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Telugu cinema completes 81 years

IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, February 06, 2013]

The release of 'Bhaktha Prahladha', the first Telugu talkie movie completes 81 years today

Amid the ambiguity on the release date of this movie, it was proved as 6th February, 1932 by senior movie journalist Rentala Jaya deva after an extensive research. Previously, it was believed to be 15th September 1931.

'Bhaktha Prahladha' was directed by H.M.Reddy and it took 18 days to complete shooting and the budget is 18,000 rupees. It has completed the censor work on January 22, 1932 and was released on February 6th, 1932 in Krishna theatre located in Bombay.

An advertisement about the release of the movie was published in 'The Bombay Chronicle' newspaper in the next week it had completed censor and the movie was released in the following week.

After running for two weeks in Mumbai, it was released in Vijayawada 'Sri Maruthi Cinema haallu' and Rajahmundry 'Sri Krishna cinema haalu' and was later released in Madras on April 2nd 1932.

Munipalle Subbayya,Surabhi Kamala bhai,Sindhuri Krishna Rao,L.V.Prasad etc. acted in the movie. The music was given by H.R.Padmanabha Sastry and Lyrics by Chandhala Kesava dasu.

It has been an inspiration for many great films produced by Telugu industry.

Unfortunately, apart from some posters, the print of the movie is not available now.

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