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Male actor S V Ranga Rao from India, famous due to tollywood

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Samarla Venkata Ranga Rao Telugu:సామర్లకోట వెంకట రంగారావు (3 July 1918 18 July 1974) was a South Indian actor, director and producer. He has an important place in the film history of South India (both in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu). He was an internationally recognised actor and is popularly known as "Vishwanata Chakravarthi."

He was considered to be a versatile actor and the first actor of his kind with the famous mannerism "orey dongrey" from the film "Jagath Jettilu" he is the household name in Andhra Pradesh. He died on 18 July 1974 suffering a severe cardiac arrest. But, he continues to live in the annals of Tollywood and Kollywood film history.

Early life

Rao was born to Lakshmi Narasaymma and Koteshwara Rao, an excise inspector at Nuzvidu town in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, when the World War I was drawing to a close. His mother, Lakshmi Narasayamma, a staunch devotee of Lord Venkateshwara, named the boy after him.

The possessive father sent S.V.R. to the erstwhile Madras presidency where he completed his schooling at Hindu College. At an early age of 12, the boy showed immense interest in stage action. while doing his B.Sc, but the mind of youthful S.V.R. was always preoccupied with the thoughts of stage-plays and film acting. Soon after graduation, S.V.R. could get a job in the Fire Service in the cadre of an officer. Two objectives were still clear in his mind, which were to do MSc and to take active part in dramas and films.

Film career

S.V.R. got an invitation from one of his relatives, B.V. Ramanandam, to play the hero in his film "Varoodhini". He immediately abandoned the job, and left for Salem to join the celluloid world. In fact, its a great beginning for the young man. The film "Varoodhini" was released, and in a few days people began to forget that they had ever seen such a movie. No producer dared to offer a role to him.

Soon, S.V.R. was disillusioned with the filmdom and left the Madras presidency and reached Jamshedpur, where he took up the job as a budget assistant with the Tata Company. However, his love for dramas began to bloom multifold. At this juncture, he was married to Leelavathi Vadeti on 27 December 1947. In the days that followed, S.V.R. was given an opportunity to play the villain in the film, "Palletoori Pilla," produced by B.A. Subba Rao. Unfortunately, when S.V.R. was about to take a train to Chennai, his father expired. After performing the final rites, S.V.R. reached Chennai, but somebody had knocked away the villain role.

Luck tapped at S.V.R.'s door through Vijaya Pictures, which offered him the most memorable "Nepala Mantrikudu" role in "Pathala Bhairavi." Immediately, he came into the limelight, followed by "Pellichesi Choodu" (1952). Its Tamil version was also played by him. Within a short time, S.V.R. received appreciation from both Telugu and Tamil audiences.

He acted almost every character in history. He showed a kind of recklessness and arrogance in his dialogue delivery. The iconic status did not reach him so easily. He struggled a lot and from that struggle born a great actor of all times. Maya Bazaar and Missamma are among his famous movies. His dialogue delivery cannot be matched with that of any film personality in the world as he can deliver dialogues even written in Sanskrit with so ease and with complete emotions that no one can ever come close to him in this aspect,it is said that even N.T.R who was great at delivering dialogues in telugu use to stammer in front of S.V.R.

His compatriot Gummadi once exclaimed "Fortunate are we to have SVR born in India but SVR is unfortunate to have born here... if he was born in the West he would have been one of the top 5 actors of all time in the world"


S.V.R.'s relatives and family circles ridiculed him, saying that he was a fool to go after chances in cinemas by shunning the government jobs.

Legendary L.V. Prasad gave S.V.R. the real break by extending him all the moral support and encouragement.
The very mention of "Maya Bazaar" brings the picture of S.V.R. as Ghatothkacha in the minds of Andhras and Tamilians.
His role as "Nepali Mantrik" in "Pathala Bhairavi" will continue to be remembered by millions of people.
As Keechaka in "Narthanasala," S.V.R. proved himself to be the king when it comes to acting the mythological films.
He was a passionate game hunter, sporting an excellent fire-arm that he procured from a friend in the British Indian army. One day, he was hunting a deer. But suddenly, the deer stopped running and looked straight into the eyes of S.V.R., as if questioning him "What will you get, if you kill me?" And thereafter S.V.R. never took up the gun again.

Personal life

He was married to Leelavati.


He won the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Keechaka in Narthansala at the Indonesian Film Festival. It the first time an Indian actor received an international award in acting. Surprisingly, this fact is not well-known among many people.After getting the award he felt very sad that his own country couldn't honor his talent even though it is accepted by all Indian film fraternity that no one can ever match to SVR acting talent.



