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Manchi Kutumbam
File:Manchi Kutumbam.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byV. Madhusudan Rao
Produced byP. Mallikarjuna Rao
Written byAcharya Atreya (dialogues)
Screenplay byV. Madhusudan Rao
Story byVeepathuru Kittu
Based onGrahasti (1963)
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao
Showkar Janaki
Vijaya Nirmala
Music byS. P. Kodandapani
CinematographyP. S. Selvaraj
Edited byN. S. Prakasam
Madhu Pictures[1]
Distributed byNavayuga Films
Release date
  • 15 March 1968 (1968-03-15)
Running time
151 mins

Amazon.com Logo.png Search Manchi Kutumbam on Amazon. Manchi Kutumbam (

Good Family) is a 1968 Telugu-language drama film, produced by P. Mallikarjuna Rao on Madhu Pictures banner[2] and directed by V. Madhusudan Rao.[3] Starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Showkar Janaki, Kanchana, Krishna, Vijaya Nirmala and music composed by S. P. Kodandapani.[4] The film is remake of Tamil Movie Motor Sundaram Pillai (1966) which itself was a remake of Hindi film Grahasti (1963).


Venu Gopal Rao a wealthy person leads a happy family life with his ideal wife Shanta and eight children and his widowed elder sister Seetamma, nephew Pandu stays along with them. He spends four days of the week for work and halts on the weekend for his family. Venu Gopal Rao's elder daughter Kamala marries Gopi, on a condition by Gopi's father that the couple must live separately until completion of his son's education. But once, Gopi arrives without his parents’ knowledge and spends some time with Kamala. Meanwhile, two other college-going daughters Mala and Nirmala, fall for two handsome men Mohan and Shankar respectively; Pandu loves Station Master Bhushanam's daughter Bala and elders fix their alliance. During the time of engagement, a young lad Chinna lands at their house claiming himself as Venu Gopal Rao's son and conveys that he spends weekly five days with them. Venu Gopal Rao accepts it and reveals regarding his second wife and family. Listening to it, Shanta and family are devastated and the engagement breaks up. Now everyone accuses Venu Gopal Rao including his family, one thing led to another, Kamala's father-in-law warns to drop her in their house and he does so.

Eventually, Shanta wants to know regarding her husband's second wife, so, she visits their house where she learns that the second wife has died and collapses looking at her photograph. Surprisingly, Venu Gopal Rao's second wife is none other than Shanta younger sister Sarada. Parallelly, Venu Gopal Rao calls the groom's parents to resolve the conflicts, thereupon, Kamala's in-laws overtake to discard her as she is pregnant. Here Venu Gopal Rao loses his cool and starts revealing his past, he is brought up by a wise person who has two daughters Shanta and Sarada when he approaches Venu to marry his daughter when he assumes it as Sarada, as the two are in love with each other. Later Sarada realizes Shanta too admires Venu, so, she sacrifices her love and complies him to marry Shanta. Soon after the marriage, the couple leaves for a job to Rangoon. As it is the time period is WW II, during a bombing raid, Venu assumes Shanta is dead, so, gets back to India when Shanta's father discovers the love affair of Venu and Sarada and performs their marriage. Now a complication arises, Shanta is alive in Rangoon, knowing it, her father makes a promise from Venu on his deathbed that he will not let know about one to other as each may sacrifice their life for each other, due to which Venu Gopal Rao has to suffer and maintain secrecy all these years. After he ends up the narration, Gopi also admits his mistake and everyone apologizes Venu Gopal Rao. Finally, the movie ends a happy note with the families, in-laws, brides, and grooms participating in the wedding processions.


  • Akkineni Nageswara Rao as Venu Gopal Rao
  • Showkar Janaki as Shantha
  • Kanchana as Sharada
  • Krishna as Mohan
  • Vijaya Nirmala as Mala
  • Chandra Mohan as Shankar
  • Gummadi as Venu Gopal Rao's father-in-law
  • Mikkilineni as Principal
  • Allu Ramalingaiah as Station Master Bhushanam
  • Chalam as Pandu
  • Ram Mohan as Gopi
  • Thyagaraju as Gopi's father
  • Geetanjali as Bala
  • Hemalatha as Seetamma
  • Pushpa Kumari as Gopi's mother
  • Vijayasree as Vimala
  • Kanaka Durga as Kamala


  • Art: S. Krishna Rao, Suranna
  • Choreography:Chinni, Sampath
  • Dialogues: Acharya Atreya
  • Lyrics: C. Narayana Reddy, Arudra, Kosaraju
  • Playback: Ghantasala, P. Susheela, S. Janaki, Pithapuram, K. J. Yesudas, Vasantha
  • Music: S. P. Kodandapani
  • Story: Veepathuru Kittu
  • Editing: N. S. Prakasam
  • Cinematography: P. S. Selvaraj
  • Producer: P. Mallikarjuna Rao
  • Screenplay - Director: V. Madhusudan Rao
  • Banner: Madhu Pictures
  • Release Date: 15 March 1968


Manchi Kutumbam
📅 Released1968
⏳ Length28:29
🏷️ LabelHMV Audio
🤑 ProducerS. P. Kodandapani

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Music was composed by S. P. Kodandapani. Music was released on HMV Audio Company.

S.No Song Title Lyrics Singers length
1 "Manase Andhala Brundhavanam" Arudra P. Susheela 2:35
2 "Preminchuta Pillala Vantu" C. Narayana Reddy Ghantasala, K. J. Yesudas, P. Susheela, S. Janaki 6:51
3 "Neelo Yemundho" C. Narayana Reddy Ghantasala, P. Susheela 3:52
4 "Yevaruleni Chota" Arudra Ghantasala, P. Susheela 4:19
5 "Thulli Thulli Padutondi" Arudra P. Susheela, S. Janaki, Vasantha 3:48
6 "Tyaga Seelavamma" C. Narayana Reddy Ghantasala 2:20
7 "Nera Nera Nerabandi" Kosaraju Pithapuram 2:44
8 "Ding Dong Ding Dong" Kosaraju P. Susheela 2:00


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  2. "Manchi Kutumbam (Banner)". Filmiclub.
  3. "Manchi Kutumbam (Direction)". Know Your Films.
  4. "Manchi Kutumbam (Cast & Crew)". Spicy Onion.

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