D. Ramanaidu

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Dr. Daggubati Ramanaidu
Dr. D Ramanaidu.jpg
Native name దగ్గుబాటి రామానాయుడు
Born Daggubati Ramanaidu
Karamchedu, Madras Presidency, British India
(now in Prakasam District, AP, India)
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Occupation Producer
Spouse(s) Rajeswari Daggubati
Children Suresh Babu Daggubati
Venkatesh Daggubati
Daggubati Lakshmi
Awards Padma Bhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Guinness Book of World Records

Dr. Daggubati Ramanaidu is a multilingual Indian film producer. He is the founder of Suresh Productions and holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the most films produced by an individual, having produced more than 150 films in 13 Indian languages. He has also served as a member of parliament for the Baptala constituency of Guntur District in the 13th Lok Sabha from 1999–2004.

In 2012, Ramanaidu was conferred with the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India, the Padma Bhushan, in recognition for his contribution to Telugu cinema.[1] In 2009 he received the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement in the film industry for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema,

Ramanaidu contributes a substantial part of his earnings to numerous philanthropic purposes including the Ramanaidu Charitable Trust that was founded in 1991.

Early life[edit]

Dr.D.Ramanaidu a gem adorned with the qualities of Navaratnas, was born in a remote village Karamchedu in Andhra Pradesh on 6th June 1936 in an agriculture family. He was brought up under the watchful eyes of his father Sri.D.Venkateswarlu and mother Smt.D.Lakshmi Devamma. During his schooling, he used to participate in several activities and was often the leader amongst his friends. He spent a 6 years in Ongole with Dr. B. V. L. Narayana who had a large impact on his life. He respected and looked up to Narayana so much so that he aspired to study to become a doctor as well. During his vacations, he worked in the hospital as a compounder to familiarize himself with the field.

However, never strong as school work he failed once before he passed and joined Loyola College in Madras. As he was more interested in extra-curricular activities such as drama, he failed out of Loyola and returned to Chirala to finish his education there. Again, he wasn’t able to keep up with his studies and decided to quit and start working instead.

He took to taking care of a rice mill business and a bus transport business in Karamchedu. Soon after, his interests shifted and when someone from his area started Shambu Films, a production agency, he forced his father to become a partner and began to work for and invest in this company. During this time, he became more and more involved with the production process by taking care of on-set shoot arrangements. It was at this time that he became acquainted with and very close to Akkineni Nageshwara Rao.

Furthermore, lead actors of the time such as Aadurthi Subbarao, S V Ranga Rao, and Gummadi spent much time with Ramanaidu in his house and built quite the rapport with him. Through these connections, he scored his first cameo role in “Nammina Bantu”.

Through his Shambu Films, he decided to work closely with production of “Nammina Bantu” as well. After this film, the production house did not take on any films for a while and Ramanaidu’s interest in the industry reduced considerably during this break.(Beginning from “Nammina Bantu”, it became a hobby of his to star in cameo roles in a few films.)

He then worked turned to tobacco industry which did well but Dr. D Ramanaidu knew his heart wasn’t in it and was not internally satisfied. On July 22, 1962, he moved to Madras to work with his relatives in the brick business. It wasn’t until his close relative, Bhaskar Rao, started a production company called Anuroopa that he returned to the film industry. Under the Anuroopa banner, he produced his first film in 1963 – “Anuragam”, directed by G. Ramaneedu. As “Anuragam” was not a commercial hit, he wanted to make another film to recover the profits. However, Anuroopa turned him down his request.

Career - Producer[edit]

Dr. D. Ramanaidu started Suresh Productions, named after his son, with his childhood friends G. Rajendra Prasad (Madhavi Combines) and Subba Rao. He produced Raamudu Bheemudu in 1964 – the first film under the Suresh Productions banner. As this film was a tremendous hit, he continued to produce films successfully enough.

Ramanaidu had decided to have a large ‘S’ and ‘P’ logo designed for his production agency. He wanted a sketch of his elder son to be placed above the ‘S’ and Venkatesh Daggubati, his younger son, to be placed above the ‘P’. But young Suresh objected to be placed above the ‘S’. So, they switched places and Venkatesh’s sketch was placed above the S and he became the Star while Suresh, placed above the P, became the producer.

