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Sobhan Babu
Sobhan Babu
Sobhan Babu Telugu: Actor he was born on (January 14, 1937 & died on March 20, 2008), professionally and popularly known as Sobhan Babu, was a "Tollywood" film actor.
                                                                                                                                                Uppu Sobhana Chalapathi Rao to a middle-class family, Sobhan went on to become a romantic icon and was the top Tollywood hero for two decades. He made his film debut with Daivabalam directed by Vasanthkumar Reddy, but his first film to hit the screens was Bhakta Sabari.

Sobhan's Manushulu Marali ran for 25 weeks, a record-breaking achievement in those days. He received the Filmfare Award four times, the Nandi Award five times and the AP Cine Goers Award eight times.Writer cum film journalist Akella Raghavendra wrote a book on evergreen actor Sobhan Babu titled as Sobhan Babu Jeevita Charitra-Parugu Aapadam O Kala.

Background

The son of Uppu Suryanarayana Rao, Babu had three sisters Dhanaranga, Jhansi and Nirmala, and a brother, Sambasiva Rao.

Babu completed his initial schooling in Kuntamukkula Mylavaram. He pursued his Intermediate in Vijayawada and finished his degree at Andhra-Christian College in Guntur. Later, he studied law in Chennai, but ultimately discontinued it.

He married Shanta Kumari on 15 May 1958; they had a son, Karuna Seshu and three daughters: Mrudula, Prashanti and Nivedita.

Babu's first film was Bhakta Sabari. Chitrapu Narayana Murthy was his first director. His film Manushulu Maarali ran for 25 weeks which was a record at that time. His first colour film was Kannavari Kalalu.For the first time he went abroad for a film shooting for Ramudu-Parasuramudu. He made a dual role in Potti Pleader for the first time.

He was honored with several Nandi Awards by the state of Andhra Pradesh. He was given the honorific, "Natabooshana", which became his last name in movie credits
 
Career

Sobhan Babu made his debut in the film Daivabalam. After that he acted in many films playing small roles.

Veerabhimanyu (1965) was his first movie as a "solo hero". This movie turned out to be a big hit. After this, however, he still played small roles in many films in order to earn money for his family. After the huge success of Manushulu Maarali, he acted in films until 1997.

The highlight of Shoban Babu's career was the three consecutive Film Fare awards he won between 1974-1976 (1974 - Khaidi Babayi, 1975 - Jeevana Jyothi, and 1976 - Soggadu). This was a record for the Telugu film industry. Babu was only the second actor (after Dilip Kumar) to receive three consecutive Filmfare trophies.

His rise in the acting industry was also a boon to producers with Babu's successive hits including Veerabhimanyu, Manushulumaarali, Kalyana Mandapam, and Tahsildhargaari Ammaayi, which earned Babu a large fan base.

Sobhanbabu had paired up with Sharada for several films and they were a hit pair. It was a unique combination. Sobhan Babu known for his glamour and Sarada for her outstanding, performance-oriented roles.

Sobhan Babu is known for his glamor. A single strand of hair (may be a couple) curled down on his forehead is his trademark style. Its so popular that every Telugu movie goer would instantly recognize it as his style.

Though several senior artists had lost their earnings either by producing films or in some other way, Sobhanbabu had a planned career. He invested all his earnings in real estate. After his retirement he lead a peaceful life with a complete happy family with sons, daughters, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law and grandchildren like a real life hero.

Sobhan Babu has passed away on March 20, 2008 due to heart attack.
 
Awards

    * Film fare Awards (4): 1971, 1974, 1976, 1979
    * Nandi Best Actor Award from AP Govt (5): 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976
    * AP Cinegoers Award (8) : 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1985, 1989
    * Madras Film Fans Award (9) : 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985
    * Vamsi Berkely Award (3) : 1978, 1984, 1985
    * AP Film Fans Award (2) : 1971, 1974
    * Andhrapatrika Award (2) : 1970, 1985
    * Film World (2) : 1971, 1975
    * Central Govt Award for the best classical film hero award (1): Bangaru Panjaram 1970
    * Filmalaya(1) : 1975
    * Cine World(1) : 1975
    * Kalasagar(2) : 1975 1986
    * Kalasravanthi(1): 1992

 Filmography

He acted in 230 movies. In almost 200 of those he played a hero.
 
