Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao
Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (Telugu: నందమూరి తారక రామా రావు) (born Nimmakuru, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh; 28 May 1923–18 January 1996), also known as NTR, was an actor,director, producer, and politician. He is the founder of Telugu Desam Party in 1982 and served asChief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1968, recognizing his contribution to Telugu cinema. After his career in movies, Rao became a political activist and a political party leader.
Career as an actor
He started his career playing a police inspector in the movie Mana Desam (1949).The role is offered by the legendary director L V Prasad.He portrayed Lord Krishna in Maya Bazaar, Sri Krishnaarjuna Yuddham, Dana Veera Sura Karna, Lord Rama (Lava Kusa), Bheeshma(Bheeshma), Ravana (Bhookailasa), and Arjuna (Nartanasala).
NTR was referred to by the Telugu Film Industry as “Nata Sarvabhouma” (Emperor of Acting) in Telugu till date.
Though widely recognised for his mythological characters, NTR is considered one of the greatest actors in Telugu film, and in general in South Indian films. His portrayal of Lord Krishna in Maya Bazaar by B. Nagi Reddy, a producer at Vijaya Productions, was a turning point in his life. His portrayal of avatars of Vishnu, especially Rama ravana and Krishna, mesmerised an entire generation who saw the face of NTR when these gods were mentioned.
NTR had a major contribution to what can be considered the golden age of telugu film making, between 1950 and 1965. Analysts believe that the Telugu film industry produced some of the best mythological movies from India, while the Tamil and Hindi movie industry produced better socially oriented films.
NTR was naturally talented and extremely disciplined about various aspects of acting like preparation, punctuality, and dialogue delivery. An important factor that made him a great actor was his ability to deliver extremely lengthy dialogues that were original verses from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata with a fervour and command unmatched by most of his contemporaries, with certain exceptions like S. V. Ranga Rao whom people and industry will consider as best character actor in Telugu film industry. In addition, he generally played multiple roles in the same movie, which increased the number of dialogues and hence the preparation required.
NTR was very versatile. In Tamil Nadu, Shivaji Ganesan was much better known for his acting skill and talent and M. G. Ramachandran was much more known for his commercial movies. NTR struck a balance between both kinds of cinema. He used to perform roles in mythological movies like those only Shivaji could perform and even do commercial Janapadham (where the adventurous prince saves the damsel in distress) films which were Ramachandran’s forte.
NTR, in fact, played the role of Lord Krishna not only in Telugu Movies, but also in Tamil and Kannada movies. While the megastars – Ramachandran, Shivaji Ganesan and Kannada Rajkumar vied for the roles of other Mahabharata heroes like Karna, Arjuna and Bhima, there was no denying that NTR would be the only one to play Lord Krishna. This is probably the greatest tribute to Rao’s charismatic cine-genius.
One of his greatest janapadams was “Jagadekaveeruni katha” (the story of the universal hero) where he plays the role of Pratap, the prince of Ujjain. He dreams of celestial damsels as his wives, but on revealing the dream to his father, he is banished from the kingdom. The heroic prince then does the impossible – passing the various tests put to him, winning the celestial damsels and bringing them home to his kingdom. Another one of his janapadams was “Gulebakavali katha” (the story of Gulebakavali) where he plays the role of a prince who sets out to the heavens to bring the flower named “Gulebakavali” in order to cure his poisoned father, even wining Indra’s daughter in the process.
As time passed by, NTR stopped playing the role of the prince in films. Instead, he played the role of a poor yet heroic young man against the system in his kingdom. To the lakhs of the denizens in Andhra Pradesh, he became ‘one of us’ — one who assures the poor that he is there to rescue them from the wicked traitors in the kingdom.
The most notable movies acted by NTR in mythological characters are Maya Bazaar (Sri Krishna), Lava Kusa (Lord Rama), Sri Krishnaarjuna Yuddham (Sri Krishna), Bheeshma (Bheeshma), Bhookailas(Raavana), Nartanasala (Arjuna also as Bruhannala), Panadava-vanavsam (Bheema), Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam (Lord Venkateswara), Maha Mantri Thimmarusu (Sri Krishna Devarayalu) and Dana Veera Sura Karna (Duryodhana, Sri Krishna, Karna). Apart from these he played a variety of roles in folklore characters like Jagadeka Veeruni Katha, Pathala Bhairavi etc. On the social front he played roles in the movies Malliswari, Kanyasulkam, Gundamma Katha, Missamma, Raktha Sambandham, Ramudu Bheemudu, Adavi Ramudu, Vetagadu, Gajadonga, Driver Ramudu, Sardar Paparayudu, Kondaveeti Simham, Justice Chaudhary, Bobbili Puli etc. He acted in over two hundred and eighty movies in the lead role.
He also donned the roles of an elderly teacher (Badi Pantulu) becoming a model to his pupils, as a prince and pauper (Raju-Peda), a down to earth servant dedicated to his master (Aatma Bhanduvu).
He actively campaigned for the construction of a large number of movie theaters in rural locations and was influential in designing and implementing a financial system that funded the production and distribution of movies.
NTR became a director with the film named Seetharama Kalyanam (1961)with him playing the role of Ravanasura and Haranath as Rama. None of the Telugus can forget NTR for his portrayal of Ravana and Galipenchala Narasimha Rao, the great musician, for his composition of the song, ‘Sri Seetharamula Kalyanamu Chootamu Rarandi..’ – both in the movie ‘Seetharama Kalyanam’. Ever fresh, loved by every generation, the song and the tune stand as a symbol of the greatness of the music directors of the olden days.NTR’s name doesn’t appear in the title credits as a director.Nandamuri Lakshmaiah Chowdary and Venkatravamma, parents of NTR, appeared on screen for the first and last time before the title credits. After watching the film, Jagadguru Kanchi Peetadhipati, Sri Paramacharya Chandrasekhara Saraswati Swami blessed NTR with the title ‘Vishwa Vikyatha Natasarvabouma’.
