Bapu – 100 Years of Indian Cinema
Bapu – 100 Years of Indian Cinema :
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Sattiraju Lakshmi Narayana, popularly known as Bapu is a great FilmDirector of Telugu Cinema.
Bapu born on 15th December 1933 at Narsapur town in Andhra Pradesh.
He is a Law Graduate from Madras University.
He is a great Artist and started his career as a political Cartoonist for the newspaper Andhra Patrika in the year 1945.
Bapu introduced a painting style of simple colours. Bapu has even introduced a new style of cursive writing in Telugu.
The most notable achievement in Bapu’s movie making in his success in capturing the nativity of the Telugu people and translating it into visuals.
Most of his movies are based on the real family issues
Bapu met Mullapudi Venkata Ramana in the year 1942.
Bapu-Ramana are the most popular pair in the Telugu Film Industry.
He started his career as director with his first movie ‘Sakshi’ inthe year 1967.
His first movie was a block buster at box office. It was a big hit.
His Mythological movies such as ‘Sampoorna Ramayanam’,”Sita Kalyanam’ and his recent movie”Sri Ramarajyam”are evergreen movies in the Telugu Cinema
His first movie”Sakshi” was screened at Tashkent Film Festival n the year 1968.
His movie”Sita Kalyanam” was screened at BFI London Film Festival and Chicago Film Festival in the year 1978.
His movie Tyagayya was screened at Indian Panorama of International Film Festival of India in the year 1982.
His recent movie Sri Rama Rajyam had a special screening at International Film Festival of India in the year 2011
Filmography of Bapu as director:-
2. Bangaru Pichika (1968)
3. Buddimanthudu (1969)
4. Inti Gouvravam (1970)
5. Balaraju Katha (1970)
6. Sampoorna Ramayanam (1971) 7. Andala Ramudu (1973)
8.Sri Ramanjeneya Yuddham (1974)
9.Muthyala Muggu (1975)
10. Sita Kalayanam (1976).
11.Sri Rajeswari Vilas Coffee Club (1976).
12.Bhakta Kannappa (1976)
14.Manavoori Pandavulu (1978)
15.Goranta Deepam (1978)
16.Toorupu Velle Railu (1979)
17. Vamsa Vruksham (1980)
18.Rajathi Raju (1980)
19.Kaliyuga Ravanasurudu (1980)
21.Radha Kalyanam (`1981)
22. Krishnavataram (1982)
23.Pelleedu Pillalu (1982)
24. Edi Dharmam Edhi Nyayam (1982)
25. Mantri Gari Viyyankudu (1983)
26. Seetamma Setha (1984)
27.Sitamma Pelli (1984)
28.Kalyana Thamboolam (1986) 29.Prema Pratigyaa (1989)
30.Pelli Pusthakam (1991)
31. Mr.Pellam (1993)
32.Srinatha Kavi Sarvabhoumudu (1993)
33.Pelli Koduku (1994)
34. Rambantu (1996)
35. Radha Gopalam (2005)
36. Sundarakanda (2008)
37. Sri Rama Rajyam (2011)
Awards and Honours: 1.Film Fare Awards:
1.Best Director for the film Sita Kalyanam in the year 1976.
2. Best Director for the Film Vamsa Vruksham in the year 1980.
3. Best Director for the Film Mister.Pellam in the year 1993.
2. Nandi Award:
1.Balaraju Katha (1968)
2. Andala Ramudu (1973)
3. Mutyala Muggu (1975)
4. Pelli Pustakam (1991)
5. Sri Rama Rajyam (2011)
3.National Film Award:
1.Mutyala Mugu (1975)
2. Toorpu Velle Railu (1979)
3. Mister Pellam (1993)
4.Bapu received the Prestigious Raghupathy Venkayya Award for his Contribution to the Telugu Cinema in the year 1986.He has shared it withMullapudi Venkata Ramana.
5. Special Honours:
1.President of India Rashtrapathi Award from the Academy of Fine Arts, Tirupathi.
2. Visishta Puraskaramu from Potti Sreeramulu University in the year 2002.
3. Life Time Achievement Award from Indian Institute of Cartoonists in the year 2001.
4. Life Time Achievement award from Telugu Association Of North America.
5.”Siromani” award from American Telugu Association in the year 1992.
6.Honorary Doctorate “Kala Prapoorna” from Andhra University in the year 1991.
7. Raja-Lakshmi Award in 1982 from Sri Raja Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai.
6. The Government of India Honoured this great director with”Padma Sri” in the year 2013.