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Dasari Narayana Rao

04 May 1942 (Age 75)
Dr. Dasari.NarayanaRao, is an Indian is a politician, film director, and film producer. Narayana Rao directed about 150 films, produced 53 films and worked in above 250 films as a dialogue writer and as a lyricist .

Beside graduating with a BA degree, he used to take part in scores of drama competitions. He was soon recognised as a potential stage artiste, scriptwriter and director. During his career he also acted in Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada languages. He won Andhra Pradesh State Best actor award for his acting.

His Thatha Manavadu, Swargam Narakam, Megha Sandesam, and Mamagaru bought him awards. He mainly took films on Anti Dowry issue and lady oriented, message oriented films . His Bobbili Puli and Sardar Paparayudu films played an important role in NTR’s political entry .

His acting Mamagaru, Soorigadu, and Osey Ramulamma are some of the examples for his acting talent. They won critics praises and many awards. His other memorable films include Chillara Kottu Chittemma and Premabishekam. Muralimohan and Jayasudha were regulars in his movies. He introduced many artists into Tollywood notable among them being Mohan Babu.

His 149th film Mesthri is scheduled to be released on March 6th 2009.

He launched a popular daily Newspaper Udayam to counter the effect of Ramoji Rao's newspaper Eenaadu. He created a sensation by interviewing PWG founder Kondapalli Seetharamayya.

During Rajiv gandhi period, Dasari took active election campaigning for the Indian National Congress. After the assassination of Rajiv gandhi, he felt he was being distanced in the party circles. In the late 1990s, he planned to start his own political party Telugu Talli.

Later, Dasari was elected to the Rajya Sabha thanks to the Congress party. He became the Minister of state in Ministry of Coal. Said to be a confidante of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Dasari once again became active in politics after Congress Party came back to power in 2004.

Dasari Narayana Rao, who was suffering from prolonged illness, passed away at the age of 75.
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