Shri D Yoganand
I met Prasadji in 1939 with a letter from my friend
Shri D V S manynam. Afterwards we used to meet very often as friends.
But then Prasadji left for Bombay and myself to Salem and after some time
when I returned to Madras I was told that Prasadji is doing Sarathi's
GRUHA PRAVESAM. I had been engaed by Sri V. Nagiah's Renuka pictures story
department and was asked to work with Mr Linga-Murthy. During that period
Prasadji used to come to our room for a chat and on one such occasion
he informed me that we was offered direction for Sadhana Pictures' 'SAMSARAM'.
As all the partners being my friends, I happend to work with Prasadji
for 2 1/2 years not only as the associate, but also as Cameraman, Editor,
Dialogue writer and production Manager. 'Samsaram' proved a super hit.
Prasadji asked me to work with him for all of his assignements and provided
shelter in his own house for myself.
Smt Prasadji treated me as their eldest son (though not
adopted). Mr Lena Chettiyar of Krishna pictures approached Prasadji for
a money maker like 'Samsaram'. Prasadji inflinchingly announced that 'Samsaram'
was the brain child of Yoganand and recommended me to direct a film for
Mr Lena Chettiyar.
The film was 'MARUMAGAL' in Tamil and 'AMMALAKKALU' in
Telugu which proved successful and made me to make 56 pictures in Telugu,
Tamil and Sinhalese within a period of 35 years. DurJng 1955 Prasadji
decided to take physical rest for a certain period to have naturopathic
treatment. Hence he asked me to direct his production 'ILAVELPU' which
he remade it in Hindi as 'SHARADA'. Our relationship continued and Prasadji
used to call me for story Sessions etc for many pictures made by him.
I had taken a number of medicines
but without result. It was Nature Cure which brought back my health.
During the Nature Cure Course, I had peryorce to do some yogic exercises;
then these were meditations. These are the secrets behind my energy.
- L V Prasad