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శుక్రవారం, ఫిబ్రవరి 08, 2013

Telugu Cinema turns a grand 82!

The Telugu film industry turned 82 on this February 6th, Wednesday. The day commemorates the release of first rull length Telugu feature film ‘Bhakta Prahlada’. Ending years of quandary over the release date of first Telugu talkie feature film ‘Bhakta Prahlada’, noted film journalist, researcher and Nandi award winning critic Rentala Jayadeva has proved the exact date by providing appropriate evidences.

Earlier, September 15, 1931, was considered as the release date of the film by many that was later disproved by Jayadeva making it a way for the fact that it was released on February 6, 1932. Directed by doyen HM Reddy, the movie was made in 18 days with a budget of Rs 18,000 and it was censored on January 22, 1932, in Mumbai (then Bombay) which released on February 6 in Krishna Theatre in Bombay. 

The film was moved to Sri Maruti theatre in Vijayawada and Sri Krishna theatre in Rajahmundry after having two-week successful run in Bombay. 

Starring Krishna Rao, Munipalle Subbaiah, Surabhi Kamala Bai and Sindhoori Krishna Rao in significant roles, veteran director-producer LV Prasad was seen as a dimwit in the film. The movie was later released in Madras on April 2, 1932, and received well by audiences.

(This article was Published in 'The Hans India' English daily, dated 7th February 2013, Thursday, Page No. 10)