SV Ranga Rao, an epitome of excellence
Throughout his film career, which spanned over 25 years, Samarla Venkata Ranga Rao garnered various honours. As an actor, director and a producer too, he won hearts of many Telugu speaking people. Tuesday marked the 100th birth anniversary of the actor.
Born on July 3, 1918 at Nuzividu, Krishna district to Samarla Lakshmi and Koteswara Rao, SV Ranga Rao was named after Lord Venkateswara. After completing his schooling from Hindu College, Ranga Rao began to display an affinity for acting. After completing his bachelors in science, he ventured into acting.After doing stage performances, Ranga Rao was invited by BV Ramanandam to play the lead actor in Varoodhini. When the film released, he won accolades for his performance, but the film tanked at the box office. Understandably, he chose to distance himself from the film and refused to acknowledge it as his debut.
At the time, he was working as a budget assistant with the Tata Company in Jamshedpur. However, his talent didn’t go unnoticed and soon offers began pouring in and so began his illustrious career.
Take a look at some of the lesser known facts about the legendary Ranga Rao
*His first film, which launched him in the big leagues was Mana Desam which was released in 1949. The same film also proved to be a turning point for Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao as an actor and Ghantasala as a music composer.
*In 25 years of his career, Rao acted in 162 films–109 were in Telugu, 53 were in Tamil.
*He was given many titles and was lovingly referred to as ‘Nata Sarvabhouma’, ‘Viswa Nata Chakravarthi’, ‘Nata Sekhara’ and ‘Nata Simha’ by his admirers.