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Chandraharam

Chandraharam (Telugu: చంద్రహారం; ) is a 1954 Telugu-Tamil bilingual swashbuckling film, produced by Nagi Reddy-Chakrapani under the Vijaya Productions banner and directed by Kamalakara Kameswara Rao. It stars N. T. Rama Rao, Savitri, Sriranjani Jr. in the lead roles and music composed by Ghantasala.

Plot

The events of the film take place in the kingdom of Chandana Desam. Its king was blessed with a baby boy with the boon of Lord Chandra. which he named Chandanraju. Chadan was born with a necklace called Chandraharam and his life is preserved in it. At the age of five, Chandan was sent to Maali (S. V. Ranga Rao) for education and was brought up in the care of Maali. Chandan (N. T. Rama Rao) is obligated to get married lest his life be in danger, hence his parents procure portraits of neighboring princesses. All the while, Chandan has a dream girl and wants to marry her. The king asks Maali to search for such a girl and sends Chandan to tour the country. Chandan's brother-in-law Dhoomekatu (Relangi) is greedy for the kingdom and wants to break the marriage of Chandran so that he will die. He sends Niksheparayudu to follow Chandan. Niksheparayudu sees Chandan's dream girl Gauri (Sriranjani Jr.) in a village. Niksheparayudu cleverly manages Gauri's stepmother and hides Gauri there. Gauri's father disapproves of this proposal and sends away Gauri secretly. Chanchala (Savitri), an angel, loves Chandan but he refuses. She snatches his Chadraharam and says he will be alive only in the night. Chanchala's sister Achala notices Gauri in an unconscious state and takes her to Chandan. Maali performs their marriage. Dhoomketu threatens the king to get him crowned, to which the helpless king agrees. During this time, Niksheparayudu notices Gauri at Maali's house. Maali takes Gauri and hides her inside a temple. Meanwhile, Chanchala gets angry at Chandan as he has left for the palace, so she kills him. Dhoomketu orders to keep Gauri also on the funeral pyre. Finally, Gauri's devotion and willpower brings Chandan back to life. Chanchala is cursed by Lord Indra (R. Nageswara Rao) by stripping her supernatural powers. Dhoomekatu and Niksheparayudu also realize their mistake. Finally, the movie ends on a happy note with the crowning ceremony of Chadanraju.