1959

   1. Daivabalam (NTR,Shoban)

 1960

   1. Bhaktha Sabari

 1961

   1. Seetharama Kalyanam (N.T. Rama Rao, Harinath, shoban, B. Saroja Devi)

 1962

   1. Bhishma (N.T. Rama Rao, Shoban, Anjali Devi)
   2. Mahamantri Timmarasu (N.T. Rama Rao, Gummadi Venkateswara Rao, Shoban, Devika)

1963

   1. Irugu Porugu (N.T. Rama Rao, shoban, Krishna Kumari)
   2. Somavaara Vratha Mahatyam (Kantha Rao, shoban)
   3. Lava Kusha (N.T. Rama Rao, Kantha Rao, shoban, Anjali Devi)
   4. Chaduvukunna Ammayilu (anr, shoban, Savithri, Krishna Kumari)
   5. Narthanasala (N.T. Rama Rao, shoban, Savithri, S. V. Ranga Rao, L. Vijaylakshmi, Kantha Rao)

 1964

   1. Navagraha Pooja Mahima (Kantha Rao, shoban)
   2. Karna (Shivaji Ganesan, N.T. Rama Rao, shoban, Savithri, Devika)
   3. Deshadrohulu (N.T. Rama Rao, shoban, Devika)
   4. Mairaavana

 1965

   1. Sumangali (anr, Jaggayya, Savithri, shoban)
   2. Prameelarjuna Yuddham (N.T. Rama Rao, shoban, B. Saroja Devi, Vanisri)
   3. Pratigna Palana (Kantha Rao, shoban)
   4. Veerabhimanyu (N.T. Rama Rao, shoban, Kanchana, Kantha Rao)

 1966

   1. Shri Krishna Pandaviyam (N.T. Rama Rao, shoban, K. R. Vijaya)
   2. Loguttu Perumaalakeruka(shoban, Rajasri)
   3. Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha (N.T. Rama Rao, shoban, K. R. Vijaya)
   4. Potti Pleader (shoban, Vanisri, B. Padmanabham)
   5. Bhaktha Pothana
   6. Gudachari 116 (Krishna, shoban, Jayalalitha)

 1967

   1. Pinni (shoban, vijaynirmala, devika)
   2. Sathyame Jayam (shoban, rajasri)
   3. Sri Krishnavataram(ntr, shoban)
   4. Punyavathi(ntr, shoban, krishnakumari)
   5. Poola Rangadu (anr, shoban, jamuna, vijaynirmala)
   6. Aadapaduchu (ntr, shoban, chandrakala, vanisri)
   7. Raktha Sindhooram
   8. Kambhoja Raju Katha (shoban, rajasri, l.vijaylakshmi)
   9. private mastaru (shoban, krishna)
  10. Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna (shoban, padmanabam, rajasri)

 1968

   1. Bharya (shoban,vanisree)
   2. Chuttarikaalu (shoban,jagayya,lakshmi,jayanthi)
   3. Mana Samsaram (shoban,bharathi)
   4. Panthaalu-Pattinpulu (shoban,vanisri)
   5. Lakshmee Nivaasam (shoban,krishna,svr,vanisri,bharathi,anjalidevi)
   6. jeevitha bandham
   7. veeranjaneya (kantharao,shoban,arjajanardhanrao)
   8. Kalisina Manasulu( shoban,bharathi)
   9. Kumkuma Bharine (shoban,anjalidevi)

 1969

   1. Manchi Mithrulu (shoban, Krishna, Vijaya Nirmala, Githanjali)
   2. Bangaaru Panjaram' (shoban, Vanisri)
   3. Vichithra Kutumbam (N.T. Rama Rao, shoban, Krishna, Savithri, Vijaya Nirmala, Sheela)
   4. Satthekaalapu Sattheyya (shoban, Rajasri)
   5. Buddhimanthudu (anr, shoban)
   6. Maamaku Thagga Kodalu (shoban, Rajasulochana)
   7. Nindu Hrudayaalu (N.T. Rama Rao, shoban, Chalam, Vanisri, Chandrakala, Githanjali)
   8. Manushulu Maaraali (shoban, Sharada, Kanchana)
   9. Maathrudevatha (ntr, shoban, Savithri, Chandrakala)
  10. Kannula Panduga (shoban, K. R. Vijaya)
  11. Thaaraashashaankam (shoban, Devika)
  12. Pratheekaaram (shoban, Sandhya Rani)

