Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao

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K. Raghavendra Rao
Born Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao
Kolavennu, Kankipadu Mandal, Vijayawada Revenue Division, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh
Occupation director
choreographer
producer
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Sarala
Children Prakash Kovelamudi,
Madhavi
Relatives K. S. Prakash Rao (father)
Kovelamudi Bapayya (brother)
Prakash Kovelamudi (son)
Shobu Yarlagadda (son in law)[1]

K. Raghavendra Rao (born Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao), was born on 23 May 1941, popularly known as Darsakendra,[2] is an Indian film director, screenwriter and choreographer, known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema, few Bollywood and Kannada films. He has garnered seven state Nandi Awards, the IIFA Award, the SIIMA Award, five Filmfare Awards South, and two CineMAA Awards.[3]

In a film career spanning more than five decades, Rao has directed more than hundred feature films of which around ninety films were box office hits, across multiple genres such as romantic comedy, fantasy, melodrama, action thriller, biographical, and romance films.[4][5]

Film craft and style[edit]

The 1987 Social problem film, Agni Putrudu, and the 1988 action thriller, Aakhari Poratam, were screened at the 11th and 12th International Film Festival of India respectively in the mainstream section.[6] In 1992, he directed the melodrama Gharana Mogudu, premiered at the 1993 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section,[7] which became the first Telugu film to gross over 10 crore at the box office.[8] Next he directed the instant hit Allari Priyudu, which was also premiered at the 1994 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.[9]

In 1997, he scripted and directed the historical biographical film, Annamayya which won two National Film Awards, was also premiered at the 1998 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.[10] Subsequently he directed, critically acclaimed biographical devotional films such as Sri Manjunatha (2001), Sri Ramadasu (2006), Pandurangadu (2008), Shirdi Sai (2012), and Om Namo Venkatesaya (2017) which received several state Nandi Awards. On the other hand, Rao has directed several action films which were box office hits, and is known for portraying his lead actresses in a sensuous manner.[3][11]

Personal life[edit]

Mr. Raghavendra Rao is the son of veteran director Kovelamudi Surya Prakash Rao, and Rao is the father of actor turned filmmaker Prakash Kovelamudi. Raghavendra Rao is an executive member in the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam Board.[12]

Awards[edit]

Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South
IIFA Awards
  • IIFA Award for Outstanding contribution to Indian cinema (2017)[15]
SIIMA Awards
  • SIIMA Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)
CineMAA Awards
Other Awards
  • Allu Ramalingaiah Award (2016)

