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Hanumappa Vishwanath Babu (1903-68)

Major 30s Telugu director born in Bangalore. Studied medicine. Made mythologicals usually starring Kannamba, carrying on the genre’s silent era version as practised in Bombay’s studios where he began his career. Worked for Kohinoor as actor (1927), then at Imperial as actor and assistant to his brother-in-law, H.M. Reddy (1929-35). First and best-known film, Draupadi Vastrapaharanam, made in competition with a Laxmi Films production starring Bellari Raghava. It also launched the pioneering Telugu production company, Saraswathi Talkies, which introduced Gudavalli Ramabrahmam to film-making.

FILMOGRAPHY: 1931: Bar Ke Pobar (St; act only); 1936: Draupadi Vastrapaharanam; 1937: Kanakatara; 1940: Bhoja Kalidasa; 1941: Mandaravathi; 1943: Krishna Prema; 1949: Dharmangada; 1952: Adarsham; 1955: Grihalakshmi; 1963: Devasundari.

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