Apoorva Sahodarargal (Strange Brothers)

“Strange Brothers”, it was called, as was the custom in 1949, to give Indian movies an English Title as well.

The villain’s role was acted by one of the greatest legends of Indian Cinema, Padmashri R. Nagendra Rao – my venerable grandfather (father’s father).

In this picture below from the movie, he (the villain, on the right) locks swords with one of the “brothers” (hero, left).

And the beauty of this picture, is that the “hero”, Padmashri M.K. Radha, is actually the grandfather of one of my best childhood friends from India, Rajaa Murugan.

Murugan and I used to joke that our grandfathers fought with swords in the movie, maybe we should also try it sometime, fighting with each other 🙂


Apporva Sagodarargal

Here’s a review of the movie from the NY Times:

Following up on S. S. Vasan’s 1948 mega-hit Chandralekha, this sequel was inspired by Douglas Fairbanks Jr.’s 1941 film The Corsican Brothers. The film opens with the dastardly Zoravar Singh vanquishing a rival kingdom and usurping its throne. A trusted servant spirits away the twin princes Vikram and Vijay who are heirs to the crown. Though raised separately, Vikram grows up in the city while Vijay lives his childhood in a forest, both become obsessed with avenging their father and both fall for the same beautiful lass (Bhanumathi). This film was produced in three different languages– Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi — with three different directors credited — T. G. Raghavachyran, C. Pullaiah and S. S. Vasan respectively. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide (link)

Some of the movies my grandfather, R. Nagendra Rao, acted in / directed / produced, are:

  1. Hannele Chiguridaga  1968 (Patriarch)
  2. Attegondukala Sosegondukala  1968
  3. Veera Kesari  1963  (Dharma Nayaka)
  4. Ranadheera Kanteerava  1960  (Dalavayi Vikrama Raya)
  5. Raayara Sose (1958)
  6. Premada Putri (1957)
  7. Nagula Chaviti  1956
  8. Jatakaphalam  1953
  9. Jatakam  1953
  10. Mugguru Kodukulu  1952
  11. Apoorva Sahodaralu  1950
  12. Nishan  1949
  13. Apoorva Sahodarargal  1949  – Zoravar Singh
  14. Bhukailasa  1940

– Ravi Jayagopal

5 Replies to “Apoorva Sahodarargal (Strange Brothers)”

  1. Thanks Ravi,

    Am so happy to see this picture in your dad’s website.

    Both of our Grand-dads were legends and we take great pride being their grandsons.

    When I get to do my grand-dad’s website will let you know and we cud have a link to either of our websites.

    Thanks again

    Rajaa Murugan
    Grandson of late Padmashri M.K.Radha

  2. good show, ravi. update us on more such interesting material

  3. Good thought to bring him to the limelight after so many years. Let the world know what a genius he was. I would like to add some more information to this through my father too. Need to add him in your links. Will see if I can get anymore pictures and add them to your site.

  4. B. S. Sridhar June 24, 2010 at 1:37 am


    You may want to add Premada Putri (1957) and Raayara Sose(1958) that featured your grandfather.

  5. Sir,
    Its nice to see an article on the great RNR…He was a great man…He had helped my grand dad a long time back (during my grand dad’s childhood days) and my grand dad still remembers that…He was a great man…


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