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

No. Title Year Artists Notes
1 Babu 1975 Sobhan Babu, VanisriLaxmi & Aruna irani
2 Jyothi 1976 Jayasudha, Murali Mohan, Gummadi
3 Raja 1976 Shoban babu & Jayasudha
4 Aame Katha 1977 Jayasudha, Murali Mohan, Rajanikanth
5 Amara Deepam 1977 Krishnam Raju, Jayasudha, Murali Mohan
6 Prema Lekhalu 1977 Jayasudha, Deepa Ananth Nag & Murali Mohan
7 Kalpana 1977 (Remake of Hindi film Anamika Jaya Chitra, Murali mohan
8 Adavi Ramudu 1977 N.T.Rama Rao, Jayaprada, Jayasudha
9 Padaharella Vayasu 1978 Sridevi, Chandramohan Remake of Bharathi Raja's 16 Vayathinile (Tamil)
10 Simha Baludu 1978 NTR, Vanisri & Jayamalini
11 Radha Krishna 1978 Shoban babu & Jayaprada
12 Kedi No. 1 1978 N.T.Rama Rao, Jayasudha
13 Nindu Noorellu 1978
14 Driver Ramudu 1979 N.T.Rama Rao, Jayasudha
15 Vetagaadu 1979 N.T.Rama Rao, Sridevi
16 Nippulaanti Nijam 1980
17 Nishana 1980 Jeetendra, Poonam Dhillon
18 Bhale Krishnudu 1980 Krishna, Jayaprada & Sangeetha
19 Gharana Donga 1980 Krishna, Sridevi & Geeta
20 Mosagadu 1980 Sobhan Babu, Chiranjeevi, Sridevi
21 Rowdy Ramudu Konte Krishnudu 1980 N.T.Rama Rao, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sridevi, Ralyalakshmi
22 Satyabhama 1981 Remake of Bhagyaraja's Tamil Film.Chandra mohan & Jayasudha
23 Ragile Jwala 1981 Krishnam Raju, Sujatha, Jaya Prada
24 Gajadonga 1981 N.T.Rama Rao, Jayasudha
25 Ooriki Monagadu 1981 Krishna, Jaya Prada, Rao Gopal Rao
26 Tirugu Leni Manishi 1981 N.T.Rama Rao, Chiranjeevi, Rati Agnihotri
27 Satyam Shivam 1981 Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sridevi Kapoor, Rati Agnihotri
28 Prema Kanuka 1981 Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sridevi
29 Kondaveeti Simham 1981 N.T.Rama Rao, Sridevi, Jayanthi, Mohan Babu
30 Madhura Swapnam 1982 Krishnam Raju, Jayasudha, Jaya Prada
31 Trishulam 1982 Krishnam Raju, Sridevi, Jayasudha, Raadhika
32 Justice Chowdary 1982 NTR
33 Farz Aur Kanoon 1982 Jeetendra, Hema Malini, Rati Agnihotri
34 Devata 1982 Sobhan Babu, Sridevi, Jaya Prada
35 Himmatwala 1983 Jeetendra, Sridevi
36 Adavi Simhalu 1983 Krishnam Raju, Krishna, Jaya Prada, Sridevi
37 Jaani Dost 1983 Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Parveen Babi, Sridevi
38 Justice Chaudhury 1983 Jeetendra, Sridevi, Hema Malini, Moushumi Chatterjee
39 Shakti 1983 Krishna, Jayasudha & Giribabu
40 Tohfa 1984 Jeetendra, Sridevi, Jaya Prada
41 Bobbili Brahmanna 1984 Krishnam Raju, Sharada, Jayasudha
42 Kaamyab 1984 Jeetendra, Shabana Azmi, Radha
43 Naya Kadam 1984 Rajesh Khanna, Jaya Prada, Padmini Kolhapure, Sridevi
44 Iddaru Kodukulu 1984
45 Iddaru Dongalu 1984
46 Hoshiyar 1985 Jeetendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Jayaprada, Meenakshi Sheshadri
47 Pattabhishekam 1985 Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti
48 Adavi Donga 1985 Chiranjeevi, Radha
49 Masterji 1985 Rajesh Khanna, Sridevi
50 Mera Saathi 1985 Jeetendra, Rajiv Kapoor, Jaya Prada, Mandakini
51 Agni Parvatam 1985 Krishna, Vijayashanti, Radha
52 Vajrayudam 1985 Krishna
53 Apoorva Sahodarulu 1986 Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti, Bhanupriya
54 Kaliyuga Pandavulu 1986 Venkatesh, Khushboo
55 Dharm Adhikari 1986 Dilip Kumar, Jeetendra, Rohini Hattangadi, Sridevi
56 Ravana Brahma 1986 Krishnam Raju, Radha, Lakshmi, Raadhika
57 Kondaveeti Raja 1986 Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Radha
58 Suhaagan 1986 Jeetendra, Sridevi, Padmini Kolhapure
59 Chanakya Shapadham 1986 Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti
60 Bharatamlo Arjunudu 1987 Venkatesh, Kushboo
61 Sahasa Samrat 1987 Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti
62 Agni Putrudu 1987 Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sarada, Rajani, Sivaji Ganesan
