Lava Kusa is a 1963 Indian bilingual Hindu mythological film directed by C. S. Rao and his father C. Pullaiah. The film’s script was written by Samudrala Raghavacharya. The film was produced by Shankar Reddy under Lalita Sivajyothi films. The film was shot in both Telugu and Tamil languages with the same title, but with slight differences in the cast. It was a remake of 1934 film of same name which was also directed by C. Pullaiah. The story is an adaptation of the Uttara Kanda from Ramayana. It revolves around the roles of Lava and Kusa, sons of Rama (N. T. R.) and Seetha (Anjali Devi). The Telugu version stars Kanta Rao, Shoban Babu, S. Varalakshmi, Kaikala Satyanarayana in supporting roles, replaced in that order by M. R. Radha and Manorama in the Tamil counterpart.
This movie is based on Uttara Kanda which is the later part of Ramayana written by Valmiki Maharshi. It depicts the lives of Lava and Kusa, the sons of Sita and Rama. The story depicts Sri Rama Pattabhishekam and the brief period of Rama Rajyam, Rama sending Seeta exile on hearing the accusations of a washerman, Birth of Lava and Kusha, their visit to Ayodhya, Ashwamedha Yagna and conflict between Rama and his sons and Pattabhishekam of Lava and Kusha and Rama finally ending his Avatar.
Directed by C. Pullaiah & C. S. Rao
Produced by Shankar Reddy
Written by Sadasivabrahmam (Telugu dialogues) A. K. Velan (Tamil dialogues)
Starring N. T. Rama Rao, Anjali Devi, T. L. Kanta Rao
Music by Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao & K. V. Mahadevan
Cinematography P. L. Rai
Release date 29 March 1963
Language Telugu / Tamil