Akkineni Lakshmi Vara Prasada Rao or L V. Prasad was one of the greatest filmmakers in Bollywood. He started his career with acting in nondescript roles, struggling hard to ultimately emerge as one of the eminent directors and producers of Indian cinema. Born in a family of farmers, L V. Prasad had a flair for acting and also in staging plays. To give his dreams a practical shape the aspiring young man went off to Bombay in 1930 with the hope of starting a film career. He faced a lot of difficulties in making his way to the studios due to the lack of contacts in Bollywood and soon started working as a casual worker in the Venus Film Company.
Soon came the turning point in the life of L V. Prasad soon came, when he acquainted with H.M. Reddy the assistant director to Ardeshir Irani, one of the pioneers of the Talkie films in India. Soon Prasad got a role in Bhakta Prallhada, the first Telegu Talkie directed by Reddy followed by a role in Kalidasa. In the year 1940, L V. went to Madras and started working as an assistant director to Reddy. Getting a chance to show his hidden talents, L V.
soon earned a name for directing films and started thinking about independent direction. He got a chance to show his work in Griha Pravesham (Housewarming), his first directorial debut that was released in 1946 and earned nationwide fame.
After giving quality direction in a number of Tamil films, all of which were box office hits, L V. moved to the Hindi film scenario in Bollywood and made his first Hindi film, Sasuraal in the year 1961. Sasuraal was a great success that led him in 1967 to make the film, Milan, another great box office hit. Soon after the spectacular success of Milan, filmmaker L V. Prasad never had to look back and his fame and popularity touched the sky limits. He remade quite a number of his pre-directed Tamil and Telegu films in Hindi and those also earned quite an applause from the audience.
In 1970, L V. Prasad appalled the audience with Khilona, one of his greatest master works. With an excellent cinematography, screenplay and direction the film impressed the viewers and set a record in the Bollywood film industry. After the epoch making production of Khilona, L V. Prasad earned the rightful place as one of the greatest filmmakers in Bollywood. In fact the film was such a massive hit that its Silver Jubilee was celebrated throughout the nation. L V. Prasad soon made Ek Duje Ke Liye (Made For Each Other) that was also a super hit as soon as it was released.
L V. Prasad- the filmmaker, won the Filmfare Award for the Best Movie in 1970 for Khilona. He was also awarded as the Best Director by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in 1981. L V. Prasad will always be remembered as one of the greatest filmmakers of all times in the world of Indian cinema.
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