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12.09.2007

GUMMADI VENKATESWARA RAO


Name: Dr. Gummadi Venkateswara Rao
Father's name: Sri Gummadi Basavaiah
Native place: Ravikampadu Village, Tenali (tq), Guntur dt
Date of Birth: 09-07-1927
Education: Intermediate - Hindu College, Guntur
Stage Experience: Between 1947-1950 acted in Mythological and Historical Dramas with great artists like Sri Madavapeddi Venkataramanaiah
Year of entering film: 1950 with Adrustadeepudu

Films won state and central government awards:

  • Thodudongalu
  • Ardhangi
  • Edi Nijam
  • Maa Inti Mahalakshmi
  • Namminabantu
  • Illarikam
  • Keelu Bommalu
  • Mahamantri Timmarusu
  • Padandi Munduku
  • Anthastulu
  • Jyothy
  • Maro Malupu
  • Ee Charitra Ye Siratho

Foregn visits:
  • San - sebastian film festival - Spain with Nammina Bantu film in 1960
  • Mascow Film Festival with Padandi Munduku film in 1966
  • Toured in Malaysia and Japan in connection with Expo' 70 in 1970
  • Toured in USA in connection with Telugu film festival in 1973
  • Visited Tashkant Film Festival as official delegate from South India in 1978 & 1982.
  • Visited Indian Film Festival held in Mauritius as official delegate in 181.
Award Committee:
  • Jury member thrice in National Film Award Committee
  • Jury member twice in Nandi Awards Committee
  • Selection Committee Member of Raghupati Venkaiah Award
  • Chairman twice in Nandi Awards Committee
  • Selection Committee members of NTR National Award

Doctorate: Honoraru Doctorate from Telugu University for Mahamantri Timmarusu in 1963

Awards:
  • President of India Silver Medal for Mahamantri Timmarusu in 1963
  • Best Actorfor Maromalupu
  • Supporting actor for Ekalavya
  • Supporting actor for Ee Charitra Ye Siratho
  • Supporting actor for Nelavanka
  • Supporting actor for Gaju Bommalu
  • Special Film Fare award for Jyothy in 1977
  • Continuously for seven consecutive years as Best Supporting Artiste from Madras Film Fans from 1968 to 1974
  • Raghupati Venkaiah award from Government of AP in 1999

Social Activities:
  • Elected as first Telugu Film Artistes Association and collected funds (nearly Rs. 30 lacs) for organizing First World Telugu Conference held at Hyderabad in 1975.
  • Organised many Relief Programmes during natural calamities in AP.
  • On behalf of elugu Film Artiste Association collected Rs. 15 lacs and started a trust to help 40 needy Artiists with monthly pension.
  • Donated money for construction of Open Air Theater in the Kollur High School, Tenali where he studied.
  • Construction of library building a Ravikampadu, Tenali his native village

Permanant Address: Plot No. 5, Road No.1, Film Nagar, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad - 34, Ph: 040 - 23548688

Gummadi Venkateswara Rao (b.
July 9, 1927) is a popular Telugu film actor from Ravikampadu, Vemuru mandal near by Tenali of Andhra Pradesh, India. His acting career extends from 1950 onwards for almost six decades and he worked with three generations of people in the film industry. Though young, he used to play the dignified roles of relatively elderly people at the beginning. He is a versatile character actor in sociopolitical and mythological movies.

Sri Gummadi Venkateswarrao - An unforgettable film personality who lived cinema for 52 years of his 76 years. With his unique style of dialogue delivery and expressions, he served Telugu cinema for more than 500 films acting in various genres.
Recognizing him as one of the talented actors in Telugu film industry, Potti Sriramula University awarded him "Kalaprapoorna" and Andhra Pradesh state Government rewarded him with "Raghupathi Venkayya award".
Sri Gummadi spent more than an hour talking to us about his background, how he entered the films, the relation he shared with Late Sri N.T.Ramarao and what he thinks of the present situation of Telugu films.

