Uppalapati Narayana Rao

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Uppalapati Narayana Rao
ఉప్పలపాటి నారాయణ రావు
Uppalapati Narayana Rao

(1958-07-12) 12 July 1958 (age 64)
Years active1979–present
OrganizationIntroupe Productions
SpouseKrishna Veni Uppalapati
  • Pradeep
  • Satheesh

Uppalapati Narayana Rao is an Indian director, screenwriter, scriptwriter, and actor. He is primarily known for his work in Telugu cinema and Telugu TV. He directed and produced multiple feature films and TV programmes across different genres, including film and theatre, and is known for his creativity, screenplay, technical values, and story writing. He is the vice president of content at Introupe Productions LLP, Hyderabad.

He started his career as a theatre actor / director in 1979 and then moved to South Indian feature films in 1985. He assisted well known and celebrated South Indian directors such as Ramana Babu, Hari Anumolu, Balu Mahendra, Vamsy and Mohana Gandhi for movies such as Kartavyam, Maharshi, Varasudochhadu during 1985 to 1990. He then debuted as a film director with the Telugu movie Jaitra Yatra starring Nagarjuna and Vijayashanthi in late 1990. Since his directorial debut, he has been in the South Indian industry writing, directing, and acting in Telugu feature films.

He is also known for his contributions to the South Indian TV content production for channels like ETV, Gemini, MAA and Doordarshan. He also worked with Balaji Telefilms as the creative head for South Indian content for two years (2010-2012) helping with curation and production of Telugu TV content / programmes.

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He won Nandi Awards from Andhra Pradesh Government for his film Myna (Best Screenplay) and TV series Vasantha Kokila (Best Director and Story), Gruhapravesham (Best Director) and ETV Mega Serial Priyanka (Best TV Serial). His most recent feature film project as director was titled Gnaapakam (2007).



Name Cast Year Language Role
Jaitra Yatra Nagarjuna, Vijayashanthi 1991 Telugu Director, Story and Screenplay
Rakshana Akkineni Nagarjuna, Shobhana 1993 Telugu Director, Story and Screenplay
Teerpu Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Jagapathi Babu 1993 Telugu Director
Allari Police Mohan Babu, Malashri, Aamani 1994 Telugu Director
Paathabasthi Sreekanth, Ooha 1995 Telugu Director, Story, Producer and Screenplay
Ooriki Monagaadu Sreekanth, Sanghavi 1996 Telugu Director, Screenplay
Veedu Saamanyudu Kaadhu Prakash Raj, Raasi 1999 Telugu Director
Myna S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sarath Babu, Ashok and Mallika 2000 Telugu — Unreleased Director, Dialogues, Screenplay, Producer
Takkari Donga Chakkani Chukka Rajendra Prasad, Heera 1998 Telugu — Unreleased Director, Producer
Simhada Guri Vishnu Vardhan, Charu Latha 1995 Kannada Director
Yuva Rathna Taraka Rathna, Jividha Sharma, Tanikella Bharani 2002 Telugu Director
Gnaapakam Venky Atluri, Vishakha Singh 2007 Telugu Story, Dialogues, Screenplay and Director
Ala Modalaindhi Nani, Nithya Menen 2011 Telugu Actor, Script
Anthaku Mondhu Aa Tharuvatha Sumanth Ashwin, Eesha Rebba 2013 Telugu Actor


Name of Play Role
Phani (Telugu adaptation of Dial M for Murder by Alfred Hitchcock) Actor
Maro Mohenjodaro Actor, Producer
Hiroshima Actor, Producer
Siddhartha Actor, Producer
Cheema Kuttina Natakam Actor
Bioscope Actor
Edhi Asthma Hathya Actor
Go To Hell Actor, Director


Name Role Channel Language Notes
Vasantha Kokila Story and Direction Doordarshan Telugu Golden Nandi Award for Best Direction and Story
Gruhapravesam Director ETV Telugu Golden Nandi for Best Direction
Mahalakshmi Director Annapurna Studios Telugu Unreleased
Kottha Bangaram Creative Head and Production Balaji Telefilms Telugu
Kaliyuga Ramayanam Creative Head and Production Balaji Telefilms Telugu
Priyanka Director, Story, Dialogues and Screenplay ETV Telugu Golden Nandi for Best Direction
Others Producer Various Channels Telugu Ongoing Production work to be released


  1. ^ Atluri, Sri (1 February 2017). "Retrospective: Jaitrayatra (1991)". Telugucinema.com. Retrieved 17 September 2022.