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|Born||Uppalapati Venkata Krishnam Raju
20 January 1940
Mogalthur, West Godavari, Madras Presidency, British India
|Other names||Rebel Star|
|Occupation||Film actor, Politician|
|Spouse(s)||Shyamala Devi (m.1996-present)|
Uppalapati Venkata Krishnam Raju (born 20 January 1940) is a former popular Telugu film actor. He was popularly known as 'Rebel Star' for his rebellious acting style.
Krishnam Raju starred in more than 183 Telugu films in his career and was a prominent actor of the 1970s and 1980s in Tollywood. He entered the films in 1966 with Chilaka Gorinka produced and directed by Kotayya Pratyagatma. He won 5 Filmfare Awards including Filmfare Lifetime achievement Award and 2 Nandi Awards.
After late 1990s, he became active in politics. He joined Bharatiya Janata Party and was elected to the 12th and 13th Lok Sabha from Kakinada and Narasapur constituencies. He served as a Minister of State for Ministry of External Affairs in the Third Vajpayee Ministry from 1999 to 2004. On March 24, 2009 he has joined Praja Rajyam Party founded by Chiranjeevi. In 2009 State Assembly elections he contested for M.P. seat from Rajahmundry and had Murali Mohan as a major opponent who contested on behalf of Telugu Desam Party. Both of them lost election to incumbent M.P. Vundavalli Aruna Kumar of Indian National Congress.
He has a nephew, Prabhas, who is also known as 'Rebel Star' and who is currently one of the most popular actors in Tollywood. Krishnam Raju has planned to launch his dream project "Okka Adugu" with Prabhas as the lead actor . He would be directing the movie.
Krishnam Raju was born in Mogalthur, West Godavari on January 20, 1940 to Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Raju. He had a wife before he married Shyamala Devi in 1996. Film producer Suryanarayana Raju is his younger brother and Prabhas is the son of Suryanarayana Raju. He owns Gopi Krishna Movies.
Awards and recognition
Filmfare Awards South
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