Rajendra Prasad (actor)

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Rajendra Prasad
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Prasad with famous Marathi ventriloquist Ramdas Padhye.
Born
Gadde Rajendra Prasad[1]

(1958-07-19) 19 July 1958 (age 63)[1]
OccupationActor
Years active1977–Present
Spouse(s)Vijaya Chamundeswari
Children2
RelativesRama Prabha (aunt)

Gadde Rajendra Prasad (born 19 July 1958) is an Indian actor who predominantly works in Telugu films. He is a recipient of four Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards, three SIIMA Awards, and three Santosham Film Awards.

Prasad made his debut in 1977 with Sneham and gained recognition with Manchu Pallaki (1982). He then went on to be starred in several successful comedy films such as Rendu Rellu Aaru (1986), Ladies Tailor (1986), Aha Naa-Pellanta! (1987), Appula Appa Rao (1991), and Mayalodu (1993).[1] He received Nandi Award for Best Actor for Erra Mandaram (1991) and Aa Naluguru (2004). He has also received an Honorary doctorate from Andhra University.[2] In 2012, he starred in the medical thriller Dream, for which he won the Royal Reel Award at the Canada International Film Festival.[3][4]

He is fondly called "Nata Kireeti" and he has been honoured with the title "Hasya Kireeti" by the Telugu Alliances of Canada, held at Mississauga.[5] He was also honoured to walk the green carpet at the IIFA film festival held in 2009, marking his performance in the English-language film, Quick Gun Murugun.[6]

Early life[edit]

Prasad was born into a middle-class family to Gadde Venkata Narayana and Manikyamba from Nimmakuru, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh.[1][7] His father was a teacher. Prasad completed his graduation with a diploma in Ceramic Engineering before entering the film industry. He joined a company, but had to resign from the job because he was too young. After witnessing the shooting of the film Tatamma Kala, he aspired to join the industry, and upon the suggestion of N.T.R and N. Trivikrama Rao he joined an acting school.

Personal life[edit]

Prasad is married to Vijaya Chamundeswari. She is the daughter of Rama Prabha. They have a son and a daughter.[8]

Career[edit]

Early career (1977 - 1985)[edit]

Prasad made his debut as an actor on the silver screen with the film Sneham (1977), directed by Bapu. Initially he worked as a dubbing artist and played many supporting roles. He played a supporting role in the film Ramarajyamlo Bheemaraju, starring Krishna, which fetched him a chance in 14 films.

Breakthrough as a lead & comedy actor (1985 - 2004)[edit]

He was identified by director Vamsy to play a lead role in his film, Preminchu Pelladu. He rose to fame with Vamsy's Ladies Tailor. He continued to act in supporting roles while also playing lead roles. In a career of over 35 years, he acted in more than 200 Telugu films and few Tamil films. Prasad has been called a great comedy actor[9] and is fondly called the King of Comedy and Natakireeti in Andhra Pradesh.[10]

His collaboration with director Jandhyala in Aha Naa Pellanta established him as a overnight star. He also made successful collaboration with directors Vamsy, E. V. V. Satyanarayana, S. V. Krishna Reddy and Relangi Narasimha Rao. Notably, Relangi made 32 films (out of 70 as director) with Prasad.

Critically acclaimed roles (2004 - 2011)[edit]

Rajendra Prasad at the audio launch event of the 2009 Indian film Quick Gun Murugun. He attended the audio launch sporting his look from the film.

One major role which garnered him a lot of accolades was in the movie Aa Naluguru, for which he has won the State Nandi Award for the second time in his career.[11] Critically acclaimed films such as Mee Sreyobhilashi and Onamalu made him one of the most promising actors in Telugu film industry. He acted as Lord Hanuman in the blockbuster multi-starrer film Devullu.

In 2009, Prasad played the titular role in English-language film, Quick Gun Murugun. The film was screened at the London Film Festival, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, the New York Asian Film Festival and at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.[12]

Supporting roles (2011 - present)[edit]

Rajendra Prasad celebrating his birthday at the sets of Nannaku Prematho.

