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Devta (1956 film)

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File:Devta poster.jpg
Directed byPattana
Produced byNarayanan Iyengar
Written byDialogue:
Pandit Mukhram Sharma
Screenplay byPattana
Story bySadasiva Bramham
Gemini Ganesan
Anjali Devi
Music byC. Ramchandra
Narayanan Company Production
Distributed byRajshri Productions
Release date
  • 1 January 1956 (1956-01-01)
Running time
178 min

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Devta (

  1. REDIRECT Template:Translation sidebar) is a 1956 Hindi partly coloured swashbuckler film written by Sadasiva Bramham and directed by Pattana. The film had Vyjayanthimala in the title role with Gemini Ganesan and Anjali Devi in the lead, while Agha, Bipin Gupta, Krishna Kumari and M. N. Nambiar form an ensemble cast. The film was produced by Narayanan Iyengar with his production company; Narayanan Company. The music was composed by C. Ramchandra, with lyrics provided by Rajendra Krishan. The film was a remake of the 1955 Tamil film Kanavane Kankanda Deivam.[1]


This film narrated the story of a king (Bepin Gupta) who loses his sight and needs a "Nagi Jyothi" (serpent light) found in "Sarpaloka" (serpent world). A young man (Ganesh) working in the palace and in love with the princess (Anjali Devi) undertakes the hazardous journey of going to the netherworld and getting the magic light from the hood of a snake in the custody of the serpent queen (Vyjayanttimala). The queen is attracted to the young man, who pretends to be in love with her mainly to get the light. He succeeds in getting it and the queen curses him to become an ugly man. The princess marries the prince, but they are banished and live in a hut. Soon a boy is born. The devoted wife faces many trials and tribulations before she and her son help her husband regain his original form. And they live happily thereafter.


  • Anjali Devi as Nalini
  • Ganesh as Vijay
  • Bepin Gupta as Sangram Singh
  • Nambiar as Veersen
  • Agha as Bahadur
  • Roopkumar as Raja
  • Kumari Kamala as Naag Kanya
  • Krishnakumari as Naagi
  • Indira as Mallika
  • Kamalkrishna as Balvir
  • V. P. Balaram as The soldier
  • K. Ramaswamy as The soldier
  • Vyjayantimala as Naag Rani


The film's soundtrack was composed by C. Ramchandra, while the lyrics were penned by Rajendra Krishan.[2] The album had Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, Asha Bhosle and Talat Mahmood as the singers. It was also one of the last collaborations of C. Ramchandra and Lata Mangeshkar, they fell out in 1957 and parted their ways.[3]

No. Song Singers Length (m:ss)
1 "Do Nainon Ka Bana" Lata Mangeshkar 3.23
2 "Kaise Aaoon Jamuna Ke Teer" Lata Mangeshkar 3.01
3 "Phoolon Ke Mele" Lata Mangeshkar 3.08
4 "Suna Hai Mere Dil Ka" Lata Mangeshkar 2.98
5 "Udhar Chali Ja Janaki" Manna Dey 5.17
6 "Yeh Chand Kal Jo" Lata Mangeshkar 2.94
7 "Zalim Tere Aankhon Ne" Asha Bhosle 2.66
8 "Kisi Se Pyaar Hai Humko" Talat Mahmood, Lata Mangeshkar 3.26
9 "Ae Chaand Kal Jo Aana Unko" Lata Mangeshkar 3.28

Table of Devta and its remakes[edit]

Kanavane Kankanda Deivam (Tamil) Devta (Hindi)
Vijayan (R. Ganesh) Vijay (Ganesh)
Soorasimmar (V. Nagaiah) Sangram Singh (Bepin Gupta)
Veerasenan (M. N. Nambiar) Veersen (Nambiar)
Singan (Friend Ramasami) Bahadur (Agha)
Karunakaran (Nat Annaji Rao) Balvir (Kamalkrishna)
Soldier (V. P. Balaraman) Soldiers ( V. P. Balaram, K. Ramaswamy)
Nalini (Anjali Devi) Nalini (Anjali Devi)
Nagarani (Lalitha) Naag Rani (Vyjayantimala)
Mallika (M. N. Rajam) Mallika (Indira)
Naagi (T. P. Muthulakshmi) Naagi (Krishnakumari)
Nagakanni (Bala) Naag Kanya (Kumari Kamala)
Raja (Baby Uma) Raja (Roopkumar)


  1. Guy, Randor (2009-12-21). "Blast from the past: Kanavaney Kankanda Deivam". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-27. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Devta(1956))". Reloadlife.com. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-18. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Karan Bali. "Lata Mangeshkar". Upperstall.com. Retrieved 2011-10-18.

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