Sobhan Babu (born Uppu Sobhana Chalapathi Rao) (14 January 1937 – 20 March 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.
Sobhan Babu was starred in National Award winning works such as Seetharama Kalyanam (1961), Mahamantri Timmarasu (1962), Lava Kusa (1963), Nartanasala (1963), featured at the 3rd Afro-Asian Film Festival held at Jakarta, Bangaru Panjaram (1969) for which he received special mention at the 4th International Film Festival of India, and Desamante Manushuloyi (1970).
In a film career as a matinee idol, spanning more than thirty five years, Sobhan Babu was starred in more than 200 feature films in a variety of roles in works such as Veerabhimanyu (1965), 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), Devatha (1982), and Mundadugu (1983).
Sobhan Babu was born to Uppu Suryanarayana Rao and had four siblings, three sisters, Dhanaranga, Jhansi and Nirmala, and a brother, Sambasiva Rao. Sobhan Babu completed his initial schooling at Kuntamukkula, Mylavaram. He pursued his Intermediate in Krishna District.
- 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)
He married Santha Kumari on May 15, 1958. They had four children, a son, named Karuna Seshu and three daughters, named Mrudula, Prashanthi and Nivedhitha.
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