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Daggubati Ramanaidu (6 June 1936 – 18 February 2015) was an Indian film producer. He was the founder of Suresh Productions and has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records
Guinness Book of World Records
for the most films produced by an individual, having produced more than 150 films in 13 Indian languages. He also served as a member of parliament for the Bapatala constituency of Guntur District
Guntur District
in the 13th Lok Sabha
13th Lok Sabha
from 1999 to 2004. In 2012, Ramanaidu was conferred with the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India, the Padma Bhushan, in recognition for his contribution to Indian cinema.[1] In 2009, he was conferred with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest award for films in Indian cinema. He has also received the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award, and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South for his work in Telugu cinema. Ramanaidu contributed a substantial part of his earnings to numerous philanthropic purposes under the "Ramanaidu Charitable Trust" that was founded in 1991.[2]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Film career 3 Family and personal life 4 Awards and honors 5 Death 6 Partial filmography

6.1 Telugu 6.2 Hindi 6.3 Tamil 6.4 Kannada 6.5 Bengali 6.6 Punjabi 6.7 Marathi

7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] D. Ramanaidu was born on 6 June 1936[3] into an agricultural family in Karamchedu, a village in Prakasam district
Prakasam district
in the present day Andhra Pradesh.[4] He completed his schooling in the village and had his college education in Chirala
Chirala
and later graduated out of the Presidency College, Chennai.[5] He started his career as a rice-mill owner and later got into the transport business.[6] During this time, his father joined with a relative and co-produced the Telugu film Nammina Bantu (1958), starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
and Savitri. He performed the dupe of Rao in the film. The latter advised him to get to Madras
Madras
(now Chennai) and work with film-makers.[5] He closed down his rice mill as he was not happy with it, and moved to Madras
Madras
in 1962. He intended to start a brick business, but later switched to real estate. His frequent visits to the "Andhra Club" got him acquainted with the Telugu film fraternities.[4] Film career[edit] In 1963, Ramanaidu partnered with his friends Tagirisa Hanumantha Rao and Yarlagadda Lakshmaiah Chowdary and co-produced the commercially unsuccessful Anuragam (1963). Following that, he established his own production house Suresh Productions, and produced Ramudu Bheemudu (1964).[4] Until the early 1970s, he kept to Telugu cinema
Telugu cinema
and made films such as Pratigna Palana (1965), Sri Krishna Tulabharam (1966), Shree Janma (1967), Paapa Kosam (1968) and Sepoy Chinnaiah (1969). Ramudu Bheemudu
Ramudu Bheemudu
remained his only box office success during this period.[5] While in Madras, he partnered with B. Nagi Reddy's sons and formed a company called "Vijaya Suresh Combines" and made some films under that house.[4] In 1971, he produced Prem Nagar, starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
and Vanisri. The film went on to become a "blockbuster" and its success prompted Tamil and Hindi remakes entitled Vasantha Maligai
Vasantha Maligai
(1972) and Prem Nagar (1974), respectively. Both versions were produced by him and became equally successful.[5] Namma Kuzhaindagal, Tirumangalyam, Madhurageetham, Kuzhaindaikaga and Deiva Piravi are some of his Tamil productions that were made during the 1970s.[4] As all the studios were based in Madras
Madras
at that date, he started "Ramanaidu Studios" in Hyderabad
Hyderabad
with the help of the state government in 1983.[7][8] While frequently making films in Telugu and Tamil, he branched out into the Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Oriya film, Gujarati, Bhojpuri and Punjabi industries. His Hindi films include Dildaar, Tohfa, Anari, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain and Aaghaaz.[4] As of 2015, he had made more than 130 films in 13 Indian languages. The feat earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008.[9] Ramanaidu also acted in a few films, mostly his own productions. He played a full-length role for the first time in the 2007 Telugu film Hope. The film, which dealt with teenage suicides arising out of educational stress among students, won the award for Best Film on Other Social Issues at the 54th National Film Awards.[10] Family and personal life[edit] Main article: ANR-Ramanaidu Family Ramanaidu got married in 1958 and had three children, two sons and a daughter. His elder son Daggubati Suresh Babu is a producer and his younger son Daggubati Venkatesh
Daggubati Venkatesh
is an actor in Telugu cinema.[7] He had eight grandchildren, two of whom – Rana Daggubati
Rana Daggubati
and Naga Chaitanya – are actors in Telugu cinema.[4] Ramanaidu was a member of the Telugu Desam Party
Telugu Desam Party
and represented Baptala constituency in Guntur District
Guntur District
in the 13th Lok Sabha
13th Lok Sabha
from 1999 to 2004. He lost the 2004 election for the same seat in the 14th Lok Sabha.[11][12] Awards and honors[edit]