He played remarkable characters as supporting artist in films such as Julai, Aagadu, S/O Satyamurthy, Srimanthudu and Nannaku Prematho as well as elderly characters in films like Dagudumoota Dandakore.

Telugu people emigrated abroad would take Prasad's movies along with them, such was the popularity and impact of his films on at least two generations of Telugu people. The then prime minister P. V. Narasimha Rao too was a huge fan of Prasad.[13]

In 2015, he was elected as a President of Movie Artist Association (MAA), against actress Jayasudha.[14]

Awards[edit]

Nandi Awards[15]
South Indian International Movie Awards
CineMAA Awards

Santosham Film Awards[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Actor
List of films and roles
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1976 Sneham
1979 Chaaya Prasad
1980 Nijam
Aadadi Gadapa Daatite
Moodu Mulla Bandham Murali
1981 Daari Tappina Manishi Atma
1982 Ee Charitra Ae Sirato Varun
Manchu Pallaki Hari
Kalavari Samsaram Rajeev
1983 Mundadugu Mohan
Pelli Choopulu Sivaiah
Pelli Chesi Chupestham Papa Rao
Inimai Idho Idho Tamil film
Navodayam Vikram
Ramarajyamlo Bheemaraju Satish
Poratam Tailor Appa Rao
Idi Kaadu Mugimpu Krishna
Ee Pillaku Pellavutundaa? Dancer
Ee Desamlo Oka Roju Bus Passenger
Adavalle Aligithe Karthik
1984 Ee Chaduvulu Makkodu Kishan
Aakali Neeku Joharlu
Rojulu Marayi Kaamesam
Udayam Raja
Gundi Gantalu Mrogayi Mestri
Sampoorna Premayanam Prasad
Tandava Krishnudu Raja
Challenge Vidyarthi
Swati Subba Rao
Yama Doothalu Raja
Desham lo Dongalu Paddaru
Rustum Paper Punna Rao
1985 Vandemataram Dr.G. N. Kal / Nukaal
Yamudu Vinod
Ada Pillale Nayam Devadasu
Ottuku Viluva Ivvandi
Aagraham Shankar
Muddula Chellelu
Mangalya Bandham Bus Conductor
Garjana Balu
Musugu Donga Giri
Anadiga Aadadi Shankar
Darja Donga Prasad
Kotha Pelli Koothuru Raja
Babayi-Abbayi Taxi Driver
Muchataga Mugguru Ramesh
Preminchu Pelladu Rambabu Debut film as Hero
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu
Kattula Kondaiah Inspector Vijay
Donga Inspector Ravi
Puli Inspector Prasad
Bharyabhartala Bhandam Madan
Pattabhishekam Rajesh
1986 Kashmora Dharka
Karu Diddina Kapuram Satya Keerthi David
Punyasthree Peter
Padaharella Ammayi Chanti
Pavitra Kishtaiah
Brahmastram Satish
Captain Nagarjun Ravi
Rakshasudu Inspector Vijay
Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnulu Prasad
Ladies Tailor Sundaram (Tailor)
Rendu Rella Aaru Mad / Madhusudhana Rao / Venkata Sivam
1987 Samsaram Oka Chadarangam Raghava
Lawyer Suhasini Surya Prakash Rao
Madana Gopaludu Gopalam
Dharmapatni Bosu Babu
Aranyakanda Singadu
Manmadha Leela Kamaraju Gola Kamaraju
Makutamleni Maharaju Mohan
Trimurtulu Sandeep
Kaboye Alludu Prasad
Damit Katha Adam Thirigindi Gagapathi & Chakravarthy Dual role
Gundamma Gari Krishnulu Gopala Krishna
Bhale Mogudu Ramakrishna
Dabbevariki Chedu Vidyasagar
Gandhinagar Rendava Veedhi Prabhu / Ram Singh
Aha Naa Pellanta Krishna Murthy Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu
