D. V. S. Raju
Datla Venkata Suryanarayana Raju

13 December 1928
Allavaram, East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died13 November 2010(2010-11-13) (aged 81)
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
OccupationFilm producer
AwardsPadma Shri 2001
Raghupathi Venkaiah Award

Datla Venkata Suryanarayana Raju, better known as D. V. S. Raju (13 December 1928 – 13 November 2010) was an Indian film producer known for his works in Telugu Cinema and Bollywood. He was instrumental in shifting the Telugu film industry from Chennai to Hyderabad. He was the recipient of the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award, the Bhishma Award and the Padma Shri for his contributions to Indian cinema.[1]

He served as Jury Member at the 15th National Film Awards & Chairperson at 46th National Film Awards. He was the Chairman of National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) and President of the Film Federation of India (1979–80).[2] As NFDC Chairman, he was instrumental in co-funding the making of Richard Attenborough's Oscar-award winning film Gandhi.[1][3] He had also served as Chairman of the State Film Development Corporation. He died on 13 November 2010 (Saturday) at the age of 82 years after brief illness. He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.[1]

Early life and film craft

He was born on 13 December 1928 in Allavaram, East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh in a Telugu Raju family. He went to Madras (now Chennai) in 1950 and established D. V. S. Productions banner. Before establishing DVS Productions Banner, He was a Managing Partner in National Art Theatres (NAT) along with Legendary N.T.Rama Rao and N.Trivikrama Rao. Made V.Venkatraman as Production executive in Film productions and made about 25 films including one award winning Hindi film Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye. He had produced some popular films, starring N. T. Rama Rao like Pidugu Ramudu, Chinnanaati Snehithulu etc. His few noted films are Jeevitha Nouka, Jeevana Jyoti, Chanakya Sapadham, Picchi Pullaiah. `Jeevana Jyoti' has won the Nandi award.[1]


Year Film Language Notes
1960 Maa Babu Telugu
1961 Anbumagan Tamil
1965 Mangamma Sapatham Telugu
1966 Pidugu Ramudu Telugu
1968 Tikka Sankarayya Telugu
1969 Gandikota Rahasyam Telugu
1971 Chinnanaati Snehithulu Telugu
1973 Dhanama Daivama Telugu
1975 Jeevana Jyoti Telugu Movie won Nandi Award for Best Feature Film
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Telugu
1975 Devudulanti Manishi Telugu
1977 Jeevitha Nouka Telugu
1978 Kalanthakulu Telugu
1979 President Peramma Telugu
1980 Alludu Pattina Bharatham Telugu
1981 Pralaya Geetham Telugu
1983 Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye Hindi
1984 Marchandi Mana Chattalu Telugu
1986 Chanakya Shapadham Telugu
1986 Jayam Manade Telugu
1987 Bhanumathi Gari Mogudu Telugu
1987 Mandaladheesudu Telugu
1990 Doshi Nirdoshi Telugu


See also


  1. ^ a b c d Special Correspondent (14 November 2010). "Film producer D.V.S. Raju passes away". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Film Federation Of India".[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Wakeman, John. World Film Directors, Volume 2. The H. W. Wilson Company. 1988. 82.