K. Raghavendra Rao

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K. Raghavendra Rao
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Rao at an interview in 2018
Born
Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao

(1942-05-23) 23 May 1942 (age 79)
Occupation
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • choreographer
  • producer
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Sarala
Children2, including Prakash Kovelamudi
Parent(s)K. S. Prakash Rao (father)
G. Varalakshmi (step-mother)
RelativesK. Bapayya (cousin)
Shobu Yarlagadda (son-in-law)

Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao (born 23 May 1942) is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and choreographer, known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema besides having directed a few Hindi films. He has garnered seven state Nandi Awards, the IIFA Award, the SIIMA Award, five Filmfare Awards South and two CineMAA Awards.[1] In a film career spanning more than five decades, Rao has directed more than a hundred feature films, of which around ninety were box office hits, across multiple genres such as romantic comedy, fantasy, melodrama, action thriller, biographical and romance films.[2][3]

Rao received the state Nandi Award for Best Director for his works such as Bobbili Brahmanna (1984), and Pelli Sandadi (1996). He garnered the Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu for the drama film Prema Lekhalu (1977), the super natural fantasy film, Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari (1990), and the romance film Allari Priyudu (1993). Rao is known for his works in hagiographical films such as Annamayya (1997), which won two National Film Awards, and was also showcased at the 1998 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.[4] Rao also received the Nandi Award for Best Direction, the Filmfare Award for Best Direction for his work in the film.[5] His other hagiographic works such as Sri Manjunatha (2001), Sri Ramadasu (2006), Shirdi Sai (2012) and Om Namo Venkatesaya (2017), received several state honors.

His mainstream works such as 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][1]

Personal life[edit]

Raghavendra Rao was born on 23 May 1942 to veteran director K. S. Prakash Rao and Koteswaramma.[10][11] He is also the father of actor turned filmmaker Prakash Kovelamudi. Raghavendra Rao was an executive member in the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam Board from 2015 to 2019.[12]

Awards and honors[edit]

Nandi Awards[13]
Filmfare Awards South
IIFA Awards
  • Outstanding contribution to Indian cinema (2017)[16]
SIIMA Awards
CineMAA Awards
  • Lifetime Contribution Award – (2012)
  • Best Film (Jury) – Shirdi Sai – (2013)
Other Awards
  • Allu Rama Lingaiah Award (2016)

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

Director[edit]

