Telugu and Tamil cinema owes much to the talented threesome - Muthuswami Iyer, A.K. Sekhar and K. Ramnoth, who worked with untiring zeal and modest means to promote their venture, Karthikeya Studio.
NOT MANY are aware that there was another movie studio on Greenways Road, in Adyar, in late 1930-early 1940's but it did not survive long. During its short life it changed hands and names too. It was located near the Jiddu Krishnamurthy estate in what is now known as `Bishop's Gardens'. Tamil cinema owes much to a trio of enterprising men, Muthuswami Iyer, A. K. Sekhar, a brilliant art director, and K. Ramnoth, the forgotten genius of South Indian cinema.
Muthuswami Iyer was a journalist, magazine editor and publisher, adman, studio-owner and filmmaker. He directed many movies in Madras, Bombay and elsewhere. He along with Ramnoth and Sekhar, made a formidable threesome and a brilliant creative team in the early decades of Tamil cinema. At first, Iyer worked as a journalist with the now defunct, evening newspaper, The Mail. He reviewed English movies and nurtured an increasing interest in cinema as a medium of artistic expression. He gave up his job with The Mail and with limited finances promoted an English movie and fine arts monthly magazine, Sound and Shadow. His art designer and layout-man, was none other than Appakonam Kula Sekhar, who soon came to be known as A. K. Sekhar.
Shortly after the magazine was in circulation, a diminutive, modest, bespectacled young man, a B. A. degree-holder from Poojapura, Trivandrum, employed in Madras as an apprentice with the Kodak Company, knocked at the doors of Iyer's office, with an article on photography. It was so brilliant that Iyer not only accepted it but also offered the surprised young man a job with Sound and Shadow, which he accepted at once! His name was K. Ramnoth.
The Muthuswami Iyer- Ramnoth- Sekhar trio worked round-the-clock to make the magazine interesting and viable, not an easy task in the early 1930s. A rich impresario, lover of fine arts, talent scout and lawyer of Mylapore, G. K. Seshagiri, financially backed the magazine. One morning in 1933 a letter from distant Kolhapur, a Princely State then, arrived at the magazine office. The letter, which was to change the lives of the trio, and that of many others, was signed, `V. Shantaram', partner, `Prabhat Films'. Shantaram, one of the greatest filmmakers of the country, wrote to Sound and Shadow seeking help to make a Tamil film using the sets and props of his Hindi film, "Sairandhri'' (1933, India's first colour film). The film had not done well and the company was trying to cut its losses by launching ``Seetha Kalyanam''(1933) in Tamil.
Seshagiri, V. Sundaram Iyer, his children, S. Rajam, Jayalakshmi and seven-year-old prodigy, S. Balachandar, and members of an amateur drama troupe, boarded a train at Madras to Miraj (a railway junction) en route to Kolhapur. Also travelling with them was a lean, ascetic-looking but brilliant musician who had recently relocated in the city in search of greener pastures. He stayed with the lawyer and taught Carnatic music to Rajam and Jayalakshmi. He was to help them compose the music for the film. As the train chugged on to its destination, he was blissfully unaware that he was on his way to fame and fortune! His name was Papanasam Sivan!
The trio worked untiringly to promote their venture "Karthikeya Studios" at Adyar , with finance provided by a Nattukottai Nagarathar, popularly known as Nattukottai Chettiar. It was a modest enterprise, lacking even the barest of technical equipment such as a 35mm movie camera, required to run a movie studio. It was indeed a lucky break when the well-to-do auditor-turned-filmmaker, Bommireddi Narasimha Reddi, soon to create Telugu cinema history as B. N. Reddi, drove into the studio to meet the enterprising threesome. He had just incorporated his film production company under the name `Rohini Pictures' in association with the sadly neglected Grand Old Man of South Indian Cinema and a pioneer in Indian films, H. M. Reddi. The two had planned their maiden movie and were looking for a studio. Even at the first meeting BN (as he was familiarly known) was more than impressed by Ramnoth and Sekhar. The meeting had far reaching consequences not only in the lives of BN, Ramnoth and Sekhar but also in the history of South Indian cinema. BN hired the studio for a sum of Rs. 16,000. With disarming honesty and transparency, Ramnoth told BN that he needed the money in advance! BN's admiration and regard for that creative genius rose and he at once paid the full amount.
