Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao

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Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is an Indian film editor. In the industry many called him Chanti Garu.[citation needed] He is the younger brother of Kotagiri Gopala Rao, who died on November 6, 2012, a known film editor and producer holding the banner of Kotagiri Films with which he produced several Telugu films, including Ooranta Sankranti.

Personal life[edit]

His ancestors worked as Diwans in Zamindar.[1] He hails from Nuzvid. He has three elder brothers and two elder sisters. The eldest of them is Kotagiri Gopalarao. His father died early leaving the family in a miserable condition. Gopalrao took control of the family and shifted to Madras. He has become an editor under the eminent director Adurthi Subba Rao and others.

Venkateswara Rao did not want to continue his studies after completing matriculation. He joined his brother in Madras and trained as an editor. K. Raghavendra Rao gave him the first chance to edit two songs in his Adavi Ramudu film in 1977.

He has worked for many films of Legend N. T. Rama Rao, B. Gopal, Bharatirajaa and many more. Before becoming an eminent director, S. S. Rajamouli was trained under him in film editing for a year.

He was elected unanimously as President of the Andhra Pradesh Film Federation and served the members for 6 years..

He has married Sujatha and has two daughters(Padmaja and Neeraja).


Nandi Awards[edit]

  1. 2004 : Sye - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor
  2. 2005 : Subhash Chandra Bose - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor
  3. 2007 : Yamadonga - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor
  4. 2009 : Magadheera - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor
  5. 2010 : Darling - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor.[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Introduction of Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao, Sunday special, Eenadu, 20 November 2011.
  2. ^ http://telugu.way2movies.com/newssingle_telugu.html?id=143058&cat=4&tit=Nandi-Awards-Winner-List--2010

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