Pathala Bhairavi (English: The Goddess of the Netherworld) is a 1951 Indian bilingual fantasy movie written by Pingali Nagendrarao and directed by Kadiri Venkata Reddy. The film was produced by B. Nagi Reddy and Aluri Chakrapani under the banner Vijaya Vauhini Studios. It was co-written by Kamalakara Kameswara Rao and features N. T. Rama Rao, S. V. Ranga Rao and K. Malathi in the lead roles. Pathala Bhairavi is based on Kasi Majilee Kathalu, written by Madhira Subbanna Deekshitulu, though it was also partially inspired by the story of Aladdin.
The film centres on the lives of two strangers — the son of a gardener named Thota Ramudu who has to amass wealth equal to that of the king of Ujjain to marry his daughter Indumathi, and a sorcerer who has to sacrifice an intelligent and brave young man to Goddess Pathala Bhairavi in order to gain access to a statuette which can grant any wish. The sorcerer tries to sacrifice Ramudu but gets killed by the latter who wins the statuette and fulfils his goals. When the sorcerer comes back to life and kidnaps Indumathi along with the statuette and all of his wealth, Ramudu fights back for them and kills the sorcerer before marrying Indumathi.
Directed by Kadiri Venkata Reddy
Produced by B. Nagi Reddy & Aluri Chakrapani
Written by Pingali Nagendrarao
Screenplay by Kadiri Venkata Reddy & Kamalakara Kameswara Rao
Starring N. T. Rama Rao, S. V. Ranga Rao, K. Malathi
Music by Ghantasala
Cinematography Marcus Bartley
Edited by C. P. Jambulingam & M. S. Money
Production Vijaya Vauhini Studios
Release dates 15 March 1951
Running time 195 minutes
Language Telugu, Tamil