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Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy (16 November 1908 – 8 November 1977) was an Indian film director and an early figure in the Telugu cinema.[1][2]

Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy
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B. N. Reddy
Born(1908-11-16)16 November 1908
Kothapalli village, Pulivendula, Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died8 November 1977(1977-11-08) (aged 68)
Chennai, India
Occupationproducer, presenter, story writer, business man, hospitals, philanthropy
Years active1939–69
AwardsPadma Bhushan
Doctor of Letters
Dadasaheb Phalke Award
National Film Awards

He was eldest of the three brothers; others are B. Nagi Reddy and B. N. Konda Reddy. He was popularly known as B. N. Reddy. He is the director who balances artistic values and business needs in the right proportion. Many of his earlier films like Vande Mataram, Devatha had Chittor V. Nagaiah as lead.

His Malliswari (1951 film) starring N T Rama Rao and Bhanumathi is considered a timeless Indian film classic. He was the first person to receive the prestigious 'Dada Saheb Phalke Award' from South India.[3] He was the first Indian film personality to receive the Doctor of Letters honor[4]



He was born on 16 November 1908 in a farmer family at Kothapalli village, Pulivendula, Kadapa district. His father Narasimha Reddy Rangoon(Yangoon)used to export onions from Chennai for a living.




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. ^ "3rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  6. ^ "5th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 2 September 2011.

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