Born to a Brahmin family on this day in 1910, B R Panthulu started his career as teacher but the fondness towards Drama pulled him to Chandrakala & Gubbi
Panthulu's first acting debut in movie happened in 1936 & for the film Samsara Nauke, a Kannada movie based on his play, directed by HLN Simha. (Director of Bedara Kannappa)
In 1957, he directed 2 more Tamil movies & in 1958 came another movie #SchoolMaster which acclaimed cult status.
This movie was DUBBED as well as REMADE into 4 languages.
Incidentally, School Master was based on a Novel written by Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar.
This School Master was made into Malayalam & was directed by Puttanna Kanagal, remade in Tamil & Telugu again..
We have never seen how
With an average of 4 directions per year & seeing only success, B R Panthulu should have been a happy man, but his son Ravishankar in an interview to
Coming back, in 1961, Pantulu after giving Tamilians, Kattabomman gave Kannadigas, Kittur Rani Chennamma, the queen who who was no less than Jhansi
Nevertheless, this movie brought out the pride of Kannadigas.
Shammi Kapoor's Dil Tera Diwana Hai Sanam is hummed even today(probably now too)
from the movie Dil Tera Diwana by Pantulu in 1962.
Panthulu was devastated as he had done huge investments but friends if you want to know freedom fighters of Tamil Nadu, watch it.
These Periyarwadis won't reveal the names because there were many Brahmins who died for freedom.
Both were again huge commercial success.
In 1964, Puttanna Kanagal made this movie in Malayalam.
In 1963, Pantulu simultaneously
Saku Magalu also marked the debut of highly acclaimed actress Kalpana.
In 1964, Pantulu came with Chinnada Gombe in Kannada & Murudhan Muthu in Tamil.
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalita who was a child artist
Dilip Kumar's Gopi is the remake of this movie.
In 1964, B R Panthulu came with #Karnan, with Shivaji as Karna & NTR as Krishna, this was the first instance when 2 superheroes of 2 different states came together.
The movie was shot at
And in 1965, B R Pantulu came with #AayirathilOruvan
This movie gave Tamil Nadu it's 2 future Chief Minister's M G Ramachandran and Jayalalita.
In fact we can consider that Aayirathil Oruvan laid foundation for MGRs entry into politics.
Between 1965 & 70, Panthulu's films saw good commercial success, but Pantulu was not satisfied, he wanted to give something for nation, he gave movies on Karna, Kittur Rani, Kattabomman
Pantulu had a dream, he waited 40 years to fulfill it, when he was in drama troupe & when they used to perform at Hospet, Pantulu used to cycle down to Hampi early morning & sit amidst the ruins, thinking himself I WOULD GIVE A CELLULOID FORM ONE DAY
And the next 4 years saw 5 commercially successful films in 3 languages including GangeGowri in Kannada.
This movie about legendary Pallava king Sundara Pandiyan
was completed by M G R when on 08th October 1974, B R Pantulu had a massive cardiac arrest & attained moksha on the spot.
His son remembers Pantulu more as a filmmaker who introduced Spirit
And he is proud of Kannada & Telugu film industry for remembering him occasionally & immensely dissatisfied with Tamil for forgetting the director.
Dawood in Bombay, it's Periyar in Madras.