Govindarajula Subba Rao

Dr. Govindarajula Venkata Subba Rao (1895 – 29 October 1959) was a famous Telugu drama and film actor.[1]

Govindarajula Subba Rao
Died29 October 1959(1959-10-29) (aged 63–64)

Life sketchEdit

He played in the drama Merchant of Venice during the school days in Tenali. He portrayed Satyaki and Bheema in Gayopakhyanam as his debut performance during the convocation function. Subsequently, he acted many dramas in variety of characters. They include Hyderjung in Bobbili, Lubdhavadhanlu in Kanyasulkam.

He has done L.M.P. in Madras. During this period he has acted in Prataparudreeyam written by Vedam Venkataraya Sastry. During one of their shows he impressed the author. He toured Andhra Pradesh and acted as Yugandhar which brought him laurels. Subsequently, he continues to act in dramas while practising medicine.

He entered Telugu films with Mala Pilla (1938) directed by Gudavalli Ramabrahmam as Sundararama Sastry. He played many Mythological, historical and social roles. He has distinct posture and gesture that are characteristic of this great acting genius. He portrayed Mayala Marathi in Bala Nagamma (1942), Brahma Naidu in Palnati Yudham, Shvaukaru Changaiah in Shavukaru and Lubdhavadhanulu in Kanyasulkam.


  1. Malapilla (1938) as Sundara Rama Sastry (debut)
  2. Gruhalakshmi (1938)
  3. Bala Nagamma (1942) as Mayala Marathi
  4. Mugguru Maratilu (1946) as Marathi ruler Siddhoji
  5. Palnati Yudham (1947) as Brahma Naidu
  6. Ratnamala (1947)
  7. Dharmangada (1949)
  8. Gunasundari Katha (1949) as King Ugrasena
  9. Shavukaru (1950) as Shavukaru Changaiah
  10. Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952) as NTR's father
  11. Kanyasulkam (1955) as Lubdhavadhanlu
  12. Charana Daasi (1956) as Basavaiah
  13. Bhagya Rekha (1957) as Musalaiah
  14. Panduranga Mahatyam (1957)


  1. ^ Nata Ratnalu, Dr. Mikkilineni Radhakrishna Murthy, Second edition, Seetharatnam Grandhamala, Vijayawada, 2002, pp:56-59

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