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Maya Bazar

Maya Bazar (released in 1957) is a Telugu mythological movie based on characters from the Mahabharata.

In the movie, Balarama vows to marry his daughter Sasirekha to Abhimanyu, the son of Arjuna and Subhadra. But as Pandavas lose their kingdom and wealth in the famous gamble of the Mahabharata, Revati (the wife of Balarama) forces her husband to marry their daughter off to Lakshmana Kumara, a Kaurava prince and the son of Duryodhana.

Ghatothkaja, Abhimanyu's cousin, unable to withstand the insult approaches Lord Krishna for help. Krishna directs him to take the form of Maya Sasirekha (a duplicate Sasirekha) and marry off the original Sasirekha to Abhimanyu. Ghatothkaja follows the orders and gets ready to marry the Kaurava prince in the form of Maya Sasirekha. The movie ends with Ghatothkaja teaching a lesson to Kauravas under the aegis of Lord Krishna.

The movie featured almost all the legends of Telugu film industry.

The movie had some all-time popular music by Ghantasala. New Telugu words like Dushta Chatushtayam (meaning The evil quartet) have been coined by the dialogue writer Pingali for this movie.

Marcus Bartley, an English cinematographer, handled the camera and special effects for this mythological movie.


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