J. V. Somayajulu
Jonnalagadda Venkata "J. V." Somayajulu (30 June 1928 – 24 April 2004) was an Indian film actor known for his works in Telugu cinema and a few Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi films. In 1980, he received the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu for his work in the classic Sankarabharanam. On the centenary of Indian cinema, Forbes included his performance in the film among the 25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema. He also acted in the most admired Hindi film Jaag Utha Insan with Mithun Chakraborty and Sridevi, directed by K. Vishwanath.
J. V. Somayajulu
Jonnalagadda Venkata Somayajulu
30 June 1928
|Died||24 April 2004 (aged 75)|
|Occupation||Actor, government officer|
|Sankara Sastry in Sankarabharanam,|
Tyagaraja in Tyagayya
Some of the other films that earned Somayajulu a good reputation as an actor were Allari Pillalu, Nelavanka, Rowdy Alludu, Swatimutyam, Tyagayya, Saptapadi, Vijeta, Appula Appa Rao and Vamsa Vruksham. He portrayed the guru character of Sri Raghavendra (played by Rajinikanth) in the Tamil movie Sri Raghavendrar. He made a 13-episode television serial based on the play Kanyasulkam. He also portrayed A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in the biographical series Abhay Charan.
For the development of Telugu theatre in the twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad, Somayajulu established 'Rasaranjani' along with his contemporaries, Chatla Sriramulu, Garimella Rama Murthy and Rallapalli. Somayajulu worked in the Directorate of Cultural Affairs before retiring from government service. He died of heart attack at Hyderabad in 2004 at the age of 76.
He was a government official and worked as a Deputy collector for a long time. He hailed from the village of Lukalam Agraharam near Kameswaripeta, Urlam in Srikakulam district. His father worked as an Inspector in the Prohibition & Excise department in Gudivada and other towns. He spent his childhood in Vizianagaram and also participated in stage dramas when he was in Vizianagaram.
His career spanned five decades in stage dramas, films and television. His passion for Gurazada Apparao's play, Kanyasulkam, was such that he, along with his actor brother J V Ramana Murthy, played it about 500 times in 45 years. His exposition of the delightfully notorious character, "Ramappanthulu" in the play, has become legendary. The woman behind the success of Somayajulu was his mother Saradamma. He died of illness at Hyderabad in 2004 at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
|2003||Ondagona Baa||Raghavayya (Ajja)||Kannada film|
|2002||Raktha Kanneeru||Chandhra's father||Kannada film|
|2001||Naranathu Thampuran||Guruji||Malayalam film|
|1995||Mutthinantha Hendathi||Kannada film|
|1993||Govinda Govinda||TTD Chief Priest|
|Mutha Mestri||MLA Raghavayya|
|Sopanam||Raja Raja Varma Thamburan||Malayalam film|
|Aditya 369||Mahamantri Thimmarusu|
|Appula Appa Rao||Sankara Sastri|
|1990||Pagalil Pournami||A Monk||Tamil film|
|1990||Pratibandh||Chief Minister Satyendra||Hindi film|
|Thiruppu Munai||Sathyamoorthy||Tamil film|
|1988||Idhu Namma Aalu||Srinivasa Sastry||Tamil film|
|Sri Venkateshwara Mahime||Kannada film|
|Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mahathyam||Nana Chandorkar|
|Pyaar Ka Sindoor||Hindi film|
|Sri Raghavendrar||Saint Sudheendra||Debut Tamil film with Rajinikanth|
|1984||Jaag Utha Insan||Panditji||Debut Hindi film with Mithun Chakraborty|
|Gandharvagiri||Heroine's father||Debut Kannada film with Vishnu Vardhan and Aarathi|
|1982||Pelleedu Pillalu||P V Rao|
|Sankarabharanam||Shankara Sastry||Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu|
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