Year Title Artists Notes
1975 Babu Sobhan Babu, Vanisri, Laxmi & Aruna irani
1976 Jyothi Jayasudha, Murali Mohan, Gummadi
Raja Sobhan Babu, Jayasudha
1978 Aame Katha Jayasudha, Murali Mohan, Rajanikanth
Amara Deepam Krishnam Raju, Jayasudha, Murali Mohan Remake of Tamil film Dheepam (1977)
Prema Lekhalu Jayasudha, Deepa Ananth Nag & Murali Mohan
Kalpana Jaya Chitra, Murali mohan Remake of Hindi film Anamika
Adavi Ramudu N.T.Rama Rao, Jayaprada, Jayasudha Remake of 1973 Kannada blockbuster film Gandhada Gudi[citation needed]
1978 Padaharella Vayasu Sridevi, Chandra Mohan Remake of Bharathi Raja's 16 Vayathinile (Tamil)
Simha Baludu N. T. Rama Rao, Vanisri & Jayamalini
Radha Krishna Sobhan babu & Jayaprada
KD No:1 N.T.Rama Rao, Jayasudha
Nindu Noorellu Chandra Mohan, Jayasudha
1979 Driver Ramudu N.T.Rama Rao, Jayasudha
Vetagaadu N.T.Rama Rao, Sridevi
1980 Nippulaanti Nijam
Nishana Jeetendra, Poonam Dhillon
Bhale Krishnudu Krishna, Jayaprada & Sangeetha
Gharana Donga Krishna, Sridevi
Mosagadu Sobhan Babu, Chiranjeevi, Sridevi
Rowdy Ramudu Konte Krishnudu N.T.Rama Rao, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sridevi, Rajyalakshmi
1981 Satyabhama Remake of Bhagyaraja's Tamil film.Chandra Mohan & Jayasudha
Ragile Jwala Krishnam Raju, Sujatha, Jaya Prada
Gaja Donga N.T.Rama Rao, Jayasudha
Ooriki Monagadu Krishna, Jaya Prada, Rao Gopal Rao
Tirugu Leni Manishi N.T.Rama Rao, Chiranjeevi, Rati Agnihotri
Satyam Shivam Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sridevi Kapoor, Rati Agnihotri
Prema Kanuka Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sridevi
Kondaveeti Simham N.T.Rama Rao, Sridevi, Jayanthi, Mohan Babu
1982 Madhura Swapnam Krishnam Raju, Jayasudha, Jaya Prada
Trishulam Krishnam Raju, Sridevi, Jayasudha, Raadhika
Justice Chowdary N.T.Rama Rao, Sridevi
Farz Aur Kaanoon Jeetendra, Hema Malini, Rati Agnihotri
Devata Sobhan Babu, Sridevi, Jaya Prada
1983 Himmatwala Jeetendra, Sridevi
Adavi Simhalu Krishna, Krishnam Raju, Jaya Prada, Sridevi
Jaani Dost Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Parveen Babi, Sridevi
Justice Chaudhury Jeetendra, Sridevi, Hema Malini, Moushumi Chatterjee
Shakti Krishna, Jayasudha, Radha
1984 Tohfa Jeetendra, Sridevi, Jaya Prada
Bobbili Brahmanna Krishnam Raju, Sharada, Jayasudha
Kaamyab Jeetendra, Shabana Azmi, Radha
Naya Kadam Rajesh Khanna, Sridevi, Jaya Prada, Padmini Kolhapure
Iddaru Kodukulu
Iddaru Dongalu Krishna, Sobhan Babu, Jayasudha, Radha
1985 Hoshiyar Jeetendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Jaya Prada, Meenakshi Sheshadri
Pattabhishekam Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti
Adavi Donga Chiranjeevi, Radha
Masterji Rajesh Khanna, Sridevi
Mera Saathi Jeetendra, Jaya Prada, Rajiv Kapoor, Mandakini
Agni Parvatam Krishna, Vijayashanti, Radha
Vajrayudham Krishna, Sridevi
1986 Apoorva Sahodarulu Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti, Bhanupriya
Kaliyuga Pandavulu Venkatesh, Khushbu
Dharm Adhikari Dilip Kumar, Jeetendra, Sridevi
Ravana Brahma Krishnam Raju, Radha, Lakshmi, Raadhika
Kondaveeti Raja Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Radha
Suhaagan Jeetendra, Sridevi, Padmini Kolhapure
Chanakya Shapadham Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti
1987 Bharatamlo Arjunudu Venkatesh, Khushbu
Sahasa Samrat Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti
Agni Putrudu Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Nagarjuna, Sarada, Rajani, Sivaji Ganesan
1988 Janaki Ramudu Nagarjuna, Vijayashanti
Donga Ramudu Nandamuri Balakrishna, Radha
Manchi Donga Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Suhasini
Aakhari Poratam Nagarjuna, Sridevi, Suhasini
Yuddha Bhoomi Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti
1989 Agni Nagarjuna, Shantipriya
Rudranetra Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Radha
Ontari Poratam Venkatesh,Swetha, Rupini
1990 Alludugaru Mohan Babu, Ramya Krishna, Shobana
Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari Chiranjeevi, Sridevi
1991 Coolie No.1 Venkatesh, Tabu
Rowdy Alludu Chiranjeevi, Shobana, Divya Bharati
1992 Sundarakanda Venkatesh, Meena (actress), Aparna
Allari Mogudu Mohan Babu, Meena (actress), Ramya Krishna
Gharana Mogudu Chiranjeevi, Nagma remake of the Rajkumar's superhit Kannada film, Anuraga Aralithu
Aswamedham Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shobhan Babu, Meena, Nagma
1993 Allari Priyudu Rajasekhar, Ramya Krishna, Madhoo
Major Chandrakanth N.T.Rama Rao, Mohan Babu, Sharada, Ramya Krishna, Nagma
1994 Allari Premikudu Jagapati Babu, Rambha, Soundarya, Kanchan
Muddula Priyudu Venkatesh, Ramya Krishna, Rambha
Mugguru Monagallu Chiranjeevi, Nagma, Roja, Ramya Krishna
1995 Raja Simham Rajasekhar, Ramya Krishna, Soundarya
Gharana Bullodu Nagarjuna, Ramya Krishna, Aamani
1996 Sahasa Veerudu Sagara Kanya Venkatesh, Shilpa Shetty, Malashree
Bombay Priyudu J. D. Chakravarthy, Rambha
Pelli Sandadi Srikanth, Ravali, Deepti Bhatnagar
1997 Annamayya Nagarjuna, Suman, Mohan Babu, Ramya Krishna, Bhanupriya, Roja, Kasturi
Mere Sapno Ki Rani Urmila Matondkar, Sanjay Kapoor
1998 Shrimati Vellosta Jagapati Babu, Devayani, Poonam
Love Story 1999 Prabhu Deva, Vadde Naveen, Ramya Krishna, Rambha, Laila
Paradesi Viswa, Tanuja, Madhav, Monet Quick, Brahmanandam
1999 Iddaru Mitrulu Chiranjeevi, Sakshi Sivanand, Ramya Krishna
Raja Kumarudu Mahesh Babu, Preity Zinta
2000 Pelli Sambandham Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sumanth, Sakshi Shivanand
Moodu Mukkalaata Jagapati Babu, Soundarya, Rambha, Raasi
2001 Sri Manjunatha Chiranjeevi, Ambareesh, Abhijeeth, Arjun Sarja, Meena, Soundarya, Sumalatha Telugu-Kannada bilingual project
Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa Govinda, Juhi Chawla, Tabu, Chandrachur Singh, Johnny Lever, Vinay Anand, Isha Koppikar, Ketki Dave Remake of the Tamil film Viralukketha Veekkam
2003 Gangotri Allu Arjun, Aditi Agarwal 100th film
2005 Subash Chandra Bose Venkatesh, Shriya Saran, Genelia D'Souza
Allari Bullodu Nithiin, Trisha, Rathi
2006 Sri Ramadasu Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Nagarjuna, Sneha, Suman
2008 Pandurangadu Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sneha, Tabu
2010 Jhummandi Naadam Manoj Manchu, Tapsee Pannu
2012 Shirdi Sai Nagarjuna, Srikanth, Sayaji Shinde, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Sarath Babu, siva sankar
2017 Om Namo Venkatesaya Nagarjuna, Jagapati Babu, Anushka Shetty, Saurabh Raj Jain, Pragya Jaiswal, Vimala Raman

