K.V. Reddy (1 July 1912 – 15 September 1972)


Kadiri Venkata Reddy or K.V. Reddy (1 July 1912 – 15 September 1972) was a Director, Writer, Producer and Production Manager of Telugu films in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Brief life sketch

K.V. Reddy was born on July 1, 1912 in Tadipatri town of Anantapur district. He studied B.Sc. Physics in Madras Presidency college before starting his career in film industry as a cashier for Vauhini Studios starting with the movie Grihalakhsmi in 1938.

K.V. Reddy directed movies like Bhakta Potana and Yogi Vemana with Chittor V. Nagaiah as lead actor. His movie Patala Bhairavi starring S.V.Ranga Rao and N.T.Rama Rao released on March 15, 1951 became big hit and completed 100 days in 28 centers. Maya Bazaar, the magnum opus of K.V. Reddy is noted for the excellent screenplay adaptation. It was never noticed by the audience that entire Pandava clan is absent in the film which in itself is amazing control of Reddy over the script. Maya Bazaar is a big hit in Andhra Pradesh and is still remembered for its excellent work. K.V. Reddy's another film Donga Ramudu (1955) starring ANR and Savitri is another film which shows the mettle of the director. This film is included in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Poona's Curriculum for the craft of movie making at its best.

Family

K. V. Reddy had four sons and five daughters. His second son, K.N.Reddy joined the Indian Navy and had two children (Archana Reddy and Arvind Reddy) who are currently in the United States. His third and forth sons, Konda Reddy and Ramu Reddy are in India.
Filmography
Director

1.Shri Krishna Satya (1971)
2. Bhagyachakram (1968)
3.Umachandi Gauri Shankarula Katha (1968)
4.Satya Harishchandra (1965/II)
5.Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (1962)
6. Jagadeka Veeruni Katha (1961)
7.Jagathala Prathapan (1961)
8. Vazhkai Oppantham (1959)
9.Pelli Naati Pramanalu (1958)
10.Maya Bazaar (1957/I)
11. Donga Ramudu (1955)
12.Peddamanushulu (1954)
13.Patala Bhairavi (1951)
14.Gunasundari Katha (1949)
15.Yogi Vemana (1947)
16.Bhakta Potana (1942)

Writer

1.Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (1963) (screen adaptation)
2.Maya Bazaar (1957/I) (adaptation)
3.Donga Ramudu (1955)
4.Patala Bhairavi (1951) (screen adaptation)
5.Gunasundari Katha (1949) (screen adaptation)

Producer

1.Satya Harishchandra (1965/II) (producer)
2.Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (1963) (producer)
3.Jagadeka Veeruni Katha (1961) (producer)
4.Pelli Naati Pramanalu (1958) (producer)

Production Manager

1.Swargaseema (1945) (production manager)
2.Devatha (1941) (production manager)
3.Sumangali (1940) (production manager)
4.Vande Mataram (1939) (production manager)
 

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