Kotayya Pratyagatma

Born : October 31, 1925, First Movie : Bharya Bharthalu, Recent Release : Kamalamma Kamatam,

Kolli Pratyagatma better known as Pratyagatma and K. P. Atma (b: 31 October 1925 - d: 8 June 2001) was an Indian journalist, film writer, director and producer in Telugu cinema.

Life history

He was on 31 October 1925 in Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh, India. Before entering film industry, he worked as a journalist for magazine Prajashakti in 1952 and as an editor for the magazine Jwala. His debut film was Bharya Bhartalu in 1961. He has directed about 30 films in Telugu and Hindi and also produced a few films under Atma Arts. His film Raja Aur Runk went on to become a silver jubilee. He introduced Krishnam Raju to the film industry with his Nandi Award winning Telugu film Chilaka Gorinka in 1966. He died on 8 June 2001 in Hyderabad, India. The film director K. Vasu is his son. He is also survived by his wife Satyavati, a daughter TejoLatha in Bangalore and a son in the US, Kalidas.His daughter Tejolatha's youngest son is named after him and is interested in continuing the legacy.


National Film Awards

1961: President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Telugu - Bharya Bharthalu.
    1962: Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film in Telugu - Kula Gothralu.
    1965: Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film in Telugu - Manushulu Mamathalu (Producer).