Ramnoth took the next train to Bombay and after a week returned to Madras with a used Mitchell 35-mm movie camera, some lights, and small items for the studio! And there was enough money left to run the studio! What charming times! Where have they vanished? Why? Today one cannot get even a tripod for that money! (The Telugu film that was produced at Karthikeya Studio by Rohini Pictures was the classic of the 1930s — "Grihalakshmi''(1938). The film had the brilliant actress Pasupuleti Kannamba in the title role. The multi-faceted film personality, Chittoor V. Nagaiah, took his bow in cinema in a minor role in this movie. "Grihalakshmi'' was a hit all over the South, even in areas where none spoke or understood a word of Telugu. Nagaiah attracted the attention of crowds and critics and stepped firmly on the rungs of the ladder to success...
In "Sundaramurthy Nayanar''(1938), also shot at their studio, Ramnoth created film history with a scene that stunned and thrilled moviegoers. In what was truly a miracle, a torrent of paddy fell over the parched, famine-stricken land! The audiences cheered wildly in the movie houses and many burnt camphor as an offering to the gods! Some marvelled at how the scene was done! Ramnoth shot the scene with miniatures. It was the first time miniature photography was used in Tamil cinema.
A K SEKHAR FILMOGRAPHY
1. Chalaki Mogudu Chadastapu Pellam (1989) (as Sekhar A.K.)
2. Do Kaliyaan (1968) (as A.K. Sekar)
3. Athey Kangal (1967)
4. Bhakta Prahlada (1967/II)
5. Bangaru Panjaram (1965)
6. Pooja Ke Phool (1964)
7. Anarkali (1955)
8. Bangaru Papa (1954)
9. Peddamanushulu (1954)
10. Avvaiyyar (1953)
11. Malliswari (1951)
12. Swargaseema (1945)
13. Bhakta Potana (1942)
14. Devatha (1941)
15. Vande Mataram (1939)
16. Sasirekha Parinayam (1936)
17. Seeta Kalyanam (1934)
1. Chandralekha (1948/I)
2. Chandralekha (1948/II)
3. Kalpana (1948)
4. Sumangali (1940)
1. Athey Kangal (1967)
2. Bhakta Prahlada (1967/II)
1. Sri Srikakula Andhra Mahavishnuvu Katha (1962)
1. Vande Mataram (1939) (sound)
Kotha Bangaru Lokam Copied Scenes
Telugu and Tamil cinema owes much to the talented threesome - Muthuswami Iyer, A.K. Sekhar and K. Ramnoth, who worked with untiring zeal and modest means to promote their venture, Karthikeya Studio.
