Relangi Narasimha Rao

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Relangi Narsimha Rao
Born
Relangi Narsimha Rao

(1951-09-30) 30 September 1951 (age 67)
Palakollu, West Godavari
Andhra Pradesh, India
ResidenceMadhura Nagar, Hyderabad, India
OccupationFilm Director
Spouse(s)Sai Lakshmi Relangi
(m. 1979–Present)
ChildrenKiran Relangi, Satish Relangi
Parent(s)Relangi Sri Ranganayakulu
Relangi Siva Ramayamma
RelativesRelangi Venkatramaiah (Cousin)
Geetha Pallavi Relangi (Daughter In-law)
Sandhya Naidu Relangi (Daughter In-law)

Relangi Narasimha Rao (30 September 1951) is an Indian film director and screenwriter predominantly known in Telugu cinema. He is well known for his comedy films, especially his collaborations with actors Chandra Mohan and Rajendra Prasad. His notable movies include Iddaru Pellala Muddula Police, Edurinti Mogudu Pakkinti Pellam, Police Bharya, Chinnodu Peddodu, Dabbevariki Chedu, Samsaaram, Mama Alludu, and Gundammagari Krishnulu.

He has directed over 70 films,[1] mostly in Telugu and others in Kannada, as well as one film in Tamil. He also director two TV series in Telugu. He won a Nandi Award for screenwriting[2] for the film Sundari Subbarao, which he directed too. He introduced writers like Diwakar Babu[3] and Sankaramanchi Parthasarathy. He also introduced Telugu cinema actors like Suman,[3] Revathy, and Kinnera.

His latest and his 75th film Eluka Majaka was released on 26 February 2016 across the two states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Early life[edit]

Narasimha Rao was born on 30 September 1951 to Relangi Sri Ranganayakulu and Siva Ramayamma in Palakol, a town in West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh.

Career[edit]

Entry into film industry[edit]

Narasimha Rao entered the Telugu film industry in 1971 as an apprentice to the director B V Prasad for the film Mohammad Bin Tughluq. He worked as an assistant director under the director K S R Das for the movie Ooriki Upakari in 1972. He then joined under Dasari Narayana Rao for the film Samsaram Sagaram in 1973. He continued to work under the tutelage of Dasari Narayana Rao as an assistant director, associate director and co-director till the year 1980 when he turned director.

Director of comedy films[edit]

Narasimha Rao made his directorial debut in 1980 with the Telugu film Chandamama. It was a family drama. But the release of the film was delayed[4] and was not screened until the year 1982. His second, third and fourth films, Nenu Maa Avida, Evandoi Sreemathigaru, and Illantha Sandadi, were all successful comedies and he earned a reputation for directing low-budget clean comedies.[4] The films also incidentally started a successful collaboration with the actor Chandra Mohan with whom he went on to direct a total of 18 films. He has also worked with icons like Akkineni Nageswara Rao (Dagudumuthala Dampathyam, 1990), Sobhan Babu (Samsaaram,1988), and Krishnam Raju (Yama Dharma Raju, 1990).

Entry into Kannada and Tamil cinema[edit]

Two of Narasimha Rao's biggest hit comedies were the Telugu films Iddaru Pellala Muddula Police and Edurinti Mogudu Pakkinti Pellam, both from 1991. These hits paved the way for his foray into Kannada and Tamil cinema. Over the next five years, Narasimha Rao directed seven films in Kannada.[4] He was invited to remake the two Telugu hits into Kannada in 1992. Iddaru Pellala Muddula Police was remade as Ibbaru Hendira Muddina Police and Edurinti Mogudu Pakkinti Pellam was remade as Edurmaneli Ganda Pakkadmaneli Hendthi. Both the films starred Kannada actor Shashi Kumar and both were runaway hits in Kannada. He went on to direct two more Kannada movies - Hendthi Helidare Kelabeku and Enondre. His another Kannada film, Geluvina Saradara (which had few comedy sequences taken from director's own Telugu movie Ketu Duplicatu) starred legendary Kannada actor Rajkumar’s second son Raghavendra Rajkumar. The success of this comedy movie paved way for his collaboration with the Rajkumar sons for two more films - one with elder son Shivrajkumar titled Raja and another titled Ibbara Naduve Muddina Aata incidentally starred both Shivrajkumar and his brother Raghavendra Rajkumar and till date remains the only movie in which the two brothers were seen on-screen.

Narasimha Rao directed one Tamil film,[4] Rendu Pondatti Kaavalkaaran, in 1992, which was a remake of his own Telugu movie Iddaru Pellala Muddula Police with the actor Nagesh’s son Anand Babu in the lead role.