Career in Politics
NTR formed the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on 29 March 1982. While promoting a new film, he was asked a question by a person in the audience “ayya, memu mimmalni devudu laga adarinchamu, kani meeru maku emi chesaru?” meaning “Sir, we have treated you like a God but what have you done for us?”. He was so moved by this that he formed TDP, and with a victory in the immediate election, formed the government and ruled the state of AP for a full term. He went into the elections with the slogan “Atma Gauravam” which meant “self-pride”.
Like his films, the formation of the party and storming into the assembly was very dramatic. TDP came into power within nine months of its formation. Initially ridiculed by the Congress that state politics is not like movie acting among others, TDP was considered a no match for the faction ridden Congress, with the local representatives unheard of, the complete burden rested on the shoulders of NTR, and true to his charisma he won the elections with a landslide majority winning over 220 seats out 290 odd. Among other reasons why he won the elections was no real alternative to the Congress, lack of development, unemployment etc. He was very well supported by Ramoji Rao who gave wide publicity through the Telugu daily Eenadu. NTR himself contested elections from the constituency of Hindupur in Anantapur District and Gudivada in krishna district.
On Independence day, August 15, 1984, he was removed from office by the Governor of AP in view of a revolt by his aide and 2nd in command Nadella Bhaskar Rao. Due to the public agitation in favor of NTR the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had to dismiss the Nadella Bhaskar Rao government in just one month and hand power back to NTR. Then NTR dissolved the assembly and asked for fresh mandate in 1985.
He was returned to power with even bigger majority; among the most significant changes he made was to abolish the Legislative Council of the State of Andhra Pradesh citing the reason that it was a non-performing body which just a burden on the state exchequer. NTR lost badly in the subsequent election held in 1989 against Marri Chenna Reddy of the Congress party. The TDP could only secure 90 seats in this election. During the same period he gained valuable experience and had people like N. Chandrababu Naidu and Daggubati Venkateswara Rao (both sons-in-law) in his party.
Other contributions of NTR included the educational reforms he brought about in the state, where he overhauled the entire state’s education syllabus for schools. He instituted statewide entrance examinations for all disciplines of higher education vis-à-vis Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, Law, and MBA to name a few. Students, based on the merit of their ranks obtained in these tests, could join any state college of their choice.
NTR is also a statesman in his deeds. He did not put a contestant opposite former Congress Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, hence made the process smooth for him to get elected. [Citation needed]
It is noteworthy that though he didn’t know Hindi, he gave a speech for forty-five minutes in a packed stadium in Haryana. He later revealed that he had memorized the speech phonetically. Devilal, Haryana Leader was shocked to learn this, but NTR was always an electrifying man. [Citation needed]
Even though he lost the 1989 elections, he shot to fame at the national level and was capable of uniting many regional parties. He formed the National Front with parties like Janata Dal , Bharateeya Janata party, CPI and CPM as an alternative to Congress.
NTR stormed back to power in 1994 when he promised he would offer rice at Rs. 2/kg and to make AP an “Alcohol Free” state. True to his word he kept his promises only to burden the state exchequer. He also faced serious problems within his party. N. Chandrababu Naidu led a sudden revolt against Rao and split the TDP into two. Naidu survived NTR’s onslaught when Rao approached the public for an opinion. The break-up of the party and the drama that took place on the Tank-Bund near Hotel Viceroy (road connecting Hyderabad and Secunderabad on the banks of Hussain Sagar) were probably the last significant events in Rao’s life. Naidu became the chief minister of AP on 29 August 1995.
The loss of power and the subsequent events can be summed up as the start of anti-climax in NTR’s life with several people believing that his second wife Lakshmi Parvathi was responsible for happenings, but recent reports suggest she is made a scape goat. NTR died soon after on 18 January 1996. Lakhs of people flooded to pay homage.Even today crore of people remember NTR and mourn for his loss man who left ever lasting image among Indians in general and Telugu people in particular.
NTR is still the most prominent figure in Andhra even 15 years after his death according to a CNN-IBN poll which shows that 70 percent of the people voted and thus selected him as a most prominent Andhrite. [Citation needed] Others coming distant second, all put together securing some 30 percent at the maximum. Such was a legacy that is left by him.
NTR has several grand sons and daughters, the best known amongst them are NTR Jr. Among his sons Nandamuri Balakrishna is a popular film actor in Telugu. Rao’s daughter Bhuvaneswari who is also the wife of N. Chandrababu Naidu is the vice chairman of Heritage Foods one of South India’s largest dairy company and Purandhreswari,wife of D.Venkateswara Rao is a minister in the current congress federal government.