 1970

   1. Bhale Gudachari (shoban,sunandha)
   2. Petthandaarlu (shoban)
   3. Maa Manchi Akkayya (shoban,kr vijaya)
   4. Pasidi Manasulu (shoban,saradha)
   5. Jagat Jetteelu (shoban,vanisri)
   6. Thalli Dandrulu (shoban,harinath,jagayya,savithri,y.vijaya,vijaylalitha,chandrakala)
   7. Maayani Mamatha (ntr,shoban,b sarojadevi,lakshmi)
   8. Inti Gouravam (shoban,aarthi)
   9. Iddaru Ammaayilu (anr,shoban,vanisri)
  10. Deshamante Manushuloi (shoban,chandrakala)

 1971

   1. Mooga Prema (shoban, chalam, vanisri, vijaylalitha)
   2. Kathaanaayakuraalu (shoban, vanisri)
   3. Vichithra Daapathyam (shoban, vijaynirmala)
   4. Debbaku Taa Dongala Mutaa (shoban, vanisri)
   5. Sathee Anasooya (shoban, jamuna)
   6. Sisindri Chittibaabu (shoban, saradha)
   7. Kalyana Mandapam (shoban, kanchana)
   8. Bangaaru Thalli (shoban, jamuna, krishnamraju, venniradai nirmala)
   9. Naa thammudu (shoban, jagayya, bharathi)
  10. Chinna Naati Snehithulu (ntr,shoban, devika, jagayya, vanisri)
  11. Ramaalaayam (shoban, jagayya, jamuna, vijaynirmala)
  12. Koothuru Kodalu (shoban, vijaylalitha)
  13. Thallee Koothullu (shoban, kanchana)
  14. Tahsildaar Gari Ammaayi (shoban, jamuna)
  15. Chelleli Kapuram (shoban, vanisri)
  16. Jagath Jenthreelu (shoban, vanisri)

 1972

   1. Amma Maata (shoban,vanisri)
   2. Sampoorna Ramayanam (shoban, svr, chandrakala, jamuna)
   3. Vamshoddhaarakudu (shoban, kanchana)
   4. Kilaadi Bullodu (shoban, chandrakala)
   5. shanti nilayam (shoban, chandrakala)
   6. Manavudu Danavudu (shoban, saradha, krishnakumari)
   7. Kanna Talli (shoban, chandrakala)
   8. Kalam Marindi (shoban, saradha)

 1973

   1. Pedda Koduku (shoban,kanchana)
   2. Jeevana Tharangaalu (shoban,krishnamraju,chandramohan,vanisri,lakshmi)
   3. Sharada (shoban,saradha,jayanthi)
   4. Jeevitham (shoban,saradha,jayanthi)
   5. Puttinillu-Mettinillu (shoban,krishna,chandrakala,lakshmi,savithri)
   6. Minor Babu (shoban,vanisri)
   7. Idhaa Lokam (shoban,saradha)
   8. Doctor babu (shoban,jayalalitha)
   9. Ganga Manga (shoban,krishna,vanisri)

 1974

   1. Kannavari Kalalu (shoban, vanisri, latha)
   2. Khaidi Baabaayi (shoban, vanisri)
   3. Kodenaagu (shoban, chandrakala, lakshmi)
   4. Andaru Dongale (shoban,svr,nagabushanam,lakshmi)
   5. Chakravakam (shoban,vanisri,chandrakala)
   6. Manchi Manushulu (shoban,manjula)

 1975

   1. Devudu Chesina Pelli (shoban, saradha)
   2. Andaroo Manchivare (shoban, manjula)
   3. Baabu (shoban,vanisri, lakshmi)
   4. Jeevana Jyothi (shoban, vanisri)
   5. Bali Peetam (shoban, vanisri, srividhya)
   6. Jebu Donga (shoban, jayasudha)
   7. Gunavanthudu (shoban, manjula)
   8. Soggadu (shoban, jayachitra, jayasudha)

