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About Raja Babu

Punyamurthula Appalaraju(Raja Babu)(15 October 1937 - 7 February 1983)

Raja Babu born in Narasapuram, West Godavari, AP, India on 15 October 1937.He was a comedian during the golden years of Telugu film and acted 589 movies in less than 20 years as Hero, comedian and Comedy Villain.

Rajababu was very much interested in dramas and he has given excellent performance in dramas like "Kukka Pilla Dorikindhi", "Nalugilla Chavadi" and "Alluri Sitarama Raju".

On the advise of the then famous director Garikapati Raja Rao who has introduced many faces to Tollywood, Rajababu paved his way into Telugu film field. His debute acting in the film "Samajam(1960)" in the direction of Addala Narayana Rao.

Leelarani, Prasannarani, Sachu, Gitanjali and Ramaprabha played his female counterparts in most of his movies.The combination with Ramaprabha was considered as the best couple with huge fanfare during those days.

He was also story writer and producer.He produced films like "Manishi Rodduna Paddadu""Tirupathi."

His brothers are also a noted comedians, Chitti Babu and Anat Babu.

He was the hero of the super hit film 'Tata Manavadu' directed by Dasari Narayana Rao.

His best movies some like:
1.Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha (1966)
2.Goodachari 116 (1967)
3.Vichitra Bandham (1972)

Raja Babu married Lakshmi Ammalu in 1965 and they have two children Nagendra Babu and Mahesh Babu.

He won a record 14 Film fare awards - 13 of which were won in succession.
He was given the title "Haasya Nata Chakravarthi" (Comedy King).

He died of an heart attack in Srinagar colony in Hyderabad.


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