Haranath (actor)

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Born Buddhraju Venkata Appala Haranath Raju
(1936-09-02)2 September 1936
Raparthi, East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died 1 November 1989(1989-11-01) (aged 53)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959 - 84

Buddharaju Venkata Appala Haranath Raju (2 September 1936 – 1 November 1989), professionally and popularly known as Haranath, was a "Tollywood" film actor.

Early life and career

Haranath was born on 2 September 1936 in Raparthi near by Pithapuram and Gollaprolu in East Godavari district,had two younger brothers and a sister,his early schooling was in Madras till pre-university,and he did his B A degree in Kakinada P R College. He was very active in cultural activities,particularly dramas, won many a drama competition.An encounter leads him into films.He was waiting at Vanimahal bus stop in Madras, on the way to pilot training- when he was spotted by Mukkmamala Krishna Murthy,famous film actor,Director & producer and was selected to act as hero in the film Rishyasringa.But his second film Maa Inti Mahalakshmi,was the first film to be released.He was a very popular Tollywood lead actor in the 60's being regarded as a romantic icon.[1] He acted in classic films like Amarasillipi Jakkana, Letha Manasulu, Chitti Chellelu, Aada Janma, Maa Inti Devatha, Bhishma, Pandava Vanavasam, Abhimanyu and several others in lead roles. He was the hero of the first film shot at Saradhi Studios in Hyderabad, Ma Inti Mahalakshmi (1959). He played the role of Lord Sri Rama in the film Seetha Rama Kalyanam, produced by N.T. Rama Rao under the banner, National Art Theatres, in which NTR acted as Ravana. He also played the role of Lord Krishna in the film (1962 film)|Bhishma.and as Sri Rama in Sri Rama Katha (1969). He had acted in about 117 Telugu films, 12 Tamil films, one Hindi and Kannada movie each. He has played in many films opposite Jamuna Juluri His last film was Thoduallulu starring in 1989.produced 1 movie named maa inti devatha released in 1981,acted along with Krishna,Jumuna,Padma priya,Mohanbabu,Satyanarayana,directed by Padmanabham (artist),

He was married and his son Srinivas Varma Buddharaju is a film producer and a daughter Padmaja, is married to Telugu film producer G. V. G. Raju.


  1. Maa Inti Mahalakshmi (1959)
  2. Runanubandham (1960)
  3. Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham (1961)
  4. Rushyasrunga (1961)
  5. Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam (1961) as Rama
  6. Gundamma Katha (1962) as Prabhakar, son of Gundamma
  7. Bhishma (1962) as Krishna
  8. Annai (1962) - Tamil - as Selvam son of Bhanumathi and Sowcar Janaki
  9. Pempudu Kuthuru (1963)
  10. Amara Shilpi Jakkanna (1964) as Dankkanna
  11. Murali Krishna (1964)
  12. Chitti Chellelu (1965)
  13. Chandrahasa (1965)
  14. Naadee Aada Janme (1965)
  15. Leta Manasulu (1966) as Sekhar
  16. Palnati Yudham (1966) as Balachandrudu
  17. Shri Krishna Pandaviyam (1966)
  18. Bhakta Prahlada (1967) as Vishnu
  19. Chadarangam (1967)
  20. Punyavati (1967)
  21. Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna (1967)
  22. Saraswati Sabatham (1967)
  23. Bangaru Sankellu (1968)
  24. Challani Needa (1968)
  25. Nadimantrapu Siri (1968)
  26. Sukha Dukhalu (1968)
  27. Palamanasulu (1968)
  28. Pelli Roju (1968)
  29. Sri Rama Katha (1969) as Sri Rama
  30. Kathanayika Molla (1970)
  31. Sridevi (1970)
  32. Thalli Thandrulu (1970)
  33. Bhale Papa (1971)
  34. Matrimoorti (1972)
  35. Bala Bharatam (1972) as Narada
  36. Gadasari Attaha Sosagara Kodalu (1981) as Chandram
  37. Kayyala Ammayi Kalavaari Abbayi (1982)
  38. Kalavari Samsaram (1982)
  39. Naagu (1984)


  1. ^ Handsome Hero Haranath at Cinegoer.com Archived 3 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine.

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