyulu (Sakuni), Mikkilineni (Karna), R. Nageswara Rao (Dussasana), Suryakantham (Hidimba), Ramana Reddy (Chinnamayya), Allu Ramalingaiah (Sarma), Vangara Venkata Subbaiah (Sastri), Nagabhushanam (Satyaki), Madhavapeddi Satyam (Daaruka)
Story, Dialogues: Pingali Nagendra Rao
Playback: Ghantasala, ML Vasantha Kumari, P. Leela, P. Susheela, Madhavapeddi Satyam, Rushyendramani
Cinematography: Marcus Bartley
Editing: C.P. Jambulingam and Kalyana Sundaram
Art: Gokhale and Kaladhar
Choreography: Pasumarthi Krishna Murthy
Producers: B. Nagi Reddy, Chakrapani
Director: K.V. Reddy
Budget: Rs. 2 lakhs
Trivia: The film had a 175-day run in Durga Kala Mandir theatre, Vijayawada.
The film had a 100-day run in 15 centres in first release and 8 centres in second release.
15 lakhs copies of calenders, NTR in Srikrishna get-up, were sold out published by Vijaya Pictures.
It made into Telugu and Tamil simultaneously. In Tamil, Gemini Ganesan did Abhimanyu role, Tangavelu as Lakshmana Kumara, D. Balasubrahmanyam as Balarama, Nambiar as Sakuni and remaining main artistes acted both languages.
Initially, Saluri Rajeswara Rao selected as music director and he given tunes for the songs ‘laahiri laahiri laahirilo’, ‘Neevenaa nanu talachinadi’, ‘Choopulu kalasina subhavela’ and ‘Nee kosame ne jeevinchunadi’. Remaining songs and re-recording done by Ghantasala.
Director K.V. Reddy or for that matter, producers Nagireddy and Chakrapani, would not have imagined what they were unleashing when they decided to make Maya Bazaar — a bilingual in Telugu and Tamil.
The finished product hit the screen in 1957 to become a landmark movie in the Telugu film industry.
Maya Bazaar’s songs are legendary in Telugu cinema. The titles of almost all the songs have been reused as movie names in later years.
1. Bhali Bhali Bhali Bhali Deva – Truths Hidden in Life
2. Aha Naa Pellianta – Actress Savtri’s stunning dual portrayal of a princess and a monster-prince cemented her acting prowess in Telugu Cinema.
3. Chupulu Kalisina Shubavela
4. Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo – A great portrayal of romance spanning three generations.
5. Sundari Oho Sundari – Relangi’s humorous song that makes many people still laugh when they see some one clap hands behind their back.
6. Vivaha Bhojanambu – S V Ranga Rao’s portrayal of Ghatotkacha and some state of the art cinematic effects.