Megastar Chiranjeevi is all set to unveil the statue of legendary actor SV Ranga Rao on July 20. The theatre artist turned film star's statue has been installed in Dowaleswaram, Rajahmundry. According to reports, a grand function will be held at Dowaleswaram and Chiru will launch the statue.
SV Ranga Rao, who is fondly called SVR by his fans, was very much interested in stage plays during his collage days. He debuted in films with Varoodhini in 1946. Later, he had acted in more than 170 movies in Telugu and Tamil. He was last seen as Kamsa in the movie Yashoda Krishna in 1974.
He was a versatile actor, who had natural flow in his acting. He was popularly known for playing the Indian Mythology roles like Ravana, Ghatotkacha, Duryodhana, Kamsa and Kichaka. He is also the only Telugu actor and second Indian to have won the best actor award at Indonesian Film Festival at Jakarta in 1963 for his role of Keechaka in Narthanasala.
However, this is not the first statue of SVR to be installed in Andhra Pradesh. Earlier, Chiranjeevi had unveiled SVR's bronze statue in Vijaywada couple of years ago. His brother Naga Babu has also inaugurated his statue in Guntur.