Aluri Chakrapani

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Aluri Chakrapani
Born(1908-08-05)5 August 1908
Tenali, Guntur, Madras Presidency, British India (now Andhra Pradesh, India)
Died24 September 1975(1975-09-24) (aged 67)
Occupationfilm director,
writer,
film producer

Aluri Chakrapani or Aluri Venkata Subbarao (5 August 1908 – 24 September 1975) was an Indian film multilingual writer, producer and director known for his works in predominantly in Telugu cinema and he won two Filmfare Awards for Telugu films. He was also notable for his association with Vijaya Vauhini Studios, one of the largest studios in Asia, at that time. Chakrapani was also a partner of Vijaya Productions along with B. Nagi Reddy and founder of Chandamama children magazine.

Early life[edit]

Aluri was born in Ithanagar village near Tenali, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India, in a middle class agricultural family.

He learnt Hindi under the tutelage of the well-known author Vraj Nandan Sharma.[1] Later, he taught himself Tamil, Sanskrit and English and soon mastered both the languages.[2]

Literary career[edit]

Bengali literature[edit]

Chakrapani contracted Tuberculosis in 1932 and had to stay at Madanapalle sanatorium for medical treatment. He learnt Bengali during that time from another inmate recuperating from the illness. Initially, he started translating novels from Bengali to Telugu. His translations of the novels of Sharat Chandra Chatterji became so popular in Telugu, the readers would not believe that the originals were written in Bengali language.

Film career[edit]

He was closely associated with Nagi Reddy, together they formed the Vijaya Vauhini duo. With his creative mind, he started writing short stories and novels in Telugu. He scripted the film Dharmapatni in 1940 for 'Famous Films', Mumbai. Well-known Telugu film producer B. N. Reddy invited him to Chennai to write the script for Swarga Seema. At this time, he came in contact with Nagi Reddy, became a partner and made movies under Vijaya-Vauhini banner. Together, they made successful movies like Patala Bhairavi, Maya Bazar, Gundamma Katha, Missamma, Shavukaru, and Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu that are still popular with Telugu speaking people. Both made 35 films in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Odia and Hindi languages.

Awards[edit]

Selected filmography[edit]

Producer[edit]

  • Sri Rajeswari Vilas Coffee Club (1976)
  • Julie (1975) (Nagi Reddi-Chakrapani)
  • Ganga Manga (1973)
  • Ram aur Shyaam (1967)
  • Maduve Madinodu (Kannada) (1965)(Nagi Reddi-Chakrapani)
  • Gundamma Katha (1962)
  • Manithan Maravillai (1962)
  • Rechukka Pagatichukka (1959)
  • Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu (1958)
  • Maya Bazaar (1957)
  • Missamma (1955)
  • Chandraharam (1954)
  • Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952)
  • Shavukaru (1950)
  • Patala Bhairavi (1951)

Director[edit]

  • Arasa Kattili (1967)
  • Manithan Maravillai (1962)

Chandamama[edit]

Both Nagireddy and Chakrapani came up with the idea of a story book for kids and children, and thus Chandamama was born.[3]. The first edition of Chandamama was released in July, 1947. They made Chandamama popular not only in Telugu language but in ten other Indian languages.[3] He started in 1934 the monthly publication of Yuva magazine from Chennai which was later shifted to Hyderabad. Well-known writer Kodavatiganti Kutumba Rao was a partner in this venture. Kodavatiganti Kutumba Rao, a very close friend of Chakrapani and a literary colossus in Telugu Literature, edited it for 28 years, till his death in August 1980.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Chakrapani the legend turned hundred - Telugu Movie News
  2. ^ Stars : Star Profiles : Chakrapani: 100 years Archived 22 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine.

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