Ranganath (actor)

Tirumala Sundara Sri Ranganath (17 July 1949 – 19 December 2015) was an Indian actor known for his works primarily in Telugu cinema, Telugu Theater, television, and a few Tamil films.[1] In a film career spanning more than forty years, Ranganath starred in more than three hundred feature films in a variety of roles. He made his debut with the 1969 Telugu film Budhimantudu.[2]

Ranganath
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Portrait of Ranganath
Born
Tirumala Sundara Sri Ranganath

17 July 1949 (1949-07-17)
Died19 December 2015 (2015-12-20) (aged 66)
Other namesRanga
Alma materSri Venkateswara University
OccupationActor
Years active1969-2015
Children3

Subsequently, he starred in films such as Chandana, Zamindarugari Ammayi, Devathalara Deevinchandi, Panthulamma, Intinti Ramayanam, America Ammayi, Andame Anandam while establishing himself as one of the finest actors in Telugu cinema. Ranganath received state Nandi Awards for his works.[3] Ranganath committed suicide at his residence in Hyderabad on 19 December 2015.[2][4][5]

Personal lifeEdit

Ranganath was born Tirumala Sundara Sri Ranganath in Madras on 17 July 1949 into the family of T. R. Sundara Raju and T. R. Janaki Devi. He then graduated with a B.A. degree from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. Ranganath then worked as ticket collector for the Indian Railways before becoming an actor. His wife Tirumala Chaithanya died in 2009.[4] They had two daughters, and a son, Tirumala Nagendra Kumar.[4]

CareerEdit

He got his first break in 1969 in the film ‘Buddimantudu’. It was in 1974 that he was chosen to play the lead role in the film Chandana. The actor endeared himself to the audience through his sensitive portrayal of various roles. Some of his most popular films include Intinti Ramayanam, America Ammayi, Love In Singapore, Zamindaru Gari Ammayyi, Panthulamma, Andame Anandam, Mavuri Devatha, Kondaveeti Donga, Thayaramma Bangarayya, Rama Chiluka, Khaidi, Devathalara Deevinchandi and Sriramadasu.

Apart from acting in several serials, he has also directed a feature film titled Moguds Pellams (2005), starring Sivaji Raja and Rathi.[6][7]

DeathEdit

Ranganath was found hanging in his residence at Hyderabad on 19 December 2015 at about 5 pm by his housemaid. Family members rushed him to the hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival. Police investigated the situation, and upon autopsy and further evidence, confirmed suicide.[4][8][9]

