DirectorA. T. Krishnaswamy
R Nagendra Rao Release date1943
Satya Harishchandra is a 1943 Indian Kannada film directed by R. Nagendra Rao. It stars Subbaiah Naidu, Lakshmibai and Rao in the lead roles. The music of the film was composed by R. Sudarshanam. The film was successful at the box office and ran for 100 days in Dharwad.
The music of the film was composed by R. Sudarsanam with lyrics for the soundtracks penned by Gamiki Ramakrishna Sastry.
Production and release
Film producer A. V. Meiyappan went to his hometown of Karaikudi after the success of his 1941 Tamil film Sabapathy due to apprehensions surrounding bombing of Madras by the Japanese with the World War II on. He returned to Madras and began the production of Satya Harishchandra as a joint venture with the theatre troupe SSS Natakamandali. R. Nagendra Rao was roped in to direct and A. T. Krishnaswamy as the assistant director. The cast included Subbaiah Naidu playing the role of the Harischandra, Lakshmibai as Chandramathi; Rao, J. V. Krishnamurthy Rao, M. G. Marirao, Kamalabai and Narasimhan. Musician B. S. Raja Iyengar made his acting debut playing Narada. The edited length of the film was restricted to 11,000 feet (3,400 m) due to wartime regulation of raw stock. It was released on 28 May 1943. The film was a commercial success and was dubbed into Tamil and released as Harishchandra on 6 January 1944. It was the first Indian film to be dubbed into another language.