Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy (16 November 1908 – 8 November 1977) was an Indian film director and an early figure in the Telugu cinema.[1][2] He was popularly known as B. N. Reddy. Many of his earlier films like Vande Mataram, Devatha had V. Nagaiah as lead. His Malliswari starring N. T. Rama Rao and Bhanumathi is considered a timeless Indian film classic. He was the first person to receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award from South India.[3] He was the first Indian film personality to receive the Doctor of Letters honor.[4]

B. N. Reddy
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B. N. Reddy in a 2008 stamp
Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy

(1908-11-16)16 November 1908
Kothapalli, Madras Presidency, British India (present-day Andhra Pradesh, India)
Died8 November 1977(1977-11-08) (aged 68)
  • Producer
  • presenter
  • story writer
  • businessman
  • philanthropy
Years active1939–1969
AwardsPadma Bhushan
Doctor of Letters
Dadasaheb Phalke Award
National Film Awards

Early lifeEdit

Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy was born on 16 November 1908 in a farmer family at Kothapalli village in the present-day Kadapa district.[5] His father Narasimha Reddy Rangoon (Yangoon) used to export onions from Chennai for a living.[citation needed] He was eldest of four brothers; others are B. Nagi Reddy, B. N. Konda Reddy and B. Ramalinga Reddy.[citation needed]

He was schooled in Proddatur and later continued the schooling in Madras. He enrolled in Pachaiyappa's College, but left without graduating. He later studies auditing and accounting and worked as an apprentice in an auditing firm.[5]


National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Nandi Awards[8]
Civilian honours
Other honours



Story and/or screenplay writerEdit


  • Gruhalakshmi (1938)
  • Vande Mataram (1939)
  • Sumangali (1940)
  • Devatha (1941)
  • Bhakta Potana (1942)
  • Swargaseema (1945)
  • Yogi Vemana (1947)


  1. ^ Rangula Ratnam (1967) Awards | Award Winners Of Rangula Ratnam Telugu Movie.
  2. ^ Friday Review Chennai / Tribute : Tale of a celluloid poet. The Hindu (28 November 2008). Retrieved on 2018-11-12.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Directorate of Film Festival" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 December 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Tale of a celluloid poet". The Hindu. 28 November 2008. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  6. ^ "3rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  7. ^ "5th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
  8. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)

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