Dasari Narayana Rao

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Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao 2009.jpg
Dasari Narayana Rao in 2009
Born (1942-05-04)4 May 1942
Palakollu, West Godavari,Madras Presidency,British India
Died 30 May 2017(2017-05-30) (aged 75)
Hyderabad,Telangana,India
Occupation Journalist
Film Maker
Actor
Producer
Politician
Spouse(s) Dasari Padma

Dasari Narayana Rao (4 May 1942 – 30 May 2017) was an Indian film director, dialogue writer, actor, politician, and lyricist known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema, and few Bollywood films. He has directed more than one hundred and fifty feature films in a variety of genres. His works emphasize social injustice, corruption and gender discrimination. Rao has received two National Film Awards, nine state Nandi Awards including the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award, and four Filmfare Awards South including the lifetime Achievement. During his career he has also acted in Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada languages.[1] He gained national fame, when he directed Rajesh Khanna in two completely different roles in successful films like Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar and Asha Jyoti in 1984.[2]

He holds Limca World Record for directing the most number of films.[3] He directed works such as Tandra Paparayudu, (1986), and Surigaadu (1992), screened at International Film Festival of India in the panorama section,[4][5] and Kante Koothurne Kanu (1998) which received the National Film Award Special Mention Feature Film. In 1983, he directed Meghasandesam which received critical acclaim at the Indian panorama, Tashkent Film Festival, 1983 Cannes Film Festival, and Moscow film festival. The film has also received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu.[6][7]

Early life[edit]

He launched a popular daily newspaper named Udayam to counter the effect of Ramoji Rao's newspaper Eenadu.[8][9]

Political career[edit]

Dasari was elected to the Rajya Sabha in the year2006. He became the Minister of state in Ministry of Coal.[10] Said to be a confidante of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Dasari once again became active in politics after Congress Party came back to power in 2004.[11]

On 11 June 2013 Central Bureau of Investigation booked Dasari Narayana Rao for receiving Rs. 2.25 crores from Naveen Jindal in connection with Coalgate scam, and filed FIR against both.[12][13]

Death[edit]

Rao died on 30 May 2017 (at around 7pm) due to prolonged illness. He was aged 75 at the time of his death.[14] His last rites were performed with full state honor. The funeral took place at his farmhouse at Moinabad village, falling under Ranga Reddy district, where his wife Padma was cremated.[15]

Awards[edit]

Dasari (left) with Trivikram Srinivas and chief minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy
National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Nandi Awards
CineMAA Awards
  • Lifetime Contribution – 2003
Other honours
  • Vamsee Berkeley, Kalasagar, Siromani, Madras Film Fans Awards and Cine Herald Awards
  • Jyothi Chitra Super Director Award – six times
  • Ancient Andhra Patrika Best Director Award – six times
  • Sobhan Babu first memorial award in 2009
  • Bollimunta Sivaramakrishna Sahithi Kala Award-2016
  • Doctorate "Kalaprapoorna" from Andhra University for his contribution to Telugu Culture and Telugu Cinema in 1986