 1976

   1. Picchi maaraaju (shoban,manjula)
   2. Iddaroo Iddare (shoban,krishnamraju,chandrakala,manjula)
   3. Prema bandham (shoban,vanisri)
   4. Raju vedale (shoban,jayasudha)
   5. Pogarubothu (shoban,vanisri)
   6. monagaadu (shoban,jayasudha,manjula)
   7. raaja (shoban,jayasudha)

 1977

   1. Kurukshethram (shoban, Krishna, Krishnam Raju, Chandramohan, Jamuna, Chandrakala, Latha, Vijaya Nirmala, Jayaprada)
   2. Ee tharam Manishi (shoban, Jayaprada, Lakshmi)
   3. Jeevitha Nauka (shoban, Jayasudha, Jayaprada)
   4. khaidhi kaalidas (shoban, Deepa)
   5. Gadusu Pillodu (shoban, Jayasudha)

 1978

   1. Naayudu baava (shoban,jayapradha,jayasudha)
   2. Nindu Manishi (shoban,jayachitra)
   3. Manchi Baabaayi (shoban,jayachitra,jayasudha)
   4. Kalaanthakulu (shoban,jayasudha)
   5. Mallepoovu (shoban,lakshmi,jayasudha)
   6. Radhakrishna (shoban,jayapradha,rupa)
   7. Enki Naayud Baava (shoban,vanisri)

 1979

   1. Raama baanam (shoban,krishnamraju,jayasudha)
   2. Bangaaru chellelu (shoban,sridevi,jayasudha)
   3. Karthika Deepam (shoban,saradha,sridevi,geetha)
   4. Joodhagaadu (shoban,jayasudha)
   5. Mande Gundelu (shoban,krishna,jayapradha,jayasudha)
   6. Gorintaku (shoban,sujatha,padma)

 1980

   1. Mahaa lakshmi (shoban, Vanisri, subhashini)
   2. Chandeepriya (shoban, Chiranjeevi, Jayaprada)
   3. Kaksha (shoban, Jamuna, Sridevi, Jayachitra)
   4. Mosagadu (shoban, Chiranjeevi, Sridevi)
   5. Sannaayi Appanna (shoban, Jayaprada)
   6. Chesina Baasalu (shoban, Jayaprada)
   7. Dharma Chakram (shoban, Jayaprada)
   8. Kodallosthunnaaru Jaagrattha (shoban, Sharada, Geetha)
   9. Ramudu Parashu Ramudu (shoban, Latha, Rathi)
  10. Maanavudu Mahaneeyudu (shoban, Sujatha)

 1981

   1. Pandanti Jeevitham (shoban,saradha,vijayshanthi)
   2. Jagamondi (shoban,rathi)
   3. Devudu Mavaih (shobna,vanisri)
   4. Illaalu (shoban,sridevi,jayasudha)
   5. Deepaaraadhana (shoban,jayapradha)
   6. Samsaaram Santhaanam (shoban,jayasudha)
   7. Jeevitha Ratham (shoban,rathi,sumalatha)
   8. Gharaanaa Gangulu (shoban,sridevi)
   9. Girijaa Kalkyaanam (shoban,jayapradha)
  10. Alludugaroo Zindaabaad (shoban,saradha,geetha)

 1982

   1. Vamsha Gouravam (shoban,sujatha)
   2. Iddaru Kodukulu (shoban,radha)
   3. Krishanaarjunulu (shoban,krishna,jayapradha,sridevi)
   4. Prema Moorhtulu (shoban,radha,lakshmi)
   5. Korukunna Mogudu (shoban,jayasudha)
   6. Pratheekaaram (shoban,sujatha)
   7. Swayamvaram (shoban,jayapradha)
   8. Devatha (shoban,sridevi,jayapradha)
   9. Illaali Korikalu (shoban,jayasudha)
  10. Bandhaalu - Anubandhaalu (shoban,chiranjeevi,lakshmi)

 1983

   1. Balidaanam (shoban,madhavi)
   2. Raghu Raamudu (shoban,sujatha,sumalatha)
   3. Mundadugu (shoban,krishna,sridevi,jayapradha)
   4. Mugguru Monagaallu (shoban,radhika,lakshmi)
   5. Thodoo Needaa (shoban,saritha,radhika)
   6. Raja Kumaar(shoban,jayasudha,ambica)

