Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao

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K. Raghavendra Rao
Born Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao
Kolavennu, Kankipadu Mandal, Vijayawada Revenue Division, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh
Occupation director
choreographer
producer
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Sarala
Children Prakash Kovelamudi,
Madhavi
Relatives K. S. Prakash Rao (father)
Kovelamudi Bapayya (brother)
Prakash Kovelamudi (son)
Shobu Yarlagadda (son in law)
Garikapati Varalakshmi (mother)

K. Raghavendra Rao (born Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao on 23 May 1941, popularly known as Darsakendra)[1] is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and choreographer, known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema and a few Hindi and Kannada films. He has garnered seven state Nandi Awards, the IIFA Award, the SIIMA Award, five Filmfare Awards South and two CineMAA Awards.[2] In a film career spanning more than five decades, Rao has directed more than a hundred feature films, of which around ninety were box office hits, across multiple genres such as romantic comedy, fantasy, melodrama, action thriller, biographical and romance films.[3][4]

Film craft and style

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, premiered at the 1993 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section,[6] which became the first Telugu film to gross over 10 crore at the box office.[7] Next, he directed the instant hit Allari Priyudu, which was also premiered at the 1994 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.[8]

In 1997, he scripted and directed the historical biographical film Annamayya, which won two National Film Awards, and was also premiered at the 1998 International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.[9] Subsequently, he directed the critically acclaimed biographical devotional films such as Sri Manjunatha (2001), Sri Ramadasu (2006), Pandurangadu (2008), Shirdi Sai (2012) and Om Namo Venkatesaya (2017), which received several state Nandi Awards. On the other hand, Rao has directed several action films which were box office hits, and is known for portraying his lead actresses in a sensuous manner.[2][10]

Personal life

Mr. Raghavendra Rao is the son of veteran director Kovelamudi Surya Prakash Rao and mother Garikapati Varalakshmi. [11] and Rao is the father of actor turned filmmaker Prakash Kovelamudi. Raghavendra Rao is an executive member in the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam Board.[12]

Awards and honors

Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South
IIFA Awards
  • Outstanding contribution to Indian cinema (2017)[15]
SIIMA Awards
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)
CineMAA Awards
  • Lifetime Contribution Award – (2012)
  • Best Film (Jury) – Shirdi Sai – (2013)
Other Awards
  • Allu Rama Lingaiah Award (2016)