The following is a translated script of his own words. At places, we chose to use his words as they made more sense than translations.

As you complemented about my dialogue delivery, I will start with that. That credit goes to my telugu teacher at school. The fluency, pronunciation and the command I have on the language is purely his grace. This is during my 4th standard. He used to make me read lessons in the class. He also encouraged me for essay competitions, stage shows etc. I used to have a friend, Mohammed, who studied with me from 4th to Xth standard. We used to compete in every aspect of school. He was first in all the competitions except for the speeches. It is very sad that he died in an accident at a very young age. The reason why I am quoting these are because the ups and downs, the atmosphere and environment during your childhood forms the roots of your personality.

I come from Ravikampadu, a village 10-15 Kms from Tenali. I finished Xth in 1944 and went to college. 8 of us from our village attended SSC. It was only me who passed the exam. My parents wanted me to stop my education and work on farms and agriculture. One of the reasons is that at that time I was slowly getting inclined towards the communist party. As I was the only one who passed this exam, I somehow convinced them that I have to go for higher education.

College principal was Sri Gujjaraju Ramachandra Rao. He was a freedom fighter. My parents accompanied me to the college for admissions. They didnot want me to get the seat. So they complained to Sri Ramachandra Rao that I am more interested in politics than in studies. He suggested that he wants students with interest in politics and he would make them get interested in studies. Thats how I entered the college.

M.Mallikarjuna Rao (who later on became a director) was my classmate at that time. We never talked to each other because I belonged to the communist student organization and he worked with the Congress. Mallikarjuna Rao did not attend college for more than a week. When I enquired I came to know that he went to act in movies. As I was very interested in movies too, I approached him and we used to talk about dramas and movies. Our friendship started at that point. This became the main stream of my life after that. In those days, I saw Gemini Films Bala Nagamma more than 18 times.

After college I went back to my native place. I used to visit the library regularly and read books. I noticed a play Veerabhimanyu written by Pochempalli Ramayya. It had no poems. I, along with my other friends, gathered some money and we conducted that play. I did the Dhuryodhana role.

Sri Madhavaphedhi Venkatramayya , Lakshmi Rajyam garu and others are very famous for the same play. Also Veerabhimanyu happens to be one of the favorites of Sri Venkatramayya. Someone told him about the play we did in our village. Once I was walking along the main road and I saw him in the car. He stopped by me and asked if i belong to Ravikampadu and enquired about the drama and the artists. Madhavapedhi garu is known as Apara Dhuryodhanudu. On knowing that I did the dhuryodhana role he took me to his rehearsal room at Kolluru. When we reached there he asked me to do the central scene of the play. That’s a vital scene between Karnudu and Dhuryodhanudu. He said that my dialogue delivery was good but there is no expression. He advised me that audience would realize the shades of the character and context of the dialogue by looking at your expressions. He said he could guide me with that if I am interested. So he gave me his contact information to inform him if we enacted that play again. In the next village function of Gudavalli, they invited us to perform the play. So we approached Madhavapedhi garu and he trained us for two days. The play went on very well. After the play he hugged me and complemented me. He had to tell me something else, which came out slowly. He said that I was very good but my style and enacting would fit cinema better than stage. The reason is that stage plays needs "Visalamayina Aangikaabhinayam" which is lacking in me. But my dialogue and facial expressions are excellent so I would fit in for movies. So he is the one who sowed the seed.

Kosarla Ramakoteswara Rao, my friend, heard this and was firm on making me get into the movies. So to get in touch with the film and drama artists we opened a store in Tenali "Radios and Electricals". Forget about profits but we started incuring losses as we never concentrated on the store. Business was just a front end for our passion. We opened the shop in 1948. In 1949 Sri Balaramayya and Sri Gopichand produced movies Lakshmamma and Sri Lakshmamma respectively. So both of them came to Tenali to approach Seshamamba garu. Seshamamba garu is a very famous character artist even before Suryakantam garu. She is very well known for her mother-in-law characters. Her husband spoke to the production managers who came there and told them about me. He also brought them to my store. The production manager said he is in a hurry and he got my pictures and said he will contact me. Later I came to know that another actor,Prabhakar Rao, filled that role. So they sent me a sorry letter.