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

Films
  1. Tata Manavadu (1972)
  2. Samsaram Sagaram (1973)
  3. Bantrotu Bharya (1974)
  4. Evariki Vaare Yamuna Teere (1974)
  5. Radhamma Pelli (1974)
  6. Tirupati (1974)
  7. Swargam Narakam (1975)
  8. Balipeetam (1975)
  9. Bharatamlo Oka Ammayi (1975)
  10. Devude Digivaste (1975)
  11. Manushulanta Okkate (1976)
  12. Muddabanti Puvvu (1976)
  13. O Manishi Tirigi Choodu
  14. Toorpu Padamara (1976)
  15. Yavvanam Katesindi (1976)
  16. Bangarakka (1977)
  17. Chillarakottu Chittemma (1977)
  18. Idekaddi Nyayam (1977)
  19. Jeevitame Oka Natakam (1977)
  20. Kanya Kumari (1978)
  21. Devadasu Mallee Puttadu (1978)
  22. Katakataala Rudraiah (1978)
  23. Sivaranjani (1978)
  24. Swarg Narak (1978)
  25. Gorintaku (1979)
  26. Kalyani (1979)
  27. Korikale Gurralayite? (1979)
  28. Needa (1979)
  29. Peddillu Chinnillu (1979)
  30. Ravanude Ramudayite (1979)
  31. Rangoon Rowdy (1979)
  32. Jyoti Bane Jwala (1980)
  33. Bandodu Gundamma (1980)
  34. Bhola Shankarudu (1980)
  35. Buchi Babu (1980)
  36. Circus Ramudu (1980)
  37. Deepaaradhana (1980)
  38. Edantastula Meda (1980)
  39. Ketugaadu (1980)
  40. Natchathiram (1980)
  41. Paalu Neellu (1980)
  42. Sardar Papa Rayudu (1980)
  43. Sita Ramulu (1980)
  44. Srivari Muchatlu (1980)
  45. Yeh Kaisa Insaaf (1980)
  46. Vishwaroopam (1981)
  47. Swapna (1981)(Kannada/Telugu bilingual)
  48. Pyaasa Sawan (1981)
  49. Sangeeta (1981)
  50. Addala Meda (1981)
  51. Premabhishekam (1981)
  52. Prema Mandiram (1981)
  53. Bobbili Puli (1982)
  54. Golconda Abbulu (1982)
  55. Jagannatha Rathachakralu (1982)
  56. Jayasudha (1982)
  57. Krishnarjunulu (1982)
  58. Mehndi Rang Layegi (1982)
  59. O Aadadi O Magadu (1982)
  60. Raga Deepam (1982)
  61. Swayamvaram (1982)
  62. Yuvaraju (1982)
  63. Prem Tapasya (1983)
  64. Bahudoorapu Batasari (1983)
  65. Meghasandesam (1983)
  66. M.L.A. Edukondalu (1983)
  67. Police Venkataswami (1983)
  68. Ramudu Kadu Krishnudu (1983)
  69. Rudrakali (1983)
  70. Oorantha Sankranthi (1983)
  71. Yaadgaar (1984)
  72. Asha Jyoti (1984)
  73. Aaj Ka M.L.A. Ram Avtar (1984)
  74. Abhimanyudu (1984)
  75. Haisiyat (1984)
  76. Jagan (1984)
  77. Justice Chakravarti (1984)
  78. Police Papanna (1984)
  79. Yuddham (1984)
  80. Zakhmi Sher (1984)
  81. Rana (1984)
  82. Police Paapanna (Kannada)
  83. Sarfarosh (1985)
  84. Wafadaar (1985)
  85. Brahma Mudi (1985)
  86. Edadugula Bandham (1985)
  87. Lanchavataram (1985)
  88. Pelli Meeku Akshintalu Naaku (1985)
  89. Tirugubatu (1985)
  90. Aadi Dampatulu (1986)
  91. Dharma Peetham Daddarillindi (1986)
  92. Tandra Paparayudu (1986)
  93. Ugra Narasimham (1986)
  94. Aatma Bandhuvulu (1987)
  95. Brahma Nayudu (1987)
  96. Majnu (1987)
  97. Nene Raju Nene Mantri (1987)
  98. Viswanatha Nayakudu (1987)
  99. Brahma Puthrudu (1988)
  100. Intinti Bhagavatam (1988)
  101. Kanchana Sita (1988)
  102. Praja Pratinidhi (1988)
  103. Lankeswarudu (1989)
  104. Black Tiger (1989)
  105. Naa Mogudu Naake Sontam (1989)
  106. Two Town Rowdy (1989)
  107. Mama Alludu (1990)
  108. Abhisarika (1990)
  109. Amma Rajinama (1991)
  110. Niyanta (1991)
  111. Ramudu Kadu Rakshasudu (1991)
  112. Ahankaari (1992)
  113. Surigaadu (1992)
  114. Subba Rayudi Pelli (1992)
  115. Venkanna Babu (1992)
  116. Lady Inspector Renuka (1993)
  117. Santaan (1993)
  118. Akka Pettanam Chelleli Kapuram (1993)
  119. Kunti Putrudu (1993)
  120. Mama Kodalu (1993)
  121. Bangaru Kutumbam (1994)
  122. Nannagaaru (1994)
  123. Kondapalli Rattaiah (1995)
  124. Maya Bazaar (1995)
  125. Orey Rickshaw (1995)
  126. Kalyana Praptirastu (1996)
  127. Rayudugaaru Nayudugaaru (1996)
  128. Osey Ramulamma (1997)
  129. Rowdy Durbar (1997)
  130. Greeku Veerudu (1998)
  131. Pichchodi Chetilo Raayi (1999)
  132. Adavi Chukka (2000)
  133. Kante Koothurne Kanu (2000)
  134. Sammakka Sarakka (2000)
  135. Chinna (2001)
  136. Kondaveeti Simhasanam (2002)
  137. Rifles (2002)
  138. Fools (2003)
  139. Young India (2010)
  140. Parama Veera Chakra (2011)
  141. Erra Bus (2014)
TV series
  • Vishwamitra (1995)