Filmography

Director

No. Title Year Artists Notes
1 Babu 1975 Sobhan Babu, Vanisri, Laxmi & Aruna irani
2 Jyothi 1976 Jayasudha, Murali Mohan, Gummadi remake of the Hindi film Mili (1975)
3 Raja Sobhan Babu, Jayasudha
4 Aame Katha 1977 Jayasudha, Murali Mohan, Rajanikanth
5 Amara Deepam Krishnam Raju, Jayasudha, Murali Mohan remake of Tamil film Dheepam (1977)
6 Prema Lekhalu Jayasudha, Deepa Ananth Nag & Murali Mohan
7 Kalpana Jaya Chitra, Murali mohan Remake of Hindi film Anamika
8 Adavi Ramudu N.T.Rama Rao, Jayaprada, Jayasudha remake of 1973 Kannada blockbuster film Gandhada Gudi
9 Padaharella Vayasu 1978 Sridevi, Chandra Mohan Remake of Bharathi Raja's 16 Vayathinile (Tamil)
10 Simha Baludu N. T. Rama Rao, Vanisri & Jayamalini
11 Radha Krishna Sobhan babu & Jayaprada
12 KD No:1 N.T.Rama Rao, Jayasudha
13 Nindu Noorellu Chandra Mohan, Jayasudha
14 Driver Ramudu 1979 N.T.Rama Rao, Jayasudha
15 Vetagaadu N.T.Rama Rao, Sridevi
16 Nippulaanti Nijam 1980
17 Nishana Jeetendra, Poonam Dhillon
18 Bhale Krishnudu Krishna, Jayaprada & Sangeetha
19 Gharana Donga Krishna, Sridevi & Geeta
20 Mosagadu Sobhan Babu, Chiranjeevi, Sridevi
21 Rowdy Ramudu Konte Krishnudu N.T.Rama Rao, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sridevi, Ralyalakshmi
22 Satyabhama 1981 Remake of Bhagyaraja's Tamil film.Chandra Mohan & Jayasudha
23 Ragile Jwala Krishnam Raju, Sujatha, Jaya Prada
24 Gaja Donga N.T.Rama Rao, Jayasudha
25 Ooriki Monagadu Krishna, Jaya Prada, Rao Gopal Rao
26 Tirugu Leni Manishi N.T.Rama Rao, Chiranjeevi, Rati Agnihotri
27 Satyam Shivam Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sridevi Kapoor, Rati Agnihotri
28 Prema Kanuka Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sridevi
29 Kondaveeti Simham N.T.Rama Rao, Sridevi, Jayanthi, Mohan Babu
30 Madhura Swapnam 1982 Krishnam Raju, Jayasudha, Jaya Prada
31 Trishulam Krishnam Raju, Sridevi, Jayasudha, Raadhika
32 Justice Chowdary N.T.Rama Rao, Sridevi
33 Farz Aur Kanoon Jeetendra, Hema Malini, Rati Agnihotri
34 Devata Sobhan Babu, Sridevi, Jaya Prada
35 Himmatwala 1983 Jeetendra, Sridevi
36 Adavi Simhalu Krishnam Raju, Krishna, Jaya Prada, Sridevi
37 Jaani Dost Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Parveen Babi, Sridevi
38 Justice Chaudhury Jeetendra, Sridevi, Hema Malini, Moushumi Chatterjee
39 Shakti Krishna, Jayasudha, Radha
40 Tohfa 1984 Jeetendra, Sridevi, Jaya Prada
41 Bobbili Brahmanna Krishnam Raju, Sharada, Jayasudha
42 Kaamyab Jeetendra, Shabana Azmi, Radha
43 Naya Kadam Rajesh Khanna, Jaya Prada, Padmini Kolhapure, Sridevi
44 Iddaru Kodukulu
45 Iddaru Dongalu Sobhan Babu, Krishna, Jayasudha, Radha
46 Hoshiyar 1985 Jeetendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Jayaprada, Meenakshi Sheshadri
47 Pattabhishekam Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti
48 Adavi Donga Chiranjeevi, Radha
49 Masterji Rajesh Khanna, Sridevi
50 Mera Saathi Jeetendra, Rajiv Kapoor, Jaya Prada, Mandakini 50th FIlm
51 Agni Parvatam Krishna, Vijayashanti, Radha
52 Vajrayudam Krishna, Sridevi
53 Apoorva Sahodarulu 1986 Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti, Bhanupriya
54 Kaliyuga Pandavulu Venkatesh, Khushboo
55 Dharm Adhikari Dilip Kumar, Jeetendra, Rohini Hattangadi, Sridevi
56 Ravana Brahma Krishnam Raju, Radha, Lakshmi, Raadhika
57 Kondaveeti Raja Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Radha
58 Suhaagan Jeetendra, Sridevi, Padmini Kolhapure
59 Chanakya Shapadham Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti
60 Bharatamlo Arjunudu 1987 Venkatesh, Kushboo
61 Sahasa Samrat Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vijayashanti
62 Agni Putrudu Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sarada, Rajani, Sivaji Ganesan
63 Janaki Ramudu 1988 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Vijayashanti
64 Donga Ramudu Nandamuri Balakrishna, Radha
65 Manchi Donga Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Suhasini Mani Ratnam
66 Aakhari Poratam Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sridevi, Suhasini
67 Yuddha Bhoomi Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti
68 Agni 1989 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Shantipriya
69 Rudranetra Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Radha
70 Ontari Poratam Venkatesh, Swetha, Rupini
71 Alludugaru 1990 Mohan Babu, Ramya Krishna, Shobana
72 Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari Chiranjeevi, Sridevi
73 Coolie No.1 1991 Venkatesh, Tabu
74 Rowdy Alludu Chiranjeevi, Shobana, Divya Bharati
75 Sundarakanda 1992 Venkatesh, Meena, Aparna
76 Allari Mogudu Mohan Babu, Meena, Ramya Krishna
77 Gharana Mogudu Chiranjeevi, Nagma remake of the Rajkumar's superhit Kannada film, Anuraga Aralithu
78 Aswamedham Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shobhan Babu, Meena, Nagma
79 Allari Priyudu 1993 Rajasekhar, Ramya Krishna, Madhoo
80 Major Chandrakanth N.T.Rama Rao, Mohan Babu, Sharada, Ramya Krishna, Nagma
81 Allari Premikudu 1994 Jagapati Babu, Rambha, Soundarya, Kanchan
82 Muddula Priyudu Venkatesh, Ramya Krishna, Rambha
83 Mugguru Monagallu Chiranjeevi, Nagma, Roja, Ramya Krishna
84 Raja Simham 1995 Rajasekhar, Ramya Krishna, Soundarya
85 Gharana Bullodu Akkineni Nagarjuna, Ramya Krishna, Aamani
86 Sahasa Veerudu Sagara Kanya 1996 Venkatesh, Shilpa Shetty, Malashree
87 Bombay Priyudu J. D. Chakravarthy, Rambha
88 Pelli Sandadi Srikanth, Ravali, Deepti Bhatnagar
89 Annamayya 1997 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Suman, Mohan Babu, Ramya Krishna, Bhanupriya, Roja, Kasturi
90 Mere Sapno Ki Rani Urmila Matondkar, Sanjay Kapoor
91 Shrimati Vellosta 1998 Jagapati Babu, Devayani, Poonam
92 Love Story 1999 Prabhu Deva, Vadde Naveen, Ramya Krishna, Rambha, Laila
93 Paradesi Viswa, Tanuja, Madhav, Monet Quick, Brahmanandam
94 Iddaru Mitrulu 1999 Chiranjeevi, Sakshi Sivanand, Ramya Krishna
95 Raja Kumarudu Mahesh Babu, Preity Zinta
96 Pelli Sambandham 2000 Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sumanth, Sakshi Shivanand
97 Moodu Mukkalaata Jagapati Babu, Soundarya, Rambha, Raasi
98 Sri Manjunatha 2001 Chiranjeevi, Ambareesh, Abhijeeth, Arjun Sarja, Meena, Soundarya, Sumalatha, Kannada
99 Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa Govinda, Juhi Chawla, Tabu, Chandrachur Singh, Johnny Lever, Vinay Anand, Isha Koppikar, Ketki Dave
100 Gangotri 2003 Allu Arjun, Aditi Agarwal 100th film
101 Subash Chandra Bose 2005 Venkatesh, Shriya Saran, Genelia D'Souza
102 Allari Bullodu Nitin, Trisha, Rathi
103 Sri Ramadasu 2006 Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sneha, Suman
104 Pandurangadu 2008 Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sneha, Tabu
105 Jhummandi Naadam 2010 Manoj Manchu, Tapsee Pannu
106 Shirdi Sai 2012 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Srikanth, Sayaji Shinde, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Sarath Babu, Sai Kumar
107 Om Namo Venkatesaya 2017 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Jagapati Babu, Anushka Shetty, Saurabh Raj Jain, Pragya Jaiswal, Vimala Raman
108 Intintaa Annamayya - Revanth, Ananya (actress), Sanam Shetty Unreleased

