Raja Babu (actor)
20 October 1937
Rajamundry, East Godavari District, British Raj (now India)
|Died||7 February 1983
|Spouse(s)||Ammalu L. Punyamurthula|
|Children||Nagi (Nagendra) Babu Punyamurthula
Mahesh Babu Punyamurthula
|Awards||Filmfare Awards South
Raja Babu (Telugu: రాజబాబు, born Punyamurthula Appalaraju, Telugu: పుణ్యమూర్తుల అప్పలరాజు; 20 October 1937 – 7 February 1983) was an Indian film actor, comedian and producer known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. Touted to be one of the finest Indian comedians, A 9 ft bronze statue of Rajababu, was unveiled in his birthplace of Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh India.
He was born in Rajamundry, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh to Punyamurthula Umamaheswara Rao and Ramanamma as Appala Raju. His brothers are also noted comedians, Chitti Babu Punyamurthula and Ananth Babu. He completed his Intermediate (10+2) education and successfully completed Teacher Training Course. He worked for sometime as a Telugu teacher after that. During that period, he used to act in dramas like Kukka Pilla Dorikindi, Naalugilla Chaavadi and Alluri Sitarama Raju.
Garikapati Raja Rao invited Babu after seeing his acting skills in dramas who worked for Mr.Gayudu. Babu reached Madras in 1960 and initially lived on tuitions. Film Director Addala Narayana Rao gave him a chance to act in his film Samajam in 1960. Babu was known for his slapstick comedy roles. He acted in record 589 movies in less than 20 years.
He has acted as hero in Tata Manavadu, Pichodi Pelli, Thirupathi, Evariki Vare Yamuna Teere, Manishi Rodduna Paddadu. Leela Rani, Prasanna Rani, Gitanjali and Rama Prabha played with him as his female counterparts. But it was Ramaprabha who had a major share in his career playing opposite him and they were considered as the best comedy couple.
The Comedy song Vinara Suramma Kooturu Moguda Vishayam Chebutanu featured on the duo in the film Illu Illalu went on to become the highlight of the entire film and heard everywhere. He portrayed the lead role of Giri, grandson (Manavadu) in the film Tata Manavadu directed by Dasari Narayana Rao and teaches a lesson to his father. The cast included S. V. Ranga Rao and Anjali Devi. He produced a few films under Bob and Bob Productions, including Evariki Vaare Yamuna Teeru and Manishi Rodduna Paddadu.
Raja Babu married Lakshmi Ammalu in 1965 and they have two children: Nagendra Babu and Mahesh Babu. He has two brothers, Chitti Babu and Ananth Punyamurthula, who are film actors and television artists.
|1968||Manishi Rodduna Paddadu||Telugu||Hero|
|1966||Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha||Telugu||Sishya|
|1970||Kodalu Diddina Kapuram||Telugu|
|1971||Bomma Borusa||Telugu||Appula Appa Rao|
|1972||Tata Manavadu||Telugu||Grandson Giri|
|1973||Andala Ramudu||Telugu||Appa Rao|
|1974||Alluri Seetharama Raju||Telugu|
|1974||Evariki Vare Yamuna Theere||Telugu|
|1981||Gadasari Attaha Sogasari Kodalu||Telugu|
- Eight Awards for Best Comedian
- Sixteen Film fare awards for Best actor in a comic role
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