Allu Rama Lingaiah

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Allu Ramalingaiah
Born 1 October 1922
Palakollu, Godavari District, Madras Presidency, British India (now Palakollu, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India)
Died July 30, 2004(2004-07-30) (aged 81)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Character Actor, Comedian
Years active 1953–2004
Spouse(s) Allu Kanakaratnam
Children 5,including Allu Aravind
Relatives Allu Arjun (grandson)
Konidela Ram Charan (grandson)
Allu Sirish (grandson)
Konidela Chiranjeevi (Son in law)
Awards Padma Shri 1990

Allu Ramalingaiah (1 October 1922 – 30 July 2004) was an Indian Telugu comic actor from Palakol who appeared in over 1000 Tollywood films.

Film career[edit]

Allu began his film career in 1953 with Puttillu and his last film Jai was in the year before his death. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1990 by the Government of India, and received the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award in 2001.

Allu played memorable roles in classics such as Mayabazar (as one of the Sarma-Sastry duo), Missamma, Muthyala Muggu, Sankarabharanam (his speech preceding the song "Dorakunaa Ituvanti Seva" commenting on the downfall of modern-day music, and the scene where he admonishes Somayajulu), Saptapadi, Yamagola ("Taalamu vesitini, gollemu marachitini!"), and numerous movies of the 80s, where he played a soft and unhated villain with the likes of Raogopal Rao and Nagabhushanam. His comedic timing and his nasal voice distinguished his many comic performances.

Other undertakings[edit]


  • Raghupathi Venkaiah Award in the year 2001.
  • Padma Shri award by Government of India for his outstanding contribution to Telugu cinema as a comedy actor for the year 1990.[1] He is the second awardee of Padmashri after Relangi in 1970.
  • Statue of Rama Lingaiah stands unveiled at Ramakrishna Beach in Visakhapatnam and in his home town Palakollu
  • Filmfare Award South for Lifetime Achievement, awarded in 1999







Kondaveeti Donga (1990)



  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 

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