No. Movie Released Heroine Director Banner 01. Manadesam 24.11.1949 Krishnaveni L.V.Prasad M.R.A 02. Shaavukaru 07.04.1950 Janaki L.V.Prasad Vijaya 03. Palleturipilla 27.04-1950 Anjali Devi B.A.Subbarao Sobhanachala 04. MaayaRambha 15.09.1950 Anjali, T.P.Sundaram ModernTheater 05. Samsaaram 29.12.1950 Lakshmirajyam L.V.Prasad Vijaya 06. MaayaRambha(T) 1951 Anjali, T.P.Sundaram ModernTheater 07. PaatalaBhairavi 15.03.1951 Malathi K.V.Reddy Vijaya 08. PaatalaBhairavi(T) 15.03.1951 Malathi K.V.Reddy Vijaya 09. Malleswari 20.12.1951 Bhanumathi B.N.Reddy Vaahini 10. Pellichesichudu 1952 Varalakshmi L.V.Prasad Vijaya 11. Daasi 1952 Lakshmirajyam L.V.Prasad Rajyam 12. Palleturu 1952 Savitri T.PrakasaRao P.A.P 13. KalyanamPannippar(T) 1952 Varalakshmi L.V.Prasad Vijaya 14. Velaikarimagal(T) 1952 Lakshmirajyam L.V.Prasad RajyamPictures 15. PaatalaBhairavi(H) 15.03.1951 Malathi K.V.Reddy Vijaya 16. Ammalakkalu 12.03.1953 Padmini D.Yoganand KrishnaPictures 17. Marumugal (T) 12.03.1953 Padmini D.Yoganand KrishnaPictures 18. PichiPullayya 17.07.1953 Krishnakumari T.PrakasaRao N.A.T 19. Chandiraani 28.08.1953 Bhanumathi P.S.R.Rao Bharani 20 Chandiraani(T) 28.08.1953 Bhanumathi P.S.R.Rao Bharani 21. Chandiraani(H) 28.08.1953 Bhanumathi P.S.R.Rao Bharani 22. ChandraHaaram 06.01.1954 Sriranjani K.KameswarRao Vijaya 23. ChandraHaaram(T) 06.01.1954 Sriranjani K.KameswarRao Vijaya 24. VaddanteDabbu 19.02.1954 Janaki, Jamuna Y.R.Swami Rohini 25. ToduDongalu 15.04.1954 Hemalata D.Yoganand N.A.T 26. Rechukka 23.05.1954 AnjaliDevi P.Pullayya Prathibha 27. Raju Peda 25.06.1954 Lakshmirajyam B.A.SubbaRao B.A.S.P 28. Sangham 10.07.1954 Vaijayantimala M.V.Raman A.V.M 29. Sangham (T) 10.07.1954 Vaijayantimala M.V.Raman A.V.M 30. AggiRamudu 05.08.1954 Bhanumathi S.M.S.Naidu Pakshiraj 31. Parivarthana 01.09.1954 Savitri T.PrakasaRao Janata 32. IddaruPellalu 06.10.1954 Jamuna F.Nagur N.C.P 33. Missamma 12.01.1955 Savitri L.V.Prasad Vijaya 34. Vijayagauri 30.06.1955 Padmini D.Yoganand KrishnaPictures 35. Cherapakudacheduvu 06.07.1955 Janaki K.BhaskaraRao BhaskarProd. 36. Jayasimha 21.10.1955 Savitri, Janaki D.Yoganand N.A.T 37. KanyaSulkam 26.08.1955 Savitri, Janaki P.Pullayya Vinoda 38. Santhosham 24.12.1955 Anjali, Jamuna C.P.Dixit Jupiter 39. NayaAadmi 1956 AnjaliDevi C.P.Dixit Jupiter 40. Tenali Ramakrishna 12.01.1956 Bhanumathi B.S.Ranga VikramProd 41. Tenali Raaman(T) 12.01.1956 Bhanumathi B.S.Ranga VikramProd. 42. Chintamani 11.04.1956 Bhanumathi P.S.R.Rao Bharani 43 Jayam Manadhe 04.05.1956 AnjaliDevi T.PrakasaRao Rajasri 44. Sontavooru 23.05.1956 Rajasulochana E.S.Murthy G.V.S.P 45. Umaasundari 20.07.1956 Kannamba P.Pullayya Jupiter 46. Chiranjeevulu 1956 Jamuna V.Raghava Vinoda 47. SriGauriMahatyam 05.10.1956 Sriranjani D.Yoganand Maheevari 48. PenkiPellam 06.12.1956 Rajasulochana K.Kameswararao Saahithi 49. Marmaveeran (T) 1956 Vijayanthimala Raghunath T JubleeFilms 50. Charanadaasi 20.12.1956 AnjaliDevi T.PrakasaRao Lalitha
No. Movie Released Heroine Director Banner 51. Bhagyarekha 20.02.1957 Jamuna B.N.Reddy PonnaluriBros. 52. Maayabazaar 27.03.1957 Savitri K.V.Reddy Vijaya 53. Maayabazaar(T) 12.04.1957 Savitri K.V.Reddy Vijaya 54. Veerakankanam 16.05.1957 Jamuna G.R.Rao ModernTheater 55. Sankalpam 19.05.1957 Kusuma C.V.R.Dasu Sadhana 56. VinayakaChavithi 22.08.1957 Jamuna Samudrala Aswaraj 57. BhaleAmmayilu 06.09.1957 Savitri V.Raghavayya NarasuStudios 58. SatiAnasooya 27.10.1957 Jamuna Nagabhushanam Rajasri 59. Saarangadhara 01.11.1957 Bhanumathi V.S.Raghavan Minerva 60. Kutumbagauravam 07.11.1957 Savitri B.S.Ranga VikramProd. 