The year 1955 marked many beginning in the Kannada films and the entry of many film makers who would later leave their unforgettable signatures on the industry. Ku Ra Seetarama Shastry directed his first film Mahakavi Kalidasa this year.
The same year, popular theatre artiste BR Pantulu produced his first film Modala Tedi. He started the famous banner Padmini Pictures and named it after his daughter. Pa Neelakantan was Pantulu's partner.
In this film, Vishnuvardhan's elder brother Ravi debuted as a child artiste. Making his film debut as an assistant director in this film was Chi Udayshankar, who later became the most famous film writer in Kannada. Also making his film debut was future star villain Dikki Madhav Rao. He made his debut as a singer of the popular song Sambala Tedi Ondarinda Ippatarawaregu Undata Undata. The film had one more future-famous music composer who made his debut; TG Lingappa.