Date of Birth:
Tadpatri, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date of Death:
20 August 1950, (tuberculosis)
1. Vaddante Dabbu (1954) (producer)
2. Yogi Vemana (1947) (producer)
3. Swargaseema (1945) (producer)
4. Bhakta Potana (1942) (producer)
5. Devatha (1941) (producer)
6. Sumangali (1940) (producer)
7. Vande Mataram (1939) (producer)
8. Grihalakshmi (1938) (producer)
1. Sasural (1961) (story)
2. Illarikam (1959) (dialogue) (story)
3. Krishna Leelalu (1959) (adaptation) (dialogue)
4. Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu (1958) (adaptation) (dialogue)
5. Chenchu Lakshmi (1958/I) (adaptation) (dialogue)
6. Suvarna Sundari (1957/I) (story)
7. Sharada (1957) (story) (as Sadasivabrahman)
8. Tenali Ramakrishna (1956/I) (dialogue) (story)
9. Bhale Ramudu (1956) (dialogue)
10. Charana Daasi (1956) (screen adaptation and dialogue)
11. Kanyasulkam (1955) (screen adaptation)
12. Pardesi (1953) (dialogue)
13. Samsaram (1950) (dialogue) (story)
14. Palnati Yudham (1947) (dialogue)
15. Gharana Donga (1942) (writer)
16. Choodamani (1941) (dialogue) (story)
17. Tenali Ramakrishna (1941) (story)
(Chandramukhi director). This will be based on Malayalam superhit film Kadha Paryambol (Kadha Cheputhanu). Interesting thing here is that Jagapati Babu, who is in full swing with successive hits, will play a key role in this film. This film will shape up as bilingual and in Telugu version it will be Jagapati Babu who will do this role. Jagapati Babu is going in good swing with his recent Lakshyam also registering as one of the big hits. His Homam IS getting ready for release.
The who is who of the South Indian film Industry will gather at the Hitex (Novatel), Hydrabad in a short while from now.
After Sivaji, industry is keenly watching on Rajani Kanth‘s next move. Shankar, who directed Sivaji, meanwhile went on to make a film - Robot - with Shahrukh Khan. Somehow the project did not materialize and it is almost confirmed that the Sivaji team - Shankar and Rajani Kanth - are back together for Robot also.
Before the Robot kicks off, Rajani Kanth will do another film in the direction of
RajiniKanth, , former Chief Minister , P. Vasu, and Jagapathi Babu will be gracing the dias with their electrifying presence for the muhurat function of the Telugu version of 'Kuselan'. The movie launch is all set to take place at 6.30 pm today.
This film is being jointly produced by Vijayanthi Movies and Seven Star FIlms. Like in its Tamil version, Rajinikanth will be playing himself with Nayantara sharing screen space with him as his heroine. Jagapathi Babu will essay the part of Rajinikanth's old playmate and Meena will be acting opposite Jagapathi Babu in this film. Today will see the pooja shot alone, and we guess the team might move on to shoot from the Ramoji film city shortly.
The music for this film is by the young and hard working G.V. Prakash who is doing wonders with his music.
It was the same team that was responsible for the crowd pulling 'Chandramukhi' and expectations are running high for this film too.
Rajinikanth (born Sivaji Rao Gaekwad, December 12, 1949) is the Highest paid actor in India, and one of the most influential and bankable actors in the Indian film industry. He received India's third highest honour, the Padma Bhushan, for his contribution to Indian cinema in 2000. He was reportedly paid Rs. 15 crores for his latest blockbuster Sivaji.
Rajinikanth was born to a Kannada speaking Maratha family in Karnataka. He was the fourth child of his parents, Jijabai and Ramojirao Gaekwad. He was named Shivajirao Gaekwad. Gaekwad is a family name. He lost his mother at the age of five. He did his schooling at the Acharya Paatshala in Bangalore and then at the Vivekananda Balak Sangh, a unit of the Ramakrishna Mission. Rajnikanth struggled a lot during his early age because of poverty. Although his mother-tongue is Marathi, he has not acted in any Marathi movies yet.
He began his career doing various jobs in Bangalore. He also attended a theatre for stage plays. Before starting his career in the film industry, he worked as a bus conductor for the Bangalore Transport Service in Bangalore It was during this time that he nurtured his acting interests by performing in various stage plays.
He married Latha on February 26, 1981, at the age of 31 in Tirumala - Tirupati and they have two children: Aishwarya and Soundarya. Latha currently runs a school named - The Ashram. His daughter Aishwarya married actor Dhanush on November 18, 2004 and they have one son, Yathra.
