S. V. Ranga Rao

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S. V. Ranga Rao
Born 3 July 1918
Nuzvidu, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died 18 July 1974 (aged 56)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Cause of death
Cardiac Arrest
Other names SVR, Viswanata Chakravarthi
Occupation Actor
Known for Cinema
Spouse(s) Leelavathi

Samarla Venkata Ranga Rao (3 July 1918 – 18 July 1974) popularly Known as S.V.R. was an Indian film actor, director and producer in Telugu and Tamil cinema. He was popularly known as "Viswa Nata Chakravarthi." He was known for his natural acting and for portraying versatile roles of Hindu mythological characters like Ravana, Ghatotkacha, Duryodhana, Kamsa and Kichaka from Indian Mythology. In 1963, He garnered the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Kichaka in Nartanasala at the Indonesian International Film Festival Held in Jakarta. He has garnered the erstwhile Rashtrapati Award, five times for acting in Telugu and Tamil cinema.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Rao was born in Telugu Speaking family, to Samarla Lakshmi and Samarla Koteswara Rao, an excise inspector at Nuzvidu town in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, India when World War I was drawing to a close. His mother, Lakshmi Narasayamma, a staunch devotee of Lord Venkateswara, named the boy after him. The possessive father sent S.V.R. to the erstwhile Madras Presidency where he completed his schooling at Hindu College. At an early age of 12, he showed interest in stage action, he ventured into acting after completing his B.sc.

Film career[edit]

S.V.R. got an invitation from one of his relatives, B.V. Ramanandam, to play the lead actor in his film Varoodhini. He immediately abandoned the job, and left for Salem to join the celluloid world. In fact, it was a great beginning for the young man. The film Varoodhini was released. However, S.V.R. left the Madras presidency and reached Jamshedpur, where he took up the job as a budget assistant with the Tata Company. However, his love for dramas began to bloom multifold. At this juncture, he was married to Leelavathi Badeti on 27 December 1947. In the days that followed, S.V.R. was given an opportunity to play the villain in the film, "Palletoori Pilla", produced by B. A. Subba Rao.[3]

Opportunity tapped at S.V.R.'s door through Vijaya Pictures, which offered him the most memorable Nepala Mantrikudu role in Pathala Bhairavi. Immediately, he came into the limelight, followed by Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952). Its Tamil version was also played by him.[4] Notable mythological roles he played are Ghatohkacha in Maya Bazaar, Keechaka in Nartanasala, Dhuryodhana in Pandava Vanavasam, Hiranyakashapaya in Bhakta Prahlada, Bheeshma in Bala Bharatham and Kamsa in Yashoda Krishna etc. Equally he has made his influence and trademark onscreen in social movies with his meaty roles as grand father, father and elder brother. The best example for his acting prowess are his roles in the movies Appuchesi pappu koodu, Missamma, Kalisi unte kaladu sukham, Thodikodallu, Gundammakatha, Devudu chesina manushulu, Dasarabullodu, Manchimanasulu, Thathamanavadu. SVR was the second Indian actor to get an international award in Jakarta International Film Festival for his role of Keechaka in Nartanasala.[5]

Awards[edit]

Rashtrapati Award in acting
Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (director)
Filmfare Awards South
International honors
Other honors
  • He was given the distinguished names as Viswa Nata Chakravarti, Nata Sarvabhouma, Nata Sekhara, Nata Simha.

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Personal life[edit]

He has married Leelavati, daughter of Badeti Venkata Ramaiah and Koteswaramma on December 27, 1947. They had three children: two daughters, Vijaya and Prameela and a son, Koteswara Rao.

