Tollywood remembers top legendary film maker Nagireddy on his jayanthi today. Bommireddy Nagi Reddy (2 December 1912 – 25 February 2004) was a Telugu movie producer from Pottipadu Village in the Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh. He was set up Vijaya Vauhini Studios in Chennai, which was then Asia’s biggest film studio. As his elder brother (who was also a director) had the same initials and was known as B.N.Reddy, Nagi Reddy was popularly known as B. Nagi Reddy. Some of the movies produced by Nagi Reddy include Pathala Bhairavi (1951), Missamma (1955), Maya Bazaar (1957), Gundamma Katha (1962), Ram Aur Shyam, Shriman Shrimathi, Julie (1975), and Swarg Narak (1978), the latter two of which were in Hindi. His heir Venkatrama Reddy was incorporated an award, commemorating his father’s 100th birth year as the Nagi Reddy memorial Award for the best Telugu and Tamil family entertainer films.
Nagi Reddy along with his friend and partner Aluru Chakrapani produced over fifty films in four decades in the four South Indian languages and in Hindi. He made mythological, devotional, and historical Telugu movies. Some of his more notable films include ‘Pathala Bhairavi, Maya Bazaar, and Missamma’.He started the Vijaya Hospital and Vijaya Health Centre. He stopped producing movies after the death of his friend and partner Chakrapani.
Nagi Reddy served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams between 1980 and 1983, and is credited for building the Vaikuntam Queue Complex that now serves to regulate pilgrims for darshan in the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. Nagi Reddy founded the Vijaya Medical & Educational Trust in 1972.The trust runs the Vijaya Hospital (1972), Vijaya Health Center (1987) and Vijaya Heart Foundation (1996). Nagi Reddy headed the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce four times and the All-India Film Sammelan for two terms. He also established the children’s magazine Chandamama in July 1947.The magazine was eventually printed in nearly a dozen different languages.
For his contributions to Indian, Telugu, and Tamil cinema, Nagi Reddy received various awards.
He deserted all on 25th February 2004 making Tollywood an orphan. Myfirstshow.com pays rich tributes to the great soul.