61. PandurangaMahatyam 28.11.1957 AnjaliDevi K.Kameswarrao N.A.T 62. AnnaTammudu 15.03.1958 Janaki C.S.Rao Rajarajeswari 63. Bhookailas 20.03.1958 Jamuna K.Sankar A.V.M 64. Sobha 01.05.1958 AnjaliDevi K.Kameswarrao Ponnaluri Bros. 65. Raajanandini 04.07.1958 AnjaliDevi V.Raghavayya Jalaruha 66. Manchimanasuku- 15.08.1958 Rajasulochana C.S.Rao Sri Prod. Manchirojulu 67. KathavarayaniKatha 18.10.1958 Savitri T.R.Ramanna R.R. Pictures 68. Intiguttu 07.11.1958 Savitri V.Raghavayya Sangita 69. SampurnaRamayanam(T) 1958 Padmini K.Somu M.B.K Pict. 70. Appuchesi Pappukudu 14.01.1959 Savitri L.V.Prasad Vijaya 71. Rajasevai(T) 1959 Anjali V.Raghavayya Swasthisri Prod. 72. Rechukka-Pagatichukka 14.05.1959 Janaki K.Kameswarrao Swasthisri Prod. 73. Sabash Raamudu 04.09.1959 Devika C.S.Rao Rajasri 74. Daivabhalam 17-09.1959 Jayasri P.V.Reddy Ponnuluri Bros. 75. Baalanagamma 09.10.1959 Anjali V.Raghavayya S.V.R.Films 76. Vachinakodalu- 16.10.1959 Jamuna D.Yoganand Sudhakar Films Nachindhi 77. BandaRamudu 06.11.1959 Savitri P.Pullayya SantiArt Prod. 78. Sri Venkateswara 09.01.1960 Savitri P.Pullayya Padmasri Mahatyam 79. Rajamakutam 24.02.1960 Rajasulochana B.N.Reddy Vahini 80. Rajamakutam (T) 24.02.1960 Rajasulochana B.N.Reddy Vahini 81. Rani Ratnaprabha 27.05.1960 Anjali B.A.Subbarao B.A.S 82. Devaantakudu 07.07.1960 Krishnakumari C.Pullayya BhargaviFilms 83. Vimala 11.08.1960 Savitri S.M.S.Naidu Pakshiraja 84. Deepavali 22.09.1960 Savitri S.Rajnikanth Asvaraj 85. Bhatti Vikramarka 28.09.1960 Anjali J.C.Rao P.V.V.S.M 86. Kaadeddulu ekaram nela 06.10.1960 Janaki J.C.Rao Ponnuluri Bros. 87. Bhaktaraghunath(G) 04.11.1960 Samudrala G.V.S.Prod. 88. Sitharama Kalyanam 06.01.1961 SarojaDevi N.T.Ramarao N.A.T 89. Intiki Deepam Illale 26.01.1961 SarojaDevi V.N.Reddy R.R.Pictures 90. Satee Sulochana 05.05.1961 Anjali S.Rajnikanth SrikanthProd. 91. Pendli Pilupu 05.05.1961 Devika A.Seshagirirao D.B.N 92. Saantha 14.07.1961 Anjali M.Apparao SantikalaFilms 93. Jagadekaveruni Katha 09.08.1961 SarojaDevi K.V.Reddi Vijaya 94. Kalisi Unte Kaladhu- 08.09.1961 Savitri T.Chaanakya Sarathi Sukham 95. Taxi Raamudu 18.10.1961 Devika Madhusushanrao Sriramakrishna 96. Gulebavali Katha 05.01.1962 Jamuna N.T.Ramarao N.A.T 97. Gaalimedalu 09.02.1962 Devika B.R.Pantulu Padmini Pict. 98. TigerRamudu 08.03.1962 Rajasulochana C.S.Rao SriSrinivasa 99. Bheeshma 19.04.1962 Anjali B.A.Subbarao B.A.S 100. Daksha Yagna 10.05.1962 Devika Nagabhushanam Varalakshmi
No. Movie Released Heroine Director Banner 101. Gundamma Katha 07.06.1962 Savitri K.Kameswarrao Vijaya 102. Mahamantri- 26.07.1962 Devika K.Kameswarrao Gautami Timmarusu 103. Swarnamanjari 10.08.1962 Anjali V.Raghavayya AnjaliPict. 104. RakthaSambandham 01.11.1962 Devika, Savitri Rajalakshmi 105. Aatmabandhuvu 14.12.1962 Savitri Ramakrishnarao SarathiStudios 106. Sri Krishnarjuna- 09.01.1963 SarojaDevi K.V.Reddy Jayanthi Pict. Yudham 107. Irugu-Porugu 11.01.1963 Krishnakumari I.S.Murthy Kalaprapurna 108. Pempudu Koothuru 06.02.1963 Janaki B.R.Pantulu Padmini Pict. 109. Valmiki 09.02.1963 Rajasulochana C.S.Rao Jupiter 110. SavatiKoduku 22.02.1963 Janaki Y.Rangarao NavinaChitra 111. Lavakusa 29.03.1963 Anjali C.Pullyya/Rao LalitaSivajyoti 112. Lavakusa(T) 1963 Anjali C.Pullyya/Rao LalitaSivajyoti 113. Lavakusa(H) 1963 Anjali C.Pullyya/Rao LalitaSivajyoti 114. Paruvu-Prathishta 09.05.1963 Anjali M.Apparao Valta Prod. 115. Aaptamitrulu 29.05.1963 Krishnakumari Nagabhushanam Rajarajeswari 116. Bandipotu 15.08.1963 Krishnakumari B.Vittalacharya Rajalakshmi 117. Lakshadhikari 27.09.1963 Krishnakumari Madhusudhanarao RavindraArts 118. TirupatammaKatha 04.10.1963 Krishnakumari B.S.Narayana Gokul Prod. 119. Nartanasala 11.10.1963 Savitri K.Kameswarrao Rajyam Pict. 120. Manchichedu 07.11.1963 Sarojadevi T.R.Ramana R.R.Pictures 121. Karnan(T) 1964 Savitri B.R.Pantulu Padmini Pict. 122. Karna 1964 Savitri B.R.Pantulu Padmini Pict 123. Karna (H) 1964 Savitri B.R.Pantulu Padmini Pict 124. Gudiganatalu 14.01.1964 Krishnakumari Madhusudhanrao RajaLakshmi 125. Marmayogi 22.02.1964 Krishnakumari B.A.Subbarao Jupiter Prod. 126. KalavariKodalu 14.03.1964 Krishnakumari Hemabhadrarao Raghuram 127. Desadrohulu 07.05.1964 Devika B.Subbarao SriRamapics 128. RamuduBhemudu 21.05.1964 Jamuna T.Chanakya Suresh Prod. 129. Satyanaarayana- 27.06.1964 KrishnaKumari S.Rajnikanth Aswaraja Pict. Mahathyam 130. Aggipidugu 31.07.1964 Krishnakumari B.Vittalacharya Vithal Prod. 131. Dagudu moothalu 21.08.1964 KrishnaKumari A.Subbarao D.B.N 132. SabhaashSoori 19.09.1964 Krishnakumari I.N.Murthy R.R.Pict. 133. BhabruVaahana 22.10.1964 Varalakshmi Samudrala SriNationalArt 134. Vivaahabandham 23.10.1964 Bhanumathi Ramakrishnarao Bharani Pict. 135. Manchimanishi 11.11.1964 Jamuna K.Pratyagatma Chayachitra 136. Vaarasatwam 19.11.1964 Anjali T.Chanakya Subhodaya 137. Bobbiliyudham 04.12.1964 Bhanumathi R.Sitaram Republic Prod. 138. Bhaktharamdasu(G) 23.12.1964 -- V.Naagayya V.N.Films 139. Bhaktharamadas(T) 23.12.1964 -- V.Naagayya SriAkhilaPict. 