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2021 Pelli SandaD Vashistha Sequel of Pelli Sandadi[17]

Supervisor of direction[edit]

Year Title Artists Notes
2001 Student No.1 NTR Jr., Gajala Directorial debut of S. S. Rajamouli
2002 Okato Number Kurraadu Director A. Kodandarami Reddy
2004 Pallakilo Pellikuturu Director Suchitra Chandrabose
2021 Pelli SandaD Roshan Meka, Sree Leela Director Gowri Ronanki[17]

Associate director[edit]

Year Title Artists Notes
1961 Vagdanam Akkineni Nageshwara Rao,
Krishna Kumari
Director Acharya Athreya

Producer[edit]

Year Title Artists Notes
1980 Bhale Krishnudu Krishna, Jaya Prada
1984 Naya Kadam
1993 Allari Priyudu
1999 Iddaru Mitrulu
2000 Pelli Sambandham
2002 Okato Number Kurradu
2004 Morning Raga Shabana Azmi,
Prakash Kovelamudi,
Perizaad Zorabian,
Lillete Dubey
English Movie
2004 Bommalata Won Best Film in Telugu at the 53rd National Awards

Presenter[edit]

Year Title Artists Notes
1992 Shhkuhv
2001 Student No. 1 NTR Jr., Gajala
2002 Bobby Mahesh Babu, Aarthi Agarwal
2011 Anaganaga O Dheerudu Siddharth, Shruthi Haasan, Lakshmi Manchu
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishna, Nassar, Sathyaraj
2017 Baahubali: The Conclusion Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishna, Nassar, Sathyaraj

Choreographer[edit]

Year Title Artists Notes
1996 Pelli Sandadi Srikanth, Ravali, Deepti Bhatnagar

Television[edit]

  • 2002: Shanti Nivasam (writer)
  • 2010: Arundathi(ETV Kannada)
  • 2013: Mangammagari Manavaralu
  • 2014: Soundrya Lahari
  • 2016: Koyilamma (MAA TV)
  • 2017: Sye Sye Sayyare
  • 2017: Agnisakshi(Star MAA)
  • 2018: Siri Siri Muvvalu (Star MAA)
  • 2020: "care of anasuya" (Star MAA)
  • 2021: "Krishna Tulasi" (Zee telugu)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b CINEmaa Lifetime Achievement Award for Raghavendra Rao – The Hindu
  2. ^ Candid and confident – The Hindu
  3. ^ "Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao Photo Gallery - Telugu Cinema Director". Cineherald. Archived from the original on 26 August 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Saroja Devi, Ramoji Rao among recipients of A.P. film awards – The Hindu
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ First Telugu film to gross 100 million – Times Of India
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Tollywood extends birthday wishes to K Raghavendra Rao - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoLbxJiJ5TQ
  12. ^ When the stars descended – The Hindu
  13. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964 - 2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964 - 2008)] (PDF) (in Telugu). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  14. ^ http:// Refer Filmfare Magazine August 1991, 38th filmfare awards south
  15. ^ "45th Filmfare South Best Director Awards". 4 February 2017. Archived from the original on 5 February 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  16. ^ IANS (30 March 2017). "'Janatha Garage', 'Kirik Party' bag top honours at IIFA Utsavam 2017". Business Standard India – via Business Standard.
  17. ^ a b "Director K Raghavendra Rao all set to make his acting debut with 'Pelli SandaD'; see first look - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 July 2021.

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