Multilingual Indian film producer, Daggubati Ramanaidu passed away today in Hyderabad after a long battle with cancer.
In a career spanning more than five decades, D Ramanaidu produced more than 130 films and has a Guinness record, a Dadasaheb Phalke award and a Padma Bhushan to his credit.
The founder of Suresh Productions, D Ramanaidu held 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 made his debut in cinema with 1963 film ‘Anuragam’ followed by the superhit ‘Ramudu-Bheemudu’ starring legendary N T Rama Rao in 1964.
Apart from Telugu films, he produced movies in Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi and Bhojpuri.
He had also served as a Member of Parliament for the Baptala constituency of Guntur District in the 13th Lok Sabha from 1999-2004.
In 2009, Ramanaidu received the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement in the film industry for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema, and in 2012 he was conferred with the Padma Bhushan, in recognition for his contribution to Telugu cinema.
Some of his other well known films were ‘Srikrishna Tulabharam’ (which won a national award for its lead actress Saratha), ‘Preminchu’ ‘Ramudu Bheemudu’, ‘Bobbili Raja’, ‘Ahana Pellanta’, ‘Andhra Vaibhavam’, ‘Kathanayakudu’ in Telegu and ‘Asukh’, ‘Sudhu Ekbar Bolo’ in Bengali.
Rama Naidu worked with artists like NTR, A Nageswara Rao, Sivaji Ganesan, Pandari Bai, Jamuna, Padmini, Sobhan Babu, Kamal Haasan, Jayaprada, Chiranjeevi, Rajinikanth, Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Rekha, Jeetendra and Sridevi.
He built a great track record in the industry for introducing numerous film directors as well as artistes and technicians.
Prominent artistes introduced by him include Venkatesh, Harish, Vanisri, Aryan Rajesh, Tabu, Khushboo, Allari Naresh and Malasree.
Rama Naidu set up studios, recording, preview and dubbing theatres and laboratories in Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam.
His children are producer Suresh Babu Daggubati, actor Venkatesh Daggubati and daughter Daggubati Lakshmi.
Actor Rana Daggubati, a Telugu and Bollywood actor, is his grandson.
Ramanaidu used to contribute a substantial part of his earnings to numerous philanthropic purposes including the Ramanaidu Charitable Trust that was founded in 1991.
Apart from the various Telugu movies that he produced, Rajesh Khanna – Hema Malini starrer ‘Premnagar’ followed by ‘Dildar’, the 1993 release ‘Anari’ starring Karisma Kapoor and son Venkatesh, ‘Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain’ (1999), Prem Qaidi (1991) and ‘Kucch Tum Kaho Kuchh Hum Kahein’ (2002) are some of the Hindi movies that were made under his production.
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