Actor[edit]

  • Manavathi (1952)
  • Swargam Narakam (1975)
  • Yavvanam Katesindi (1976)
  • Sivaranjani (1978)
  • Peddillu Chinnillu (1979)
  • Bhola Shankarudu (1980)
  • Paalu Neellu (1980)
  • Addala Meda (1981)
  • Jayasudha (1982)
  • Swayamvaram (1982)
  • Yuvaraju (1982)
  • Bahudoorapu Batasari (1983)
  • M.L.A. Edukondalu (1983)
  • Police Venkataswami (1983)
  • Oorantaa Sankranti (1983)
  • Jagan (1984)
  • Police Papanna (1984)
  • Lanchavataram (1985)
  • Aatma Bandhuvulu (1987)
  • Rotation Chakravarti (1987)
  • Intinti Bhagavatam (1988)
  • Naa Mogudu Naake Sontam (1989)
  • Mama Alludu (1990)
  • Amma Rajinama (1991)
  • Surigaadu (1992)
  • Mamagaaru (1991)
  • Seetharamaiah Gari Manavaralu (1991)
  • Venkanna Babu (1992)
  • Raguluthunna Bharatham (1992)
  • Pellam Chaatuna Mogudu (1992)
  • Parvatalu Panakalu (1992)
  • Chinnalludu (1993)
  • Mama Kodalu (1993)
  • Ladies Special (1993)
  • Bangaru Kutumbam (1994)
  • Nannagaaru (1994)
  • Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam (1994)
  • O Tandri O Koduku (1994)
  • Kondapalli Rattaiah (1995)
  • Maya Bazaar (1995)
  • Orey Rickshaw (1995)
  • Subhamastu (1995)
  • Mayadari Kutumbam (1995)
  • Madhya Taragati Mahabharatam (1995)
  • Premaku Padi Sutralu (1995)
  • Rayudugaaru Nayudugaaru (1996)
  • Osey Ramulamma (1997)
  • Hitler (1997)
  • Rukmini (1997)
  • Deergha Sumangalibhava (1998)
  • Greeku Veerudu (1998)
  • Subba Rajugaari Kutumbam (1998)
  • Pichchodi Chetilo Raayi (1999)
  • Kante Koothurne Kanu (2000)
  • Sammakka Sarakka (2000)
  • Chinna (2001)
  • Adhipathi (2001)
  • Kondaveeti Simhasanam (2002)
  • Fools (2003)
  • Mestri (2009)
  • Young India (2010)
  • Jhummandi Naadam (2010)
  • Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda (2014)
  • Erra Bus (2014)

Writer only[edit]

  • Mohammed-bin-Tughluq (1972)
  • Hantakulu Devantakulu (1972)
  • Matrimoorti (1972)
  • Panjaramlo Pasipapa (1973)
  • Kudi Edama Ayite (1979)
  • Bangaaru Koduku (1982)
  • Nampally Nagu (1986)
  • Rotation Chakravarti (1987)
  • Aadivaram Aadavallaku Selavu (2007)
  • Maisamma IPS (2007)
  • Aadi Vishnu (2008)
  • Mestri (2009)
  • Bangaru Babu (2009)

Producer[edit]

Films
  • Sivaranjani (1978)
  • Sujata (1980)
  • Jayasudha (1982)
  • Meghasandesam (1982)
  • Bahudoorapu Batasari (1983)
  • Justice Chakravarti (1984)
  • Pelli Neeku Akshintalu Naaku (1985)
  • Ugra Narasimham (1986)
  • Majnu (1987)
  • Rotation Chakravarti (1987)
  • Ayyappa Swami Janma Rahasyam (1987)
  • Intinti Bhagavatam (1988)
  • Mama Alludu (1990)
  • Orey Rickshaw (1995)
  • Rayudugaaru Nayudugaaru (1996)
  • Rowdy Durbar (1997)
  • Osey Ramulamma (1997)
  • Greeku Veerudu (1998)
  • Kante Koothurne Kanu (2000)
  • Sammakka Sarakka (2000)
  • Chinna (2001)
  • Kondaveeti Simhasanam (2002)
  • Rifles (2002)
  • Bangaru Babu (2009)
TV series
  • Abhishekam (ETV)
  • Gokulamlo Sita (ETV)

Choreographer[edit]

  • Young India (2010)

Lyricist[edit]

Assistant director[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]