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20 April 1930|
Pasmarru, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Died||23 December 2011|
|Occupation||Dialogue writer, screenwriter, film producer and political analyst|
|Known for||Alluri Seetharama Raju|
|Children||Tripuraneni Varaprasad and three sibilings|
Tripuraneni Maharadhi (20 April 1930 - 23 December 2011), was an Indian Telugu film and script writer considered legendary by many for his work in Telugu Cinema. He is also remembered for his political forays, as well as for the film Alluri Seetharama Raju. Apart from being a dialogue, story and screenplay writer, he was also the de facto director of most of the films he wrote(i.e. Alluri Seetharamaraju).
Maharadhi worked on over a hundred and fifty films and wrote several books. Before this, he worked as a journalist for several magazines including Zameen Raithu, Golkonda, and Telugu Desam. He pioneered the formation of a regional platform for Telugu film industry pupils in 1979 called Telugu Ikayasamathi, and was also the first to introduce the concept of a regional party in Andhra Pradesh. He played an active role as an analyst in the early stages of the political party Telugu Desam (TDP) launched by N. T. Rama Rao|Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) in 1982. In 2004, he founded his own political party, the Trilinga Praja Pragati Party, after being forced to part ways with NTR, as he refused to accept that TDP was admitting congressional blood into the party.
In 1957, at the age of 28, Maharadhi moved to Chennai to pursue a career in writing for the movie industry. It did not take long for Maharadhi to become recognized for his multilingualism, which helped him to launch his career as a dialogue writer for foreign films. His first film as a dialogue writer was "Yodhanu Yodhulu" (1961).
Some of his other successful films were "Sathi Arundhati," "Kanchukota," "Niluvu Dhopidi," "Pethandhaarlu," "Simhasanam,and" "Devudu Chesina Manushulu" among many others. Maharadhi first met Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao on the set of "Mana Desam." Tripuraneni Maharadhi was originally named Balagangadhar Rao, Maharadhi I, the title bestowed upon him by the film fraternity for his expertise in writing screenplays.
Maharadhi had four children, three sons and a daughter who passed away. His son Tripuraneni Varaprasad (chitti), a noted film maker and politician, is carrying on the legacy of Tripuraneni Maharadhi in both films and politics.
- Sathi Arundhati
- Yodhanu Yodhulu (1961)
- Niluvu Dhopidi
- Devudu Chesina Manushulu
- Bandipotu (1963)
- Kanchukota (1967)
- Niluvu Dopidi (1968)
- Pettandarlu (1970)
- Desoddharakulu (1973)
- Devudu Chesina Manushulu (1973)
- Paadi Pantalu (1976)
- Kurukshetram (1977)
- Ram Robert Raheem (1980)
- Hema Hemeelu (1980)
- Praja Rajyam (1983)
- Simhasanam (1986)
- Santhi Sandesam (2004)
- Desamante manushuloye (1971)
- Bogimantalu (1982)
- Raithu Bharatam (1994)
Role in politics
Maharadhi may not be as popular as the pan India Telugu political personalities like NTR and YSR, but he was a legend in his own right in film and political circles. He is remembered for his fearless acumen and future thought. He is, to some degree, linked to every political party in the Telugu political frame and was instrumental in the launch of TDP. He was the first person to come up with the idea of a regional party in A.P., along with a few intellectuals who started the crusade. Later, when NTR was convinced to join the initiative, he took over the reins. Maharadhi served as Andhra Pradesh Congress State Secretary under the Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. In this position, he was instrumental in promoting YSR in the east and west Godavari districts in his early days. When the Bharatiya Janata Party came into existence he served briefly as a national council member. In 2004 he launched his own political party 'Trillinga Praja Praghati' (TPP). His political and film legacy is continued by his son Tripuraneni Varaprasad, an active politician involved with BJP since 1989 and also close tie-ups with TDP.
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