Acting career - 1975-1979
He joined the Madras Film institute in 1973 with the help of a friend and completed a basic course in acting. Rajnikanth's first film was in Kannada, Katha Sangama directed by Puttanna Kanagal in the year 1976. In Tamil cinema he was initially cast in the supporting roles, the first being that of a cancer patient in Apoorva Raagangal (1975), directed by the director K. Balachander. Though Rajinikanth persistently refers to K. Balachander as his "guru" or mentor, it was director S. P. Muthuraman who actually revamped Rajinikanth’s image entirely. Muthuraman first experimented with him in a positive role in Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri (1977), as a villain in the first half and a do-gooder in the second, accepting a woman with a child abandoned by her lover.Around this time Mullum Malarum (1978), directed by J. Mahendran, established Rajinikanth on the Tamil film arena. The success of Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri prompted Muthuraman to make a mushy melodrama with Rajinikanth as a hero sacrificing everything for his siblings in Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai (1979). Even while the film was in the making, Rajinikanth had misgivings about whether the audience would accept him in tear jerkers of this kind. But its box-office success made Rajinikanth popular among women audience. These films were the turning points in Rajinikanth’s career — he changed from an actor who merely enthralled the audiences, to one who could also make them cry. The acceptance of Rajinikanth sans his mannerisms proved he had at last become an "star" from a "common actor." His film roles were mainly as a villain during the period 1975 to 1977, frequently with Kamal Hassan as the hero, in movies like Pathinaaru Vayadhinilae , Moondru Mudichu and Avargal (all 1977).
Acting career - 1980-1989
During this phase of his career when he was reaching dizzying heights, Rajinikanth abruptly chose to quit acting, but was coaxed back. He started again with Billa, which was a remake of Amitabh Bachchan starrer Don. With its phenomenal success he was accepted as a full-fledged hero. Billa was followed by a row of hits like Murattukaalai,Pokkiri Raja, Thanikattu Raja, Naan Mahaan Alla and Moondru Mugam. K. Balachander’s first home production, Netrikan proved to be yet another milestone in Rajini’s career. He even acted as himself alongside Meena, who was a child actor then, in the movie Anbulla Rajinikanth (1984). More box-office hits dominated the 80's with Padikkathavan, Thee, Velaikkaran, Dharmathin Thalaivan, Mr. Bharath, Maaveeran, few of them were re-makes of hit Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan starrers. In his 100th movie, Sri Raghavendra, he played the Hindu saint Raghavendra Swami.
Acting career - 1990 - To date
Most of his movies during the nineties were also successful, like Mannan, Muthu, Baashha, Annamalai , Veera and Padayappa. Rajinikanth wrote his first screenplay for the film Valli (1993). His film Muthu was the first Tamil film to be dubbed into Japanese as Muthu: The Dancing Maharajah and became very popular in Japan. When he was 53, Baba released amidst much fanfare. Although the film grossed enough to cover its budget, it was viewed as one of the most disastrous in his moie career. It fell short of market expectations and high bids reportedly accumulating to heavy losses for the distributors. It is also rumoured that Rajinikanth repaid the losses incurred by the distributors who laid immense faith in him. His latest film, Sivaji: The Boss, directed by S. Shankar released on June 15, 2007, has become the first Tamil movie to make the UK and South Africa Top 10. Rajnikanth will now be lending his voice to the lead character (based on himself) in an animation film for Adlabs titled Sultan:The Warrior to be directed by his daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth. The movie is scheduled for a 2008 release. Rajnikanth's next movie with Kavithalaya Productions and produced by his mentor director K.Balachander. This movie is named as "Kuselan". Rajnikanth is going to make another film with Shankar - Robot, which will be produce by Ayngaran International and EROS. He is one actor who has one of the largest fan following in India.
Apart from acting in Tamil, Rajinikanth has acted in 173 movies, including Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and Bengali. Rajinikanth made a foray into Bollywood with Andha Kanoon but couldn't make as much of an impact as he had in the south. He still made a few films in Hindi, like Chaalbaaz with Sridevi, 'Uttar Dakshin', Girafthar and Hum. He also had a brief stint in Hollywood with the movie Bloodstone in 1988.
