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Bhakta Prahlada (1931)

Bhakta Prahlada is the first Telugu talkie movie made in 1931 by H.M. Reddy, a pioneer in Indian film industry. It is a classic mythological drawn from the Vishnu Purana. Prahlada, the son of the demon Hiranya Kasipa (Subbaiah), defies his father and worships Vishnu. He is imprisoned but Vishnu protects him.
Cast: Munipalle Venkata Subbaiah or V.V. Subba Rao (Hiranya Kasipa), Krishna Rao (Prahlada), Surabhi Kamalabai (Leelavathi), L.V. Prasad (friend of Prahlada), Doraswami Naidu (Indra), Chitrapu Narasimha Rao (Brahma and Chandamarka), BV Subba Rao
Story: Dharmavaram Krishnamacharyulu
Music: H.R. Padmanabha Sastri
Lyrics: Chandala Kesavadasu
Cinematography: Govardhanbhai Patel
Producer: Manikyalal Seth
Director: H.M. Reddy
Banner: Bharat Movietone (Sri Krishna Film Company)
Budget: Rs. 20,000
Duration: 108 mts.
Release Date: 15 September 1931
Trivia: Valluru Venkata Subba Rao (V.V. Subba Rao) was born in Munipalle near Ponnur. So, later he called as Munipalle Subbaiah. He took highest remunerati…

Vara Vikrayam (1939)

Synopsis: The story was about a middle class revenue inspector, a Gandhian Punyamurthula Purushothama Rao (Daita Gopalam), his wife Bhramaramba (Sr. Sriranjani) and their two daughters - Kalindi (Bhanumathi) and Kamala (Pushpavalli). Rao was against giving dowry. But he was forced to sell his ten acre rice field to pay dowry to marry off his elder daughter Kalindi to Basavaraju (Kocharlakota Satyanarayana) adopted son of Singaraju Lingaraju (Balijepalli Lakshmikantha Kavi). Marriage brokers Pellilla Perayya (Peri Ramachandra Murthy) and Vivahala Veerayya (J. Satyanarayana) con with Lingaraju to make Rao agree to pay the dowry. Upset that her marriage would leave her parents penniless, the sensitive Kalindi commits suicide by jumping into the well.
Lingaraju refuses to return the dowry money even though the marriage was not performed. Kamala who is more assertive decides to teach a lesson to Lingaraju. She agrees to marry his son much against the wish of her father. After the marriage, …

Chandika (1940)

Cast: Bellari Raghava, Kannamba, Peddapuram Raju, Puvvula Ratnamala, Vemuri Gaggaiah, Arani Satyanarayana, Lalita Devi
Writer: Muttaneni Venkata Chenna Kesavulu
Music: Kopparapu Subba Rao
Cinematographer: Kamal Ghosh
Producer: Mirjapuram Raja
Director: R.S. Prakash
Banner: Bhavani Pictures