140. NaadiAadajanme 07.01.1965 Savitri Trilokchander Srivani Films 141. Pandavavanavasam 14.01.1965 Savitri K.Kameswarrao Madhavi Prod. 142. DorikitheDongalu 26.02.1965 Jamuna P.Subrahmanyam Chandamama 143. Mangammasapadam 06.03.1965 Jamuna B.Vittalacharya D.V.S. Prod. 144. Satya Harischandra 22.04.1965 Varalakshmi K.V.Reddy Vijaya 145. Todu Needa 12.05.1965 Jamuna A.Subbarao Vijayabhat 146 Prameelaarjuneeyam 11.06.1965 Sarojadevi Mallikarjunrao S.R.Movies 147. Devatha 24.07.1965 Savitri K.H.Rao Rekha&Murali 148. Veerabhimanyu 12.08.1965 Kanchana Madhusudhanrao Rajalakshmi 149. Visala Hridayaalu 09.09.1965 Krishnakumari B.S.Narayana GokulArt 150. C.I.D 23.09.1965 Jamuna T.Chanakya Vijaya
No. Movie Released Heroine Director Banner 151. Aadabrathuku 12.11.1965 Devika V.Raghavayya Gemini 152. Sri Krishna- 13.01.1966 K.R.Vijaya N.T.Ramarao N.A.T/RK Pandaveeyam 153. Palnati Yudham 18.02.1966 Bhanumathi G.Raminedu Sri Anurupa 154. Sakuntala 03.03.1966 Sarojadevi K.Kameswarrao Rajyam 155. Paramanandayya- 07.04.1966 K.R.Vijaya C.Pullayya Sridevi Prod. Sishyula katha 156. Srikakulaandhra- 06.05.1966 Jamuna A.K.Sekhar Sri Sambhu Vishnu katha 157. Mangalasutram 19.05.1966 Devika A.K.Velan Arunachalam 158. Aggibarata 02.06.1966 Rajasri Vithlacharya Sri Vithal 159. Sangeeta lakshmi 07.07.1966 Jamuna G.Suryam Sitaramanjaneya 160. Sri Krishnatulabaram 25.08.1966 Jamuna K.Kameswarrao Suresh Prod. 161. Piduguramudu 10.09.1966 Rajasri Vithlacharya D.V.S. Prod. 162. Adugujaadalu 29.09.1966 Jamuna T.Chanakya Navajyoti Films 163. Dr.Anand 14.10.1966 Kanchana Madhusudhanrao Ravindra Art 164. Gopaludu Bhupaludu 14.01.1967 Jayalalita G.Viswanatam Gauri prod. 165. Nirdoshi 02.03.1967 Savitri V.Dadamirasi Gautami Pict. 166. Kanchukota 22.03.1967 Savitri C.S.Rao Viswasanthi 167. Bhuvanasundarikatha 07.04.1967 Krishnakumari C.Pullayya Sridevi Prod. 168. Ummadi Kutumbam 20.04.1967 Krishnakumari D.Yoganand N.A.T/RK 169. Bhaamavijayam 29.06.1967 Devika C.Pullayya Sekhar Films 170. Nindumasasulu 10.08.1967 Devika S.D.Lal S.V.S. Films 171. Stree Janma 31.08.1967 Krishnakumari K.S.Prakasarao Suresh Prod. 172. Sri Krishnaavataram 12.10.1967 Devika K.Kameswarrao Tarakarama 173. Punyavathi 03.11.1967 Bhanumathi V.Dadamirasi Vasu Studios 174. Aadapaduchu 30.11.1967 Chadrakala HemambaradharraoSubhashini Art 175. Chikkadu-Dorakadu 21.12.1967 Jayalalita B.Vithalacharya Lakshminarayan 176. Uma chandee gowri- 11.01.1968 Sarojadevi K.V.Reddy Vijaya Sankarula katha 177. Niluvu Dopidi 25.01.1968 Devika C.S.Rao Manjula 178. Talliprema 08.03.1968 Savitri Srikanth Ajam Arts 179. Tikkasankarayya 29.03.1968 Krishnakumari D.Yoganand D.V.S. Prod. 180. Raamu 04.05.1968 Jamuna Trilokchander A.V.M 181. Kalisochinaadrustam 10.08.1968 Kanchana K.Viswanath S.V.S.Films 182. NinnePelladutha 30.08.1968 Bharathi B.V.Srinivas Sri Vithal 183. Bhagyachakram 13.09.1968 Jayanthi K.V.Reddy Jayanthi 184. Nene Monaganni 04.10.1968 Sheela S.D.Lal Prathima 185. Bhagdadgajadonga 24.10.1968 Jayalalita D.Yoganand Padmagauri 186. Nindusamsaaram 05.12.1968 Krishnakumari C.S.Rao Navasakthi 187. Varakatnam 09.01.1969 Krishnakumari N.T.Ramarao N.A.T/RK 188. Kathanayakudu 27.02.1969 Jayalalita HemambharadarraoGopalkrishna 189. Bhalemastaru 27.03.1969 Kanchana S.D.Lal V.G.D Prod. 190. Gandikotarahasyam 01.05.1969 Jayalalita Vithalacharya D.V.S. Prod. 191. Vichitrakutumbham 28.05.1969 Savitri K.S.Prakasarao SriraArt Films 192. Kadaladu Vadaladu 09.07.1969 Jayalalita Vithalacharya Lakshminarayan 193. NinduHrudayalu 15.08.1969 Vanisri K.Viswanath S.V.S. Films 194. Bhale thammudu 18.09.1969 K.R.Vijaya B.A.Subbarao Tarakarama 195. Aggiveerudu 15.10.1969 Rajasri B.V.Srinivas Sri Vithal 196. Maatrudevata 07.11.1969 Savitri Savitri Purna Art 197. Ekaveera 04.12.1969 K.R.Vijaya C.S.Rao Padma Films 198. Thalla Pellama 08.01.1970 Chandrakala N.T.Ramarao N.A.T/R.K 199. LakshmiKataksham 12.03.1970 K.R.Vijaya Vithalacharya P.S.R. Pict. 200. Alibaba 40 Dongalu 04.04.1970 Jayalalita Vithalacharya SriGauthami