Civilian Honors

Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
- 2012

National Film Awards

National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali – Asukh (1999)[7] National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues - Hope (2006) Dadasaheb Phalke Award
Dadasaheb Phalke Award
- 2009 [8]

Nandi Awards

Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Andhra Vaibhavam Nandi Award for Best Feature Film - Preminchu
Preminchu
(2001)[13] Raghupathi Venkaiah Award - 2006[14]

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (Third prize) – Namma Kuzhanthaigal (1970)[15] Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (Second prize) – Madhurageetham (1977)[15]

Filmfare
Filmfare
Awards South

Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Film Jeevana Tarangalu (1973)[13] Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Film – Soggadu (1976)[13] Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South
(2000)[16]

Other Honors

Honorary doctorate
Honorary doctorate
from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati[17]

Death[edit] In January 2014, it was reported that Ramanaidu had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He died on 18 February 2015, at the age of 78, in Hyderabad.[18][19] Many Tollywood stars like Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Ravi Teja, Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao, Pawan Kalyan, Ram Charan and Allu Arjun
Allu Arjun
paid their last respects to Rama Naidu.[20] Partial filmography[edit] Telugu[edit]

Gopala Gopala Drushyam Bhimavaram Bullodu Nenem…Chinna Pillana? Masala Mugguru Aalasyam Amrutam Bendu Apparao R.M.P Baladoor Tulasi Madhumasam Sri Krishna 2006 Soggadu Malliswari Neeku Nenu Naaku Nuvvu Hari Villu Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu Nee Premakai Preminchu Jayam Manadera Kalisundam Raa Preyasi Rave Ganesh Preminchukundam Raa Oho Naa Pellanta Dharma Chakram Super Police Coolie No. 1 Bobbili Raja Indrudu Chandrudu Prema Brahma Puthrudu Chinababu Aha Naa Pellanta Ramu Kaliyuga Pandavulu Kathanayakudu Sangharshana Mundadugu Devata Agni Poolu Soggadu Chakravakam Jeevana Tarangalu Prem Nagar Ramudu Bheemudu

Hindi[edit]

Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein
Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein
(2002) Aaghaaz
Aaghaaz
(2000) Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999) Taqdeerwala
Taqdeerwala
(1995) Santaan
Santaan
(1993) Anari (1993) Dilwaala(1986) Tohfa
Tohfa
(1984) Prem Nagar (1974)

Tamil[edit]

Kai Naattu
Kai Naattu
(1988) Michael Raj
Michael Raj
(1987) Thanikattu Raja
Thanikattu Raja
(1982) Vasantha Maligai
Vasantha Maligai
(1972)

Kannada[edit]

Jeevana Taranga (1968) Thavarumane Udugore (1991) Mangalya (1991) Maduve Aagona Baa (2001)

Bengali[edit]

Asukh
Asukh
(1999) Sudhu Ekbar Bolo (1999)

Punjabi[edit]

Singh vs Kaur
Singh vs Kaur
(2013)

Marathi[edit]

Mazi Aai[21]

References[edit]

