Dasari Narayana Rao

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Dasari Narayana Rao
Born (1944-05-04) 4 May 1944 (age 71)
Palakollu, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation Journalist
Film Maker
Spouse(s) Dasari Padma
Website www.dasarinarayanarao.com

Dasari Narayana Rao (born 4 May 1944, Palakollu, West Godavari), is an Indian film director known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema, and few Bollywood films . He has directed about 150 films, produced 53 films and worked in more than 250 films as a dialogue writer, and lyricist. Most of his films emphasise social injustice, corruption and gender discrimination. He has received two National Film Awards, nine state Nandi Awards, and six Filmfare Awards South. Besides graduating with a BA degree, he used to take part in scores of drama competitions. During his career he has also acted in Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada languages.[1]

He holds Limca World Record for directing the most number of films.[2] He directed films like Tandra Paparayudu, (1986), Surigaadu (1992), screened at International Film Festival of India in the panorama section,[3][4] and Kante Koothurne Kanu (2000) which received the National Film Award Special Mention Feature Film. In 1983, he directed Meghasandesam which received critical acclaim at the Indian panorama, Chicago, 1983 Cannes Film Festival and Moscow film festivals. The film has also received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu.[5][6] He has introduced actors and directors such as Mohan Babu, R. Narayana Murthy, Raviraja Pinisetty, Muthyala Subbaiah to Telugu film industry.[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 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]


National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Nandi Awards
Nandi Award for Best Actor
  • Mesthri
  • Mamagaru
Nandi Award for Best Feature Film
CineMAA Awards
Other Awards
  • 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


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