|Born||Uppu Sobhana Chalapathi Rao
14 January 1937
Krishna District, British Raj (now Andhra Pradesh, India)
|Died||20 March 2008
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
Sobhan Babu (born Uppu Sobhana Chalapathi Rao) (Telugu: సోభన్ బాబు) (January 14, 1937 – March 20, 2008) was an Indian film actor known for his works exclusively in Telugu cinema. He made his film debut in Bhakta Shabari (1959), but Daivabalam (1959), was released earlier at the box office. Sobhan babu has garnered five state Nandi Awards for Best Actor, and four Filmfare Awards for Best Telugu Actor.
In a film career as a matinee idol, spanning more than thirty five years, Sobhan Babu starred in a variety of roles in works such as Seetarama Kalyanam (1961), Nartanasala (1963), Lava Kusa (1963), Veerabhimanyu (1965), Bangaru Panjaram (1969), Manushulu Marali (1969), Tara Sasankam (1969), Kalyana Mandapam (1971), Chelleli Kapuram (1971), Sampoorna Ramayanam (1972), Sharada (1973), Manchi Manushulu (1974), Jeevana Jyothi (1975), Soggadu (1976), Kurukshetram (1977), Mallepoovu (1978), Gorintaku (1979), Karthika Deepam, (1979), Mosagadu (1980), Maharaju (1983).
He was born in Telugu speaking community to Uppu Suryanarayana Rao and had three sisters Dhanaranga, Jhansi and Nirmala, and a brother, Sambasiva Rao. Babu completed his initial schooling at Kuntamukkula Mylavaram. He pursued his Intermediate in Krishna District. He married Santha Kumari on 15 May 1958; they had a son, Karuna Seshu and three daughters: Mrudula, Prashanthi and Nivedita.
- Nandi Award for Best Actor - Jeevana Jyothi (1975)
- Nandi Award for Best Actor - Sharada (1973)
- Nandi Award for Best Actor - Kalam Marindi (1972)
- Nandi Award for Best Actor - Chelleli Kapuram (1971)
- Nandi Award for Best Actor - Manushulu Marali (1969)
- Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu - Khaidi Baabayi (1974)
- Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu - Jeevana Jyothi (1975)
- Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu - Soggadu (1976)
- Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu - Karthika Deepam (1979)
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- "Sobhan Babu's statue unveiled in Kurnool". 16 April 2012 – via The Hindu.
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