This production manager used to go to Lab every day. The owner of the TNT (Tamilnadu Talkies) Lab asked him if he knows any new faces as he was planning to produce a movie in Telugu and he wants all new faces. Production manager had my pictures in his pocket. So he immediately gave my information and also gave me a telegram. I immediately went to madras and met him. Next day we went for screening. Addala Narayanarao is acting as assistant director. They gave me few dialogues for the screen test. After which they awarded me 1,116 and confirmed me for the cast. They said they would call me when the shooting starts. That movie is Adrushta Deepam.

Filmography

1. Dharma Chakram (1995)
2. Maya Bazaar (1995)
3. Govindha Govindha (1993) .... Doorvasa Maharshi
4. Mutamestri (1993) .... Chief Minister
5. Gaayam (1993)
6. Rajendrudru Gajendrudru (1993) .... Elephant's Master
7. Rajeshwari Kalyanam (1993)
8. Varasudu (1993)
9. Brundavanam (1992)
10. Pelli Pustakam (1991)
11. Talli Tandrulu (1991)
12. Bobbili Raja (1990)
13. Kanoon Ki Hathkadee (1988)
14. Pasivadi Pranam (1987)
15. Thene Manasulu (1987)
16. Vikram (1986/II) .... Commissioner
17. Kiraathakudu (1986) .... Dharmateja
18. Raktha Sindhuram (1985) .... Jagannatham
19. Shri Datta Darshanam (1985) .... Jamadagni
20. Rustum (1984)
21. Rojulu Marayi (1984)
22. Sangarshana (1983)
23. Prema Pichollu (1983)
24. Adavallu Aligithe (1983)
25. Ee Pillaku Pellavuthundha (1983)
26. MLA Yedukondalu (1983)
27. Mundadugu (1983)
28. Pelli Choopulu (1983)
29. Police Venkataswamy (1983)
30. Rudrakali (1983)
31. Mondighatam (1982)
32. Anuraga Devatha (1982)
33. Bangaru Kanuka (1982)
34. Ee Charitra Ae Siratho (1982)
35. Ekalavya (1982)
36. Jagannatha Rathachakralu (1982)
37. Kaliyuga Ramudu (1982)
38. MaroMallupu (1982)
39. Raga Deepam (1982)
40. Swayamvaram (1982)
41. Agni Poolu (1981)
42. Alludugaru Zindabad (1981)
43. Asha Jyoti (1981)
44. Bhoga Bhagyalu (1981)
45. Premaabhishekam (1981)
46. Prema Mandiram (1981)
47. Sandhya Ragam (1981)
48. Mosagadu (1980)
49. Chandipriya (1980)
50. Buchi Babu (1980)
51. Dharma Chakram (1980)
52. Gajadonga (1980)
53. Gharana Donga (1980)
54. Gopala Krishnudu (1980)
55. Hema Hemeelu (1980)
56. Kaksha (1980)
57. Kotha Jeevithalu (1980)
58. Sardar Papa Rayudu (1980)
59. Shri Vasavi Kannika Parameshwari Mahatyam (1980)
60. Sreevari Muchatlu (1980)
61. Captain Krishna (1979)
62. Ganga Bhavani (1979)
63. Intinti Ramayanam (1979)
64. Karthika Deepam (1979)
65. Khiladi Krishnudu (1979)
66. Mande Gundelu (1979)
67. Muddula Koduku (1979)
68. Naa Illu Naa Vaalu (1979)
69. Shri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam (1979)
70. Chal Mohana Ranga (1978)
71. Akbar Saleem Anarkali (1978)
72. Devadasu Malli Puttadu (1978)
73. Sahasavantudu (1978)
74. Aalu Magalu (1977)
75. Chakradhari (1977)
76. Indradhanusu (1977)
