Bapu (born as Sattiraju Lakshmi Narayana) as an eminent film personality who predominantly worked in Telugu Cinema. Apart from being the director, Bapu was an acclaimed illustrator, painter, and cartoonist par excellence. His works have signified the benchmark for Teluguness. Bapu’s collaboration with renowned writer Ramana (Mullapudi Venkata Ramana) has created a niche for themselves.
The Bapu-Ramana duo has given many memorable movies to the Indian audience which left the lasting impact. Their movies are simple, sensible, authentic with subtle humor and highly focused on human relationships. The legendary director had received several coveted honors, including “Padma Shri” and prestigious Nandi Awards. His paintings are so famous that traditional-looking Telugu girl is often called as “Bapu Bomma” and Bapu was a connoisseur of Art and Literature.
Despite being a graduate from Arts and Law, Bapu chose his area of interest as a profession and started working as a political cartoonist for “Andhra Patrika” and advertisement field for few years before he plunged into films with the path-breaking Sakshi which was screened at “Tashkent Film Festival”. All his films were poetic and aesthetic and took Indian Cinema on the International platform and he was an epitome of versatility.
Most famous movies of Bapu-Ramana include Sakshi, Sampoorna Ramayanam, Bhakta Kannappa, Manavoori Pandavulu, Sneham, Mutyala Muggu and Sri Ramarajyam. Having led a life with nothing but films, the legendary filmmaker had lasted his breath on 31st August 2014 due to cardiac arrest.