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K.Raghavendra Rao

About K.Raghavendra Rao

Also known as Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao

Saturday, May 23, 1942, Kolavennu, Kankipadu Mandal, Vijayawada Revenue Division, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh
Director, Screenwriter, Choreographer, Film Producer 5 ft 6 in 75 Kgs Indian K. S. Prakash Rao, Koteswaramma Sarala Prakash Kovelamudi, Madhavi Kovelamudi Bapayya

  • K.Raghavendra Rao Biography

    K. Raghavendra Rao full name Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao, popularly known as Darshakendra, is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and choreographer, known primarily for his works in Telugu cinema, with few Bollywood and Kannada movies.

    He has received seven Nandi Awards, four South Filmfare Awards, and two CineMAA Awards. Raghavendra Rao has directed films across a variety of genres, including romantic comedy, fantasy, melodrama, action, and romance.

    He gained national prominence by directing 2 super-hit Hindi films with Rajesh Khanna in the lead-Naya Kadam and Masterji. The 1988 action film, Aakhari Poratam, was showcased in the popular segment of the 12th International Film Festival of India.

    In 1992, he was directed the melodrama Gharana Mogudu, premiered in the mainstream section at the 1993 Indian International Film Festival, which became the first Telugu movie at the box office to gross over 10 crores.

    Next, he was directed the instant hit Allari Priyudu, which was also premiered in the mainstream section at the 1994 Indian International Film Festival. In 1997 he wrote and directed the historical biographical film, Annamayya, which won two National Film Awards, also premiered in the mainstream section at the 1998 Indian International Film Festival.
    He later directed, critically acclaimed devotional films such as Sri Manjunatha (2001), Sri Ramadasu (2006), Pandurangadu (2008), and Shirdi Sai (2013), which won multiple state Nandi Awards.

    Personal Life:

    Mr. Raghavendra Rao is the son of the late Kovelamudi Surya Prakash Rao who was also a famous film director who made super-hit films like Prem Nagar, etc. Mr Raghavendra Rao started his career and worked under his father.

    Style:

    Throughout his career Raghavendra Rao directed commercial films and devotional films. He is often known for his sensuous depiction of navel. Once commented the legendary Telugu actor and director Dasari Narayana Rao, "When you see a heroine removing her pallu slightly to expose her inside riches, you don't feel ashamed of it because of the creative way Ragahvendra Rao projects it on the screen. Particularly the navels of heroines look the most beautiful in his films."

    Nandi Awards:

    Life time contribution to Indian cinema (2009) - B. N. Reddy National Award
    Annamayya (1998) - Nandi Award for Best Director
    Annamayya (1998) - Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (director)
    Pelli Sandadi (1996) - Nandi Award for Best Choreographer
    Pelli Sandadi (1996) - Nandi Award for Best Director
    Allari Priyudu (1994) - Nandi Award for Best Director
    Bobbili Brahmanna (1984) - Nandi Award for Best Director

    Filmfare Awards South:

    Prema Lekhalu (1977) - Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu)
    Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari (1990) - Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu)
    Allari Priyudu (1993) - Filmfare Best Director Award (Telugu)
    South (2002) - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award

    SIIMA Awards:

    (2014) SIIMA Lifetime Achievement Award

    CineMAA Awards:

    (2012) - CineMAA Award for Life Time Contribution
    Shirdi Sai(2013) - CineMAA Awards for Best Film (Jury)
    Other Awards:
    (2016) Allu Ramalingaiah Award

     

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  • K.Raghavendra Rao Filimography

    Movie NameCastMusic DirectorDirector
    Anaganaga O DheeruduSiddarth, Sruthi Hassan, Lakshmi Manchu, Baby Harshita, Dr Brahmanandam, Aali, Tanikella Bharani, Allari Ravi Babu, MM Keeravani, Salim & Sulaiman Merchant, Koti and Mickey J MeyerPrakash Kovelamudi
    Intinta AnnamayyaRevanth, Sanam Shetty, Ananya, Brahmanandam, M S Narayana, Tanikella Bharani, AVS, Sudha, Hema and Surekha Vani. M M KeeravaniK Raghavendra Rao
    Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka SundariChiranjeevi, Sridevi, Amrish Puri, Allu Ramalingaiah, Kannada Prabhakar, Rami Reddy, Tanikella Bharani, Brahmanandam, Prasad Babu, Janagaraj, Sangeeta, Master Richard,Master Amit, Baby Shalini, Baby Shamili, P J Sharma, R S Shivaji, Crazy Mohan, Ranga Prasad, Nagaraju IlaiyaraajaRaghavendra Rao K
    Om Namo VenkatesayaNagarjuna, Anushka Shetty, Pragya Jaiswal, Ashmita Karnani, Jagapathi Babu, Saurabh Raaj Jain, Brahmanandam, Aditya Menon, Rao Ramesh, Raghu Babu, Pruthviraj, Vimala RamanMM KeeravaniK Raghavendra Rao
    Prabhas-Rajamouli FilmPrabhas, MM KeeravaniSS Rajamouli
    RavanaMohan BabuNAK Raghavendra Rao
    Shirdi SaiNagarjuna, Srikanth, Sharath Babu, Saikumar, Sri Hari, Shayaji Shinde, Brahmanandam, Aali, Ananth, Dharmavarapu, Tanikella Bharani, Kamalinee Mukherji, Rohini Hattangadi, Vinaya Prasad, Rujutha Deshmukh, Koushik, Nagesh Bhosle, Devendar Dodke, Dinkar Gavande, Dipali Dodke, Bhavani, Ravi Bhatt, Vijay.MM KeeravaniK. Raghavendra Rao
    Student No. 1NTR Jr., Gajala, Rajeev Kanakala, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Tanikella Bharani, M S Narayana, L B Sriram, Brahmanandam, Ali, Sudha, Swathi, Malladi Raghava, Subbaraya Sharme, Raghunadh Reddy, Ananth, Chitti Babu, Moorthy, Sameer, Phani , Ajay, Sridhar, Rasheed, Vamsi, Sowmya, Keerthi, Gundu Sudharshan , Sivannarayana, Preethi Nigam, Pavani, Kalpana, SireeshaM M KeeravaniS S Rajamouli
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