Naku Pellam Kavali Lakshmana
1988 Samsaram Ravi Babu
Bhama Kalapam Krishna Murthy
Thodallullu Bhaskar
Aanimuthyam Inspector Murali
Bava Marudula Saval Inspector Jai Kumar
Asthulu Anthasthulu Kishtaiyah
Bharya Bhartala Bhagotham Basu / Bhagothula Subramanyam
Jeevana Jyothi Akbar
Jhansi Rani Mr. V / Sriraj
Pelli Chesi Choodu Mohan
Jeevana Ganga Raja
Chinnodu Peddodu Chinnodu
Sahasam Cheyara Dimbhaka Chandram
Chikkadu Dorakadu Raja & Chinnababu Dillep Dual role
Station Master Rama Rao
Donga Kollu Alli Billi Anjineelu
Vivaha Bhojanambu Sitarama Rao
1989 Bandhuvulostunnaru Jagratha Chittibabu
Paila Pacheesu Suresh
Chettu Kinda Pleader Balaraju
Bhale Dampathulu Raja
Bamma Maata Bangaru Baata Kishtaiah
Chalaki Mogudu Chadastapu Pellam Giri
Gaduggai Gopi / Pandu
Poola Rangadu Ranga
Gopala Rao Gari Abbayi Ranga
Muthyamantha Muddu Anudeep
Jayammu Nischayammu Raa Rambabu
Zoo Laka Taka Prabhu
Preminchi Choodu Chittibabu
Sakshi Raja
1990 Idem Pellam Baboi Kalyana Chakravarthy
Guru Sishyulu Babu
Ramba Rambabu Rambabu
Dagudumuthala Dampathyam Kishtaiah
Mama Alludu Vijay
Mahajananiki Maradalu Pilla Ravi / Kishtaiyah
Prema Zindabad Gopalam
Chevilo Puvvu Prasad
Master Kapuram David
1991 Vichitra Prema Sivudu
Minor Raja Minor Raja
Teneteega Varun Kumar
April 1 Vidudala Diwakaram
Attintlo Adde Mogudu Gopi
Iddaru Pellala Muddula Police Constable Kishtaiyah & Anand Dual role
Edurinti Mogudu Pakkinti Pellam Bava / Badaradandi Varaprasad
Prema Thapassu Rathaiyah
Navayugam Satya Murthy
Yerra Mandaram Ramudu Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu
Pelli Pustakam KK / K. Krishna Murthy
Kobbari Bondam Raju
Appula Appa Rao Appula Apparao
1992 Golmaal Govindam Govindam
Subba Rayudi Pelli Subbarayudu
Pellaniki Premalekha Priyuraliki Subhalekha Raja
Seetapathi Chalo Tirupathi Seethapati
Valu Jada Tolu Beltu Accha Rao
Aa Okkati Adakku Chitti Babu
1993 Srinatha Kavi Sarvabhowmudu Raja Vallabha Devudu
Rajendrudu Gajendrudu Rajendra
Brundavanam Ravi
Kannayya Kittayya Kannaiya (Lord Krishna) & Kittaya Dual role
Alibaba Aradajanu Dongalu Alibaba
Joker Balaji / Joker
Akka Pethanam Chellili Kapuram Satyanarayana
Mayalodu Veerababu
Mister Pellam Balaji Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu
Pekata Papa Rao Pekata Papa Rao
1994 Bramhachari Mogudu Rambabu
Madam Prasad / Madam Sarojini / Mandakini
Allarodu Krishna Murthy
Parugo Parugu Rambabu
Lucky Chance Bosu
1995 Vaddu Bava Thappu Raja
Lingababu Love Story Lingababu
Ketu Duplicatu Vijay
Mummy Mee Aayanochadu Satish
1996 Rambantu Rambantu
Topi Raja Sweety Roja Raja
Family Krishna
Ladies Doctor Dr. Ram Prasad
1997 Hitler Balu
Thaali Ramu
Chilakkottudu Rajendra Prasad
Jai Bajarangbali Madhu
Mama Bagunnava Gopala Krishna
Vasuki Balu Tamil film
1998 Navvulata Bosu
All Rounder Balaraju
Ulta Palta Raja & Raja Dual role
Mee Aayana Jagratha Gopi Krishna
1999 Chinni Chinni Aasa Raja
Yamajathakudu Yama Dharma Raju
2000 Kshemamga Velli Labhamga Randi Rambabu
Antha Mana Manchike Jagapati
Ninne Premistha Ramesh