Supervisor of direction

Associate director

Producer

Presenter

Choreographer

TV shows

  • 2002 Shanti Nivasam (writer)
  • 2014 Soundrya Lahari
  • 2016 Koyilamma (MAA TV)
  • 2017 Sye Sye Sayyare
  • 2017 Agnisakshi(MAA TV)

References

  1. ^ Telugu Cinema Celebrity Bio Data – K Raghavendra Rao
  2. ^ a b CINEmaa Lifetime Achievement Award for Raghavendra Rao – The Hindu
  3. ^ Candid and confident – The Hindu
  4. ^ "Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao Photo Gallery - Telugu Cinema Director". Cineherald. Archived from the original on 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2017-12-17. 
  5. ^ http://iffi.nic.in/Dff2011/Frm12IIFAAward.aspx?PdfName=12IIFA.pdf
  6. ^ http://iffi.nic.in/Dff2011/Frm24IIFAAward.aspx?PdfName=24IIFA.pdf
  7. ^ First Telugu film to gross 100 million – Times Of India
  8. ^ http://iffi.nic.in/Dff2011/Frm25IIFAAward.aspx?PdfName=25IIFA.pdf
  9. ^ http://iffi.nic.in/Dff2011/Frm29IIFAAward.aspx?PdfName=29IIFA.pdf
  10. ^ Saroja Devi, Ramoji Rao among recipients of A.P. film awards – The Hindu
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoLbxJiJ5TQ
  12. ^ When the stars descended – The Hindu
  13. ^ http:// Refer Filmfare Magazine August 1991, 38th filmfare awards south
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 February 2017. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  15. ^ IANS (30 March 2017). "'Janatha Garage', 'Kirik Party' bag top honours at IIFA Utsavam 2017" – via Business Standard. 

External links

  • K. Raghavendra Rao on IMDb
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