^ "Veteran southern producer D. Rama Naidu gets Padma Bhushan". Zee News.  ^ "Of course, I am happy with the award. And I am equally happy that I am still doing films". Times of India. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013.  ^ "Veteran Producer No More". Archived from the original on 18 February 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2015.  ^ a b c d e f g Rajamani, Radhika (18 February 2015). "D Ramanaidu: From rice grower to number one filmmaker". Rediff.com. Retrieved 19 February 2015.  ^ a b c d "Ramanaidu's epic journey". The Hans India. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.  ^ "Dadasaheb Phalke Awardee Dr Ramanaidu Passes Away". The New Indian Express. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.  ^ a b c "46th National Film Festival". Directorate of Film Festivals. pp. 62–63. Retrieved 19 February 2015.  ^ a b Reddy, R. Ravikanth (18 February 2015). "Legendary filmmaker Ramanaidu is no more". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 February 2015.  ^ Burman, Jivraj (4 January 2008). "D Rama Naidu enters Guinness book". The Hindustan Times. Retrieved 19 February 2015.  ^ "'We would have won more national awards'". The Hindu. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2015.  ^ "Keen contest on the cards in Bapatla". The Hindu. 21 March 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010.  ^ "Ramanaidu denies joining Congress". The Hindu. 13 April 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010.  ^ a b c Rao, Sushil (19 February 2015). "Ramanaidu was a filmmaker like no other". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 February 2015.  ^ "NTR award for Waheeda Rehman". The Hindu. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2015.  ^ a b Anandan, Film News (2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru (Tamil film history and its achievements) (in Tamil). Sivagami Publications. p. 7−19.  ^ "Lifetime Achievement Award (South) winners down the years..." Filmfare. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015.  ^ "D. Ramanaidu: Multilingual film producer dies in Hyderabad". India Today. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.  ^ "D Ramanaidu, Dadasaheb Phalke award winner, passes away". The Indian Express. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.  ^ H Hooli, Shekhar (18 February 2015). "Telugu Producer D Rama Naidu Passes Away: Movie Mogul's Death Shocks Tollywood Celebs". International Business Times. Retrieved 18 February 2015.  ^ "Daggubati Venkatesh, Nagarjuna, Chiranjeevi, Ravi Teja
Ravi Teja
pay their last respect to late movie mogul D Ramanaidu" ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/report/d-ramanaidu-from-rice-grower-to-number-one-filmmaker/20150218.htm

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Dadasaheb Phalke Award

1969–1980

Devika Rani
Devika Rani
Chaudhuri Roerich (1969) B. N. Sircar (1970) Prithviraj Kapoor
Prithviraj Kapoor
(1971) Pankaj Mullick
Pankaj Mullick
(1972) Ruby Myers
Ruby Myers
(1973) Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy (1974) Dhirendranath Ganguly (1975) Kanan Devi
Kanan Devi
(1976) Nitin Bose (1977) Rai Chand Boral (1978) Sohrab Modi
Sohrab Modi
(1979) Paidi Jairaj
Paidi Jairaj
(1980)

1981–2000

Naushad
Naushad
(1981) L. V. Prasad
L. V. Prasad
(1982) Durga Khote
Durga Khote
(1983) Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
(1984) V. Shantaram
V. Shantaram
(1985) B. Nagi Reddy (1986) Raj Kapoor
Raj Kapoor
(1987) Ashok Kumar
Ashok Kumar
(1988) Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar
(1989) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1990) Bhalji Pendharkar (1991) Bhupen Hazarika
Bhupen Hazarika
(1992) Majrooh Sultanpuri (1993) Dilip Kumar
Dilip Kumar
(1994) Rajkumar (1995) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1996) Pradeep (1997) B. R. Chopra (1998) Hrishikesh Mukherjee (1999) Asha Bhosle
Asha Bhosle
(2000)

2001–present

Yash Chopra
Yash Chopra
(2001) Dev Anand
Dev Anand
(2002) Mrinal Sen
Mrinal Sen
(2003) Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(2004) Shyam Benegal
Shyam Benegal
(2005) Tapan Sinha (2006) Manna Dey
Manna Dey
(2007) V. K. Murthy
V. K. Murthy
(2008) D. Ramanaidu (2009) K. Balachander
K. Balachander
(2010) Soumitra Chatterjee
Soumitra Chatterjee
(2011) Pran (2012) Gulzar
Gulzar
(2013) Shashi Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor
(2014) Manoj Kumar
Manoj Kumar
(2015) Kasinathuni Viswanath
Kasinathuni Viswanath
(2016)

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Padma Bhushan
Padma Bhushan
award recipients (2010–19)