Selected filmographyEdit

  1. Buddhimantudu (1969)
  2. Chandana (1974) .. First movie as Hero
  3. Palleseema (1974)
  4. Chaduvu Samskaram (1974)
  5. Zamindaru gari Ammayi (1975)
  6. Ramaya tandri (1975)
  7. America Ammayi (1976)
  8. Pellade Bomma (1976)
  9. Rattalu Rambabu (1976)
  10. Secretary (1976)
  11. Andame Anandam (1977)
  12. Devathalara Deevinchandi (1977)
  13. Panthulamma (1977)
  14. Chiranjeevi Rambabu (1977) as Madhu
  15. Ramachilaka (1978)
  16. Gammattu Gudhachari (1978)
  17. Lawyer Viswanath (Nov 17, 1978)
  18. Tayaramma Bangarayya (1979)
  19. Intinti Ramayanam (1979)
  20. Maavuri Devatha (1979)
  21. Priya Bhandavi (1979)
  22. Andamaina Anubhavam (1979)
  23. Madana manjari (1980)
  24. Love in Singapore (Sep 27, 1980)
  25. Mama Allulla Saval (1980) as Sathish
  26. Navvuthu Brathakali (1980)
  27. Menatta kuthuru (1980)
  28. Dharmam daari tappithe (1980)
  29. Alludu Pattina Bharatam (1980)
  30. Snehamera Jeevitham (1980)
  31. Lokam pokada (1980)
  32. Pasidi Moggalu (Dec 18, 1980)
  33. Erra mallelu (1981)
  34. Guvvala Janta (1981)
  35. Nayudu garabbai (1981)
  36. Kala rathri (1981) .. Latha
  37. Nampally Nagu (1981)
  38. Gruha Pravesam (1982)
  39. Ee Charitra ye sira tho(1982)
  40. Khaidi (1983)
  41. Aalaya Sikharam (1983)
  42. Adavalle Aligithe (1983)
  43. Idi Kaadu Mugimpu (1983)
  44. Manishiki Maro Peru (1983)
  45. Ee Chaduvulu Makkodu (1984)
  46. Kai Kodukkum Kai [Tamil] (1984)
  47. Disco Dancer (1984)
  48. Merupu Daadi (1984)
  49. Vijetha (1985)
  50. Palnati Simham (1985)
  51. Adavi Donga (1985)
  52. Chiranjeevi (1985)
  53. Edadugula Bandham (1985)
  54. Intiko Rudramma (1985)
  55. Raja Rishi (1985; Tamil)
  56. Sri Datta Darshanam (1985)
  57. Ashtalakshmi Vaibhavam (1986)
  58. Veta (1986)
  59. Jayam Manade (1986) as Ravindra
  60. Kaliyuga Krishnudu (1986)
  61. Chanakya Sapatham (1986)
  62. Donga Mogudu (1987)
  63. Gandhinagar Rendava Veedhi (1987)
  64. Bhale Mogudu (1987)
  65. Rikshawala (1987)
  66. Viswanatha Nayakudu (1987) ... Rajaraja Chola
  67. Thandri Kodukula Challenge (1987) ... as Adv. Ramu
  68. Antima Theerpu (1988)
  69. Chikkadu Dorakadu (1988)
  70. Trinetrudu (1988)
  71. Rudranetra (1989)
  72. Muthyamantha Muddu (1989)
  73. Adavilo Abhimanyudu (1989) ... Col. Raghuram
  74. Kokila (1990)
  75. Kodama Simham (1990)
  76. Kondaveeti Donga (1990)
  77. Iddaru Iddare (1990)
  78. Brundavanam (1992)
  79. Samrat Ashoka (1992) ... Bindusara
  80. Mugguru Monagallu (1994)
  81. Ungal Anbu Thangachi (1994; Tamil)
  82. Premante Idera (1998) ... Venkatramayya
  83. Snethihulu (1998)
  84. Premaku Velayera (1999) ... Rama
  85. Aasala Sandadi (1999)
  86. Ravoyi Chandamama (1999)
  87. Vijayaramaraju (2000)
  88. Kalisundam Raa (2000) ... Ram Mohan
  89. Ammaye Navvithe (2001) ... Seshadri Naidu
  90. Eduruleni Manishi (2001)
  91. Naalo Unna Prema (2001)
  92. Apparao Ki Oka Nela Tappindi (2001)
  93. Premalo Pavani Kalyan (2002)
  94. Manmadhudu (2002)
  95. Kondaveeti Simhasanam (2003)
  96. Nijam (2003) ... Venkateswarlu
  97. 3 Deewarein (2003) ... Chief Justice S.S. Murthy
  98. Villain (2003)
  99. Sakhiya (2004)
  100. Adavi Ramudu (2004)
  101. Andhrawala (2004)
  102. Laxmi (2004)
  103. Radha Gopalam (2005)
  104. Kunkuma (2005)
  105. Aanai (2005; Tamil)
  106. Moguds Pellams (2005) - Director
  107. Annavaram (2006)
  108. Samanyudu (2006) ... Chandra Shekhar
  109. Sri Ramadasu (2006)
  110. Lakshmi (2006)
  111. Hanumanthu (2006)
  112. Evadaithe Nakenti (2007)
  113. Sri Satyanarayana Swamy (2007)
  114. Bhadradri (2008)
  115. Sundarakanda (2008)
  116. Victory (2008)
  117. Mitrudu (2009)
  118. Aha Naa Pellanta (2011)
  119. Sanchalanam (2011)
  120. Daggaraga Dooramga (2011)
  121. Solo (2011)
  122. Dammu (2012)
  123. Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Charitra (2014)
  124. I am in Love (2014)
  125. Cut Cheste (2014)
  126. Vengamamba (2014)
  127. Gopala Gopala (2015)

TelevisionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Yesteryear actor Ranganath hangs himself in Hyderabad". The Times of India. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Bijaya Kumar Das (19 December 2015). "Telugu actor Ranganath dead, cops suspect suicide". indiatoday. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  3. ^ "ప్రముఖ తెలుగు సినీ సీనియర్ నటుడు రంగనాథ్ స్వర్గస్థులయ్యారు" [Senior Telugu actor Ranganath no more]. Telugu Chitraa (in Telugu). December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "Depressed Ranganath Rejected Acting Offers". The New Indian Express. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Telugu actor Ranganath no more". ABP Live. 19 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Actor Ranganath ends life, leaves all his wealth to maid". Deccan Chronicle. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Yesteryear actor Ranganath hangs himself in Hyderabad". The Times of India. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  8. ^ Suhaas Bharadwaj (19 December 2015). "Actor Ranganath passes away, found hanging". News Bing - Latest News. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Senior Actor Ranganath Died - Versatile Telugu Film Actor". Telangana State Information,-News. 19 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.