Hunsur Krishnamurthy is a multi-faceted film personality. He is a director, playwright, actor, producer, lyricist and screenwriter in Kannada cinema.
In his initial stages of his career, Krishnamurthy got himself associated with acclaimed theater personalities.
, B R Panthulu and Mohammed Peer were some of the notable personalities with whom Krishnamurthy worked. His forte is mythological flicks and some such films that he directed include, Bhakta Kumbara, Satya Harishchandra and Babru Vahana. Rajkumar starred in all of these films. These films gained great appreciation and are a landmark in Kannada cinema. The career of Rajkumar also bloomed with these films. Born on February 9, 1914, Krishnamurthy did his initial schooling in Hunsur, and pursued his high school education in Mysore. Before venturing into films, Krishnamurthy tested waters as a playwright in theater. Swarga Samrajya is a play written by him. Eventually, he got himself involved in Bharat Nataka Company by working as a scenarist and playwright. Later he worked in
. After this, he got himself associated with Bal Gandharva’s theater troupe.
Krishnamurthy started his film career mainly as a dialogue writer. He wrote dialogues for films such as Krishnaleele and Hemareddy Mallamma. He also penned the screenplay for these flicks. Kanyadana, Sodari and Devakannika are some of the films for which he wrote lyrics. The 1958 flick Shri Krishna Gaarudi is the debut directorial endeavor of Krishnamurthy. This is a mythological film. The 1965 flick Satya Harishchandra received the Best Feature Film in Kannada Award from the National Award jury. This film is still remembered by Kannada audiences. The 1977 flick Veera Sindhoora Lakshmana was also a great success.
Krishnamurthy was instrumental in the entry of actors M P Shankar and Rajesh into the film industry. Shyama Sundar Kulkarni wrote the biography of Krishnamurthy. Krishnamurthy has indeed made an outstanding contribution to Kannada film industry and is regarding with great revere even today.