Krishnam Raju: Legendary Telugu Actor and former Union Minister Krishnam Raju Garu passed away aged 83 on Sunday morning in Hyderabad. Known as the ‘rebel star’ of Telugu cinema Garu is also the uncle of famous Telugu actor and Bahubali star Prabhas.
Krishnam Raju has acted in more than 180 movies in a career spanning over five decades. He acted in films ranging from social, family, romantic and thriller movies to historical and mythological movies. His successful movies are ‘Amara Deepam’, ‘Sita Ramulu’ and ‘Katakataala Rudraiah.’
The late actor had also won the Andhra Pradesh government’s Nandi Award two times and won the Filmfare best actor award for ‘Tandra Paparayudu’ in 1986. He also was awarded the Filmfare South Lifetime Achievement award in 2006.
Raju was born on January 20, 1940, in the West Godavari district. His debut film was ‘Chilaka Gorinka,’ released in 1966. He had played the anti-hero in some movies. He produced several movies under his banner ‘Gopi Krishna Movies.’
In the late 1990s, Krishnam Raju became active in politics and joined Bharatiya Janata Party. He was elected to the 12th and 13th Lok Sabha from Kakinada and Narasapuram constituencies, respectively. He served as a Minister of State for the Ministry of External Affairs in the Vajpayee Government from 1999 to 2004.