Chilakalapudi Seeta Rama Anjaneyulu

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Actor CSR

Chilakalapudi Seeta Rama Anjaneyulu (11 July 1907 – 8 October 1963[1]), better known as C. S. R. Anjaneyulu or just CSR was an Indian film actor best known for his appearances in Telugu Cinema. He acted in many stage dramas and portrayed heroes and mythological roles in over 175 movies.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was born on 11 July 1907 in a Telugu 6000 Niyogi Brahmin family at Chilakalapudi near Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh. His father was also actor. He later moved to Ponnur in Guntur district. After school final studies, he worked as co-operative supervisor for some time. Instead of pursuing further studies, he choose to enter Drama field. In a short time, he reached a position comparable to Sthanam Narasimha Rao, D. V. Subba Rao, Parupalli, Addanki and others.

He played as Sri Krishna in Sri Krishna Tulabaram and Radhakrishna, Ramadas in Bhakta Ramadasu and Tukaram in Bhakta Tukaram, which got him wide recognition. He used to do justice by hard-work and determination for any character he choose to play. He was also a natural singer, particularly in poems expressively chanting them meaningfully.

He was a National activist. He directed and produced Patita Pavana drama on Untouchability.

He contributed Rs.10,000 to Indian National Army of Subhas Chandra Bose collected through donations by playing his Tukaram drama.

Film career[edit]

Anjaneyulu was an established hero by the late 1930s, preceding the entrance of other Telugu acting legends with whom he acted, NTR and Nageswara Rao (ANR). His performance in the movie Bhaktha Ramadas in 1937 won him many accolades. In the 1950s, starting with Pathala Bhairavi he began acting in character roles. In Pathala Bhairavi, he plays a king worried about his daughter, a princess kidnapped by a wicked magician played by Ranga Rao.

He was famous for portraying mythological and historical roles such as that of Krishna, Ramadas, Sarangadhara, Bhavani Sankar, Tukaram and Satyavantha.[3] He also acted as Lord Venkateswara in Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam one of Director P. Pulliah's first successful films.[4]

In the 1953 film Devadasu, he portrayed an aged widower Zamindar, alongside Savitri who acts as his wife. His other acclaimed character roles include Sakuni (Mahabharatha character) in Mayabazar.

His other acclaimed acting credits include Rojulu Marayi, Gruhapravesam,[5] Illarikam, Kanyasulkam and Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu.

His directorial credits include the 1939 allegorical melodrama, Jayapradha.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He had two younger sisters and two younger brothers. One brother, C. S. Nageswara Rao was the Assistant Director for movies including Suvarna Sundari, Gunasundari Katha and Mayabazar. Another brother C.Venkata Rathnam (better known as C.V Rathnam) was with Bharani Pictures & Studios and he was the Production Manager for all the films produced by actress Bhanumathi Ramakrishna.


Year Title Role Notes
1932 Rama Paduka Pattabhishekam
1936 Draupadi Vastrapaharanam Krishna
1938 Tukaram Tukaram
1939 Jayapradha Actor and Director of the film
Balaji Venkateswara
1941 Talliprema Krishna Rao
Choodamani Madhusudhan
1942 Sumati
1945 Mayalokam
Paduka Pattabhishekam Sri Rama
1947 Ratnamala
1949 Jeevitham
1950 Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha Paramanandayya
1951 Pathala Bhairavi Malathi's Father; King of Ujjaini
1952 Pelli Chesi Choodu
1953 Chandirani
1954 Kanyadanam
Chakrapani Chakrapani
1955 Kanyasulkam Ramappa Pantulu
Rojulu Marayi Zamindar Sagarayya
1956 Bhale Ramudu Gumasta at the Zamindar
1957 Bhagya Rekha
Mayabazar Sakuni
Suvarna Sundari
1958 Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu Rao Bahadur Ramadasu
1959 Illarikam Govindayya
1960 Annapoorna
Mahakavi Kalidasu
1961 Jagadeka Veeruni Katha Badarayani Praggada
Bhakta Kuchela Kuchelan Malayalam Cinema
1962 Chitti Tammudu Ansari
1964 Bobbili Yudham Lakshmanna