Death[edit]

He had a coronary failure at Hyderabad in February 1974. He was admitted to Osmania General Hospital, where he recovered with an advise to rest. Another attack on July 18, 1974 at Chennai proved fatal and the actor was dead before any medical treatment could be instituted.[3]

Notable Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Film Language Character
1946 Varoodhini Telugu Debut film
1949 Mana Desam Telugu
1950 Bhale Papa Telugu Blind person
1950 Palletoori Pilla Telugu Taatha
1950 Shavukaru Telugu Sunnapu Rangadu
1950 Tirugubatu Telugu
1951 Akasharaju Telugu
1951 Navvite Navaratnalu Telugu
1951 Patala Bhairavi Tamil
1951 Patala Bhairavi Telugu Nepala Mantrikudu
1952 Daasi Telugu
1952 Kalyanam Panni Paar Tamil
1952 Palletooru Telugu Ganapati
1952 Pelli Chesi Choodu Telugu Zamindar Veeyanna
1953 Bratuku Theruvu Telugu Zamindar
1953 Chandirani Hindi
1953 Chandirani Tamil
1953 Chandirani Telugu Prachandudu
1953 Devdas Tamil
1953 Devadasu Telugu Zamindar Narayana Rao
1953 Jatakam Telugu
1953 Jatakaphalam Telugu
1953 Pardesi Telugu Rangadu
1953 Pempudu Koduku Telugu
1953 Poongothai Tamil
1953 Rohini Telugu
1953 Sangham Telugu
1954 Annadata Telugu
1954 Anta Manavalle Telugu Jagannatham
1954 Bangaru Papa Telugu Kotayya
1954 Chandraharam Tamil
1954 Chandraharam Telugu Dhoomakethu
1954 Chakrapani Telugu
1954 Rajee Naa Pranam Telugu
1954 Raju Peda Telugu King
1954 Thuli Visham Tamil
1955 Anarkali Telugu Akbar
1955 Guna Sundari Tamil
1955 Jayasimha Telugu Rudrasimha
1955 Missamma Telugu Gopalam
1955 Missiamma Tamil
1955 Santanam Telugu Rangayya
1956 Charana Daasi Telugu Raghavaiah
1956 Chintamani Telugu
1956 Kanakatara Telugu
1956 Naan Petra Selvam
1957 Allauddin Adhbhuta Deepam Telugu Jaffer, the magician
1957 Allavudeenum Arputha Vilakkum Tamil
1957 Maya Bazaar Telugu Ghatotkajudu
1957 Pathni Daivam Tamil
1957 Repu Neede Telugu
1957 Sarangadhara Telugu Raja Raja Narendrudu
1957 Sati Savitri Telugu Yamudu
1957 Saubhagyavati Tamil
1957 Todi Kodallu Telugu Kutumaba Rao
1957 Vinayaka Chaviti Telugu Narakasurudu
1958 Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu Telugu Diwan Bahadur Mukunda Rao
1958 Bhookailas Telugu Maayasura
1958 Bommala Pelli Telugu
1958 Chenchu Lakshmi Tamil Hiranyakashipa
1958 Chenchu Lakshmi Telugu Hiranyakashipudu
1958 Kadan Vaangi Kalyanam Tamil
1958 Mangalya Balam Telugu
1958 Pelli Naati Pramanalu Telugu Bheemasena Rao
1958 Sabash Meena Tamil
1959 Aval Yar Tamil
1959 Bhakta Ambarisha Telugu
1959 Jayabheri Telugu Vijayananda Ramagajapati
1959 Kalaivanan Tamil
1959 Krishna Leelalu Telugu
1959 Nammina Bantu Telugu
1959 Raja Sevai Tamil
1959 Rechukka Pagatichukka Telugu
1959 Vazhkai Oppantham Tamil
1960 Bhatti Vikramarka Telugu Maantrikudu
1960 Deepavali Telugu Narakasurudu
1960 Devanthakudu Telugu
1960 Harishchandra Telugu Harischandra Maharaju
1960 Irumputhirai Tamil
1960 Mahakavi Kalidasu Telugu Bhoja Raju
1960 Mamaku Tagga Alludu Telugu
1960 Padikkatha Methai Tamil
1960 Parthiban Kanavu Tamil King Narasimhavarman
1960 Petra Manam Tamil
1960 Vidiveli Tamil
1961 Ellam Unnakkaga Tamil
