Mannava Balayya

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M. Balayya
Born 1930
Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation Actor
Known for Cinema

Mannava Balaiah (or Balayya) is an actor, writer, director and producer in Telugu cinema.

Brief lifesketch[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.

Filmography[edit]

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Actor[edit]

Year Movie title Character
1958 Ettuku Pai Ettu
1958 Parvathi Kalyanam Lord Shiva
1959 Bhagya Devata Doctor
1959 Manorama
1960 Chivaraku Migiledi Bhaskar
1960 Kumkuma Rekha
1961 Krishna Prema
1961 Pandava Vanavasam Arjuna
1962 Mohini Rugmangada
1962 Sri Srikakula Andhra Mahavishnuvu Katha
1964 Babruvahana Balarama
1964 Bobbili Yudham Dharmarayudu
1966 Palnati Yudham
1966 Shri Krishna Pandaviyam Yudhisthira
1970 Lakshmi Kataksham Vinayadandudu
1974 Alluri Seetharama Raju Ghantam Dora
1976 Bhakta Kannappa Lord Shiva
1976 Ramarajyamlo Raktapasam
1977 Kurukshetram Yudhisthira
1986 Tandra Paparayudu
1987 Jaganmatha Lord Shiva
1993 Ankuram
1993 Gaayam Chari
1994 Pachcha Toranam
1994 Yamaleela Brahma
1997 Annamayya
1997 Pelli Sandadi
2002 Manmadhudu
2004 Malliswari
2010 Prasthanam
2011 Sri Rama Rajyam Vasishta

Producer[edit]

SNo Year Movie title Actors Info
1 1971 Chelleli Kapuram Sobhan Babu, Vanisri, Nagabhushanam Also Story Writer
2 1973 Neramu Siksha Krishna, Bharati Also Story Writer
3 1975 Annadammula Katha
4 1977 Eenati Bandam Yenatido Krishna, Jayaprada Music: S. Rajeswara Rao
5 1978 Prema Paga Murali Mohan
6 1980 Chuttalunnaru Jagratha Krishna, Sridevi
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

Director[edit]

SNo Year Movie title Actors Info
1 1983 Nijam Chebite Nerama? Krishnam Raju,Jayaprada
2 1986 Pasupu Tadu Story Writer and Screenplay
3 1994 Police Alludu

Story Writer[edit]

SNo Year Movie title Actors
1 1971 Chellili Kapuram Sobhan Babu, Vanisri
2 1973 Neramu Siksha Krishna, Bharati
3 1985 Wafadaar Rajinikanth, Shakti Kapoor
4 1986 Pasupu Tadu

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