B. R. Panthulu
Budaguru Ramakrishnaiah Panthulu (26 July 1910 — 8 October 1974) 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 and Veerapandiya Kattabomman. B. R. Panthulu, is a successful actor and converted Ma. Po. Si.'s biographic 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 lawyer who rebelled against the British rule that forbade Tamils operating shipping companies) to celluloid.
B. R. Panthulu
Panthulu, pictured in 1948
Boodgur Ramakrishnaiah Panthulu
26 July 1910
|Died||8 October 1974(aged 64)|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer|
|Spouse(s)||B. R Kamalamma (B. R. Andalammal)|
|Children||B. R. Vijayalakshmi, B. R. Ravishankar|
Panthulu was born on 26 July 1910 in the village of Budaguru of Kolar district in the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore (in present-day Kolar district of Karnataka). 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 Kannada professional theatre troupe, the Kalaseva Nataka Mandali, staging plays of his own choice.
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 there – 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. He has produced and directed 57 films in all South Indian languages under the banner of Padmini Pictures.
|1948||Bhaktha Jana||N||N||Tamil||Panthoji, a devotee of Panduranga|
|1954||Kalyanam Panniyum Brahmachari||N||Tamil|
|1959||Abba! A Hudgi||N||N||Kannada|
|1960||Kuzhandhaigal Kanda Kudiyarasu||Tamil|
|1960||Pillalu Techina Challani Rajyam||Telugu|
|1962||Dil Tera Diwana||Hindi|
|1966||Enga Pappa||Tamil||25th Film|
|1968||Ragasiya Police 115||Tamil|
|1970||Thedi Vandha Mappillai||Tamil|
|1972||Ondu Hennina Kathe||Kannada|
|Afro-Asian Film Festival||Afro-Asian Film Festival - 1960||Best Film||B. R. Panthulu||Won|
|Best Actor||Sivaji Ganesan||Won|
|Best Music Director||G. Ramanathan||Won|
- 1958: All India Certificate of Merit for Third Best Feature film – School Master
- 1959: Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film in Tamil – Veerapandiya Kattabomman
- 1961: Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film in Kannada – Kittur Chennamma
- 1961: President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Tamil – Kappalottiya Thamizhan
Book on B.R.PantuluEdit
A. N. Prahlada Rao has written a Book '"Danivillada Dhani" on B.R.Panthulu in Kannada, consisting of the details of his childhood, theatre, films produced in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam. 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.
- KCA celebrating BR Panthulu's 100th birth anniversary Archived 9 July 2012 at Archive.today at Oneindia.in
- Khajane, Muralidhara (23 July 2010). "A born showman". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
- "Hundred years of legendary director BR Panthulu". merinews.com. Archived from the original on 9 April 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- "6th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
- "7th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 March 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
- "9th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 2 December 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2011.