No. Movie Released Heroine Director Banner 201. Pettamdarulu 30.04.1970 Vijayanirmala C.S.Rao Jyoti 202. Vijayam Manade 15.07.1970 Sarojadevi Vithalacharya RajendraArt 203. ChittiChellelu 29.07.1970 Rajasri M.Krishna A.V.M 204. Maayanimaata 13.08.1970 Sarojadevi K.Kameswarrao Bhavani 205. Marinamanishi 24.09.1970 Vijayanirmala C.S.Rao Srikanth prod. 206. Kodalu diddina- 21.10.1970 Vanisri D.Yoganand N.A.T/R.K 207. Oke Kutumbham 25.12.1970 Lakshmi A.Bhimsing Ravi Arts 208. Thirudatha Thirudan 1970 -- -- Sangham Prod. 209. Kannan Varuvan 1970 -- -- Devalayam 210. Sri Krishna Vijayam 11.01.1971 Jayalalita K.Kameswarrao Kaumudi 211. Nindu Dampathulu 04.02.1971 Savitri K.Viswanath S.V.S. Films 212. RajakotaRahasyam 12.03.1971 Devika Vithalacharya G.R.Prod. 213. Jeevithachakram 30.04.1971 Vanisri, Sarada C.S.Rao Navasakthi 214. Raithu Bidda 19.05.1971 Vanisri B.A.Subbarao Lakshmikala 215. Adrustajathakudu 06.08.1971 Vanisri HemambaradharraoSubhashini 216. Chinnanati Snehitulu 06.10.1971 Devika K.Viswanath D.V.S. Prod. 217. Pavitra Hrudayalu 24.11.1971 Chandrakala Trilokchander S.V.V. Films 218. Sri krishnaSatya 24.12.1971 Jayalalita K.V.Reddy R.K.Bros 219. Sri Krishnarjuna- 18.05.1972 Vanisri C.S.Rao Purnima Pict. Yudham 220. Kulagauravam 18.10.1972 Jayanti P.Sivaram N.A.T/R.K 221. Badipanthulu 30.11.1972 Anjali P.C.Reddy Triveni prod. 222. Yerrakota Verudu 1973 Savitri Parthasaradhi T.G.K.Films 223. Dabbuki Lokam - 12.01.1973 Jamuna D.Yoganand S.V.S Films Dasoham 224. Desoddharakulu 29.03.1973 Vanisri C.S.Rao Deepti Intl. 225. Dhanama Dhaivama 24.05.1973 Jamuna C.S.Rao D.V.S.Prod. 226. Devudu Chesina- 09.08.1973 Jayalalita Ramachandrarao Padmalaya Manushulu 227. VaadeVeedu 18.10.1973 Manjula D.Yoganand Sri Gautami 228. Palleturi Chinnodu 09.01.1974 Manjula Vithalacharya Sri Vithal 229. Ammayi Pelli 07.03.1974 Bhanumathi Bhanumathi Bharani 230. Manushullodevudu 05.04.1974 Vanisri G.V.Prasad Sri Bhaskara 231. Taatammakala 30.08.1974 Bhanumathi N.T.Ramarao RamaKrishna 232. Nippulanti Manishi 25.10.1974 Lata S.D.Lal Ravichitra 233. Deeksha 26.11.1974 Jamuna Pratyagatma Sri Padmaja 234. Sri Ramanjaneya- 10.01.1975 Sarojadevi Bapu Lakshminarayan Yudham 235. Kathanayakunikatha 21.02.1975 Vanisri D.Yoganand Tarakarama 236. Samsaaram 28.05.1975 Jamuna T.Prakasarao Anil Prod. 237. Ramuniminchina- 12.06.1975 Vanisri M.S.Gopinath Rajeswari Ramudu 238. Annadammula - 04.07.1975 Kanchana S.D.Lal Gajalakshmi Anubandham 239. MayaMaschindra 09.07.1975 Vanisri B.Mistri P.S.R Pict. 240. Teerpu 02.10.1975 Savitri U.Viswesvarrao Viswasanthi 241. Eduruleni manishi 12.12.1975 Vanisri K.Bapayya Vaijayanthi 242. Vemulavaada- 08.01.1976 Janaki D.Yoganand Ramakrishna Bheemakavi 243. Aaradhana 12.03.1976 Vanisri B.V.prasad SriBhaskara 244. Manushalantaokkate 07.04.1976 Jamuna, Manjula DasarinarayanaraoAditya chitra 245. Magadu 19.05.1976 Manjula S.D.Lal Rajyam Prod. 246. Neram Nadhi Kadhu- 22.07.1976 Manjula S.D.Lal Ravichitra Akalidhi 247. Bangarumanishi 25.08.1976 Lakshmi A.Bhimsingh Triveni Prod. 248. Maadaivam 17.09.1976 Jayachitra S.S.Balan Udayam Prod. 249. Manchikimaroperu 09.12.1976 Padmapriya C.S.Rao Ramakrishna 250. DaanaveerasuraKarna 14.01.1977 SarojadeviSaradaN.T.Ramarao Ramakrishna
No. Movie Released Heroine Director Banner 251. Adavi Ramudu 28.04.1977 Jayaprada Raghavendrarao SatyaChitra 252. Edureeta 22.07.1977 vanisri Madhusudhanrao Indiramovies 253. Chanakyachandragupt 25.08.1977 Jayaprada N.T.Ramarao Ramakrishna 254. Maaiddarikatha 23.09.1977 Manjula, N.Ramesh Adarsa Chitra 255. Yamagola 21.10.1977 Jayaprada T.Ramarao Sri Pallavi 256. Satee Savitri 04.01.1978 Vanisri B.A.Subbarao Lalitasivajyoti 257. Melukolupu 13.01.1978 Jayaprada B.V.Prasad SriBhaskarchitra 258. Akbarsaleemanarkali 15.03.1978 Jamuna N.T.Ramarao Tarakarama 259. RamaKrishnulu 08.06.1978 Jayaprada RajendraPrasad Annapurna 260. Yugapurushudu 