77. Kalpana (1977)
78. Kurukshetramu (1977) .... Bheeshma
79. Seeta Rama Vanavasam (1977)
80. Shri Ram Vanvas (1977) .... Dasharath
81. Ramarajyamlo Rakthapasam (1976)
82. Manchiki Maro Peru (1976)
83. Oka Deepam Veligindhi (1976)
84. Padavoyi Bharatheeyuda (1976)
85. Secretary (1976)
86. Seeta Kalyanam (1976) .... Dasharadha
87. Sita Swayamvar (1976) .... Dasharath
88. Yavanam Katesindi (1976)
89. Babu (1975)
90. Samsaram (1975)
91. Saubhagyavati (1975)
92. Yashoda Krishna (1975)
93. Zamindarugari Ammayi (1975)
94. Alluri Seetharama Raju (1974)
95. Ammayi Pelli (1974)
96. Anaganaga Oka Thandri (1974)
97. Bhoomikosam (1974)
98. Devadasu (1974)
99. Dora Babu (1974)
100. Gali Patalu (1974)
101. Intinti Katha (1974)
102. Manushullo Devudu (1974) .... Father
103. Jeevana Tarangalu (1973) .... Venugopal Rao
104. Kannavari Kala (1973)
105. Mallamma Katha (1973)
106. Marapurani Manishi (1973)
107. Minaru Babu (1973)
108. Samsaram Sagaram (1973)
109. Vichitra Vivaham (1973)
110. Vintha Katha (1973)
111. Bangaru Babu (1972)
112. Iddaru Ammayilu (1972) .... Ramanujam
113. Kalam Marindi (1972)
114. Koduku Kodalu (1972)
115. Neethi Nijayathi (1972)
116. Pandanti Kapuram (1972)
117. Tata Manavadu (1972)
118. Vichitra Bandham (1972)
119. Amayakuralu (1971)
120. Bhagyavanthudu (1971)
121. Bharya Biddalu (1971)
122. Dasara Bullodu (1971)
123. Nenu Manishine (1971)
124. Prem Nagar (1971)
125. Sampoorna Ramayanam (1971) .... Dasharadha
126. Shri Krishna Satya (1971)
127. Shrimanthudu (1971)
128. Sisindri Chittibabu (1971)
129. Suputhrudu (1971)
130. Vichithra Dampathyam (1971)
131. Agni Pareeksha (1970)
132. Jai Jawan (1970)
133. Maro Prapancham (1970)
134. Poola Rangadu (1970) .... Chalapathi
135. Sridevi (1970)
136. Adrushtavanthalu (1969)
137. Aadarsa Kutumbam (1969)
138. Aatmiyulu (1969) .... Jagannadham
139. Bhale Rangadu (1969)
140. Buddhimanthudu (1969)
141. Shri Rama Katha (1969)
142. Bandhipotu Dongalu (1968)
143. Bangaru Sankellu (1968)
144. Govula Gopanna (1968)
145. Mana Samsaram (1968)
146. Palamanasulu (1968)
147. Kambojaraju Katha (1967)
148. Prana Mithrulu (1967) .... Diwan
149. Rahasyam (1967)
150. Bhakta Potana (1966) .... Pothana
151. Kanne Manasulu (1966)
152. Navarathri (1966)
153. Palnati Yudham (1966)
154. Shri Krishna Pandaviyam (1966)
155. Aatma Gowravam (1965)
156. Antastulu (1965)
157. Chandrahasa (1965/I)
158. Chandrahasa (1965/II)
159. C.I.D (1965) .... Chalapathi
160. Naadi Aada Janme (1965)
161. Pandava Vanavasam (1965) .... Dharmaraaju
162. Preminchi Choodu (1965)
163. Satya Harishchandra (1965/II)
164. Aatma Balam (1964) .... Psychiatrist
165. Dr. Chakravarthy (1964)
166. Manchi Manishi (1964)
167. Murali Krishna (1964)
168. Poojaphalam (1964) .... Diwan Ramakrishnaiah
169. Ramadasu (1964) .... Kabir
170. Varasatwam (1964)
171. Velugu Needalu (1964)
172. Tirupathamma Katha (1963)
