B. Nagi Reddy

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BommiReddy Nagi Reddy
B Nagi Reddy 2018 stamp of India.jpg
B. Nagi Reddy on a 2018 stamp of India
Born(1912-12-02)2 December 1912
Died25 February 2004(2004-02-25) (aged 91)
Occupationproducer, presenter, editor, director, business man, hospitals, philanthropy
Years active1950–89

Busipally Nagi Reddy (2 December 1912 – 25 February 2004[1]) was a Telugu movie producer. He set up Vijaya Vauhini Studios in Chennai, which was then Asia's biggest film studio.[2] As his elder brother (who was also a director) had the same initials and was known as B. N. Reddy, Nagi Reddy was popularly known as B. Nagi Reddy. Some of the movies produced by Nagi Reddy include Patala Bhairavi (1951), Missamma (1955), Maya Bazaar (1957), Gundamma Katha (1962), Maduve Madinodu (1965-Kannada), Ram Aur Shyam, Shriman Shrimati, Julie (1975), and Swarg Narak (1978), the latter two of which were in Hindi. Reddy has served as the president of Film Federation of India twice, in 1960–61 and 1962–63.[3]

Film career[edit]

Nagi Reddy along with his friend and partner Alur Chakrapani produced over fifty films in four decades in the four South Indian languages and also in Hindi.[1] He made mythological, devotional, and historical Telugu movies. Some of his more notable films include Pathala Bhairavi, Maya Bazaar, and Missamma. He made most of his films in association with screenwriter Chakrapani. Nagi Reddy closed down Vijaya-Vahini after the Tamil film industry moved out of studios in the 1970s, and started the Vijaya Hospital and Vijaya Health Centre.

A new award was incorporated, commemorating his 100th birth year, the Nagi Reddy, memorial Award for the best Telugu and Tamil family entertainers.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

He was married and had 3 sons and one of them is producer Venkatramana Reddy.[6]


National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Nandi Awards
  • The Government of Andhra Pradesh awarded him the Raghupathy Venkaiah award in 1987.
Tamil Nadu State Awards
Other Honours
  • He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Srikrishnadevaraya University and Sri Venkateswara University.[8]

Other businesses and philanthropy[edit]

Nagi Reddy served as chairman of the board of Trustees of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams between 1980 and 1983, and is credited for building the Vaikuntam Queue Complex that now serves to regulate pilgrims for darshan in the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.[1] Nagi Reddy founded the Vijaya Medical & Educational Trust in 1972.[9] The trust runs the Vijaya Hospital (1972), Vijaya Health Center (1987) and Vijaya Heart Foundation (1996). Nagi Reddy headed the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce four times and the All-India Film Sammelan for two terms.

Nagi Reddy started the Andhra Jyothi newspaper in 1945.[1] He also established the children's magazine Chandamama in July 1947.[10] The magazine was eventually printed in nearly a dozen different languages.

He was the founder of Vijaya Hospitals in Vadapalani, Chennai.[citation needed]


As Producer[edit]

  • Shriman Shrimati (1982) (producer) (as B. Nagi Reddi)
  • Swayamvar (1980) (producer) (as B. Nagi Reddi)
  • Swarg Narak (1978) (producer) (as B. Nagi Reddi)
  • Yehi Hai Zindagi (1977) (producer) (as B. Nagi Reddi)
... a.k.a. Yehi Hai Zindagi (India: Hindi title: video box title)
  • Shri Rajeshwari Vilas Coffee Club (1976) (producer)
  • Julie (1975) (producer) (as B. Nagi Reddi-Chakrapani)
  • Ganga Manga (1973) (producer)
  • Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (1970) (producer) (as B. Nagi Reddy)
  • Ram Aur Shyam (1967) (producer) (as B. Nagi Reddi)
  • Gundamma Katha (1962) (producer)
  • Manithan Maravillai (1962) (producer)
  • Paigham (1959) (Producer)
  • Rechukka Pragatichukka (1959) (producer)
  • Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu (1958) (producer)
  • Maya Bazaar (1957/I) (producer)
  • Maya Bazaar (1957/II) (producer)
  • Missamma (1955) (producer)
  • Missiamma (1955) (producer)
  • Guna Sundari (1955) (producer as B. Nagi Reddy)
  • Chandraharam (1954) (producer)
  • Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952) (producer)
... a.k.a. Get Married and See! (India: English title)
  • Patala Bhairavi (1951) (producer)
... a.k.a. The Goddess from Below the Earth
  • Shavukaru (1950) (producer)
  • Showkar (1950) (producer)

As Presenter[edit]

  • Shriman Shrimati (1982) (presenter) (as B. Nagi Reddi)
  • Swayamvar (1980) (presenter) (as B. Nagi Reddi)
  • Swarg Narak (1978) (presenter) (as B. Nagi Reddi)
  • Yehi Hai Zindagi (1977) (presenter) (as B. Nagi Reddi)
... a.k.a. Yehi Hai Zindagi (India: Hindi title: video box title)
  • Julie (1975) (presenter) (as B. Nagi Reddi)
  • Prem Nagar (1974) (presenter) (as B. Nagi Reddi)
  • Ram Aur Shyam (1967) (presenter) (as B. Nagi Reddi)

In Editorial Department[edit]

  • Hai Hai Nayaka (1989) (assistant editor)

As Director[edit]

  • Enga Veetu Penn (1966)


  • Ram Tere Kitne Nam (1985) (sincere thanks) (as Shri Nagi Reddy)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "TTD condoles B. Nagi Reddy". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 27 February 2004. Retrieved 17 April 2007.
  2. ^ "B.Nagi Reddy dead". 26 February 2004. Retrieved 26 February 2004.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Film Federation Of India".
  4. ^ Mr. Perfect wins Nagireddy award | 123telugu.com
  5. ^ Eenadu daily, page 10, 2 April 2012, Dil Raju bags new Nagi Reddy Award
  6. ^ The Hindu : Arts / Cinema : A true karma yogi
  7. ^ "'Vijaya' NagiReddy passes away". 25 February 2004. Archived from the original on 19 November 2005. Retrieved 17 April 2007.
  8. ^ B. Nagi Reddy – Biography
  9. ^ "VIJAYA MEDICAL AND EDUCATIONAL TRUST – Overview". Archived from the original on 29 January 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2007.
  10. ^ "Investors revive Chandamama". 22 September 1999. Retrieved 17 April 2007.

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