Bangaru Papa

Bangaru Papa
Directed by B. N. Reddi
Written by B. N. Reddi
Palagummi Padmaraju
Starring S. V. Ranga Rao
Kongara Jaggaiah
Krishna Kumari
Ramana Reddy
Music by Addepalli Rama Rao
Cinematography B. N. Konda Reddy
Release dates
19 March 1955
Running time
183 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Bangaru Papa (English title: Golden Baby; Telugu: బంగారు పాప) is a 1955 Telugu film directed by B. N. Reddi. It is based on the 1861 English novel Silas Marner of George Eliot.[1] B. N. Reddi personally considered it as his best cinematic work.[2] It showcased the acting skills of S. V. Ranga Rao. This film introduced the famous writer Palagummi Padmaraju to the cine-world.


Kotayya (Ranga Rao) is a kind man. He marries Rami. She succumbs to pressure from Gopala Swamy and elopes with him, leaving her husband. Rami and Gopala successfully plan and send Kotayya to jail. After returning from jail, Kotayya becomes a rowdy drunkard. He plans to take revenge and kill Gopala Swamy.

During the fateful night when he prepares to implement his plan, he hears a little child's cries. His humanity overtakes his thirst for revenge. He takes the child, a girl named Papa, under his wings. Papa is the daughter of Manohar (Jaggaiah) and Santa (Jamuna). The child's mother dies after giving birth to her. Manohar, the father, remarries.

Kotayya begins a new life in taking care of the child. He leaves rowdyism and drinking. The grown-up Papa is loved by Sekhar, the nephew of Manohar. Learning this, the landlord (Zamindar) calls Kotayya and shows anger with him. Then Manohar announces that Papa is his daughter. The landlors agrees to Sekhar's marriage with Papa and makes Kotayya happy.




Four of the songs including Harikatha were written by Devulapalli Krishnasastri.[3]



  1. Bangaru Papa in Naati 101 Chitralu, S. V. Rama Rao, Kinnera Publications, Hyderabad, 2006, pp: 109-110
  2. Tale of a Celluloid Poet by Randor Guy in The Hindu.
  3. Krishna Sastry Sahityam, Venditera Patalu, Volume 3; Vishalandhra Publishing House, Hyderabad, 2008; pp: 28-31.
  4. "3rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 1 September 2011.

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