Awards and honours
Rajinikanth was named as one of the influential persons in South Asia by Asiaweek. He has won the Filmfare Best Actor award and many other awards during his acting career.
Between 1977 and 2005 Rajinikanth received awards from several organizations, like Tamil Nadu State Government Award, Cinema Express, Filmfans Association, Filmfare etc., for his on-screen performances and off-screen contributions in writing and producing. He has received awards in the Best Actor category for his performance in the films Chandramukhi, Padayappa, Peddarayudu, Basha, Muthu, Annamalai, Thalapathy, Velaikaran, Sri Raghavendra, Nallavanuku Nallavan, Moondru Mugam, Engeyo Ketta Kural, Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai, Mullum Malarum and 16 Vayathinile. He received an award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri. He has also received awards in Best Story Writer and Best Producer categories for Valli.
He has also received other honours such as Raj Kapoor Award (2007) from the Government of Maharastra, Padma Bhushan (2000) from Government of India, Kalaichelvam Award (1995) from the Nadigar Sangam, Oshobismit Award (1995) for Spirituality from Rajinish Ashram, MGR Award (1989) and Kalaimamani Award (1984) from the Government of Tamilnadu.
Recently (September 2007) Rajinikanth won the Best Actor award, given by the Government of Tamil Nadu for his role in the film Chandramukhi(2005). Recently, he has been selected as best movie entertainer in India for the year 2007 by NDTV
1995 - Announced that he is willing to support the Congress party after meeting Prime Minister Narasimha Rao. An opinion poll conducted by Kumudam magazine predicted that Congress with Rajinikanth support may win up to 130 seats in Tamilnadu Assembly
1996 - Congress decided to align with AIADMK. Rajinikanth supported DMK-TMC alliance. The TMC used the Bicycle as their election symbol and used Rajinikanth's riding Bicycle in Annamalai movie in their posters. Rajinikanth uttered "Even God cannot save Tamilnadu if AIADMK returns to power".
1998 - Rajinikanth supported the DMK-TMC alliance in parliamentary elections. SUN TV broadcast Rajini's speech throughout the day of the election. AIADMK-BJP alliance won around 30 out of 39 seats riding on sympathy wave generated by Coimbatore bomb blasts.
2002 - Rajinikanth undertook a day-long fast to protest Karnataka's decision to not to release Cauvery water to Tamilnadu. Announced that he would contribute 10 Million rupees towards interlinking of Indian rivers scheme. He met Prime Minister Vajpayee and many experts to canvass support for Interlinking Indian rivers scheme.
2004 - Supported BJP-AIADMK alliance in Parliamentary elections and quoted PMK's violence and BJP's support to interlinking of Indian rivers as reason for his support. But the alliance failed to win any seats.
He did not participate in the agitation sponsored by Tamil film artists in Neyveli protesting against Karnataka's refusal to release Cauvery water. Instead he participated in token fasting at Chennai. Bharathiraja who organized agitation attacked him vehemently and assigned bad intentions for his non participation in the agitation.
PMK leader Ramadas condemned him for smoking and posing with Beedi's in his film Baba. He was criticised for spoiling Tamil youth by glorifying smoking and drinking. PMK volunteers attacked theatres which screened the movie Baba and usurped film rolls and burnt it. Famous film producers like M. Saravanan accused that cigarette smoking and drinking are shown in all movies and Rajini's film was chosen by the PMK leader because of his popularity in Vanniar areas which is considered PMK bastion. To stop the controversies, rajini announced that in his future films, he won't act on the scenes involving him smoking or drinking. As a fact of keeping his words, he doesn't included a single frame of smoking or drinking in his recent films like chandramukhi and Sivaji - The Boss. Rajinikanths future film Manas Kundal starring Vijay will be released on Decmember 12th as this will be his first film he will direct in his film career.
Recently he converted his Raghavendra Marriage Hall to a charitable trust to help the needy.
