The second talkie film in Kannada, Bhakta Dhruva, released in April 1934 in the Select Cinema theatre on Kempe Gowda Road. Bhakta Dhruva was the first Kannada talkie film to start production, but it was the second to be released. Select Cinema, later became the Geetha theatre and made way for a commercial complex in later years. Bhakta Dhruva was a film produced by Kannadigas unlike Sati Sulochana.
UL Narayan Rao and brothers produced the film on behalf of the relatives of famous theatre personality Varadacharya. The director Parshwanath Altekar was a non-Kannadiga. The screenplay and dialogues was written by Devudu Narasimha Shastri, who had written popular novels like Mahabrahmana, Mahakshatriya and Mahadarshana. He also played a small role in the film. The film was made in the Ajanta Studio in Mumbai and had music by Harmonium Seshadriraya.