Allu Ramalingaiah

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Allu Ramalingaiah
Allu Ramalingaiah 2013 stamp of India.jpg
Ramalingaiah on a 2013 stamp of India
Born1 October 1922
Died30 July 2004(2004-07-30) (aged 81)
OccupationCharacter Actor, Comedian
Years active1953–2004
Spouse(s)Allu Kanakaratnam
Children5, including Allu Aravind
RelativesAllu Arjun(Grandson)
Konidela Ram Charan Teja (Grandson)
Allu Sirish (Grandson)
Konidela Chiranjeevi (Son-in-law)
AwardsPadma 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]

  • Allu Ramalingiah was also a homoeopathic doctor and a freedom fighter.
  • He was arrested by the British colonial police during Quit India Movement.
  • He was featured in dramas with Praja Natya Mandali before joining films and was awarded the title "Hasya Kala Prapoorna" by Nritya Kala Mandali.
  • His social service and concern for others can be seen in his active support of the Chiranjeevi Charitable Trust. Posthumously, he had his eyes donated to the Chiranjeevi Eye Bank.


  • 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









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

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