2010

Satya Paul Agarwal Mohammad Amin Sailesh Kumar Bandopadhyay M. S. Banga Anil Bordia Bipan Chandra B. K. Chaturvedi Sant Singh Chatwal G. P. Chopra Tan Chung Madhusudan Dhaky P. R. Dubhashi Puttaraj Gawai Belle Monappa Hegde Ilaiyaraaja Jagdish Chandra Kapur Shrinivas Khale Aamir Khan Sultan Khan Ram Kumar Kumudini Lakhia Kuzhur Narayana Marar Chhannulal Mishra Eledath Thaikkattu Narayanan Mooss C. P. Krishnan Nair S. P. Oswal Akbar Padamsee Ramakanta Panda Balasaheb Vikhe Patil Arogyaswami Paulraj A. R. Rahman Moosa Raza Mallika Sarabhai Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana Abhijit Sen Satya Vrat Shastri Noshir M. Shroff Kushal Pal Singh Bikash Sinha Balagangadharanatha Swamiji Narayanan Vaghul P. K. Warrier Fareed Zakaria

2011

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Rajashree Birla M. N. Buch C. V. Chandrasekhar Ajai Chowdhry Yogesh Chander Deveshwar Satyadev Dubey T. J. S. George Shankha Ghosh Kris Gopalakrishnan Keki Byramjee Grant Shashi Kapoor Krishen Khanna Khayyam Chanda Kochhar Dwijen Mukhopadhyay Madavoor Vasudevan Nair Ramdas Pai Dashrath Patel Rajendra Singh Pawar Suryanarayanan Ramachandran Shobhana Ranade Gunupati Venkata Krishna Reddy Kallam Anji Reddy Waheeda Rehman Shyam Saran Analjit Singh Arpita Singh Surendra Singh R. K. Srikantan Raghavan Thirumulpad

2012

Suresh H. Advani Shabana Azmi Homi K. Bhabha Shashikumar Chitre Khaled Choudhury Jatin Das Vidya Dehejia Dharmendra S. N. Goenka M. S. Gopalakrishnan T. V. Gopalakrishnan Buddhadev Das Gupta Sunil Janah Anish Kapoor S. B. Mujumdar B. Muthuraman Mira Nair Arvind Panagariya José Pereira Mata Prasad M. S. Raghunathan P. Chandrasekhara Rao Ronen Sen Devi Shetty M. V. Subbiah N. Vittal N. H. Wadia George Yeo

2013

Satya N. Atluri Maharaj Kishan Bhan Jaspal Bhatti Rahul Dravid Adi Godrej Abdul Rashid Khan Rajesh Khanna Mary Kom Nandkishore Shamrao Laud Mangesh Padgaonkar Hemendra Singh Panwar Jogesh Pati Shivajirao Girdhar Patil A. Sivathanu Pillai D. Ramanaidu Kanak Rele V. K. Saraswat Ashoke Sen Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak B. N. Suresh Sharmila Tagore Ramamurthy Thyagarajan Saroja Vaidyanathan

2014

Anisuzzaman Mrityunjay Athreya Padmanabhan Balaram Dalveer Bhandari Ruskin Bond Anita Desai Pullela Gopichand Kamal Haasan Jyeshtharaj Joshi V. N. Kaul Neelam Kler M. Mahadevappa Leander Paes K. Radhakrishnan Anumolu Ramakrishna Thirumalachari Ramasami Lloyd Rudolph Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Vinod Prakash Sharma Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh Parveen Sultana Dhirubhai Thaker Vairamuthu J. S. Verma T. H. Vinayakram

2015

Jahnu Barua Manjul Bhargava Vijay P. Bhatkar Swapan Dasgupta David Frawley Bill Gates Melinda Gates Swami Satyamitranand N. Gopalaswami Subhash C. Kashyap Gokulotsavji Maharaj Saichiro Misumi Ambrish Mithal Sudha Ragunathan Harish Salve Ashok Seth Rajat Sharma Satpal Singh Shivakumara Swami Khadg Singh Valdiya

2016

Ravindra Chandra Bhargava Robert Blackwill Hafeez Contractor Indu Jain Heisnam Kanhailal Anupam Kher Sania Mirza Pallonji Mistry Udit Narayan Saina Nehwal Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad Vinod Rai N. S. Ramanuja Tatacharya A. V. Rama Rao D. Nageshwar Reddy Dayananda Saraswati Barjinder Singh Hamdard Ram V. Sutar Tejomayananda

2017

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Deviprasad Dwivedi Ratnasundarsuri Niranjanananda Saraswati Cho Ramaswamy Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Tehemton Erach Udwadia