Devullu Lord Hanuman
2001 Ammo Bomma Rambabu
Apparao Ki Oka Nela Thappindi Schemes Apparao & Appula Apparao Dual role
Daddy Prasad
Ammaye Navvithe Sundaram
Akasa Veedhilo Suribabu
Family Circus Pataudi
2002 Sandade Sandadi Balu
2003 Sriramachandrulu Sriram
Maa Alludu Very Good A.V.Rao
2004 Oka Pellam Muddu Rendo Pellam Vaddu Hari Chandra
Andaru Dongale Dorikite Bangaru Raju
Apparao Driving School Apparao
Aa Naluguru Raghuram Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu
2005 Mahasadhvi Mallamma Barama Reddy Kannada film
Andagadu Sundaram
Pellam Pichodu Srinivas / Srinu
2006 Iddaru Attala Muddula Alludu Balu
Sarada Saradaga Balaraju
Bhagyalakshmi Bumper Draw Bullabbai Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Telugu
2007 Mee Sreyobhilashi Rajaji Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu
2009 Quick Gun Murugan Quick Gun Murugan English film
2010 Brahmalokam To Yamalokam Via Bhulokam Lord Brahma
Gudu Gudu Gunjam Gopalam
Baava Sitaramudu
2011 Bhale Mogudu Bhale Pellam Venkat
Yemainadoi Naalo Lord Krishna
Mogudu Anjaneya Prasad
2012 Nippu Narayana Murthy
Ayyare Prasad / Swamiji / Lord Krishna
Lovely Maharadhi
Onamalu Narayana Rao
Julai DIG Sitaram SIIMA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Telugu
Dream Army Officer
Cinemakeldam Randi
2013 Manushulatho Jagratha Yama Dharma Raju
Vasundhara Nilayam Sanjeev Chaturvedi
Man of the Match Radha Krishna
2014 Aagadu C.I. Rajarao
2015 Top Rankers Principal Viswanath
Tommy Satyam Master
S/O Satyamurthy Paida Sambasiva Rao
Dagudumootha Dandakor Rajugaru
Srimanthudu Narayana Rao SIIMA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Akhil K.V. Rajendra Prasad
2016 Nannaku Prematho Ramesh Chandra Prasad alias Subramaniam
Eedo Rakam Aado Rakam Advocate Narayana
Supreme Balu's father
Thikka Manohar
Intlo Deyyam Nakem Bhayam Gopala Krishna
2017 Gunturodu Suryanarayana
Andhhagadu Ranjith Kulkarni
Shamanthakamani Uma Maheswara Rao / Mahesh Babu
Raja The Great Prasad
2018 Oo Pe Ku Ha
Mahanati K. V. Chowdary SIIMA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Raju Gadu Narayana
Srinivasa Kalyanam Ramaraju
Ee Maaya Peremito Babu Rao
Bewars Satya Murthy
2019 F2: Fun and Frustration Prasad
Kee Gnaneshwara Rao Tamil film
Oh! Baby Chanti
Burra Katha Eeswara Rao
Kousalya Krishnamurthy Krishna Murthy
Tholu Bommalata Somaraju / Sodal Raju
2020 Sarileru Neekevvaru Siva Prasad
Ala Vaikunthapurramloo IG Prajapathi
College Kumar Sasi Kumar
Miss India Dr. Viswanatha Sastry Netflix film
Solo Brathuke So Better Venkataramana
2021 Gaali Sampath Gaali Sampath
Climax Vijay Modi [17]
Checkmate Inspector Krishna Prasad
Gully Rowdy Head Constable Patapagalu Venkat Rao
Annabelle Sethupathi Sivabalan Tamil film
Pelli SandaD [18]
Senapathi Krishna Murthy [19]
2022 Super Machi
F3 Films that have not yet been released Prasad Filming [20]
Dubbing artist
Year Title Actor Notes
2000 Thenali Jayaram Telugu dubbed version
2003 Boys Vivek

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