In 1968, B Nagireddy’s sons and Ramanaidu combined to form a company called Vijaya Suresh Combines and Suresh Movies. They did 4 movies together and in 1970, when they suffered a few losses, they decided to break up the partnership and go their separate ways.

In 1971 – As the filming for Premnagar started, a nervous Ramanaidu announced that if this film flopped, he would return to Karamchedu and quite the business. So quite literally, his life depended on the success of this one film.

Fortunately, as the film was a huge success, under the Suresh Productions banner, he produced up to 74 films from 1993 to 2005 in several languages. While producing the movie “Secretary”, he visited Hyderabad for shooting. He had never before considered moving to Hyderabad but during the shoot, he thought to build a studio in Hyderabad. Back then, Hyderabad was an underdeveloped and hill-y area and many criticised him for risking his fortune on building a studio there.

1988 – “Brahmaputrudu” was a big commercial hit and ended up helping him pay off the debts for his studio. 1989 - He launched his studio – Ramanaidu Studios. The studio was so equipped that when someone walked in with a script, it was said that they came out with the final copy ready for release. 1990 – Ramanaidu Colour Lab launched. 1994 – He launched Cine Village in Nanakramguda, which was used by the entire industry for outdoor shoots. During his career as a producer, he introduced 24 directors and several actors and music directors, who have since become very famous and owe their success to him.


Ramanaidu is a member of the Telugu Desam Party and represented Baptala constituency in Guntur District in the 13th Lok Sabha from 1999–2004. He lost in the elections to the same seat for the 14th Lok Sabha in 2004.[2][3] D.ramanaidu looking to participate in general elections.[4]

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

Ramanaidu was conferred with the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India, the Padma Bhushan, in recognition for his contribution to Telugu cinema. The Andhra Pradesh Government nominated him and director Bapu in November 2012 and it was presented by President Pranab Mukherjee on Republic Day, January 26th 2013.[5]

Ramanaidu receiving Padma Bhushan

In 2009, Ramanaidu received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in cinema. Ramanaidu was the 41st recipient of the award instituted in 1969 (the birth centenary of D. G. Phalke, who is generally regarded as the father of Indian cinema) and the 10th producer to have received the award.

Ramanaidu has received an honorary doctorate from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.[6]

Film awards[edit]

Dr. D. Rama Naidu Vignana Jyothi Institute of Rural Development[edit]

Vignana Jyothi is a registered society that was initiated in 1991 by group of like-minded Industrialists, Academics, Professionals and Non Residential Indians. With the intention of imparting quality education and contributing to social justice and economic stability of the society, Vignana Jyothi has achieved academic excellence through the establishment of relevant and successful institutions. Though experimentation in the educational field has been quite successful, the members felt that they had not reached their goals in terms of the farming and agricultural community.

Then, with the generous contribution of 33 acres of land by Rama Naidu at Tuniki Village, Kowdipally Mandal, Medak District, the Society has decided to set up a rural development institute and name the Institute as "Dr D. Rama Naidu Vignana Jyothi Institute of Rural Development".