2018

Pankaj Advani Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mahendra Singh Dhoni Alexander Kadakin Ramachandran Nagaswamy Laxman Pai Arvind Parikh Sharda Sinha

# Posthumous conferral

1954–1959 1960–1969 1970–1979 1980–1989 1990–1999 2000–2009 2010–2019

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Raghupathi Venkaiah Award

1980–1990

1980: L. V. Prasad
L. V. Prasad
(director and producer) 1981: P. Pullaiah and Santha Kumari
Santha Kumari
(director and producer) 1982: B. A. Subba Rao
B. A. Subba Rao
(director, producer and writer) 1983: M. A. Rahman 1984: Kosaraju Raghavaiah Choudary (lyricist, poet and actor) 1985: Bhanumati (actor, producer, singer, music director, and writer) 1986: Bapu and Mullapudi Venkata Ramana 1987: B. Nagi Reddy (producer) 1988: D. V. S. Raju (producer) 1989: Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(actor) 1990: Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao
(actor, director, and producer)

1991–2000

1991: Kasinathuni Viswanath
Kasinathuni Viswanath
(Film director) 1992: S. Rajeswara Rao (composer) 1993: D. Madhusudhana Rao (producer) 1994: Anjali Devi
Anjali Devi
(actress) 1995: Kovelamudi Surya Prakash Rao (actor, cinematographer, director, producer) 1996: Inturi Venkateswara Rao 1997: V. Madhusudhan Rao 1998: Gummadi Venkateswara Rao (actor) 1999: Santha Kumari
Santha Kumari
(actress and producer) 2000: Kanta Rao
Kanta Rao
(actor, producer)

2001–present

2001: Allu Rama Lingaiah (actor) 2002: P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(playback singer) 2003: V. B. Rajendra Prasad (producer) 2004: Krishnaveni (actress and producer) 2005: M. S. Reddy (producer, writer, and director) 2006: Daggubati Rama Naidu (producer, actor) 2007: Tammareddy Krishna Murthy (producer) 2008: Vijaya Nirmala (actress, producer and director) 2009: K. Ragava (producer) 2010: M. Balaiah (actor, producer and director) 2011: Kaikala Satyanarayana (actor, producer and director) 2012: Kodi Ramakrishna
Kodi Ramakrishna
(director) 2013: Vanisri (actress) 2014: Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
(actor) 2015: Eswar (publicity designer, writer) 2016: Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
(actor, producer)

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Filmfare
Filmfare
Award South for Lifetime Achievement

1983–1989

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1983) Sowcar Janaki
Sowcar Janaki
(1984) Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan
(1985) Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair (1986) Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
(1987) Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
(1988) Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja
(1989)

1990–1999

Padmini (1990) M. T. Vasudevan Nair (1991) L. V. Prasad
L. V. Prasad
(1992) Gemini Ganesan
Gemini Ganesan
(1993) K. Balachander, Kasinathuni Viswanath, B. Saroja Devi, Madhu, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee
Soumitra Chatterjee
(1994) Nagesh & Manorama (1995) Krishna & Sharada (1996) Nedumudi Venu
Nedumudi Venu
& S. Janaki
S. Janaki
(1997) Allu Rama Lingaiah & Lakshmi (1998) Pandari Bai
Pandari Bai
& Mugur Sundar (1999) D. Ramanaidu & Sheela (2000)

2001–2010

M. S. Viswanathan
M. S. Viswanathan
& Dasari Narayana Rao
Dasari Narayana Rao
(2001) Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao & Vishnuvardhan (2002) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
& Vijayashanti (2003) K. R. Vijaya & Ramoji Rao (2004) Thilakan
Thilakan
& Sukumari
Sukumari
(2005) Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju
& P. Susheela
P. Susheela
(2006) Sivakumar
Sivakumar
& Jaya Prada
Jaya Prada
(2007) Veturi Sundararama Murthy
Veturi Sundararama Murthy
(2008) Ambareesh & KPAC Lalitha (2009) Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi
& Jayasudha (2010)

2011–present

S. P. Muthuraman
S. P. Muthuraman
& Seema (2011) Bapu & Vani Jairam
Vani Jairam
(2012) Balu Mahendra
Balu Mahendra
& Jayabharathi
Jayabharathi
(2013) I. V. Sasi
I. V. Sasi
& Raadhika (2014) Mohan Babu (2015) Vij

.