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S V Ranga Rao
S V Ranga Rao
Samarla Venkata Ranga Rao Was on† (3 July 1918 - died on 18 July 1974) was a South Indian actor, director and producer (both in Andhra Pradesh ). He was popularly known as "Vishwanata Chakravarthi." He died on 18 July 1974 .

Early life

Rao was born to Lakshmi and Koteshwara Rao Naidu, an excise inspector at Nuzvidu town in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, when the World War I was drawing to a close. His mother, Lakshmi Narasayamma, a staunch devotee of Lord Venkateshwara, named the boy after him.

The possessive father sent S.V.R. to the erstwhile Madras Presidency where he completed his schooling at Hindu College. At an early age of 12, the boy showed immense interest in stage action. while doing his B.Sc, but the mind of youthful S.V.R. was always preoccupied with the thoughts of stage-plays and film acting. Soon after graduation, S.V.R. could get a job in the Fire Service in the cadre of an officer at Machilipatnam (Bandar). Two objectives were still clear in his mind, which were to do M.Sc. and to take active part in dramas and films.

†Film career

S.V.R. got an invitation from one of his relatives, B.V. Ramanandam, to play the hero in his film "Varoodhini". He immediately abandoned the job, and left for Salem to join the celluloid world. In fact, it√Ę‚‚¨‚„Ęs a great beginning for the young man. The film "Varoodhini" was released, and in a few days people began to forget that they had ever seen such a movie. No producer dared to offer a role to him.

Soon, S.V.R. was disillusioned with the filmdom and left the Madras presidency and reached Jamshedpur, where he took up the job as a budget assistant with the Tata Company. However, his love for dramas began to bloom multifold. At this juncture, he was married to Leelavathi Badeti on 27 December 1947. In the days that followed, S.V.R. was given an opportunity to play the villain in the film, "Palletoori Pilla," produced by B.A. Subba Rao. Unfortunately, when S.V.R. was about to take a train to Chennai, his father expired. After performing the final rites, S.V.R. reached Chennai, but somebody had knocked away the villain role.

Luck tapped at S.V.R.'s door through Vijaya Pictures, which offered him the most memorable "Nepala Mantrikudu" role in "Pathala Bhairavi." Immediately, he came into the limelight, followed by "Pellichesi Choodu" (1952). Its Tamil version was also played by him.

Maya Bazaar and Nartanasala are among his movies. SVR was the first Indian to get an international award in Djakarta International Film Festival for his role of Keechaka in Nartanasala.

His compatriot Gummadi once exclaimed "Fortunate are we to have SVR born in India but SVR is unfortunate to have born here... if he was born in the West he would have been one of the top 5 actors of all time in the world".

†Characters played

††† * Ghatothkacha in Mayabazaar
††† * Akbar Badusha in Anaarkali
††† * Duryodhana in Pandava Vanavaasam
††† * Keechaka in Narthanasala
††† * Ravanasura
††† * Bhishma
††† * Kamsa in Yashoda Krishna
††† * As a Father, Farmer, Police officer, Bandipotu, Detective, Advocate, and many more.

†Personal life

He was married to Leelavati and had three children one son and two daughters.
†Awards

He won the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Keechaka in Nartanasala at the Indonesian Film Festival. It the first time an Indian actor received an international award in acting. Surprisingly, this fact is not well-known among many people. After getting the award he felt very sad that his own country couldn't honor his talent even though it is accepted by all Indian film fraternity that no one can ever match to SVR acting talent.