14.07.1978 Jayaprada K.Bapayya Vaijayanthi 261. RajaputraRahasyam 28.07.1978 Jayaprada S.D.Lal Jayalakshmi 262. Simhabaludu 11.08.1978 Jayaprada Raghavendrarao Tirupathi Prod. 263. Sriramapattabishekam 07.09.1978 Sangita N.T.Ramarao Ramakrishna 264. Sahasavantudu 06.10.1978 Vanisri K.Bapayya Tirupathi Pict. 265. Lawyer Viswanath 17.11.1978 Jayasuda S.D.Lal Ravichitra Films 266. K.D.No.1 15.12.1978 Jayasuda Raghavendrarao Devi Film Prod. 267. Driver Raamudu 02.02.1979 Jayasuda Raghavendrarao Tarakarama 268. Maavari manchitanam 09.03.1979 Vanisri B.A.Subbarao Bhaskarchitra 269. Srimadvirataparvam 28.05.1979 Vanisri N.T.Ramarao Ramakrishna 270. Vetagadu 05.07.1979 Sridevi Raghavendrarao Roja Movies 271. Tiger 05.09.1979 Radha saluja Ramesh Navasakthi 272. SriTirupatiVenkatesa- 28.09.1979 Jayaprada,JayasudaN.T.Ramarao Ramakrishna Kalyanam 273. Srungararamudu 22.11.1979 Lata K.Sankar Sathiyathayi 274. Yugandhar 30.11.1979 Jayasuda K.S.R.Das Gajalakshmi 275. ChallengeRamudu 12.01.1980 Jayaprada,Gita T..L.V.Prasad Anil Prod. 276. Circus Ramudu 01.03.1980 Jayaprada,SujataDasarinarayanaraoK.C.Films 277. Aatagadu 24.04.1980 Sridevi T.Ramarao Srivenkateswara 278. Superman 10.07.1980 Jayaprada Madhusudhanrao LakshmiVishnu 279. Rowdi ramudu- 15.08.1980 Sridevi Raghavendrarao Ramakrishna Konte krishnudu 280. SardarPaparayudu 30.10.1980 Sridevi,Sarada DasarinarayanaraoSri Annapurna 281. Sarada Ramudu 14.11.1980 Jayasuda K.Vasu SayifEnterprises 282. Premasimhasanam 14.01.1981 Manjubhargavi B.Mastanrao Tirupathi Intl. 283. Gajadonga 30.01.1981 Jayasuda,SrideviRaghavendrarao Vijayadurga 284. Evaru Devudu 04.03.1981 Jamuna A.Bhimsing Bharat Movies 285 Tirugulenimanishi 03.04.1981 Rati Raghavendrarao Devi Film Prod. 286. Satyam Sivam 28.05.1981 Rati,Sridevi Raghavendrarao EeswariCreation 287. Viswaroopam 25.07.1981 Jayasuda,Ambika Raghavendrarao KaviratnaMovie 288. Aggiravva 14.08.1981 Sridevi K.Bapayya Ramakrishna 289. Kondaveti Simham 07.10.1981 Sridevi,Jayanti Raghavendrarao Rojamovies 290. Mahapurushudu 21.11.1981 Jayasuda,Sujata Lakshmid Aditya Chitra 291. Anuragadevatra 09.01.1982 Jayasuda,SrideviT.Ramarao Ramakishna 292. KaliyugaRamudu 13.03.1982 Rati K.Bapayya Tiruathi Prod. 293. Justice Chowdary 28.05.1982 Sridevi,Jayanti Raghavendrarao Vijayalakshmi 294. Bobbilipuli 09.07.1982 Sridevi,JayachitraDasarinarayanaraoVijayamadavi 295. Vayyaru bhamalu- 20.08.1982 Sridevi,Radhika K.Subbarao G.R.P.Arts Vagalamaribharthalu 296. Naadesam 27.10.1982 Jayasuda K.Bapayya Pallavidevi 297. SimhamNavvindi 03.03.1983 Prabha D.Yoganand Ramakrishna 298. Chandasasanudu 28.05.1983 Sarada,Radha N.T.Ramarao Ramakrishna 299. Srimadviratapotluri- 29.11.1984 Prabha,Kanchana N.T.Ramarao Ramakrishna veerabrahmendra- Swami Charitra 300. Brahmarshiviswamitra 19.04.1991 MeenakshisheshadriN.T.Ramarao Basavatarakam 301. Samrat Asoka 28.05.1992 VaniViswanath N.T.Ramarao Ramakrishna 302. Major Chandrakanth 23.04.1993 Sarada Raghavendrarao Lakshmiprasuna 303. Srinaatha Kavi- 21.10.1993 Jayasuda Bapu SrimatiMovie
June 10, 1960 (age 49)
|Other name(s)||NBK, Balayya, Yuvaratna|
Nandamuri Balakrishna entered the film Industry at the age of 14 through his home production Tathammakala, in which he had the opportuinty to work with the two legends of Tollywood, Late Sri NTR and Dr. Bhanumati Ramakrishna. For 10 successive years he acted off and on in movies mostly produced under his home production. 1984 is the year when his first movie as a solo hero was released and interestingly he acted in very less number of movies made under his home productions after that.
Even though entered the film industry because of his father, later his hard work, discipline, talent and dedication made him stand in the industry. He had been acting in movies for the past 27 years but unlike some of his peers, he never cared to celebrate the 10th or the 25th anniversaries of his movie career. He is a simple person and likes to stay away from publicity, which is one of the factors that didn’t get him the due recognition. He believes in astrology and numerology and doesn’t want to do things in “Rahu Kalam”.
