Kamalakara Kameswara Rao is an acclaimed and noted director of 1950-1960’s classic movie era. Pictures related to our mythology bounce into the theaters rarely nowadays. But once upon a time, there were few Telugu movie makers, skilled technicians, and scriptwriters who put so much of their life into making mythological movies.
Kamalakara Kameswara Rao is one of those legends who did everything he can just to bring soul to our gods, goddesses, and so many traditional characters. The industry used to affectionately and respectfully call Kamalakara Kameswara Rao as “Pauranika Brahma” for his incredible contribution to the lore pictures then times. Born at Bandar on 4th October 1911, Kamalakara Kameswara Rao completed his Bachelor of Arts in Noble College, Machilipatnam Andhra Pradesh. He was always drawn to journalism and powerful news media; Kamalakara Kameswara Rao worked for the tabloid “Krishna Patrika” as a film reviewer.
All his reviews used to be candid, original and ingenious. This made Kamalakara Kameswara Rao work for the film “Griha Lakshmi” along with notable legends K. V. Reddy, B. N. Reddy and H. M. Reddy from script to the making of the movie. In 1954, Kamalakara Kameswara Rao had made his first picture “Chandraharam” which did not receive much attention at the box office. His next film, “Penki Pilla” was also an average hit but his third film “Panduranga Mahathyam” released in 1957 out looked him as one of the finest directors in Telugu film industry.
Back to back Kamalakara Kameswara Rao had created wonders with his directory skills. Movies such as “Nartanasala”, “Pandava Vanavasam” and “Sri Krsihnavataram” etc. brought our imaginary worshiped gods to real life. We can proudly say that Kamalakara Kameswara Rao’s movies are benchmarks for Hindi film makers while experimenting with mythological movies.”
” is one of the best pictures Telugu industry could ever have and it a kind of film where everyone wishes not to remake according to the modern thinking. Kamalakara Kameswara Rao had created such films and gave them as a gift for the audience.
It is not an extravagant statement to say that Kameswara Rao is one of the main reasons that we have a decent picture and clear opinion about our myths and gods now. Kamalakara Kameswara Rao risked everything with controversies while making the film “
” and it is the biggest success he had in his career. Due to the changing mindsets and trends, attention for his films also reduced. In 1991 he made his last movie “Edu Kondala Swamy” concluded his movie journey. He left us in 1998 at the age of 87 after 4 decades of ruling the industry with his classical and evergreen hits.