63 Janaki Ramudu 1988 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Vijayashanti
64 Donga Ramudu 1988 Nandamuri Balakrishna, Radha
65 Manchi Donga 1988 Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Suhasini Mani Ratnam
66 Aakhari Poratam 1988 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sridevi, Suhasini
67 Yuddha Bhoomi 1988 Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti
68 Agni 1989 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Shantipriya
69 Rudranetra 1989 Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Radha
70 Ontari Poratam 1989 Venkatesh, Swetha, Rupini
71 Alludugaru 1990 Mohan Babu, Ramya Krishna, Shobana
72 Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari 1990 Chiranjeevi, Sridevi
73 Coolie No.1 1991 Venkatesh, Tabu
74 Rowdy Alludu 1991 Chiranjeevi, Shobana, Divya Bharati
75 Sundarakanda 1992 Venkatesh, Meena, Aparna
76 Allari Mogudu 1992 Mohan Babu, Meena, Ramya Krishna
77 Gharana Mogudu 1992 Chiranjeevi, Nagma
78 Aswamedham 1992 Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shobhan Babu, Meena, Nagma
79 Allari Priyudu 1993 Rajasekhar, Ramya Krishna, Madhoo
80 Major Chandrakanth 1993 N.T.Rama Rao, Mohan Babu, Sharada, Ramya Krishna, Nagma
81 Allari Premikudu 1994 Jagapati Babu, Rambha, Soundarya, Kanchan
82 Muddula Priyudu 1994 Venkatesh, Ramya Krishna, Rambha
83 Mugguru Monagallu 1994 Chiranjeevi, Nagma, Roja, Ramya Krishna
84 Raja Simham 1995 Rajasekhar, Ramya Krishna, Soundarya
85 Gharana Bullodu 1995 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Ramya Krishna, Aamani
86 Sahasa Veerudu Sagara Kanya 1996 Venkatesh, Shilpa Shetty, Malashree
87 Bombay Priyudu 1996 J. D. Chakravarthy, Rambha
88 Pelli Sandadi 1996 Srikanth, Ravali, Deepti Bhatnagar
89 Annamayya 1997 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Suman, Mohan Babu, Ramya Krishna, Bhanupriya, Roja, Kasturi
90 Mere Sapno Ki Rani 1997 Urmila Matondkar, Sanjay Kapoor
91 Shrimati Vellosta 1998 Jagapati Babu, Devayani, Poonam[disambiguation needed]
92 Love Story 1999 1998 Prabhu Deva, Vadde Naveen, Ramya Krishna, Rambha, Laila
93 Paradesi 1998 Viswa, Tanuja, Madhav, Monet Quick, Brahmanandam
94 Iddaru Mitrulu 1999 Chiranjeevi, Sakshi Sivanand, Ramya Krishna
95 Raja Kumarudu 1999 Mahesh Babu, Preity Zinta
96 Pelli Sambandham 2000 Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sumanth, Sakshi Shivanand
97 Moodu Mukkalaata 2000 Jagapati Babu, Soundarya, Rambha, Raasi
98 Sri Manjunatha 2001 Chiranjeevi, Ambareesh, Abhijeeth, Arjun Sarja, Meena, Soundarya, Sumalatha
99 Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa 2001 Govinda, Juhi Chawla, Tabu, Chandrachur Singh, Johnny Lever, Vinay Anand, Isha Koppikar, Ketki Dave
100 Gangotri 2003 Allu Arjun, Aditi Agarwal
101 Subash Chandra Bose 2005 Venkatesh, Shriya Saran, Genelia D'Souza
102 Allari Bullodu 2005 Nitin, Trisha, Rathi
103 Sri Ramadasu 2006 Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sneha, Suman
104 Pandurangadu 2008 Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sneha, Tabu
105 Jhummandi Naadam 2010 Manoj Manchu, Tapsee Pannu
106 Shirdi Sai 2012 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Srikanth, Sayaji Shinde, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Sarath Babu, Sai Kumar
107 Intintaa Annamayya 2013 Reventh, Ananya (actress), Sanam Shetty Not Released
108 Om Namo Venkatesaya 2017 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Anushka Shetty, Saurabh Raj Jain, Pragya Jaiswal, Vimala Raman

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Choreographer[edit]

TV Shows[edit]

  • 2002 Shanti Nivasam (writer)
  • 2014 Soundrya Lahari
  • 2016 Koyilamma (MAA TV)

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