He acted in a movie called annadammula anubandham, a remake of Dharmendra’s hindi hit yadonki barat at the age of 16. Upon watching this movie, the other legend of the Telugu film industry Sri. ANR’s comment was “Simham Kadupuna Simham Puttindi”. Interestingly he acted in a brother’s role to his real life father in that movie as well as in “Roudi Ramudu Konte Krishnudu”, and in a son’s role to his real life brother Hari Krishna in the movie “Dana Veera Sura Karna”. He won the hearts of many people for his role of “Abimanyudu” in that movie, which also had his legendary father dominating most of the scenes in a triple role. In the year 1984, he acted in 3 blockbusters, “Mangamma gari Manavadu”, “Kathanayakudu” and his home production “Sri Madvirat Potuluri Virabrahmendra Swamy Charitra”.
In the year 1986, he had delivered 6 hits in a row. During the year of 1993 only two of his movies were released and surprisingly both of them were released on the same day. This is one of the unique feats that none of his contemporaries would ever dare to try. He bid farewell to the previous millennium in style by giving the biggest hit of the previous millennium with “Smara Simha Reddy”. The one thing his fans are eagerly looking from him is a superduper hit in the combination of ace director Sri. K.Raghavendra Rao, who had given such blockbusters like Adavi Ramudu, Vetagadu etc. This combination was able to deliver only a mediocre hit (Apurva sahodarulu) and an average hit (Aattabishekam) out of the 5 movies they did so far.
Balayya is famous for his roles in the movies made with village backdrop. The undeniable factor is that, among his contemporaries, he is the only hero who is best suitable for playing the mythological and folklore roles in movies, for which his legendary father was famous. He worked as an associate director for his father’s last directional venture (Samrat Asoka).An ardent fan and admirer of his father, he had equal if not more respect for his father’s contemporaries. His dream projects are Gona Ganna Reddi and Chenghis Khan and want to direct these movies under his own banner. He needs to improve in the areas of proper planning and needs to adapt quickly to the changing trends in the industry.
|Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Jr May 20, 1983 (age 26)|
Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (born 20 May 1983) more popularly known as NTR Jr.,Tarak, or just NTR, is a popular Indian film actor. He is a grandson of Late Shri Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, who is a legendary actor, statesman, and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He is the son of Sri. Nandamuri Harikrishna (NTR’s son) and Smt. Shalini. He is fondly called as Tarak by his family, friends and close associates. Later, he changed his name to Taraka Rama Rao in honor of his grandfather. Many cine and political analysts believe that he is the next big star from the Nandamuri family.
Tarak began his career as a Kuchipudi dancer and a child artist. His first step into Tollywood was with the movie Bala Ramayanam, directed by Gunasekhar. Ironically, his character in the movie was Lord Sri Rama, a role “patented” by his grandfather NTR ! After a few years, Tarak made his re-entry into the Tollywood with Ninnu Choodalani in 2001; but it failed to perform well at the box office. He went on to gain fame with Student No. 1 (also released in 2001), directed by S.S. Rajamouli, followed by Subbu and Aadi, which was a blockbuster, and created huge stardom for Tarak. In January 2003, Tarak came up with Naaga; though the movie raised some political issues worth giving a thought, it was average at box-office. However, in July 2003, his movie Simhadri became a block-buster and the highest grossing film in Tollywood, and made Tarak and director Rajamouli as household names. At the age of 20, he became a sensation of his generation and gave his seniors a run for their glory. When asked, what message would he like to give to fans, he responded by saying “I’m too young to give any message to all those who have so much respect and love for the Nandamuri family and me. I simply bow my head to them.” His first release of 2004, Andhrawala, flopped at the box office, but the next movie, Samba, did better, and was at the top of the box office for fifty days. In 2005 his two releases, Naa Alludu and Narasimhudu, flopped at the box office. In 2006, his movie Ashok had good openings, His next movie Rakhi, which proved a success at the box office, has gained Tarak admirable reviews from fans and critics alike. The movie was directed by Krishna Vamsi. His next movie, Yamadonga, which was inspired by his grandfather’s blockbuster Yamagola, released on 15 August 2007. The movie brought him back into the super-hit stream, and became the sensational movie of the year 2007 in Tollywood. His latest release, Kantri, which exposed his superb skill of dancing, has also done well at the box-office,But the film is not up to the mark.This is for the first time, that Tarak has given two hit movies in a row. His all-round acting abilities, and wonderful performance in 2007 blockbuster Yamadonga, made Late Legendary Actor Shoban Babu remark Tarak as one of his favorite actors in this generation, and reckoned that Tarak has done everything in such a short span of time to impress everyone.
Jr. NTR’s next film was Kantri, which was released on May 2008. Very high Range of expectation, the film had bad face on screen with respectable box office collections. Adhurs was released in January 2010, is successfully running in theaters.
NTR is son of Nandamuri Harikrishna, grand son of Andhra Pradesh’s Former Chief Minister NTR.Jr. NTR’s wedding was announced on Jan 28, 2010 withLakshmi Pranathi Narne (aged 17), daughter of Srinivas Narne, Chairman of Studio N and a real estate tycoon. There are rumors that an engagement will be formally announced in Feb 2010; with a wedding date around May 2010.
|1991||Brahmarshi Viswamithra||Child artist|
|1996||Bala Ramayanam||Lord Rama||Child artist|
|Student No. 1||Aditya|
|2002||Aadi||Aadi Keshava Reddy||Winner, Nandi Award for Special Jury|
|Simhadri||Simhadri||Winner, Santosham Best Young Performer Award|
|2004||Andhrawala||Shankar Pehalwan, Munna|
|Samba||Samba Shiva Naidu|
|2005||Naa Alludu||Karthik, Murugan|
|2007||Yamadonga||Raja||Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Telugu ActorWinner, CineMAA Award for Best Actor|
|2008||Kanthri||Kranthi||Nominated, Filmfare Best Telugu Actor AwardWinner, South Scope Telugu Stylish Actor Award|
|Chintakayala Ravi||Special appearance in song “Shava Shava… Balle Balle”|
|2010||Adhurs||Narasimha, Narasimha (Chari)||First week Collections 25,73,16,127|