you find any good-looking Telugu girl, it's only natural to compliment
her as 'Bapu Bomma'. Lets know more about Bapu, who has given a
new definition to the cartoon of Telugu and injected reality in
Telugu cinema and made a difference to life of Telugu people.
Bapu, Telugu cartoonist, designer and director was born on 14th
of December in 1933 as Sattiraju Lakshmi Narayana in Narsapur, West
Godari, AP. He graduated as a lawyer from Madras University in 1955.
He collaborated with comic writer Mullapudi Venkat Ramana and joined
as political cartoonist for Andhra Patrika in 1955. He worked in
advertising field till 1960. His paintings are synonymous with a
beautiful Lady's figure. Even while painting villainous figures,
the beauty and liveliness of his paintings sets him apart from the
rest while God gives life to humans but Bapu gives liveliness to
his drawings and paintings.
Mullapudi Venkata Ramana has written a story called 'Saakshi'
in 1959 for Andhra Patrika for which Bapu has given the illustration.
The same story with the same title was made as cinema by Bapu
in 1967 as a debutant director. His first film Saakshi was selected
for Tashkent film festival in 1968. This film was a rare instance
of 60's New Indian Cinema aestheticism in Telugu. He occasionally
resorted to painterly imagery in his otherwise realistic approach
(e.g Muthyala Muggu). He transported several mythological narratives
into contemporary fables (Manavuri Pandavulu).
gave a totally different images for the artists like Rao Gopal
Rao(Muthyala Muggu), Nutan Prasad(Rajadhi Raja), Divyavani(Pelli
Pustakam) and AVS(Mr. Pellam) with his creative characterization.
He also made major foray in Hindi field. Manavuri Pandavulu was
remade in Hindi as 'Hum Paanch'. This film was strongly defended
by populist independent Left. Later on he became unashamed revivalist.
His film Thyagayya was a remake of Nagayya's 1946 film. His film
Radha Kalyanam was a remake of Andha 7 Natkal(1981) by Bhagyaraj.
His 'Toorpu Velle Railu' was based on Mayangurikal Oru Madhu(1975).
He remade his own adaptation in Hindi as 'Who Saat Din'. He remade
BR Chopra's notorious rape film as 'Edi Nyayam Edi Dharmam'(1982)
in Telugu. He remade his own film 'Bangaru Pichuka(1968) as Pelli
Koduku in 1994. Incidentally, Vijaya Nirmala acted as heroine in
Bangaru Pichuka and her son Naresh acted as hero in Pelli Koduku.
His runaway hit Pelli Pustakam was a rehash of Missamma. Though
he has become successful in films, the "Passion for Art" did not
let him to settle in any other field. But no one could/can beat
him especially in drawing front-page paintings. He is second to
none but to himself. Many exhibitions and seminars held on his paintings
till now have all registered an unforgettable memory to the visitors
On the occason of his 68th birthday, Idlebrain.com wishes Bapu on
behalf of it's visitors.