173. Lakshadhikari (1963)
174. Paruvu Prathishta (1963)
175. Savati Koduku (1963)
176. Irugu - Porugu (1963)
177. Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (1963) .... Yudhishtira
178. Chaduvukunna Ammayilu (1963)
179. Mooga Manasulu (1963)
180. Punarjanma (1963)
181. Mahamantri Timmarasu (1962) .... Mahamantri Thimmarusu
182. Bhishma (1962) .... Karna
183. Aradhana (1962) (as Gummadi Venkatheshwara Rao)
184. Constable Koothuru (1962)
185. Kalimilemulu (1962)
186. Khaidi Kannayya (1962)
187. Kula Gothralu (1962)
188. Siri Sampadalu (1962)
189. Santa (1961)
190. Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam (1961) .... Viswamitra Maharshi
191. Bharya Bharthalu (1961)
192. Iddaru Mitrulu (1961) .... Bhanoji Rao
193. Pandava Vanavasam (1961)
194. Rishyashringar (1961)
195. Rushyashrunga (1961)
196. Tandrulu Kodukulu (1961)
197. Vagdanam (1961) .... Ranganatham
198. Deepavali (1960) .... Nagadattudu
199. Harishchandra (1960) .... Vishwamitra Maharshi
200. Pelli Kaanuka (1960)
201. Renukadevi Mahatyam (1960)
202. Sahasra Siracheda Apoorva Chinthamani (1960)
203. Shantinivasam (1960)
204. Sri Venkateswara Mahatmyam (1960) .... Bhrugu Maharshi
205. Illarikam (1959)
206. Jayabheri (1959) .... Viswanatha Sastri
207. Krishna Leelalu (1959)
208. Maa Inti Mahalakshmi (1959)
209. Nammina Bantu (1959)
210. Pelli Sandadi (1959)
211. Raja Makutam (1959/I)
212. Sabhash Ramudu (1959)
213. Sati Tulasi (1959)
214. Sipayi Kooturu (1959)
215. Aadapettanam (1958)
216. Chenchu Lakshmi (1958/I)
217. Dongalunnaru Jagratha (1958)
218. Ettuku Pai Ettu (1958) .... Govindaiah
219. Intiguttu (1958)
220. Suvarna Sundari (1957/I)
221. Maya Bazaar (1957/I) .... Balarama
222. Dampatyam (1957)
223. Dongallo Dora (1957)
224. M.L.A. (1957) .... Damodaram
225. Premada Putri (1957)
226. Preme Daivam (1957)
227. Sarangadhara (1957)
228. Sati Ansuya (1957)
229. Veera Kankanam (1957)
230. Vinayaka Chaviti (1957) .... Satrajit
231. Chiranjeevulu (1956) .... Dr. Krishna
232. Edi Nijam (1956) .... Munusabu
233. Pennin Perumai (1956)
234. Kanyasulkam (1955) .... Sowjanya Rao Pantulu
235. Ardhangi (1955)
236. Missamma (1955) .... Employer (guest role)
237. Rani Ratnaprabha (1955)
238. Todu Dongalu (1954) .... Lokanatham
239. Pitchi Pullaiah (1953) .... Bhopala Rao
240. Adrushta Deepudu (1950)

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2 Comments:

Anonymous said...

gummadi is an excellent charector actor of the telugu film industry for decades.now that he has passed away only his immortal charectors remain for a long time to come which will certainly inspire younger generation actors who really want to act and live the rolls.he was a nice gentleman.may his soul rest in peace.

chandu said...

He His one of the Great Artist telugu film Industry.

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