S. V. Ranga Rao
|Samarla Venkata Ranga Rao|
SV Rangarao in his early career
|Born||3 July 1918
Nuzvidu, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Died||18 July 1974 (aged 56)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Other names||SVR, Viswanata Chakravarthi|
Samarla Venkata Ranga Rao (3 July 1918 – 18 July 1974) Popularly Known as S.V.R. was an Indian theater actor, Tollywood actor, director and producer. He was popularly known as "Viswa Nata Chakravarthi." He was known for his natural acting and for portraying versatile roles like Ravana, Ghatotkacha, Duryodhana, Kamsa and Kichaka from Indian Mythology.
Rao was born to Lakshmi and Koteswara Rao, an excise inspector at Nuzvidu town in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, India when World War I was drawing to a close. His mother, Lakshmi Narasayamma, a staunch devotee of Lord Venkateswara, 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, the mind of youthful S.V.R. was always preoccupied with the thoughts of stage-plays and film acting. Soon after graduation. He won the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Keechaka in Nartanasala at the Indonesian Film Festival at Jakarta in 1963.
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’s 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 followed by his father's death, 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.
Opportunity 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 "Pelli Chesi Choodu" (1952). Its Tamil version was also played by him.
Notable mythological roles he played are Ghatohkacha in Maya Bazaar, Keechaka in Nartanasala, Dhuryodhana in Pandava Vanavasam, Hiranyakashapaya in Bhaktha Prahlada, Bheeshma in Bala Bharatham and Kamsa in Yashoda Krishna etc. Equally he has made his influence and trademark onscreen in social movies with his meaty roles as grand father, father and elder brother. The best example for his acting prowess are his roles in the movies Appuchesi pappu koodu, Missamma, Kalisi unte kaladu sukham, Thodikodallu, Gundammakatha, Devudu chesina manushulu, Dasarabullodu, Manchimanasulu, Thathamanavadu. SVR was the second Indian actor to get an international award in Jakarta International Film Festival for his role of Keechaka in Nartanasala.
His compatriot Gummadi Venkateswara Rao once exclaimed "Fortunate are we, to have SVR born in India but SVR is unfortunate to have been born here... If he had the fortune of being born in the West he might have been one of the top actors of all time in the world".
He had a coronary failure at Hyderabad in February 1974. He was admitted to Osmania General Hospital, where he recovered with an advise to rest. Another attack on July 18, 1974 at Chennai proved fatal and the actor was dead before any medical treatment could be instituted.
- Akbar Padusha in Anaarkali
- Banasura in Usha Parinayam
- Bandit in Bandipotu Dongalu
- Bhishma in Bala Bharatam
- Bhoja in Mahakavi Kalidasu
- Daksha in Dakshayagnam
- Duryodhana in Pandava Vanavaasam
- Ghatotkacha in Mayabazaar
- Harischandra in Harischandra
- Hiranyakashipu in Bhakta Prahlada
- Kamsa in Yashoda Krishna and Srikrishna Leelalu
- Keechaka in Narthanasala
- Mayasura in Bhookailas
- Narakasura in Vinayaka Chaviti
- Rajaraja Narendra in Sarangadhara
- Ravana in Sampoorna Ramayanam
- Tandra Paparayudu in Bobbili Yudham
- Yama in Sati Savitri
He has married Leelavati, daughter of Badeti Venkata Ramaiah and Koteswaramma on December 27, 1947. They had three children: two daughters, Vijaya and Prameela and a son, Koteswara Rao.
- He won The National Rashtrapati Award for Best Actor in Annai (1962), Sarada (1962), Naanum Orupen (1963), Karpagam (1963) and Nartanasala (1963).
- He has been felicitated by many Governmental and Cultural organizations across Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
- He was given the distinguished names as Viswa Nata Chakravarti, Nata Sarvabhouma, Nata Sekhara, Nata Simha.
- He won the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Keechaka in Nartanasala at the Indonesian Film Festival at Jakarta in 1963.
- He won Filmfare Special Award - South for Naanum Orupenn.
- Two films directed by him Chadarangam (1967) and Bandhavyalu (1968) won the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film from Government of Andhra Pradesh.
This is partial filmography of him. Please help expand the list.
|1950||Bhale Papa||Telugu||Blind person|
|1951||Patala Bhairavi||Telugu||Nepala Mantrikudu|
|1952||Kalyanam Panni Paar||Tamil|
|1952||Pelli Chesi Choodu||Telugu||Zamindar Veeyanna|
|1953||Devadasu||Telugu||Zamindar Narayana Rao|
|1954||Rajee Naa Pranam||Telugu|
|1956||Naan Petra Selvam|
|1957||Allauddin Adhbhuta Deepam||Telugu||Jaffer, the magician|
|1957||Allavudeenum Arputha Vilakkum||Tamil|
|1957||Sarangadhara||Telugu||Raja Raja Narendrudu|
|1957||Todi Kodallu||Telugu||Kutumaba Rao|
|1958||Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu||Telugu||Diwan Bahadur Mukunda Rao|
|1958||Kadan Vaangi Kalyanam||Tamil|
|1958||Pelli Naati Pramanalu||Telugu||Bheemasena Rao|
|1960||Mahakavi Kalidasu||Telugu||Bhoja Raju|
|1960||Mamaku Tagga Alludu||Telugu|
|1960||Parthiban Kanavu||Tamil||King Narasimhavarman I|
|1961||Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham||Telugu|
|1962||Sri Srikakula Andhra Mahavishnuvu Katha||Telugu||Suchandrasena Maharaju|
|1964||Bobbili Yudham||Telugu||Tandra Paparayudu|
|1964||Kai Kodutha Deivam||Tamil|
|1964||Maain Bhi Ladki Hun||Hindi|
|1964||Murali Krishna||Telugu||Father of Murali|
|1964||Velugu Needalu||Telugu||Rao Bahadur Venkataramaiah|
|1965||Enga Veetu Pillai||Tamil||Father of Saroja Devi|
|1965||Naadi Aada Janme||Telugu|
|1966||Kumari Penn||Tamil||Grandfather of Shyamala|
|1967||Thaikku Thalaimagan||Tamil||Father of Malathi|
|1968||Bandhipotu Dongalu||Telugu||Bandipotu Malludora|
|1971||Vidhyarthigale Ithile Ithile||Tamil||Principal|
|1972||Iddaru Ammayilu||Telugu||Lawyer Narayan Rao|
|1972||Pandanti Kapuram||Telugu||Head of the family|
|1972||Tata Manavadu||Telugu||Grandfather Rangaiah|
|1973||Devudu Chesina Manushulu||Telugu|
|1974||Andaru Dongale||Telugu||Chanti Babu|
1974 || Anbu Sakothararkal || Tamil || Elder Broder
- Bandhavyalu (1968)
- Chadarangam (1967)
- Bandhavyalu (1968) (producer)
- Chadarangam (1967) (producer)
- Naadi Aada Janme (1965) (producer)
- Sukhadukhalu (1969)
- Mahabhinishkramana, Viswa Nata Chakravarti, M. Sanjay Kishore, Sangam Akademy, Hyderabad, 2005, pp: 69-70.
- Sanmana Satkaralu, Viswa Nata Chakravarti, M. Sanjay Kishore, Sangam Akademy, Hyderabad, 2005, pp: 65.
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