31 July 1951
Amadalavalasa, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Other names||Sathyanarayana Dikshit|
|Spouse(s)||Rama Prabha (m.1981-1988) (divorced)
|Children||daughter (born for Snehalatha Dixit)|
Sarath Babu (born Sathyanarayana Dikshit; Telugu: శరత్ బాబు) is an Indian film actor, who has acted in almost all the major south Indian languages - Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. He has been in the industry for nearly 37 years and has acted in more than 200 movies, most of them in a supporting role. He has acted in 80 films each in Telugu and Tamil, 20 in Kannada and a few in Malayalam. He entered the film industry in 1973 through a Telugu movie and later became popular through the Tamil movie Nizhal Nijamagiradhu directed by K. Balachander. He is well known for his supporting roles to actors like Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan, Rajini kanth, Chiranjeevi and Nandamuri Balakrishna. He refers to K. Balachander as his mentor and has acted in some of his films.
He has received numerous awards, including eight Nandi awards from the government of Andhra Pradesh for his roles in Telugu movies.
He is reported to have said that
My dad was a hotelier, he wanted me to handle his business but I wanted to be a police officer. During college days, I developed shortsight and my dreams crashed as clear eyesight was a pre requisite to join the police. People told my mother that her son was good looking and he should try to get into films.. the lecturers in college said the same and that was playing on my mind. My father was against it but my mother supported me. I thought even if I failed, I could fall back on the family business. In my heart, I knew that I don't fit into business or politics. I responded to an advertisement in the paper for fresh faces for a film and I got through the audition more easily than I had expected.
Sarath Babu was married twice. His first marriage was with actress Rama Prabha in 1981 and they got divorced in 1988. His second marriage was with Snehalatha Dixit in 1990, who is the daughter of veteran film actor M. N. Nambiar and the couple have daughter and led a happy life for over more than two decades. But later by filing divorce in a family court on July 27th, 2011 they got separated.
This is partial filmography of Sarath Babu.
|1979||Idi Katha Kaadu||Telugu||Bharani|
|1979||Thisai Maariya Paravaigal||Tamil||Rangamani|
|1981||47 Natkal||Tamil||Dr. Shankar|
|1981||Radha Kalyanam||Telugu||Dr. Anand|
|1985||Pagal Nilavu||Tamil||Robert Manohar|
|1987||Samsaram Oka Chadarangam||Telugu|
|1990||Sandhana Kaatru||Tamil||Dr. Sarath|
|1995||Sisindri||Telugu||Father of Sisindri|
|1996||Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi||Telugu|
|2002||Nuvvu leka nenu lenu||Telugu|
|2006||Kalvanin Kadhali||Tamil||Sathya's Boss|
|2006||Shankar Dada Zindabad||Telugu|
|2006||Sri Ramadasu||Telugu||Sage Bhadra|
|2007||Waking Dreams||English||Dr. Kumar|
|2009||Magadheera||Telugu||Maharaj Vikram Singh|
|2013||Ramanujan||English/Tamil||Diwan Bahadur R. Ramachandra Rao I. C. S|
|2013||Brundavana||Kannada||With Geetha, Darshan|
|2014||Mannan Magal||Jaya TV||Tamil|
Sarath Babu has received numerous awards, including eight Nandi awards as the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor from the Government of Andhra Pradesh for his roles in Telugu movies.. In an interview, he said that he came close to winning the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Nenjathai Killadhe in 1980.