K. Raghavendra Rao

Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao (born 23 May 1942) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema besides having directed a few Hindi films. He has garnered four state Nandi Awards and five Filmfare Awards South.[1] In a film career spanning more than four decades, Rao has directed more than a hundred feature films across multiple genres such as romantic comedy, fantasy, melodrama, action thriller, biographical and romance films.[2]

K. Raghavendra Rao
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Rao at an interview in 2018
Born
Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao

(1942-05-23) 23 May 1942 (age 80)
Occupation
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • choreographer
  • producer
Years active1977–present
SpouseSarala
Children2, including Prakash Kovelamudi
Parent(s)K. S. Prakash Rao (father)
G. Varalakshmi (step-mother)
RelativesK. Bapayya (cousin)
Shobu Yarlagadda (son-in-law)

Rao received the state Nandi Award for Best Director for his works such as Bobbili Brahmanna (1984), and Pelli Sandadi (1996). He garnered the Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu for the drama film Prema Lekhalu (1977), the fantasy film Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari (1990), and the romance film Allari Priyudu (1993). Rao is known for his works in hagiographical films such as Annamayya (1997), which won two National Film Awards, and was also showcased at the 1998 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.[3] Rao also received the Nandi Award for Best Direction, the Filmfare Award for Best Direction for his work in the film.[4] His other hagiographic works such as Sri Manjunatha (2001), Sri Ramadasu (2006), Shirdi Sai (2012) and Om Namo Venkatesaya (2017), received several state honours.

His mainstream works such as the 1987 social problem film Agni Putrudu, and the 1988 action thriller Aakhari Poratam, were screened at the 11th and 12th International Film Festival of India respectively in the mainstream section.[5] In 1992, he directed the melodrama Gharana Mogudu which premiered at the 1993 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.[6] It became the first Telugu film to gross over 10 crore (US$1.3 million) at the box office.[7] Next, he directed the instant hit Allari Priyudu (1993), which also premiered at the 1994 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.[8][1]

Personal lifeEdit

Raghavendra Rao was born on 23 May 1942 to veteran director K. S. Prakash Rao and Koteswaramma.[9][10] He is also the father of actor turned filmmaker Prakash Kovelamudi. Raghavendra Rao was an executive member in the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Board from 2015 to 2019.[11]

Awards and honorsEdit

Nandi Awards[12]
Filmfare Awards South
IIFA Awards
  • Outstanding contribution to Indian cinema (2017)[15]
SIIMA Awards
CineMAA Awards
  • Lifetime Contribution Award – (2012)
  • Best Film (Jury) – Shirdi Sai – (2013)
Other Awards
  • Allu Rama Lingaiah Award (2016)

FilmographyEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released

DirectorEdit

Year Title Artists Language Notes
1975 Babu Sobhan Babu, Vanisri, Laxmi & Aruna irani Telugu
1976 Jyothi Jayasudha, Murali Mohan, Gummadi Telugu
Raja Sobhan Babu, Jayasudha Telugu
1977 Aame Katha Jayasudha, Murali Mohan, Rajinikanth Telugu
Amara Deepam Krishnam Raju, Jayasudha, Murali Mohan Telugu Remake of Tamil film Dheepam (1977)
Prema Lekhalu Jayasudha, Deepa Ananth Nag & Murali Mohan Telugu
Kalpana Jaya Chitra, Murali mohan Telugu Remake of Hindi film Anamika
Adavi Ramudu N.T.Rama Rao, Jaya Prada, Jayasudha Telugu
1978 Padaharella Vayasu Sridevi, Chandra Mohan Telugu Remake of Bharathi Raja's 16 Vayathinile (Tamil)
Simha Baludu N. T. Rama Rao, Vanisri & Jayamalini Telugu
Radha Krishna Sobhan babu & Jaya Prada Telugu
KD No:1 N.T.Rama Rao, Jayasudha Telugu
Nindu Noorellu Chandra Mohan, Jayasudha Telugu
1979 Driver Ramudu N.T.Rama Rao, Jayasudha Telugu
Vetagaadu N.T.Rama Rao, Sridevi Telugu
1980 Nippulaanti Nijam Telugu
Nishana Jeetendra, Poonam Dhillon Hindi
Bhale Krishnudu Krishna, Jaya Prada & Sangeetha Telugu
Gharana Donga Krishna, Sridevi Telugu
Mosagadu Sobhan Babu, Chiranjeevi, Sridevi Telugu
Rowdy Ramudu Konte Krishnudu N.T.Rama Rao, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sridevi, Rajyalakshmi Telugu
1981 Satyabhama Chandra Mohan, Jayasudha Telugu Remake of Bhagyaraja's Tamil film.
Ragile Jwala Krishnam Raju, Sujatha, Jaya Prada Telugu
Gaja Donga N.T.Rama Rao, Jayasudha Telugu
Ooriki Monagadu Krishna, Jaya Prada, Rao Gopal Rao Telugu
Tirugu Leni Manishi N.T.Rama Rao, Chiranjeevi, Rati Agnihotri Telugu
Satyam Shivam N. T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sridevi Kapoor, Rati Agnihotri Telugu
Prema Kanuka Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sridevi Telugu
Kondaveeti Simham N.T.Rama Rao, Sridevi, Jayanthi, Mohan Babu Telugu
1982 Madhura Swapnam Krishnam Raju, Jayasudha, Jaya Prada Telugu
Trishulam Krishnam Raju, Sridevi, Jayasudha, Raadhika Telugu
Justice Chowdary N.T.Rama Rao, Sridevi Telugu
Farz Aur Kaanoon Jeetendra, Hema Malini, Rati Agnihotri Hindi
Devata Sobhan Babu, Sridevi, Jaya Prada Telugu
1983 Himmatwala Jeetendra, Sridevi Hindi
Adavi Simhalu Krishna, Krishnam Raju, Jaya Prada, Sridevi Telugu
Jaani Dost Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Parveen Babi, Sridevi Hindi
Justice Chaudhury Jeetendra, Sridevi, Hema Malini, Moushumi Chatterjee Hindi
Shakti Krishna, Jayasudha, Radha Telugu
1984 Tohfa Jeetendra, Sridevi, Jaya Prada Hindi
Bobbili Brahmanna Krishnam Raju, Sharada, Jayasudha Telugu
Kaamyab Jeetendra, Shabana Azmi, Radha Hindi
Naya Kadam Rajesh Khanna, Sridevi, Jaya Prada, Padmini Kolhapure Hindi
Iddaru Kodukulu Telugu
Iddaru Dongalu Krishna, Sobhan Babu, Jayasudha, Radha Telugu
1985 Hoshiyar Jeetendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Jaya Prada, Meenakshi Sheshadri Hindi
Pattabhishekam Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti Telugu
Adavi Donga Chiranjeevi, Radha Telugu
Masterji Rajesh Khanna, Sridevi Hindi
Mera Saathi Jeetendra, Jaya Prada, Rajiv Kapoor, Mandakini Hindi
Agni Parvatam Krishna, Vijayashanti, Radha Telugu
Vajrayudham Krishna, Sridevi Telugu
1986 Apoorva Sahodarulu Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti, Bhanupriya Telugu
Kaliyuga Pandavulu Venkatesh, Khushbu Telugu
Dharm Adhikari Dilip Kumar, Jeetendra, Sridevi Hindi
Ravana Brahma Krishnam Raju, Radha, Lakshmi, Raadhika Telugu
Kondaveeti Raja Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Radha Telugu
Suhaagan Jeetendra, Sridevi, Padmini Kolhapure Hindi
Chanakya Shapadham Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti Telugu
1987 Bharatamlo Arjunudu Venkatesh, Khushbu Telugu
Sahasa Samrat Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti Telugu
Agni Putrudu Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Nagarjuna, Sarada, Rajani, Sivaji Ganesan Telugu
1988 Janaki Ramudu Nagarjuna, Vijayashanti Telugu
Donga Ramudu Nandamuri Balakrishna, Radha Telugu
Manchi Donga Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Suhasini Telugu
Aakhari Poratam Nagarjuna, Sridevi, Suhasini Telugu
Yuddha Bhoomi Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti Telugu
1989 Agni Nagarjuna, Shantipriya Telugu
Rudranetra Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Radha Telugu
Ontari Poratam Venkatesh,Swetha, Rupini Telugu
1990 Alludugaru Mohan Babu, Ramya Krishna, Shobana Telugu
Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari Chiranjeevi, Sridevi Telugu
1991 Coolie No.1 Venkatesh, Tabu Telugu
Rowdy Alludu Chiranjeevi, Shobana, Divya Bharati Telugu
1992 Sundarakanda Venkatesh, Meena, Aparna Telugu
Allari Mogudu Mohan Babu, Meena, Ramya Krishna Telugu
Gharana Mogudu Chiranjeevi, Nagma Telugu remake of the Rajkumar's superhit Kannada film, Anuraga Aralithu
Aswamedham Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shobhan Babu, Meena, Nagma Telugu
1993 Allari Priyudu Rajasekhar, Ramya Krishna, Madhoo Telugu
Major Chandrakanth N.T.Rama Rao, Mohan Babu, Sharada, Ramya Krishna, Nagma Telugu
1994 Allari Premikudu Jagapati Babu, Rambha, Soundarya, Kanchan Telugu
Muddula Priyudu Venkatesh, Ramya Krishna, Rambha Telugu
Mugguru Monagallu Chiranjeevi, Nagma, Roja, Ramya Krishna Telugu
1995 Raja Simham Rajasekhar, Ramya Krishna, Soundarya Telugu
Gharana Bullodu Nagarjuna, Ramya Krishna, Aamani Telugu
1996 Sahasa Veerudu Sagara Kanya Venkatesh, Shilpa Shetty, Malashree Telugu
Bombay Priyudu J. D. Chakravarthy, Rambha Telugu
Pelli Sandadi Srikanth, Ravali, Deepti Bhatnagar Telugu
1997 Annamayya Nagarjuna, Suman, Mohan Babu, Ramya Krishna, Bhanupriya, Roja, Kasturi Telugu
Mere Sapno Ki Rani Urmila Matondkar, Sanjay Kapoor Hindi
1998 Shrimati Vellosta Jagapati Babu, Devayani, Poonam Telugu
Love Story 1999 Prabhu Deva, Vadde Naveen, Ramya Krishna, Rambha, Laila Telugu
Paradesi Viswa, Tanuja, Madhav, Monet Quick, Brahmanandam Telugu
1999 Iddaru Mitrulu Chiranjeevi, Sakshi Sivanand, Ramya Krishna Telugu
Raja Kumarudu Mahesh Babu, Preity Zinta Telugu
2000 Pelli Sambandham Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sumanth, Sakshi Shivanand Telugu
Moodu Mukkalaata Jagapati Babu, Soundarya, Rambha, Raasi Telugu
2001 Sri Manjunatha Chiranjeevi, Ambareesh, Abhijeeth, Arjun Sarja, Meena, Soundarya, Sumalatha Telugu Bilingual film
Kannada
Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa Govinda, Juhi Chawla, Tabu, Chandrachur Singh, Johnny Lever, Vinay Anand, Isha Koppikar, Ketki Dave Hindi Remake of the Tamil film Viralukketha Veekkam
2003 Gangotri Allu Arjun, Aditi Agarwal Telugu 100th film
2005 Subash Chandra Bose Venkatesh, Shriya Saran, Genelia D'Souza Telugu
Allari Bullodu Nithiin, Trisha, Rathi Telugu
2006 Sri Ramadasu Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Nagarjuna, Sneha, Suman Telugu
2008 Pandurangadu Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sneha, Tabu Telugu
2010 Jhummandi Naadam Manoj Manchu, Tapsee Pannu Telugu
2012 Shirdi Sai Nagarjuna, Srikanth, Sayaji Shinde, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Sarath Babu, siva sankar Telugu
2017 Om Namo Venkatesaya Nagarjuna, Jagapati Babu, Anushka Shetty, Saurabh Raj Jain, Pragya Jaiswal, Vimala Raman Telugu

ActorEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2021 Pelli SandaD Vasishta Sequel of Pelli Sandadi[16]

Supervisor of directionEdit

Year Title Artists Notes
2001 Student No.1 NTR Jr., Gajala Directorial debut of S. S. Rajamouli
2002 Okato Number Kurraadu Director A. Kodandarami Reddy
2004 Pallakilo Pellikoothuru Director Suchitra Chandrabose
2021 Pelli SandaD Roshan Meka, Sree Leela Director Gowri Ronanki[16]

Associate directorEdit

Year Title Artists Notes
1961 Vagdanam Akkineni Nageshwara Rao,
Krishna Kumari
Director Acharya Aatreya

ProducerEdit

Year Title Artists Notes
1980 Bhale Krishnudu Krishna, Jaya Prada |tollywood
1984 Naya Kadam
1993 Allari Priyudu
1999 Iddaru Mitrulu
2000 Pelli Sambandham
2002 Okato Number Kurradu
2004 Morning Raga Shabana Azmi,
Prakash Kovelamudi,
Perizaad Zorabian,
Lillete Dubey
English Movie
2004 Bommalata Won Best Film in Telugu at the 53rd National Awards

PresenterEdit

Year Title Artists Notes
1992 Shhkuhv
2001 Student No. 1 NTR Jr., Gajala
2002 Bobby Mahesh Babu, Aarthi Agarwal
2011 Anaganaga O Dheerudu Siddharth, Shruthi Haasan, Lakshmi Manchu
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishna, Nassar, Sathyaraj
2017 Baahubali: The Conclusion Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishna, Nassar, Sathyaraj

ChoreographerEdit

Year Title Artists Notes
1996 Pelli Sandadi Srikanth, Ravali, Deepti Bhatnagar

TelevisionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b CINEmaa Lifetime Achievement Award for Raghavendra Rao – The Hindu
  2. ^ Candid and confident – The Hindu
  3. ^ "Directorate of Film Festival" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  4. ^ Saroja Devi, Ramoji Rao among recipients of A.P. film awards – The Hindu
  5. ^ "Directorate of Film Festival" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Directorate of Film Festival" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  7. ^ First Telugu film to gross 100 million – Times Of India
  8. ^ "Directorate of Film Festival" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Tollywood extends birthday wishes to K Raghavendra Rao - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  10. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Soundaryalahari - సౌందర్యలహరి - 15th June 2014". YouTube.
  11. ^ When the stars descended – The Hindu
  12. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964 - 2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964 - 2008)] (PDF) (in Telugu). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  13. ^ http:// Refer Filmfare Magazine August 1991, 38th filmfare awards south
  14. ^ "45th Filmfare South Best Director Awards". 4 February 2017. Archived from the original on 5 February 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  15. ^ IANS (30 March 2017). "'Janatha Garage', 'Kirik Party' bag top honours at IIFA Utsavam 2017". Business Standard India – via Business Standard.
  16. ^ a b "Director K Raghavendra Rao all set to make his acting debut with 'Pelli SandaD'; see first look - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 July 2021.

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