How many of you know a person by name Ballari Raghava? Well, you may have seen his statue on Tank Bund but here is a small peek about this icon. Ballari Raghava was a legendary stage artist during the early 1900s and crowds used to flock to his plays just to catch a glimpse of him. Also, Ballari Raghava was a very handsome man with a special aura and people used to drool over his looks.
Eventually, he also entered into the silver screen circuit and came up with the film ‘Raithu Bidda’. There is a specialty about this film. Though Bhakta Prahlada which came in 1931 is the first Telugu talkie film, Raithu Bidda which came in 1939 is the film which has still got its print intact. This is not even found in Youtube.
If you search on the site, the oldest Telugu movie you will find is Mugguru Maratilu starring ANR and it released in 1946. Now, here is a golden opportunity for you all. Raithu Bidda starring Ballari Raghava is all set to be screened by few cine buffs at the famous La Makaan in Hyderabad. The date of the screening is August 27th. So, do you really want to take a walk into the history of Tollywood ? Then don’t miss this chance.