Yashoda Krishna (1975) .... Kamsa
Pandanti Kapuram (1974) .... Kutumbam Peddaga
Devudu Chesina Manushulu (1973)
Bala Bharatam (1972) .... Bheeshma
Iddaru Ammayilu (1972) .... Narayan Rao
Koduku Kodalu (1972)
Pandanti Kapuram (1972)
Papam Pasivaadu (1972)
Tata Manavadu (1972)
Dasara Bullodu (1971)
Prem Nagar (1971) .... Zamindar
Sampoorna Ramayanam (1971) .... Ravana
Vidhyarthigale Ithile Ithile (1971) .... Principal
Mooga Nomu (1969)
Bandhavyalu (1968)
Bhakta Prahlada (1967/I) .... Hiraynakashipudu
Bhakta Prahlada (1967/II)
Chadarangam (1967)
Rahasyam (1967)
Thaikku Thalaimagan (1967) .... Malathi's Father
Chilaka Gorinka (1966)
Kumari Penn (1966) .... Shyamala's Grandfather
Naadi Aada Janme (1965)
Bobbili Yudham (1964) .... Tandra Paparayudu
Kai Kodutha Deivam (1964)
Murali Krishna (1964) .... Murali's Father
Ramudu Bheemudu (1964)
Velugu Needalu (1964) .... Rao Bahadur Venkataramaiah
Narthanasala (1963) .... Keechakudu
Iruvar Ullam (1963)
Penchina Prema (1963)
Gundamma Katha (1962) .... Ramabhadraiah
Dakshayagnam (1962/I) .... Dakshudu
Manchi Manasulu (1962)
Manithan Maravillai (1962)
Sri Srikakula Andhra Mahavishnuvu Katha (1962) .... Suchandrasena Maharaju
Kalasivunte Kaladu Sukham(1961)
Sati Sulochana (1961)
Pandava Vanavasam (1961/I) .... Duryodhanudu
Usha Parinayam (1961)
Deepavali (1960) .... Narakasurudu
Harishchandra (1960) .... Harischandra Maharaju
Mahakavi Kalidasu (1960/I) .... Bhoja Raju
Padikkatha Methai (1960)
Parthiban Kanavu (1960) .... King Narasimhavarman I
Jayabheri (1959) .... Vijayananda Ramagajapati
Krishna Leelalu (1959)
Nammina Bantu (1959)
Pelli Naati Pramanalu (1958) .... Bheemasena Rao
Bhookailas (1958) .... Maayasura
Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu (1958) .... Diwan Bahadur Mukunda Rao
Chenchu Lakshmi (1958/I) .... Hiranyakashipudu
Chenchu Lakshmi (1958/II) .... Hiranyakashapu
Mangalya Balam (1958)
Maya Bazaar (1957/I) .... Ghatotkajudu
Allauddin Adhbhuta Deepam(1957)
Maya Bazaar (1957/II) .... Ghatotkajudu
Sarangadhara (1957) .... Raja Raja Narendrudu
Sati Savitri (1957/I)
Todi Kodallu (1957) .... Kutumaba Rao
Vinayaka Chaviti (1957) .... Narakasurudu
Charana Daasi (1956) .... Raghavaiah
Kanakatara (1956)
Jayasimha (1955)
Santanam (1955) .... Rangayya
Anarkali (1955) .... Akbar
Missamma (1955) .... Gopalam
Missiamma (1955)
Chandraharam (1954) .... Dhoomakethu
Anta Manavalle (1954) .... Jagannatham
Bangaru Papa (1954) .... Kotayya
Chakrapani (1954)
Bratuku Theruvu (1953) .... Zamindar
Chandirani (1953/II)
Devadasu (1953) .... Zamindar Narayana Rao
Jatakam (1953)
Jatakaphalam (1953)
Pardesi (1953) .... Rangadu
Daasi (1952)
Palletooru (1952) .... Ganapati
Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952) .... Zamindar Veeyanna
Patala Bhairavi (1951) .... Nepala Mantrikudu
Navvite Navaratnalu (1951)
Palletoori Pilla (1950) .... Taatha
Shavukaru (1950) .... Sunnapu Rangadu
Bhale papa .....blind person


Bandhavyalu (1968)
Chadarangam (1967)


Bandhavyalu (1968) (producer)
Chadarangam (1967) (producer)
Naadi Aada Janme (1965) (producer)


He won an international award for acting for portraying Keechaka in the movie Nartana Saala (1963) at the Jakarta Film Festival in Indonesia.
Twice Awarded the Nandi Award for the movies directed by him.

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