Year Title Director Main cast
2015 Gopala Gopala Kishore Kumar Pardasani Daggubati Venkatesh , Pawan Kalyan, Sreeya
2014 Drushyam Sripriya Daggubati Venkatesh , Meena
2014 Bhimavaram Bullodu Uday Shankar Sunil, Ester Noronha
2013 Masala K. Vijaya Bhaskar Venkatesh, Ram, Anjali ,Shazahn Padamsee
2013 Nenem…Chinna Pillana P. Sunil Kumar Reddy Rahul Ravindran, Tanvi Vyas, Sanjjanaa
2011 Mugguru VN Aditya Navadeep, Sradda Das
2010 Aalasyam Amrutam Chandra Mahesh Nikhil, Venkat Yadav, Arvind Krishna, Madasala Sharma
2009 Bendu Appa Rao RMP E.V.V Satyanaryana Allari Naresh, Gvk yadav Kamana Jetmallani, Meghana
2008 Kousalya Supraja Rama Surya Prasad Srikanth, Sivaji, Charmi, Gowri Mungal
2008 Baladoor Uday Shnakar Raviteja, Anushka
2007 Tulasi Boyapati Srinivasa Rao Venkatesh, Nayanatara
2007 Madhumasam Chandra Sidhartha Sumanth, Sneha, Parvathi Milton
2006 Sri Krishna 2006 Vijendra Prasad Srikanth, Venu, Gouri Munjal
2005 Soggadu Ravi Babu Tarun, Arthi Agarwal
2005 Nireekshana Sita Ram Parsad Aryan Rajesh, Sreedevi
2005 Bommalaata K. Prakesh Sai Kumar, Sherya, Naresh
2004 Malleswari K. Vijaya Bhaskar Venkatesh, Katrina Kaif
2003 Vijayam Singeetham Srinivasa Rao Raja, Gajala
2003 Neeku Nenu Naku Nuvvu Rajasekhar Uday Kiran, Sherya
2003 Harivillu B. Narasingha Rao Bhanuchandar, Haritha
2002 Nuvvu Lekha Nenu Lenu Kasi Vishwanath Tarun, Arthi Agarwal
2002 Nee Premakai Muppalaneni Shiva Vineeth, Abbas, Laya
2002 Allari Ravi Babu Naresh, Neelambari, Swetha Agarwal
2002 Hai EVV Satya Narayana Aryan Rajesh, Nikitha
2001 Preminchu B. Subba Rao Sai Kiran, Laya
2000 Kalisundam Raa Uday Shankar Venkkatesh, Simran
2000 Jayam Mandera N. Shankar Venkatesh, Venkanna Yadav, Bhanu Priya, Soundarya
1999 Peddamanushulu B. Subba Rao Suman, Rachna, Heera
1999 Preyasi Raave Chandra Mahesh Srikanth, Raasi
1998 Sivaiah Suresh Krishna Rajasekhar, Sanghavi, Monika Bedi
1998 Ganesh Thirupathi Swami Venkatesh, Rambha, Madhubala
1997 Preminchukundam Raa Jayanth C Panaji Venkatesh, Anjala Javeri
1997 Super Heroes AVS AVS, Brahmanandam
1996 Dharma Chakram Suresh Krishna Venkatesh, Ramya Krishna, Prema
1996 Oho Na Pellanta Jandhyala Harish, Sangavi
1996 Naidu Gari Kutumbam B. Subba Rao Suman, Krishnamraju, Sanghavi
1996 Tata Manavadu K. Sada Siva Rao Krishnamraju, Vinod Kumar, Sanghavi
1995 Konadapalli Rathaiah Dasari Narayana Rao Dasari Narayana Rao, Harish, Amani
1995 Taj Mahal Muppalaneni Shiva Srikanth, Monika Bedi, Sanghavi
1994 Todi Kodallu B. Subba Rao Suresh, Malasree
1994 Super Police K. Murali Mohan Rao Venkatesh, Nagma
1993 Akka Chellelu VC. Guhanadhan Suresh, Malasree
1993 Andhra Vaibhavam MR. Rajaji Ramanaidu, Murali Mohan, Jamuna
1993 Paruvu Pratistha VC. Guhanadhan Suman, Suresh, Malasree
1992 Surigaadu Dasari Narayana Rao Dasari Narayana Rao, Sujatha
1992 Prema Vijetha K. Sada Siva Rao Harish, Roja
1991 Prema Khaidhi EVV Satya Narayana Harish, Malasree
1991 Coolie No. 1 K. Ragavendra Rao Venkatesh, Taboo
1991 Sarpayagam Paruchuri Brothers Shoban Babu, Harish, Roja
1991 Bobbili Raja B. Gopal Venkatesh, Divya Bharathi
1989 Indrudu Chandrudu Suresh Krishna Kamalhasan, Viajayshanti
1988 Prema Suresh Krishna Venkatesh, Revathi
1988 Brahma Putrudu Dasari Narayana Rao Venkatesh, Rajini
1988 China Babu A. Mohan Gandhi Nagarjuna, Amala
1987 Gurubrahma B. Subba Rao A. Nagehwara Rao, Sarada
1987 Ramu Y. Nageswara Rao Bala Krishna, Rajini
1987 Kaliyuga Pandavulu K. Ragavendra Rao Venkatesh, Kushboo
1987 Ahana Pellanta Jandhyala Rajendra Prasad
1986 Pratidwani B. Gopal Sarada, Arjun, Rajani
1985 Sri Katna Leealu Paruchuri Brothers Chandra Mohan, Tulasi
1985 Mangalya Balam B. Subba Rao Sobhan Babu, Jayasudha
1984 Sangarshna K. Murali Mohan Rao Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanthi, Nalini
1984 Katha Naikudu K. Murali Mohan Rao Bala Krishna, Vijayashanthi
1983 Mundadugu K. Bapaiah Shoban Babu, Krishna,Sridevi, Jayapradha
1982 Devata K. Ragavendra Rao Shoban Babu, Jayapradha, Sridevi
1981 Agni Poolu K. Bapaiah krisnamraju, Jayapradha, Jayasudha
1981 Prema Mandiram Dasari Narayana Rao A. Nageshwara Rao, Jayapradha
1980 Kaksha VC. Guhanadhan Shobana Babu, Vanisree
1979 Mande Gundelu K. Bapaiah Shobana Babu, Krishna, Sridevi
1979 Oka Challani Ratri K. Vasu Chandra Mohan, Madhavi
1978 Chilipi Krishnudu B. Subba Rao Kantha Rao, Rajasri
1978 Enkki Naidu Bava B. Subba Rao Shobana Babu, Vanisree
1977 Savasagallu B. Subba Rao Krishna, Jayachitra
1977 Moratodu CK. Nagesh Sathyanarayana, Jayasudha
1976 Secretary KS Prakash Rao A. Nageshwara Rao, Vanisree
1975 Ammaila Shapatham GVR Sheshagiri Rao Chandra Mohan, Laxmi
1975 Soggadu K. Bapaiah Shoban Babu, Jayachitra
1974 Chakravakam V. Madhu Sudhan Rao Shoban Babu, Vanisree
1973 Jeevana Trangalu T. Rama Rao Shoban Babu, Vanisree
1971 Prema Nagar KS Prakash Rao A. Nageshwara Rao, Vanisree
1970 Drohi K. Bapaiah Jaggiah, Vanisree
1969 Bommalu Cheppina Katha G. Vishwanatham Kantha Rao, Vijaya Nirmala
1969 Sepoy Chinnaiah GVR Sheshagiri Rao A. Nageshwara Rao, KR Viajaya
1968 Papa Kosam GVR Sheshagiri Rao Jaggaiah, Devika
1967 Stree Janma KS Prakash Rao NT Rama Rao, Krishna Kumari
1966 Sri Krishna Tulabharam K. Kameshwara Rao NT Rama Rao, Jamuna
1965 Pratigya Palana CS Rao Kantha Rao, Rajasri
1964 Ramudu Bhemudu Tapichanikya NT Rama Rao, Jamuna, L.VijayaLakshmi
1963 Anuragam G. Ramineedu Jaggaiah, Bhanumathi

