The prestigious Gollapudi Srinivas awards are given every year to a debutant director who shows his expertise in the film world. This is instituted in the memory of Gollapudi Srinivas who was born in 1966. Gollapudi Srinivas is the youngest son of the famous Telugu film actor Gollapudi Maruthi Rao. Gollapudi Maruthi Rao was born in the year 1939 in Andhra Pradesh and is a very well-liked film actor, theatre actor, dramatist, screen writer and dialogue writer. He is most popularly known for his plays some of which are – Aasayaalaku, Mahanatudu, Karuninchani Devatalu, Patita, Kaalam Venakku Tirigindi, Rendu Rellu Aaru, and Sankellu.
The Andhra Pradesh Government has honored him with 6 Nandi Awards for best story, best comedian, best character actor, best dialogue, best screenplay and best actor. Gollapudi Srinivas was directing his debut Telugu film ‘Prema Pustakam’ when he succumbed to death on the 12th of August 1992. The youngest son of Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, there was enough talent in this man. The Maruthi family instituted a foundation and also announced an award called the Best Debut Director for the director who had directed an Indian language film, along with a cash prize. The award was first given away in 1997. Since then the award ceremony has been held to be one of the most memorable and awaited events in the film world.
As part of the award ceremony, a renowned film personality is called up to give a key note speech. The Gollapudi Srinivas Award for the year 2006 was awarded to Indraganti Mohan Krishna for his 2004 Telugu film directorial debut “Grahanam”. The basis of the movie is upon a popular story known as “Chalam” written by Guddipati Venkatachalam. This film had also won the National Award for the best first film in the year 2005. The film “Grahanam” was also shown at the 2005 International Film Festival of India and in the Seattle First Asian Film Festival in the year 2004 and also in the Mumbai Asian Film Festival in the year 2004.
Gautam Ghose, the famous Bengali film director and cinematographer was called to give the key note address for the award giving ceremony of the Gollapudi Srinivas Award in the year 2006. He had chosen the topic “Collective Memories and Timelessness in Cinema”. His speech was versatile and interesting. He spoke about how he started making documentaries and took an active part in the theatre movement and how this has affected his current life and work balance.