He shared his income from the film "Arunachalam" with eight other people from the film industry as profit shares.
He is planning to construct a new hospital and a new school on a piece of land near Chennai.
He has distributed Rs 12 Lakhs as relief to the family members of the bereaved in the Coimbatore bomb blast.
Filmography - As Actor
Sultan: The Warrior - Filming
Robot - Filming
Sivaji (2007) .... Shivaji Arumugam
Chandramukhi (2005) (as Super Star Rajinikanth) .... Dr.Saravanan/Vettaiyan Raja
Baba (2002) (as Super Star Rajnikanth) .... Baba
Bulandi (2000) (as Superstar Rajnikant) .... Ghajraj Thakur
Padaiyappa (1999) .... Padaiyappa
Krantikari (1997) (as Rajnikant)
Arunachalam (1997) .... Arunachalam
Aatank Hi Aatank (1995) .... Munna
Badsha (1995) .... Badsha/Manickam
Muthu (1995) .... Muthu
Peda Rayudu (1995) .... Murdered Village Chief
Zameen (1995) (as Rajnikant)
Veera (1994) .... Muthuveerappan "Veera"
Ejamaan (1993) .... Vanavarayan
Insaniyat Ke Devta (1993) .... Anwar
Tyagi (1992) .... Shankar G. 'Dadhu' Dayal
Mannan (1992) .... Krishna
Annamalai (1992) .... Annamalai
Pandian (1992) .... Pandiyan
Thalapathi (1991) .... Surya
Nattukku Oru Nallavan (1991)
Khoon Ka Karz (1991) .... Kishan/Assistant Commissioner Yamdoot
Farishtay (1991) .... Inspector Arjun Singh Tange
Hum (1991) (as Rajnikant) .... Kumar
Dharma Dorai (1991)
Phool Bane Angaarey (1991) (as Rajnikant) .... Inspector Ranjeet Singh
Shanti Kranti (1991)
Adisaya Piravi (1990)
ChaalBaaz (1989) (as Rajinikant) .... Jaggu
Bhrashtachar (1989) .... Abdul Sattar
Gair Kaanooni (1989) (as Rajani Kant) .... Azam Khan
Kodiparakkudu (1989) .... Erode Shivagiri/Dada
Raajadhi Raaja (1989)
Raja Chinna Roja (1989)
Bloodstone (1988) (as Rajni Kanth) .... Shyam Sabu
Tamacha (1988) (as Rajanikant) .... Vikram Pratap Singh 'Vicky'
Dharmathin Thalaivan (1988)
Guru Sisyan (1988)
Uttar Dakshin (1987)
Daku Hasina (1987) .... Mangal Singh
Asli Naqli (1986) (as Rajnikant) .... Birju Ustad
Bhagwan Dada (1986) .... Bhagwaan Dada
Dosti Dushmani (1986)
Mr. Bharath (1986/I)
Naan Adimai Illai (1986)
Geraftaar (1985) (as Rajanikanth) .... Inspector Hussein (Guest Appearance)
Wafadaar (1985) (as Rajani Kant) .... Ranga
Bewafai (1985) .... Ranvir
Mahaguru (1985) .... Vijay (Maha Guru)
Aaj Ka Dada (1985)
Ek Saudagar (1985) .... Kishore
Naan Sigappu Manithan (1985)
Sree Raaghavendar (1985) .... Venkatanathan
Unn Kannil Neer Vazhindal (1985)
John Jani Janardhan (1984) .... Janardhan B. Gupta/Inspector John A. Mendez/Jani
Insaaf Kaun Karega (1984) (as Rajnikant) .... Police Inspector Vikram Singh
Meri Adalat (1984) (as Rajnikant)
Aakhri Sangram (1984) .... Bholu Pandit
Anbulla Rajanikant (1984)
Bhooka Sher (1984)
Dushmano Ka Dushman (1984) .... Manohar
