6 June 1936
Karamchedu, Madras Presidency, British India
(now Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh, Republic of India)
|Died||18 February 2015
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
|Children||Suresh Babu Daggubati
|Awards||Padma Bhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award|
Daggubati Ramanaidu (6 June 1936 – 18 February 2015) was an Indian film producer. He was the founder of Suresh Productions and has a place in 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 also served as a member of parliament for the Bapatala constituency of Guntur District in the 13th Lok Sabha from 1999 to 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. In 2009, he was conferred with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest award for films in Indian cinema.
Ramanaidu contributed a substantial part of his earnings to numerous philanthropic purposes under the "Ramanaidu Charitable Trust" that was founded in 1991.
D.Ramanaidu was born on 6 June 1936 into an agricultural family in Karamchedu, a village in Prakasam district in the present day Andhra Pradesh. He completed his schooling in the village and had his college education in Chirala and later graduated out of the Presidency College, Chennai. He started his career as a rice-mill owner and later got into transport business. During this time his father joined with a relative and co-produced the Telugu film Nammina Bantu (1958) starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Savitri. He performed the dupe of Rao in the film. The latter advised him to got to Madras (now Chennai) and work with film-makers. He closed down his rice mill as he was not happy with it, and moved to Madras in 1962. He intended to start a brick business but later switched to real estate. His frequent visits to the "Andhra Club" got him acquainted with the Telugu film fraternities.
In 1963, Ramanaidu partnered with his friends and co-produced the commercially unsuccessful Anuragam (1963). Following that, he established his own production house, Suresh Productions, and produced Ramudu Bheemudu (1964). Until the early 1970s, he confined himself to Telugu cinema and made films such as Pratigna Palana (1965), Sri Krishna Tulabharam (1966), Shree Janma (1967), Paapa Kosam (1968) and Sepoy Chinnaiah (1969). Ramudu Bheemudu remained his solitary box-office success during this period. While in Madras, he partnered with B. Nagi Reddy's sons and formed a company called "Vijaya Suresh Combines" and made some films under the house. In 1971, he produced Prem Nagar, starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Vanisri. The film went onto become a "blockbuster" and its success prompted Tamil and Hindi remakes entitled Vasantha Maligai (1972) and Prem Nagar (1974), respectively. Both versions were produced by him and became equally successful. Namma Kuzhaindagal, Tirumangalyam, Madhurageetham, Kuzhaindaikaga and Deiva Piravi are some of his Tamil productions that were made during the 1970s.
As all the studios were based in Madras at that date, he started "Ramanaidu Studios" in Hyderabad with the help of the state government in 1983. While frequently making films in Telugu and Tamil, he branched out into the Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Oriya film, Gujarati, Bhojpuri and Punjabi industries. His Hindi films include Dildar, Tohfa, Anari, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain and Aaghaaz.
Ramanaidu also acted in a few films, mostly his own productions. He played a full-length role for the first time in the 2007 Telugu film Hope. The film, which dealt with teenage suicides arising out of educational stress among students, won the award for Best Film on Other Social Issues at the 54th National Film Awards.
Family and personal life
Ramanaidu got married in 1958 and had three children, two sons and a daughter. His elder son Daggubati Suresh Babu is a producer; his younger son Daggubati Venkatesh is an actor in Telugu cinema. He had eight grandchildren, two of whom – Rana Daggubati and Naga Chaitanya – are actors in Telugu cinema.
Ramanaidu was a member of the Telugu Desam Party and represented Baptala constituency in Guntur District in the 13th Lok Sabha from 1999 to 2004. He lost the 2004 election for the same seat in the 14th Lok Sabha.
Awards and recognitions
In 2013, 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 Ramanaidu and director Bapu in November 2012, and the award was presented by President Pranab Mukherjee on Republic Day, January 26, 2013.
In 2009, Ramanaidu received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in cinema. Bestowed by the Government of India for outstanding contribution in the field of Indian Cinema, the award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of Rs.10 lakhs and a shawl. Ramanaidu was the 10th producer and 41st recipient overall of the award, which was first instituted in 1969.
Other awards and recognitions granted to Ramanaidu include:
- Andhra Pradesh State Award for Best Producer - Andhra Vaibhavam
- Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (Third prize) – Namma Kuzhanthaigal (1970)
- Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Film – Jeevana Tarangalu (1973)
- Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Film – Soggadu (1976)
- Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (Second prize) – Madhurageetham (1977)
- National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali – Asukh (1999)
- Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South (2000)
- Nandi Award for Best Feature Film Preminchu – (2001)
- Raghupathi Venkaiah Award (2006)
- Honorary doctorate from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati
- Gopala Gopala
- Bhimavaram Bullodu
- Nenem Chinnapilana?
- Aalasyam Amrutam
- Bendu Apparao R.M.P
- Sri Krishna 2006
- Neeku Nenu Naaku Nuvvu
- Hari Villu
- Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu
- Nee Premakai
- Jayam Manadera
- Kalisundam Raa
- Preyasi Rave
- Preminchukundam Raa
- Dharma Chakram
- Super Police
- Coolie No. 1
- Bobbili Raja
- Indrudu Chandrudu
- Brahma Puthrudu
- Aha Naa Pellanta
- Kaliyuga Pandavulu
- Agni Poolu
- Jeevana Tarangalu
- Prem Nagar
- Ramudu Bheemudu
- Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein (2002)
- Aaghaaz (2000)
- Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999)
- Taqdeerwala (1995)
- Santaan (1993)
- Anari (1993)
- Tohfa (1984)
- Prem Nagar (1974)
- Maduve Aagona Baa (2001)
- Singh vs Kaur (2013)
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