On the 1931,September 15th, first Telugu talkie cinema called Bhakata Praharlada was released. This film was produced by HM Reddy. As there were no popular cinema artists at that time, HM Reddy selected Surabhi stage artists who were very popular at the time. This film was shot at Imperial Studios in Bombay. HM Reddy had to take all the artists to Bombay and he used the sets of Alamara (which was the first hindi talkie). This film was completed in 20 days with the expenditure around twenty thousand rupees. Dharamavarapu Krishnama Chary's play Praharlada was used by Reddy as the script for this film-that makes him the first telugu film writer. The role of Hiranyakasayapa played by VV Subba Rao, Leelavathi by Surabhi Kamalabai, Praharlada by Master Krishna. The Tollywood bigwig LV Prasad also acted one of the diciple of Chitravarapu Narasimha Rao.
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Story first published: Monday, September 11, 2006, 12:44 [IST]