Bhakta Prahlada (1932)Drama | 108 min
Bhakta Prahlada (transl. Prahlada, the devotee) is the first Telugu-language full length talkie film, based on Prahlada and Narasimha in Hindu mythology. It is made by H. M. Reddy, a pioneer of the Indian film industry. No print of the film is known to survive, making it a lost film.
Ardeshir Irani was planning to make the first Indian talkie movie Alam Ara in Hindi in 1931. H. M. Reddy was assistant director for that film and made the first south Indian talkie in Telugu on the same sets.
The very famous theater group in Andhra Pradesh, ‘Surabhi’ had various performances of the play ‘Bhakta Prahlada’, which was written by the great playwright and ‘Andhranataka Pitamaha’ Dharmavarapu Ramakrishnacharyulu. H. M. Reddy sought to cast them in film and brought the entire drama team to Bombay under the supervision of C.S.R. Anjaneyulu.
In addition to reusing some dialogues and poems of the drama, H.M. Reddy made Chandala Kesavadasu to pen new songs. The great poet Kesavadasu, thus remains in the history of Telugu Cinema to have penned its first song.