The First Telugu talkie was Bhakta Prahalada made in 1931 by Sri H.M.
H.M.Reddy's full name is Hanumantappa Muniyappa Reddy. He did his
schooling in Bangalore .He worked as a Police inspector before he became
a light boy for Ardesh M.Irani in Imperial Studious. Slowly he started
making silent movies. His first film was Rajkumar with Prudhvirajkapoor.
Ardesh M.Irani directed the first indian Talkie ' ALAM ARA'. Using the
same sets H.M.Reddy made the first tamil talkie 'Kalidas'. In this
movie both Tamil and Telugu drama artists played the roles. The dialogues in this movie were a mix of both Telugu and Tamil. Like all tamil actors spoke
in tamil and all Telugu Actors in telugu. But all the songs were in telugu. Akkineni Laxmi vara prasad (LV Prasad) acted in all the first talkies like
'ALAM ARA', 'Kalidas' and 'Bhakta Prahalada' .
For a silent movie you need to have a good face along with good expressions.
That used to be sufficient. But for talkie movies you need to have good voice
too. At that time there is no concept of playback system. All the
actors had to sing their own songs as well as say their own dialouges.
The first tamil movie Kalidas was completed in 9000 feet film. At that
time all the movies are based on top drama's only. So to attract
audience they use to have minimum of 15 to 20 songs in a movie.
Bhakta Prahalada was the first talkie made in telugu by Sri H.M.Reddy.
In this film Munepalle Subramanyam acted as Hiranya Kashyapa , Surabhi
Kamalabai as Leelavathi. This was made under Srikrishna films banner
with a budget of 20,000 rupees.This is based on famous surabhi drama,
so all most all surabhi actors acted in it. The heroine Kamalabai was
born on the stage (not while making this film, but her mother was doing
a play and she delivered her on the stage).
This film became a big hit. So afterwards all most all popular dramas
were made into films by famous directors like Raja Sando, C.Pullaiah,
H.V.Babu, Chitapu Narasimha Rao . They made pictures in tamil/telugu.
After so many years AVM made this film in color with S.V.R ,Anjali and
Baby Rojaramani (now Rojaramani is married Chakrapani and mother of
Tarun who is also acted in some movies like Mansu Mamata, Teja and