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Daggubati Ramanaidu Biography

Daggubati Ramanaidu Biography

దగ్గుబాటి రామానాయుడు జీవిత చరిత్ర

Daggubati Ramanaidu (6 June 1936 – 18 February 2015) was an Indian film producer. He was the founder of Suresh Productions and has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most films produced by an individual, having produced more than 150 films in 13 Indian languages. He also served as a member of parliament for the Bapatala constituency of Guntur District in the 13th Lok Sabha from 1999 to 2004.

Early life

D. Ramanaidu was born on 6 June 1936 in an agricultural family in,a village in Prakasam district in the present day Andhra Pradesh. He completed his schooling in the village and had his college education in Chirala and later graduated out of the Presidency College, Chennai. He started his career as a rice-mill owner and later got into the transport business. During this time, his father joined with a relative and co-produced the Telugu film Nammina Bantu (1958), starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Savitri. He performed the dupe of Rao in the film. The latter advised him to get to Madras (now Chennai) and work with film-makers. He moved to Madras in 1962. His frequent visits to the "Andhra Club" got him acquainted with the Telugu film fraternities.

Film career

In 1963, Ramanaidu partnered with his friends Tagirisa Hanumantha Rao and Yarlagadda Lakshmaiah Chowdary and co-produced the commercially unsuccessful Anuragam (1963). Following that, he established his own production house Suresh Productions, and produced Ramudu Bheemudu (1964). Until the early 1970s, he kept to Telugu cinema and made films such as Pratigna Palana (1965), Sri Krishna Tulabharam (1966), Shree Janma (1967), Paapa Kosam (1968) and Sepoy Chinnaiah (1969). Ramudu Bheemudu remained his only box office success during this period. In 1971, he produced Prem Nagar, starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Vanisri. The film went on to become a "blockbuster" and its success prompted Tamil and Hindi remakes entitled Vasantha Maligai (1972) and Prem Nagar (1974), respectively.

As all the studios were based in Madras at that date, he started "Ramanaidu Studios" in Hyderabad with the help of the state government in 1983.While frequently making films in Telugu and Tamil, he branched out into the Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Oriya film, Gujarati, Bhojpuri and Punjabi industries. His Hindi films include Dildaar, Tohfa, Anari, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain and Aaghaaz.As of 2015, he had made more than 130 films in 13 Indian languages. The feat earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008. He played a full-length role for the first time in the 2007 Telugu film Hope. 

Family and Personal life

Ramanaidu got married in 1958 and had three children, two sons and a daughter. His elder son Daggubati Suresh Babu is a producer and his younger son Daggubati Venkatesh is an actor in Telugu cinema.He had eight grandchildren, two of whom – Rana Daggubati and Naga Chaitanya – are actors in Telugu cinema.Ramanaidu was a member of the Telugu Desam Party and represented Baptala constituency in Guntur District in the 13th Lok Sabha from 1999 to 2004.

Awards and honors

Civilian Honors

Padma Bhushan - 2012

National Film Awards

National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali – Asukh (1999)

National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues - Hope (2006)

Dadasaheb Phalke Award - 2009

Nandi Awards

Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Andhra Vaibhavam

Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Preminchu (2001)

Raghupathi Venkaiah Award - 2006

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (Third prize) – Namma Kuzhanthaigal (1970)

Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (Second prize) – Madhurageetham (1977)

Filmfare Awards South

Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Film – Jeevana Tarangalu (1973)

Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Film – Soggadu (1976)

Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South (2000)

Other Honors

Honorary doctorate from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati


In January 2014, it was reported that Ramanaidu had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He died on 18 February 2015, at the age of 78, in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. 

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