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Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India
Mannava Balaiah (or Balayya) is an actor, writer, director and producer in Telugu cinema.
He was born at Chavupadu, Amaravathi mandalam, Guntur district to Mannava Guravaiah Chowdary and Annapurnamma. He studied Engineering B.E. (mechanical) in Guindy Engineering College, Chennai. Inspired by the drama during his college days, Balaiah ventured into movies with guidance from Tapi Chanakya.
He made his debut as an actor with ‘Ethuku Pai Ethu’- a social film directed by Thapi Chanakya and made by Sarathi Studios. Films such as ‘Parvati Kalyanam’, ‘Bhagyadevata’, ‘Kumkuma Rekha’ established him as an actor. Bhookailas was regarded as remarkable film, Balaiah performed Lord Siva's renowned role and NTR performed Ravana. None matched him in that get-up of Lord Siva. ANR was Narada muni role in the film. There was yet another film they acted together, after a while, Chenchu Lakshmi film with ANR and Anjali in lead roles and directed by B.A.Subba Rao for his own banner, Parvati Kalyanam with Balaiah and Krishna Kumari were interesting mythological films. He acted in nearly three hundred films and established Amrutha films in 1970.
A play penned by him Nalupu Telupu (Black-white) later made into Chelleli Kapuram and received Gold Nandi award from Andhra Pradesh Government. Even films like Neramu Siksha, Annadammula Katha were penned by him. Well known for his histrionics, Balaiah became a name to reckon with character oriented roles.he was awarded with Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for the year 2012.
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|1958||Ettuku Pai Ettu||Actor|
|1958||Parvathi Kalyanam||Actor||Lord Shiva|
|1962||Sri Srikakula Andhra Mahavishnuvu Katha||Actor|
|1966||Shri Krishna Pandaviyam||Actor||Yudhisthira|
|1971||Chelleli Kapuram||Story writer and Producer|
|1973||Neramu Siksha||Story writer and Producer|
|1974||Alluri Seetharama Raju||Actor||Ghantam Dora|
|1976||Bhakta Kannappa||Actor||Lord Shiva|
|1977||Eenati Bandham Yenatido||Producer|
|1981||Ooriki Ichina Maata||Director and Producer|
|1983||Nijam Chebite Nerama||Director|
|1986||Pasupu Thadu||Story, Screenplay, Director|
|1993||Ankuram||Actor||Father of Sindhura|
|1997||Annamayya||Actor||Father of Annamayya|
|2002||Manmadhudu||Actor||Grandfather of Abhiram|
|2004||Malliswari||Actor||Grandfather of Malliswari|
|2010||Prasthanam||Actor||Grandfather of the protagonist Mitra|
|2011||Sri Rama Rajyam||Actor||Maharshi Vasishta|
|1||1971||Chelleli Kapuram||Sobhan Babu, Vanisri, Nagabhushanam||Director: K.Viswanath, Music: K.V.Mahadevan|
|2||1973||Neramu Siksha||Krishna, Bharati||Director: K.Viswanath, Music: S.Rajeswara Rao|
|4||1977||Eenati Bandam Yenatido||Krishna, Jayaprada||Music: S.Rajeswara Rao|
|5||1978||Prema Paga||Murali Mohan, M.Balaiah|
|6||1980||Chuttalunnaru Jagratha||Krishna, Sri Devi|
|7||1981||Ooriki Ichina Maata||Chiranjeevi, Madhavi, Kavitha|
|8||1983||Kirayi Alludu||Krishna, Jayasudha, Satyannarayana|
|9||1986||Pasupu Taadu||Mannava Tulasiram Prasad, Sarath Babu, Radha|
|10||1987||Allari Paandavulu||Mannava Tulasiram Prasad, Ashwini||Music: Raj-Koti|
Writer: 1. Wafadaar (1985) (story)