Kai Kodukkam Kai (1984) .... Kaalimuthu
Naan Mahaan Alla (1984)
Nallavanukku Nallavan (1984)
Thambikku Entha Ooru (1984)
Zulm Ki Zanjeer (1984)
Jeet Hamaari (1983) (as Rajinikanth) .... Raju
Adutha Varisu (1983)
Andhaa Kanoon (1983) .... Vijay Kumar Singh
Moondru Mugham (1983) .... Alex Pandiyan
Paayum Puli (1983) (as Rajinikant)
Sivappu Sooriyan (1983)
Thanga Magan (1983)
Agni Sakshi (1982)
Engeyo Ketta Kural (1982)
Pokkiri Raja (1982)
Pudhu Kavithai (1982)
Thanikatu Raja (1982)
Black Cobra (1981)
Netri Kann (1981)
Ranuva Veeran (1981)
Thillu Mullu (1981) .... Chandran/Indiran
Kaali (1980) .... Kaali
Anbukku Naan Adimai (1980)
Billa (1980) .... Billa
Ellaam Un Kairaasi (1980)
Murattu Kaalai (1980) .... Kaaliyan
Naan Potta Savaal (1980)
Ram Robert Rahim (1980) .... Ram
Aarilirindhu Aruvathu Varai (1979)
Alavuddinum Athbutha Vilakkum (1979) .... Kamruddin
Annai Oru Aalayam (1979)
Dharma Yuddham (1979)
Kuppathu Raja (1979)
Naan Vaazha Vaippen (1979) .... Michael
Ninaithale Inikkum (1979)
Thai Illamal Naan Illai (1979)
Shankar Saleem Simon (1978)
Aval Appadithaan (1978) .... Advertising Boss
Ilamai Oonjal Aadukirathu (1978) .... Murli
Mullum Malarum (1978) .... Kali
Thappitha Thala (1978)
Aadu Puli Atham (1977)
Avargal (1977) .... Ramnath
Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri (1977)
Chilakamma Cheppindi (1977) .... Kasi
Pathinaru Vayathinile (1977) .... Parattayan
Anthuleni Katha (1976) .... Murthy
Moondru Mudichu (1976)
Apoorva Raagangal (1975)
Katha Sangama (1975)
Filmography - As Writer
Baba (2002) (screenplay) (story)
Filmography - As Producer
Filmography - As Self
Aaghaaz (2000) .... Himself (a scene from a movie)
Kishen Kanhaiya (1990) .... Himself (a scene from a movie)
1. Natakalarayudu (1969) (director of photography)
2. Bangaru Gaajulu (1968)
3. Govula Gopanna (1968)
4. Aurat (1967)
5. Babruvahana (1964)
6. Bobbili Yudham (1964)
7. Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (1963)
8. Maa Babu (1960)
9. Rojulu Marayi (1955)
10. Anarkali (1955)
11. Pardesi (1953)
12. Prema (1952)
13. Chandralekha (1948/I)
14. Chandralekha (1948/II)
15. Paduka Pattabhishekham (1945)
16. Talliprema (1941)
17. Chandika (1940)
18. Balayogini (1936/I)
19. Balayogini (1936/II)
1. Paropakaram (1953/I)
2. Paropakaram (1953/II)
1. Dharmadevata (1952/I) (as Lalita) .... Bijili
2. Laila Majnu (1949/I) (as Lalita)
3. Chandika (1940)
4. Vishwamohini (1940) .... Sushila
5. Jayapradha (1939) (as Lalita)
6. Do Ghadi Ki Mauj (1935) (as Lalita) .... Asha
7. Samaj Ki Bhool (1934) (as Lalita) .... Lalita
8. Sandigdha (1932)
9. Radharani (1930)
10. Bharat Ramani (1930)
11. Giribala (1929) (as Lalita)
12. Indira (1929)
13. Rajani (1929)
1. Dharmadevata (1952/I) (playback singer) (as Lalita)