Sobhanbabu, one of the senior Telugu film artistes, quietly disappeared from the Telugu film industry. Though some of his contemporaries are still making their presence in films, Sobhanbabu voluntarily opted to stay away from the film industry. Not only in films, he is keeping himself off from any functions or festivals related to the film industry like audio releases, film releases or Nandi award kind of prestigious dos.
Sobhanbabu's real name is Uppu Shobana Chalapathy Rao. His date of birth is January 14, 1937. He is the son of Uppu Suryanarayana Rao. He has three sisters Dhanaranga, Jhansi and Nirmala, besides a brother Sambasiva Rao.
He had completed his schooling in Kuntamukkula Mylavaram. He pursued his Intermediate in Vijayawada and finished his degree in Vijayawada. Later, he joined law course in Madras, but discontinued it.
He got married to Kanta Kumari on May 15, 1958. He has a son Karuna Seshu and three daughters Mrudula, Prashanti and Nivedita.
Though he was in the glamour field, he did not allow either his sons, daughters, brothers or sisters into the film industry.
He made his debut into films through Daivabalam directed by Vasanthkumar Reddy, but the first film that hit the screen is Bhakta Sabari and his first crush is with L Vijayalakshmi. Chitrapu Narayana Murthy is his first director, while BD Naidu was the first producer. It is Pendyala Nageswara Rao who gave music for his first ever film. His film Manushulu Maarali was run for 25 weeks which was a recording during those days. By the time Sobhanbabu entered, it was black and white era. His first colour film is Kannavari Kalalu. For the first time he went abroad for a film shooting for Ramudu-Parasuramudu. He made a dual role in Potti Pleader for the first time.
During those days Sobhanbabu is the only stylish star. Even if he wears a T-shirt or if he wears a suit, it is perfect fit for him. It is Sobhanbabu who used to wear goggles in song sequences and it is worth watching on screen. He had received Filmfare Awards for four times, Nandi awards for five times, AP Cine Goers Award for eight times of which he bagged the award consecutively for six years from 1970 to 1975. Likewise he had bagged Madras Film Fans award for nine times. Vamsi Berkely Award, AP Film Fans Award, Andhra Patrika Award, Film World Award were only a few to mention. He bagged the Central Govt award for the best classical film hero for Bangaru Panjaram in 1970. Filmalaya, Cine World, Cine Express, Kalasagar, and Kalasravanthi were few more awards that came in his way.
Sobhanbabu had paired up with Sarada for several films and they were said to be a hit pair of all times. It is really a unique combination. Sobhanbabu is known for his glamour and performance for about 30 years in the filmdom and Sarada is known more for her outstanding, performance-oriented roles, especially for sober roles.
He was popularly called as "Andhra Andagadu" meaning, "Most handsome person in Andhra Pradesh". He was honored several Nandi Awards by the state of Andhra Pradesh Government. He probably earned maximum number of awards among any Telugu hero for his diverse roles spanning over 30 years. He was the most popular ladies hero for over 20 years. In fact, he earned so much ladies popularity that even to this day any good ladies family entertainer is referred to as "Shoban Babu type movie" by the telugu movie lovers. He was honored "Natabooshana" title and it became his last name in movie credits.
Though several senior artistes had lost their earnings either by producing films or in some other way, Sobhanbabu had a planned career. He invested all his earnings in real estate business and is leading a peaceful life with a complete happy family with sons, daughters, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law and grandchildren. He acted in films that suits his age all the times. At the fag end of his career, he chose some character artiste roles and finally took retirement from films for a happy and fruitful life. He celebrated his 70th birthday on January 14, 2007.