Successful collaboration[edit]

Narasimha Rao teamed up with the comedy actor Rajendra Prasad for 32 films,[4] including hits like Gundammagari Krishnulu, Dabbevariki Chedu, Chinnodu Peddodu, Mama Alludu, Iddaru Pellala Muddula Police and Edurinti Mogudu Pakkinti Pellam.

Current Works[edit]

He is currently busy with the post-production of his 75th film Eluka Majaka starring Brahmanandam, Vennela Kishore and Pavani. The story revolves around a mouse, played by Brahmanandam, who wreaks havoc in the life of a young man.[5]

Other works and achievements[edit]

He was awarded the Nandi Award for Best Screenwriter[2] along with writer Adi Vishnu for the film Sundari Subbarao. The film starred Chandra Mohan and Vijayashanti. It was produced by Ramoji Rao under the banner of Ushakiran Movies. Incidentally, it was the second movie for the banner.

He was also adjudged Best Low Budget Director in the year 1991 by the Delhi Telugu Academy.[6]

He acted as the Asian Panorama Jury Member for the 15th International Children’s Film Festival by CFSI in 2007.[7] He was also a Jury Chairman[8] for the Nandi Television Awards for the years 2005-2006.

He directed a few TV series in Telugu including Bujji Bujjibabu[1] for ETV in 2008.

Personal life[edit]

Narasimha Rao is married to Sailakshmi and has two sons, Kiran Relangi and Satish Relangi.

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

  1. Nenu Maa Avida
  2. Evandoy Shrimatigaaru
  3. Chandamama
  4. Illantaa Sandadi
  5. Mugguru Ammayila Mogudu
  6. Iddaru Kiladilu
  7. Ramarajyam Vachchindi
  8. Tella Gulabeelu
  9. Manasa Veena
  10. Sundari Subba Rao
  11. Muchataga Mugguru
  12. Shiksha
  13. Samsaram O Sangeetam
  14. Konte Kapuram
  15. O Inti Kapuram
  16. Kaboye Alludu
  17. Dabbevariki Chedu
  18. Rotation Chakravarti
  19. Manmadha Leela Kamaraju Gola
  20. Gundamma Gari Krishnulu
  21. Bhale Mogudu
  22. Premaku Padi Sutralu
  23. Chilipi Dampatulu
  24. Samsaram
  25. Bhama Kalapam
  26. Thodallullu
  27. Chinnodu Peddodu
  28. Chikkadu Dorakadu
  29. Jeevana Jyothi
  30. Sahasam Cheyara Dimbhaka
  31. Poola Rangadu
  32. Pelli Chesi Choodu
  33. Pelli Kodukulostunnaru
  34. Chalaki Mogudu Chadastapu Pellam
  35. Yama Dharma Raju
  36. Ramba Rambabu
  37. Police Bharya
  38. Mama Alludu
  39. Irugillu Porugillu
  40. Padmavati Kalyanam
  41. Dagudumuthala Dampathyam
  42. Srivari Chindulu
  43. Iddaru Pellala Muddula Police
  44. Edurinti Mogudu Pakkinti Pellam
  45. Attintlo Adde Mogudu
  46. Mogudu Pellala Dongaata
  47. Samsarala Mechanic
  48. Pellaniki Premalekha Priyuraliki Subhalekha
  49. Kannayya Kittayya
  50. Pellam Chaatu Mogudu
  51. Chillara Mogudu Allari Koduku
  52. Yenti Bava Mareenu
  53. Ibbaru Hendthira Muddina Police (Kannada film)
  54. Edurmaneli Ganda Pakkadmaneli Hendthi (Kannada film)
  55. Rendu Pondatti Kaavalkaaran (Tamil film)
  56. Pellama Majaka
  57. Bramhachari Mogudu
  58. Hendthi Helidare Kelabeku (Kannada film)
  59. Parugo Parugu
  60. Kurradi Kurradu
  61. Sundara Vadana Subbalakshmi Moguda
  62. Idandee Maavaari Varasa
  63. Ketu Duplicatu
  64. Enondre (Kannada film)
  65. Geluvina Sardara (Kannada film)
  66. Ibbara Naduve Muddina Aata (Kannada film)
  67. High Class Atta Low Class Allullu
  68. Raja (Kannada film)
  69. Ulta Palta
  70. Chinni Chinni Aasa
  71. Ammo Bomma
  72. Apparao Ki Oka Nela Thappindi
  73. Preminchukunnam Pelliki Randi
  74. Eluka Majaka

Assistant director[edit]

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