 1984

   1. Iddaru Dongalu (shoban,krishna,jayasudha,radha)
   2. Baavaamaradallu (shoban,suhasini,radhika)
   3. Punyam Koddhee Purushudu (shoban,radhika,jayasudha)
   4. Jagan (shoban,jayasudha,sumalatha)
   5. Kodetraachu (shoban,sridevi)
   6. Dandayaathra (shoban,suman,jayasudha)
   7. Illaalu Priyuraalu (shoban,suhasini,pallavi)
   8. Mister Vijay (shoban,radha)
   9. Abhimanyudu (shoban,vijayshanthi,radhika)
  10. Bhaaryaamani (shoban,jayasudha)
  11. Daanavudu (shoban,jayasudha)
  12. Sampurna Premaayanam (shoban,jayapradha)

 1985

   1. Mahaa Sangraamam (shoban,krishna,jayapradha,jayasudha)
   2. Kongu Mudi (shoban,jayausdha)
   3. Maangalya Balam (shobna,radhika,jayasudha)
   4. Jackie (shoban,suhasini,sumalatha)
   5. Devaalayam (shoban,vijayshanthi)
   6. Ooriki Soggaadu (shoban,vijayshanthi)
   7. Maharaaju (shoban,suhasini)
   8. Mugguru Mithrulu (shoban,muralimohan,chandramohan,suhasini,sumalatha,tulasi)
   9. Sri Vaaru (shoban,vijayshanthi)

 1986

   1. Shravana Sandhya (shoban,vijayshanthi,suhasini)
   2. Driver Babu (shoban,radha)
   3. Mister Bharath (shoban,rajasekhar,suhasini,rajani)
   4. Jeevana Poraatam (shoban,rajanikanth,naresh,vijayshanthi,oorvasi,radhika)
   5. Jeevana Raagam (shoban,sumalatha,sarathbabu,jayasudha)
   6. Bandham (shoban,radhika)
   7. Dharmapeetam Daddharillindhi (shoban,jayasudha)
   8. Vijrumbhana (shoban,shobana)
   9. Adavi Raajaa (shobana,radha)
  10. Sakkanodu (shoban,vijayshanthi)
  11. Jailu Pakshi (shoban,radhika,sumalatha)

 1987

   1. Punnami chandrudu(shoban,suhasini)
   2. Ummadi Mogudu (shoban,keerthisingh)
   3. Kalyaana Thaamboolam (shoban,vijayshanthi,sarathbabu)
   4. Kartheeka pournami (shoban,bhanupriya,radhika)
   5. Punya Dampathulu (shoban,suhasini)

 1988

   1. Samsaaram (shoban,rajendraprasad,saradha,jayapradha,rajani)
   2. Donga Pelli (shoban,vijayshanthi)
   3. Doragaarintlo Dongodu (shoban,radha)
   4. Chattamtho Chadarangam (shoban,saradha)
   5. Bharyaa Bharthalu (shoban,radha)
   6. Annaa Chellelu (shoban,radhika,jeevitha,sarathbabu)

 1989

   1. Dorikithe Dongalu (shoban,radha,vijayshanthi)
   2. Soggaadi Kaapuram (shoban,radha)

 1990

   1. Doshi Nirdoshi (shoban,suman,sumithra,lizi)

 1991

   1. Sarpa Yaagam (shoban,roja,rekha)

 1992

   1. BalaramaKrishnulu (shoban,rajasekhar,jagapathibabu,ramyakrishna,srividhya,kalpana,rajeevi)
   2. Ashwamedham (shoban,balakrishna,nagma,meena,geetha)

 1993

   1. Yevandee aavida vacchindhi (shoban,saradha,vanisri,harish,ramba)

 1994

   1. Jeevitha Khaidhi (shoban,jayapradha,jayasudha)

 1995

   1. Aasthi Mooredu Aasha Baaredu (shoban,jayasudha,indraja)
   2. Dorababu (shoban,priyaraman,)
   3. Adavi Dora (shoban,surabhi,radha)

 1996

   1. hello guru (shoban,aamani,suhasini,nirosha,ali rr)

 Death

Babu died at his home on March 20, 2008 following a heart attack at the age of 71. He is survived by four children � three daughters and one son

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