B. R. Panthulu

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B. R. Panthulu
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Panthulu, pictured in 1948
Born Boodgur Ramakrishnaiah Panthulu
(1910-07-26)26 July 1910
Budaguru, Kolar, Madras Presidency, British India
Died 8 October 1974(1974-10-08) (aged 64)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Spouse(s) B. R. Andalammal
Children B. R. Vijayalakshmi, B.R.Ravishankar

Budaguru Ramakrishnaiah Panthulu (26 July 1910 — 8 October 1974),[1] better known as B. R. Panthulu, was an Indian film director, producer, and actor. He is best known for directing films in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. His most popular films are Sri Krishnadevaraya, School master, Kittur Channamma, Karnan, Veerapandiya Kattabomman, B. R. Panthulu which earned good name for ever for him in Indian film history converted Ma. Po. Si.'s biography works 'Veerapandiya Kattabomman' (a movie about a local chieftain who fought with the British in the 18th century in Tamil Nadu) and Kappalottiya Thamizhan' (a movie about a disciple Of Bal Gangathar Thilak, leading lawyer, first leader in South India, called as Thilak of South India) who rebelled against the British rule that forbade Tamils operating shipping companies) to celluloid.

Early life[edit]

Panthulu was born on 26 July 1910 in the village of Budaguru of Kolar district in the erstwhile Madras Presidency of British India (in present-day Kolar district of Karnataka).[2] He began his career as a teacher. Influenced by professional theatre during the time, he joined the troupe Chandrakala Nataka Mandali. He acted in plays Samsara Nouka, Sadarame and Guleba Kavali. He also worked for some time with Gubbi Veeranna's troupe and acted in Sri Krishna Garudi among others. Panthulu then formed his own professional theatre troupe, the Kalaseva Nataka Mandali, staging plays of his own choice.[2]

Career[edit]

He made his debut as an actor in the 1936 Kannada film Samsara Nauka, an adaptation of the play he acted in. It was produced by Devi Films based in Chennai. Directed by H. L. N. Simha, the film starred Panthulu, M. V. Rajamma, Dikki Madhava Rao, S. K. Padmadevi and M. S. Madhava Rao. The hero marries against his grandfather's wishes and is cast out. His troubles do not end here – he finds no favour with his in-laws, loses his job, and finds himself accused of murdering the bride his grandfather had chosen for him.The film was adapted from a play by the Chadrakala Natak Mandali, and remained true to the original's reformist ideal.

In 1950, he made the Tamil film Macharekhai partnering with filmmaker P. Pullaiah under a stage company that later came to be known as Sukumar Productions with musician T. R. Mahalingam as his partner. With writer P. Neelakantan, he started the company Padmini Pictures, and produced the Tamil film Kalyanam Panniyum Brahmachari in 1954. Under the banner, he would go on to produce the Kannada films School Master (1958), Kittur Chennamma (1961) and Sri Krishnadevaraya (1970), that went on to become landmark films. His portrayal of Timmarusu, the Prime minister of the Vijayanagara King Krishnadevaraya, won him the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor.

As director, Panthulu his debut as a director with the Kannada film Rathnagiri Rahasya, a major commercial success during the time.[2] He has produced and directed 57 films in all South Indian languages under the banner of Padmini Pictures.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Producer Actor
1936 Samsara Nauka Red XN Red XN Green tickY Kannada
1943 Radha Ramana Red XN Red XN Green tickY Kannada
1946 Lavangi Red XN Red XN Green tickY Tamil
1947 Nam Iruvar Red XN Red XN Green tickY Tamil
1954 Kalyanam Panniyum Brahmachari Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1954 Jaladurga Red XN Red XN Green tickY Kannada
1954 Karkottai Red XN Red XN Green tickY Tamil
1955 Modala Thedi Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1955 Mudhal Thethi Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1955 Nambekka Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1955 Doctor Savithri Red XN Red XN Green tickY Tamil
1957 Thangamalai Ragasiyam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1957 Rathnagiri Rahasya Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1958 Sabaash Meena Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1958 Badi Pantulu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Telugu
1958 School Master Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1958 Engal Kudumbam Perisu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1958 Suhag Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Hindi
1959 School Master Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Hindi
1959 Veerapandya Kattabomman Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil
1959 Veerapandya Kattabrahmana Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Telugu
1959 Sabaash Pilla Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Telugu
1959 Amar Shaheed Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Hindi
1960 Makkala Rajya Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1960 Kuzhandhaigal Kanda Kudiyarasu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1960 Pillalu Techina Challani Rajyam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Telugu
1960 Sangili Thevan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1961 Kittur Chennamma Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1961 Kappalottiya Thamizhan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1962 Gaali Gopura Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1962 Bale Pandiya Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1962 Dil Tera Diwana Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Hindi
1962 Gaali Medalu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Telugu
1963 Pempudu Kuthuru Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Telugu
1963 Saaku Magalu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1964 Chinnada Gombe Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1964 Muradan Muthu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1964 Karnan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1965 Kathanayakudu Katha Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Telugu
1965 Aayirathil Oruvan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1966 Enga Pappa Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1966 Nadodi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1966 Nammaveetu Lakshmi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1966 Dudde Doddappa Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1966 Emme Thammanna Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1967 Gange Gowri Green tickY Kannada
1967 Beedi Basavanna Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1968 Chinnari Puttanna Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1968 Amma Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1968 Ragasiya Police 115 Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1969 Gandondu Hennaru Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1970 Sri Krishnadevaraya Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1970 Thedi Vandha Mappillai Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1971 Aliya Geleya Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1971 Malathi Madhava Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1972 Ondu Hennina Kathe Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1973 Ganga Gowri Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1973 School Master Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil
1974 Kadavul Mama Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards
Karnataka State Film Awards

Book on B.R.Pantulu[edit]

A. N. Prahlada Rao has written a Book on B.R.Pantulu in Kannada, consisting of the details of his childhood, theater, films produced in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Maleyalam. The book was published by Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy. The book was released in November 2016 by Dr. Bharati Vishnuvardhan. Journalist and short story writer Jogi spoke on Book. S.V. Rajendra Singh Baabu presided.

References[edit]

  1. ^ KCA celebrating BR Panthulu's 100th birth anniversary at Oneindia.in
  2. ^ a b c Khajane, Muralidhara (23 July 2010). "A born showman". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Hundred years of legendary director BR Panthulu". merinews.com. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "6th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "7th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "9th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 8 September 2011.