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Krishnam Raju

He is an all-rounder––‘rebel star’ on the silver screen; a Pole Star on the political horizon; a hero not only in reel life but also in real life. He is none other than U Krishnam Raju.


Uppalapati Venkata Krishnam Raju (born January20, 1940) is a former popular Telugu film actor Tollywood. He is the uncle of New generation actor Prabhas.


Krishnam Raju starred in more than 183 Telugu films in his career and was a prominent actor of the 1970s and 1980s in Tollywood.


After late 1990s he became active in politics. He joined Bharatiya Janatha Party and was elected to from Lok Sabha Narsapur. He served as a minister of state for external affairs in the Third vajpayee ministry from 1999 to 2004,.


Description Born in Mogalthuru, a small hamlet of the rich West Godavari district on 20 January, 1940, Krishnam Raju entered the film industry soon after his graduation.


His very first film––Chilaka Gorinka, directed by Pratyagatma and co-starring Krishnakumari–– bagged the prestigious Silver Nandi Award. Though he entered films as a villain, he metamorphosed into a full-fledged ‘hero’ within a short period. He left his mark as a powerful actor in his 34-year long film career. His persona was so multi-faceted and his talent so exceptional that some roles were actually created for him.


Many in the industry believe that Krishnam Raju alone can suit certain roles.He played a variety of roles in Krishnaveni, Bhaktha Kannappa, Amara Deepam, Mana Voori Pandavulu, Katakatala Rudraiah, Seetha Ramulu, Thrishoolam, Bobbili Bhahmanna, Tandra Paparayudu, etc.


He could enact a pious role as elegantly as he did that of an angry young man or a historical character. Recognition for his histrionics came in the form of the President’s Award and Filmfare Award for Amaradeepam and Mana Voori Pandavulu.


Later, he entered the film production field and brought out many successful films under the banner Gopikrishna. He also produced a Hindi film Dharmadhikari starring stalwarts such as Dilip Kumar. He is widely considered as a master producer.


Krishnam Raju is an optimist to the core. He is untiring in his pursuits and accepts success and failure with equanimity. In his long journey from Mogalthuru village to the national capital, he always exhibited dedication, honesty and hard work in whatever work he took up. No wonder he has a huge fan following as much in politics as in the film industry.