1961 Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham Telugu
1961 Kappalottiya Thamizhan Tamil
1961 Krishna Prema Telugu
1961 Pelli Thambulam Telugu
1961 Sati Sulochana Telugu
1961 Usha Parinayam Telugu Banasura
1962 Atma Bandhuvu Telugu Father
1962 Bandha Pasam Tamil
1962 Dakshayagnam Tamil Daksha
1962 Dakshayagnam Telugu Dakshudu
1962 Gaali Medalu Telugu
1962 Gundamma Katha Telugu Ramabhadraiah
1962 Kaathiruntha Kangal Tamil
1962 Manchi Manasulu Telugu
1962 Manithan Maravillai Tamil
1962 Padandi Munduku Telugu
1962 Sri Srikakula Andhra Mahavishnuvu Katha Telugu Suchandrasena Maharaju
1962 Tiger Ramudu Telugu
1962 Visha Binduvu Telugu
1963 Iruvar Ullam Tamil
1963 Karpagam Tamil
1963 Narthanasala Telugu Keechakudu
1963 Penchina Prema Telugu
1963 Thobuttuvulu Telugu
1964 Bobbili Yudham Telugu Tandra Paparayudu
1964 Kai Kodutha Deivam Tamil
1964 Maain Bhi Ladki Hun Hindi
1964 Murali Krishna Telugu Father of Murali
1964 Ramudu Bheemudu Telugu
1964 Server Sundaram Tamil
1964 Velugu Needalu Telugu Rao Bahadur Venkataramaiah
1965 Enga Veetu Pillai Tamil Father of Saroja Devi
1965 Aadabrathuku Telugu
1965 Naadi Aada Janme Telugu
1965 Pandava Vanavasam Telugu Duryodhanudu
1966 Aata Bommalu Telugu
1965 Sati Sakkubai Telugu
1965 Todu Needa Telugu
1966 Chilaka Gorinka Telugu
1966 Kumari Penn Tamil Grandfather of Shyamala
1966 Mohini Bhasmasura
1966 Ramu Telugu
1967 Bhakta Prahlada Tamil
1967 Bhakta Prahlada Telugu Hiraynakashipudu
1967 Chadarangam Telugu
1967 Rahasyam Telugu
1967 Thaikku Thalaimagan Tamil Father of Malathi
1968 Bandhavyalu Telugu
1968 Bandhipotu Dongalu Telugu Bandipotu Malludora
1968 Lakshmi Nivasam Telugu
1969 Mooga Nomu Telugu
1971 Dasara Bullodu Telugu
1971 Prem Nagar Telugu Zamindar
1971 Sampoorna Ramayanam Telugu Ravana
1971 Vidhyarthigale Ithile Ithile Tamil Principal
1972 Bala Bharatam Telugu Bheeshma
1972 Iddaru Ammayilu Telugu Lawyer Narayan Rao
1972 Koduku Kodalu Telugu
1972 Pandanti Kapuram Telugu Head of the family
1972 Papam Pasivaadu Telugu Venugopal
1972 Tata Manavadu Telugu Grandfather Rangaiah
1972 Vasantha Maligai Tamil
1973 Devudu Chesina Manushulu Telugu
1973 Minor Babu Telugu
1974 Andaru Dongale Telugu Chanti Babu
1974 Bangaru Kalalu Telugu
1974 Chakravakam Telugu
1974 Gali Patalu Telugu
1974 Inti Kodalu Telugu
1974 Premalu Pellilu Telugu
1974 Sivakamyin Selvan Tamil
1974 Yashoda Krishna Telugu Kamsa
1974 Anbu Sakothararkal Tamil Elder Brother

Director[edit]

Producer[edit]

  • Bandhavyalu (1968) (producer)
  • Chadarangam (1967) (producer)
  • Naadi Aada Janme (1965) (producer)
  • Sukhadukhalu (1969)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sanmana Satkaralu, Viswa Nata Chakravarti, M. Sanjay Kishore, Sangam Akademy, Hyderabad, 2005, pp: 65.
  2. ^ PELLI CHESI CHOODU (1952) - The Hindu
  3. ^ a b Mahabhinishkramana, Viswa Nata Chakravarti, M. Sanjay Kishore, Sangam Akademy, Hyderabad, 2005, pp: 69-70.
  4. ^ S.V. Ranga Rao's bronze statue unveiled - The Hindu
  5. ^ S.V. Ranga Rao - Keywords
  6. ^ Directorate of Film Festival

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