C. Pullaiah

C Pullaiah


Chittajallu Pullayya, also known as C. Pullayya (1898 – 6 October 1967), was an Indian film director, known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. He is regarded as the father of Telugu theatre movement. In 1933, he made his film directorial debut with East India Film Company‘s first Indian film Sati Savitri which has received honorary diploma at Venice Film Festival. He then directed Sati Anasuya, the first children’s film and Lava Kusa (1934).[1][2]

He continued to direct Pakkinti AmmayiVara Vikrayam, and Maalati Madhavam under the East India Film Company. He directed Bala NagammaApoorva Sahodarargal and Vindhya Rani under Gemini Pictures after shifting base to Madras.[citation needed] He is well remembered for Lava Kusa (1963), the story of Lava and Kusa in Hindu epic Ramayana, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu.[3]