Telugu dubbing[edit]

Year Title Director Main cast
1982 Grama Kakshalu V. C. Guhanadhan Rajinikanth, Sridevi
2006 Mosagallaku Mosagadu Jayaraju Suresh Gopi


Year Title Director Main cast
2002 Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahe Ravi Shanker Fardeen Khan, Richa Palod
2000 Aaghaaz Yogesh Eeshwar Sunil Shetty, Sushmita Sen, Namratha Shirodkar
1999 Hum Aapke Dilmein Rehte Hain Satish Kaushik Anil Kapoor, Kajol
1995 Taqdeerwala K.Murali Mohan Rao Venkatesh, Ravina Tandon
1993 Santaan Dr. Dasari Narayana Rao Jeetendra, Moushami Chatterjee
1993 Anari K.Murali Mohan Rao Venkatesh, Karishma Kapoor
1991 Prem Qaidi K.Murali Mohan Rao Harish, Karishma Kapoor
1990 Jeevan Ek Sangharsh Rahul Rawail Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit
1989 Rakhwala K.Murali Mohan Rao Anil Kapoor, Farah
1986 Dilwala K.Murali Mohan Rao Mithun, Meenakshi
1986 Insaf Ki Awaaz B.Gopal Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Rakhee
1984 Tohfa K.Raghavendra Rao Jeetendra, Jaya Pradha, Sridevi
1984 Maqsad K.Bapaiah Jeetendra, Rajesh Khanna, Sridevi, Jaya Pradha
1980 Bandish K.Bapaiah Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini
1977 Dildaar K.Bapaiah Jeetendra, Rekha
1977 Dil Aur Deevar K.Bapaiah Jeetendra, Moushami Chatterji
1974 Prem Nagar K.S.Prakash Rao Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini

