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D.Rama Naidu

06 Jun 1936 (Age 81)
Daggubati Ramanaidu was a multilingual Indian film producer. He was the founder of Suresh Productions and holds 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 has also served as a member of parliament for the Bapatala constituency of Guntur District in the 13th Lok Sabha from 1999–2004.

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 Telugu cinema. In 2009 he 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,

Ramanaidu had contributed a substantial part of his earnings to numerous philanthropic purposes including the Ramanaidu Charitable Trust that was founded in 1991.


Ramanaidu married to Rajeswari Daggubati, with whom he had 3 childrens (two sons and one daughter). One of his son Venkatesh have become actor in the Telugu film industry. His other son, Suresh Babu, is an producer and grandson Rana Daggubati made his debut in Leader and having good carrier in Telugu Cinema Industry. Naga Chaitanya also grandson of D Ramanaidu (His Daughter Lakshmi Ramanaidu Daggubati's son).

Early life

D.Ramanaidu was born in Karamchedu, a remote village in Andhra Pradesh, on 6th June 1936. His father Sri.D.Venkateswarlu and mother Smt.D.Lakshmi Devamma were an agricultural family. He spent 6 years in Ongole with B. V. L. Narayana. During his vacations, he worked in the hospital as a compounder to familiarize himself with the field.

However, never strong at school work he failed once before he passed and joined Loyola College in Madras. As he was more interested in extra-curricular activities such as drama, he dropped out of Loyola and returned to Chirala to finish his education there. Again, he wasn’t able to keep up with his studies and decided to quit and start working instead.

He took to taking care of a rice mill business and a bus transport business in Karamchedu. Soon after, his interests shifted and when someone from his area started Shambu Films, a production agency, he forced his father to become a partner and began to work for and invest in this company. During this time, he became more and more involved with the production process by taking care of on-set shoot arrangements. It was at this time that he became acquainted with and very close to Akkineni Nageshwara Rao.

D.Ramanaidu died at his home in Hyderabad today at the age of 78. He was suffering from prostate cancer.
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