Kurumaddali Lakshmi Narasimha Rao
7 August 1947
|Died||16 September 2012 (aged 65)|
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Suthivelu (Telugu: సుత్తి వేలు) (born Kurumaddali Lakshmi Narasimha Rao; 7 August 1947 – 16 September 2012) was an Indian film character actor, and comedian known for his works in Telugu cinema. Regarded as one of the finest comic actors in Telugu, He has acted in more than 200 films, and has garnered four state Nandi Awards.
Suthivelu's father was a teacher. From an early age he was interested in drama and also developed an interest in acting. He then decided to take up acting seriously. At the age of 7, he had given a stage performance in his town. His father discouraged him and asked him not to show interest in acting. He started his film career with "Mudda Mandaaram" (Telugu), and acted in many of Jandhyala's films, which made him famous.
Suthivelu's comedy spanned from 1980 to 2000 in Tollywood. He is famous for timing his dialogues and expressions, particularly in director Jandhyala's comedy films. His collaboration with Suthi Veerabhadrarao is very popular and the duo was nicknamed Suthi Janta. During his childhood, he was very lean, so one of his neighbours Jaanakamba used to call him Velu (meaning finger in Telugu). His name in the film Nalugu Stambhalata is Gurnadham. After the success of Nalugu Stambhalata, people started calling him Suthivelu. He also acted in Popular Telugu comedy serials such as Anandobrahma on Doordarshan and Lady Detective on ETV.
Suthivelu was married to Lakshmi Rajyam, and have four children, three girls and a boy. He died of cardiac arrest at his residence on 16 September 2012.
- Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor – 1985 – Vandematharam
- Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - 1985 - Devalayam
- Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - 1989 - Geethanjali
- Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - 1990 - Masteri Kapuram
- "Suthi Velu passes away". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 September 2012.