Aasthi Mooredu Asha Baaredu
Andharoo Dongale (1974)
Debbaku Thaa Dongala Muthaa
Devudu Chesina Pelli
Dharma Chakram (1980)
Dharma Peetam Daddarillindi
Enki Naayudu Bava
Evandi Aavida Vachindi
Iddaru Iddare (1976)
Jebu Donga (1975)
Maa Manchi Akkayya
Manavudu Danavudu (1972)
Manchi Manasulu (1974)
Mangalya Bhalam (1985)
Navagraha Poojaa Mahima
Paramanandayya Sishyula Katha
Punyam koddu purushudu
Somavaara Vrata Maahaatyam
Sri Krishna Pandaveeyam
Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna
Tahsildar Gaari Ammaayi
Film fare Awards: 1971, 74, 76, 79
Nandi Best Actor Award from AP Govt : 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976
AP Cinegoers Award : 1970, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 85, 89,
Madras Film Fans Award : 1971, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 84, 85
Vamsi Berkely Award : 1978, 84, 85
AP Film Fans Award : 1971, 1974
Andhrapatrika Award : 1970, 1985
Film World : 1971, 1975
Central Govt Award for the best classical film hero award : Bangaru Panjaram 1970
Filmalaya : 1975
Cine World : 1975
Kalasagar : 1975 1986
Kalasravanthi : 1992
Kotha Bangaru Lokam Copied Scenes
1. ATTA ODI PUVVU VALE METTANAMMA...!
Movie: Todu - Needa.
Alapana: Olala lali... lali... lali... hai... hai...
Hai...hai... olalalali.. lali.. lali.. lali.. lali.. lali.. lali..
Atta odi puvvu vale mattanamma.. adamarachi hayiga adukomma..
Adukuni.. adukuni.. alasipotiva.. alupu teera bajjo ma andalabomma..||A|
Ammalu kannullu tammi poovullu.. tammi poovulu pooyu pandu vennellu..
Aa vennelanu mooseti panneeti jallu..kanneeru raneeku ftolagu vetajallu..
Olali... olali.... ||A||
Kanipinche devullu.. kammani papallu...
Kanipenche talliki kannula jyothullu.. veyyali papayi...
Tappatadugullu.. cheyyali aa paina goppa chestalu.. Olali... ||A||
2. VATA PATRA SAIKI VARAHALA LALI...!
Rachana: Dr.C.Narayana Reddy.
Alapana: Lali... lali... lali... lali...lali.. lali.. lali.. lali...
Vata patra saiki varahala lali.. rajeeva nethrunuki ratanala lali..
Muripala krushnuniki aa..aa..aa.. muripala krishnuniki...
Muthyala lali.. jagamelu swamiki pagadala lali... ||V||
Kalyana ramuniki kousalya lali.. yeduvamsa vibhuniki
Yashoda lali.. kariraja mukhuniki.. kariraja mukhuniki..
Giritanaya lali.. paramamsabhavuniki paramatma lali... ||V||
Jojo.. jojo..jo... jojo.. jojo.. jo..
Alamelupatiki annamayya lali.. kodandaramuniki gopayya lali..
Shyamalanguniki shyamaiah lali... ||Shy||
Aagamanutuniki tyagaiah lali... ||V||
Lali... lali...lali... lali...
3. RAMALALI.. MEGHA SHYMALALI...!
Movie: Nindu Hrudayalu.
Rachana: Dr.C.Narayana Reddy.
Ramalali... meghashymalali... saamaa... rasa... nayana...
Dasaradha tanaya lali...
Villu pattina ramanna.. venna tinna gopanna..
Ninnu valache kanne odilo.. nidura kosam cherava..
Odigi... odigi... chuseva... ||R||
Dora prayapu dorapapa.. ora chupula kanupapa..
Kanupapa... chilipi jabili chupe na madi...
Kaluva vennele muriseno.. cheliki lolona yemaino.... ||R||
4. ADE PADE PASIVADA...!
Movie: Pelli Kanuka.
Rachana: Cheruvu Anjaneya Sasthri.
Ade pade pasivada.. adenoyi neetoda.. anandam pongenoyi..
Deepavali.. intinta velugu.. deepala merupu.. enaleni vedukara.. ||A||
Chirunavvu vennellu chiliketi vada.. arudaina chirunavvu aruveeyarara..
Na madilo neeku nelave kaladu.. badule maaku neeveeyavaladu..
Neepai memu nilipina ashalu.. nijamaina chalunura...
Nijamaina chalunura... ||A||
Chinnari jayamantu moge patasu.. chitapatamani poolu chimme matabu..
Ne rupame inti deepamu babu.. maalo perige mamatavu neevu...