Hindi (dubbing)[edit]

Year Title Director Main cast
1993 Rampoor Ka Raja B.Gopal Venkatesh, Divya Bharathi
1991 Mayor Sahab Suresh Krishna Kamala Haasan, Vijayshanthi


Year Title Director Main cast
1990 Sivappa Niratil Chinapo R.Selvaraj Rekha
1988 Kai Naattu V.C.Guhanadhan Raghuvaran, Nishanti
1987 Michael Raj V.C.Guhanadhan Raghuvaran, Madrashuri
1985 Deiva Piravi P.Krishna Murthi Mohan, Radhika
1982 Tani Kattu Raja V.C.Guhanadhan Rajanikanth, Sri Devi
1978 Kuzhan Daikaga P.Madhavan Padmini, sundar Rajan
1977 Madhurageetham V.C.Guhanadhan Vijaya Kumar, Sri Vidhya
1974 Thiru Mangalyam A.Vincent Jayalalitha, Muthuraman
1972 Vasantha Malighai K.S.Prakasa Rao Shivaji Ganeshan, Vanisree
1971 Namma Kuzhan Daiga Srikanth Pandari Bai, Sundar Rajan

Tamil (dubbing)[edit]

Year Title Director Main cast
1998 Ganesh Tirupathiswamy Venkatesh, Ramba
1997 Preminchukundham Raa Jayanth C Paranji Venkatesh, Anjala Javeri
1996 Dharmachakram Suresh Krishna Venkatesh, Ramya Krishna
1995 Tajmahal M.Siva Srikanth, Monika Bedi, Sanghavi
1994 Super Police K.Murali Mohan Rao Venkatesh, Nagma
1992 Valibhan B.Gopal Venkatesh, Divya Bharathi
1991 Coolie No.1 K.Raghavendra Rao Venkatesh, Taboo
1991 Prema Khaidhi E.V.V.Satyanarayana Harish, Malasree
1990 Anbu Chinnam Suresh Krishna Venkatesh, Revathi
1988 Nakeeran Dr. Dasari Narayana Rao Venkatesh, Rajani
1987 Mr. Vijay K.Raghavendra Rao Venkatesh, Khushboo
1982 Vanjam V.C.Guhanadhan Sridevi, Sobhan Babu
1969 Bommalu Cheppina Katha G.Viswanatham Kantha Rao, Vijaya Nirmala
1967 Sri Krishna Tulabaram K.Maheswara Rao N.T. Rama Rao, Jamu


Year Title Director Main cast
1964 Navakoti Narayana S.K. Ananthachari Rajkumar, Sowcar Janaki
1991 Thavarumane Udugore B.Subba Rao Malasree, Srikanth
2001 Maduve Agona Baa V.S.Reddy Shivaraj Kumar, Laya


Year Title Director Main cast
2001 Dharama Devatha Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy Siddharth, Rekha Janu


Year Title Director Main cast
2006 Aswaradoon Jayaraju Suresh Gopi


Year Title Director Main cast
2006 Staten Island Aditya Chandor


Year Title Director Main cast
2013 Singh vs Kaur[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Veteran Southern Producer D. Ramanaidu gets Padma Bhushan
  2. ^ "Keen contest on the cards in Bapatla". The Hindu. 21 March 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ramanaidu denies joining Congress". The Hindu. 13 April 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "d.ramanaidu". 
  5. ^ "Padma Awards". pib. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  6. ^ About Us : Suresh Productions
  7. ^ [1], Official WebSite of Ramanaidu's Suresh Productiont.
  8. ^ http://www.123telugu.com/mnews/ramanaidu-gears-up-to-produce-137th-film-hm.html

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