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 B.N. Reddi

A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy, a Telugu film director :

Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy : Telugu film industryIssued by India

Issued on Nov 16, 2008

Issued for : India Post is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp on B.N. Reddi.

Credits :
 FDC Cancellation : Nenu Gupta

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multi colour

Denomination : 500 Paise

Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million

Printing Process : wetoffset

Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad

Name : Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy

Born on Dec 2, 1908 at Kothapalli village, Pulivendula municipality, Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh, India

Died on Nov 8, 1977 at Chennai, India

About : 

  • When he made films on rural unemployment and widow remarriage, people have identified his films as vanguard of new cinematic value. Throughout his three-decade film career he never compromised for the sake of commercialization and opted out of film-making when he found that he did not fit into changing scenario. His Vauhini films were identified with artistic and socially purposeful films. His expensive Vauhini Studios, later merged with Vijaya Studios, was one of its kind in South Asia. His memory is etched deep in the memory of Telugu psyche through his timeless classic Malliswari” (1951). In 1954 came “Bangaru Papa“, a film based on George Eliot‘s Sailan Mariner, which won international acclaim. Charlie Chaplin who had seen this film in London had said that Eliot would have been the happiest man, if he could see.
  • B.N. Reddi has been popular with the audience winning public acclaim. Government of India and State Government recognized his contribution and awarded Padmabhushan in 1974.
  • B.N. Reddi won Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1975 becoming first person in Telugu film industry and second person from South India to win this award.
  • B.N. Reddi was also a Member of Legislative Council of Andhra Pradesh between 1958 and 1963.
  • B.N. Reddi died on 8th November, 1977 but his legacy lives on.
  • Text : As per the material provided by the proponent.
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