Beedala Patlu (1972 film)

Beedala Patlu (English: The Plight of the Poor) is a 1972 Telugu drama film, produced and directed by B. Vittalacharya under the Sri Vital Productions & Co banner. It stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao in the lead role and music composed by K. V. Mahadevan.[2] The film is based on the 1862 French novel Les Miserables, written by Victor Hugo, which was already made in Telugu as Same Title (1950) and simultaneously as Tamil movie Ezhai Padum Padu, with Chittor V. Nagaiah and as the Hindi movie Kundan (1955).[3][4]

Beedala Patlu
Theatrical release poster
Directed byB. Vittalacharya
Produced byB. Vittalacharya
Written byD. V. Narasa Raju (dialogues)
Based onLes Miserables
(French Novel)
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
Krishna Kumari
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
CinematographyS. Venkataratnam
Edited byG. Viswanath
Sri Vital Productions & Co[1]
Release date
  • 11 February 1972 (1972-02-11)
Running time
153 mins


The film begins during the times of the Pre-independence era, Kotaiah (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) steals a loaf of bread to feed his young niece and ailing mother. He is arrested and court sentences him to two months in prison. His niece visits him in jail telling him of her mother's death, knowing that he tried to escape from jail but was caught and his imprisonment increases five years, which goes on extending; totally, Kotaiah spends twelve years in prison. Shanta (Krishna Kumari) Kotaiah's niece is married to Ram Gopal (Satyanarayana) and they have a baby girl Padma. Ram Gopal, who is in bad company and a crook gets her to part with all her jewelry and disappears with it. Meanwhile, Kotaiah, on release from jail, has been told by the jail authorities including Inspector Javert (Gummadi) a tough and ruthless Police officer, to keep them informed about his whereabouts and to present himself regularly at the police station. When he returns to his locality, he is unable to find Shanta and the neighbors drive him away, calling him a dacoit. Kotaiah turns over a new leaf with the help of a Christian Bishop (Chittor V. Nagaiah), who helps him realize himself and introduces himself as Dayanidhi, who becomes successful and becomes Mayor of his town. Once Kotaiah meets up with Shanta on her death bed and before dying, she hands over Padma's responsibility to Kotaiah. Meanwhile, Inspector Javert finds out about his new life and threatens to expose him all the time. Time goes on, grown Padma (Chandrakala) falls in love with Arun Kumar (Chandra Mohan), a freedom fighter. In a fight between the revolutionaries and the police, Javert is imprisoned by them, but subsequently, Kotaiah saves Javert's life. Javert commits suicide unable to turn Kotaiah into the authorities out of his sense of gratitude. Simultaneously, Arun Kumar gets injured by British Police. Kotaiah comes to his rescue, When Arun Kumar recovers, Ram Gopal has also been identified by them. Finally, the movie ends with the marriage of Arun Kumar & Padma and Kotaiah breathes his last, happily.




Beedala Patlu
Film score by
ProducerK. V. Mahadevan
K. V. Mahadevan chronology
Bharya Biddalu
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Music composed by K. V. Mahadevan. Music released on Audio Company.

S. No.Song TitleLyricsSingerslength
1 "Nenevaro Telisindi" C. Narayana Reddy Ghantasala 3:43
2 "Dabbu Lone Unnadira" G. K. Murthy Ghantasala, P. B. Sreenivas, J. V. Raghavulu 4:02
3 "Daarina Poye Ayyallaara" Kosaraju L. R. Eswari 3:56
4 "Paala Navvula Paapaayi" C. Narayana Reddy Ghantasala 3:12


  1. "Beedala Patlu (Overview)". IMDb.
  2. "Beedala Patlu (Cast & Crew)".
  3. "Beedala Patlu (Review)". Know Your Films.
  4. Naati 101 Chitralu, S. V. Rama Rao, Kinnera Publications, Hyderabad, 2006, pp: 48-9.
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