The first Telugu version of the classic Sufi legend filmed extensively in Hindi. The rich Laila (Bhanumathi) loves the poor Qais (A. Nageshwara Rao) who is accused of insanity by her family. She is sent to Iraq but, in a reversal of the usually tragic ending, meets and unites with her lover in the desert. Remembered mainly for the two stars’ performances and for Bhanumathi’s songs Ninu basipovudana and Preme neramauna, both of which she later claimed to have composed herself. The film is also Malayalam star Padmini’s Telugu debut with her sister Lalitha.
'Laila Majnu' was first made as a silent movie in the year 1922 by J. J. Madan and again in 1927 by Manilal Joshi. JJ Madan remade the movie in Hindi in the year 1931.
This movie was simultaneously made and released in Tamil with the Telugu version.
Laila Majnu 1949
01 Jan 1949 ● Telugu ● 2 hrs 51 mins
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