†Filmography

†Actor


††† * Andaru Dongale (1974)
††† * Yashoda Krishna (1974) .... Kamsa
††† * Pandanti Kapuram (1974) .... Head of the Family
††† * Devudu Chesina Manushulu (1973)
††† * Bala Bharatam (1972) .... Bheeshma
††† * Iddaru Ammayilu (1972) .... Narayan Rao
††† * Koduku Kodalu (1972)
††† * Pandanti Kapuram (1972)
††† * Papam Pasivaadu (1972)
††† * Tata Manavadu (1972)
††† * Dasara Bullodu (1971)
††† * Prem Nagar (1971) .... Zamindar
††† * Sampoorna Ramayanam (1971) .... Ravana
††† * Vidhyarthigale Ithile Ithile (1971) .... Principal
††† * Mooga Nomu (1969)
††† * Lakshmi Nivasam (1968)
††† * Bandhavyalu (1968)
††† * Bhakta Prahlada (1967/I) .... Hiraynakashipudu
††† * Bhakta Prahlada (1967/II)
††† * Chadarangam (1967)
††† * Rahasyam (1967)
††† * Thaikku Thalaimagan (1967) .... Malathi's Father
††† * Chilaka Gorinka (1966)
††† * Kumari Penn (1966) .... Shyamala's Grandfather
††† * Naadi Aada Janme (1965)
††† * Bobbili Yudham (1964) .... Tandra Paparayudu
††† * Kai Kodutha Deivam (1964)
††† * Murali Krishna (1964) .... Murali's Father
††† * Ramudu Bheemudu (1964)
††† * Velugu Needalu (1964) .... Rao Bahadur Venkataramaiah
††† * Narthanasala (1963) .... Keechakudu
††† * Iruvar Ullam (1963)
††† * Penchina Prema (1963)
††† * Gundamma Katha (1962) .... Ramabhadraiah
††† * Dakshayagnam (1962/I) .... Dakshudu
††† * Manchi Manasulu (1962)
††† * Manithan Maravillai (1962)
††† * Sri Srikakula Andhra Mahavishnuvu Katha (1962) .... Suchandrasena Maharaju
††† * Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham(1961)
††† * Sati Sulochana (1961)
††† * Pandava Vanavasam (1961/I) .... Duryodhanudu
††† * Usha Parinayam (1961)
††† * Bhatti Vikramarka (1960) .... Maantrikudu
††† * Deepavali (1960) .... Narakasurudu
††† * Harishchandra (1960) .... Harischandra Maharaju
††† * Mahakavi Kalidasu (Telugu, 1960) .... Bhoja Raju
††† * Padikkatha Methai (1960)
††† * Parthiban Kanavu (1960) .... King Narasimhavarman I
††† * Jayabheri (1959) .... Vijayananda Ramagajapati
††† * Krishna Leelalu (1959)
††† * Nammina Bantu (1959)
††† * Pelli Naati Pramanalu (1958) .... Bheemasena Rao
††† * Bhookailas (1958) .... Maayasura
††† * Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu (1958) .... Diwan Bahadur Mukunda Rao
††† * Chenchu Lakshmi (1958/I) .... Hiranyakashipudu
††† * Mangalya Balam (1958)
††† * Allauddin Adhbhuta Deepam(1957)
††† * Maya Bazaar (1957) .... Ghatotkajudu
††† * Sarangadhara (1957) .... Raja Raja Narendrudu
††† * Sati Savitri (1957/I)
††† * Todi Kodallu (1957) .... Kutumaba Rao
††† * Vinayaka Chaviti (1957) .... Narakasurudu
††† * Charana Daasi (1956) .... Raghavaiah
††† * Kanakatara (1956)
††† * Jayasimha (1955)
††† * Santanam (1955) .... Rangayya
††† * Anarkali (1955) .... Akbar
††† * Missamma (1955) .... Gopalam
††† * Chandraharam (1954) .... Dhoomakethu
††† * Anta Manavalle (1954) .... Jagannatham
††† * Bangaru Papa (Telugu, 1954) .... Kotayya
††† * Chakrapani (1954)
††† * Bratuku Theruvu (1953) .... Zamindar
††† * Chandirani (Telugu, 1953)
††† * Devadasu (1953) .... Zamindar Narayana Rao
††† * Jatakam (1953)
††† * Jatakaphalam (1953)
††† * Pardesi (1953) .... Rangadu
††† * Daasi (1952)
††† * Palletooru (1952) .... Ganapati
††† * Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952) .... Zamindar Veeyanna
††† * Patala Bhairavi (1951) .... Nepala Mantrikudu
††† * Navvite Navaratnalu (1951)
††† * Palletoori Pilla (1950) .... Taatha
††† * Shavukaru (1950) .... Sunnapu Rangadu
††† * Bhale papa .....blind person

†Director

††† * Bandhavyalu (1968)
††† * Chadarangam (1967)

†Producer

††† * Bandhavyalu (1968) (producer)
††† * Chadarangam (1967) (producer)
††† * Naadi Aada Janme (1965) (producer)
††† * Sukhadukhalu (1969)

†Awards

††† * He won an international award for acting for portraying Keechaka in the movie Nartanasala (1963) at the Jakarta Film Festival in Indonesia.
††† * Twice Awarded the Nandi Award for the movies directed by him.

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