AP Film Chamber of Commerce secretary and director Tammareddy Bharadwaja said here Sunday that the Indian film industry had completed 100 successful years mainly due to the contribution of Telugu film-makers to Hindi film industry.
Addressing a function organised to mark the completion of 100 years of film industry here, Bharadwaja said that the people were misled by the propaganda that the credit for success of 100 years of Indian cinema should go to only Hindi cinema but Telugu people like Raghupati Venkaiah, Gudavalli Ramabrahmam and others largely contributed to the film industry in big time. “We are conducting the celebrations to make people aware of the contribution of Telugus, especially those belonging to Krishna district.”
He recalled that the cine industry was started at Vijayawada a century ago. He said that late SV Ranga Rao of the district was the first Indian actor to get an international award for his performance in films.
The programme was inaugurated by veteran actress Vanisri by lightning the lamp. Noted multilingual film producer D Rama Naidu, upcoming film director, Maruti of ‘Prema Katha Chitram’, cine actor senior Naresh and others took part in the celebrations.
Rama Naidu released a diary and Vanisri, a book entitled ‘100 Years of Telugu Film Industry’. Bharadwaja and others felicitated Rama Naidu, Vanisri and other artistes.
Bharadwaja also felicitated owners of Maruti Cinema and Durga Kalamandiram in the city, the earliest film theatres in the state. Kuchipudi by Ghantasala Pavan Kumar troupe, mimicry by J Ramesh enthralled the audience.