Manchanipinchi.. mamu muripinchina..mari vere koranura..
Mari vere koranura... ||A||
5. ANDALA PASIPAPA...!
Movie: Chitti chellelu.
Music: S.Rajeswara Rao.
Andala pasipapa.. andariki kanupapa.. bajjora.. bujjayi..
Kadhalenno chebutale... kalalanni neevele... ||A||
Me naanna vastunnaru.. ememo testunnaru..
Vamsam nilipe tolikanpuvani gaarabale kuripincheru... ||A||
Ma iddari muddula raja.. na madilo poochina roja..
Intai andai ento chadivi.. nevannita naannanu minchali.. ||A||
Alludavani me mavayya pillanu gani neekistadu..
Ravvala vanti ne pillalanu avvanu nenai adistanu... ||A||
6. MUDDULA MA BABU NIDDAROTUNNADU..!
Muddula ma babu niddarotunnadu...
Saddu chesarante vulikuliki padatadu..
Gopalakrishnaiah vrepalleku velugu...
Ma inti kannaiah lokanike velugu... Jujujujuju..jujujujuju..
Challaga nidaroye babu.. niduralo mellaga navvukune babu..
Emi kalalu kantunnano telusaa...
Ye janmaku ee talle kavalanee...
Ee odilone aadamarachi vundalani... jujujujuju.. jujujujuju... ||M||
Devude na yeduruga nilabadite...
Emi kavali talli..ani adigite...
Nenemani adugutano telusa...telusa..
Ne needalo na babu peragalani...
Perigi neelage peru techukovalani...jujujujuju.. jujujujuju... ||M||
7. PACHANI CHETTU OKATI.. VECHANI CHILUKALU RENDU...!
Pachani chettu okati.. vechani chilukalu rendu...
Patalu padi jo kottali... jo..jo..jo... ||P||
Challani palukula talli...chakkani navvula tandri..
Kammani nomula panta.. nene suma...
Iddari bugga meeda muddula mutalu kadite...
Impuga nidura povali... jo..jo..jo... ||P||
Chitti chilaka palaka... chilaka talli kuluka...
Chilakaa raju chetla chatuna vetakali...
Challaga murise vela... chatuga masale vela...
Ellaru kalakalaladali... jo..jo..jo... ||P||
8. NEELALA KANNULLO MELAMELLAGA...!
Movie: Natakala Rayudu.
Neelala kannullo melamellaga.. nidura ravamma raave..
Nindara raave... Nelavanka chaluvallu vedajallaga..
Nidura raavamma raave... nemmadiga raave...
O.. o.. o..
Chirugali bala padindi jola.. padindi jola..
Yeda dochenamma... yevevo kalalu...
Kalalanni kalalenno virabuyaga...
Nidura raavamma raave.. nindara raave... ||N||
Niduramma odilo origindi reyi.. voogindi.. lali...
Gagananni chusi.. oka kannudoyi..
Vinipinchamandi.. ennenno kadhalu..
Kadha cheppi muripinchi maripinchaga...
Nidura raavamma raave.. nemmadiga raave... ||N||
9. CHANDAMAMA RAAVE... JABILLI RAAVE..
Rachana: Samudrala junior.
Music: Ramesh Naidu.
Chandamama raave.. jabilli raave...
Kondekki raave.. gogu poolu teve... ||C||
Vendiginnelo vedi buvva teve...
Paidi ginnelo pala buvva teve...
Andala papaku andinchi pove... ||C||
Tell mabbula teru meeda raave..
Pala vennela paanakalu teve...
Andala papaku andinchi pove.... ||C||
10. BANGARU PRAYAMIDE PAVALINCHAVE TALLI...!
Bangaru prayamide pavalinchave talli..
Ee vayasu datite.. niduredi malli...
Bangaru prayamide pavalinchave talli...
Aidella vayasulo adukovali...
Badilona telugu pata padukovali...
Padellu ragane pathala baruvu...
Chaduvulo ninduga munigipoyevu... ||B||
Eedu ragane.. todu kavali...
Kanu terachi kammaga kalalu kanchali..
Kori valachina vadu.. cheraboyinacho...
Tandri kadante.. tanaku niduredi... ||B||