Ramoji Rao
Rao in 2019
Born
Cherukuri Ramoji Rao

(1936-11-16) 16 November 1936 (age 87)
NationalityIndian
Occupations
  • Businessman
  • media entrepreneur
Spouse
Rama Devi
(m. 1961)
Awards

Cherukuri Ramoji Rao (born 16 November 1936) is an Indian businessman, media entrepreneur, and film producer.[2] He is head of the Ramoji Group which owns the world's largest film production facility Ramoji Film City, Eenadu newspaper, ETV Network of TV channels, film production company Usha Kiran Movies.[3][4][5][6] His other business ventures include Margadarsi Chit Fund, Dolphin Group of hotels, Kalanjali shopping mall, Priya pickles, and Mayuri Film Distributors.[7]

He has garnered four Filmfare Awards South, five Nandi Awards and the National Film Award for his works in Telugu cinema.[8] In 2016, he was honored with the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honor, for his contributions in journalism, literature and education.[9][10]

Personal life

Cherukuri Ramoji Rao was born on 16 November 1936 in Pedaparupudi of Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India into an agricultural family.[11] Companies owned by the Ramoji Group include Margadarsi Chit Fund, Eenadu newspaper, ETV Network, Ramadevi Public School, Priya Foods, Kalanjali, Ushakiran Movies and the Ramoji Film City near Hyderabad. He is also the chairman of Dolphin Group of Hotels in Andhra Pradesh.

Rao's younger son, Cherukuri Suman, died of leukemia on 7 September 2012.[12]

Filmography

Year Film title Language Notes Ref.
1984 Srivariki Premalekha Telugu
1984 Kanchana Ganga Telugu
1984 Sundari Subbarao Telugu
1985 Mayuri Telugu Remade in Hindi as Naache Mayuri; dubbed into Malayalam and Tamil as Mayoori
1985 Pratighatana Telugu Remade in Malayalam as Pakarathinu Pakaram and Hindi as Pratighaat
1985 Preminchu Pelladu Telugu
1986 Pakarathinu Pakaram Malayalam Remake of Pratighatana
1986 Mallemoggalu Telugu
1986 Car Diddina Kapuram Telugu
1986 Naache Mayuri Hindi Remake of Mayuri
1987 Chandamama Rave Telugu
1987 Pratighaat Hindi Remake of Pratighatana
1987 Premayanam Telugu
1988 O Bharya Katha Telugu
1989 Mouna Poratam Telugu
1989 Paila Pacheesu Telugu
1990 Judgement Telugu
1990 Mamasri Telugu
1990 Manasu Mamata Telugu
1991 Amma Telugu
1991 Aswini Telugu
1991 People's Encounter Telugu
1991 Jagannatham & Sons Telugu
1992 Vasundhara Telugu
1992 Teja Telugu
1998 Padutha Theeyaga Telugu
1998 Daddy Daddy Telugu
1999 Mechanic Mamaiah Telugu
2000 Subhavela Telugu
2000 Chitram Telugu Remade in Kannada as Chitra
2000 Moodu Mukkalaata Telugu
2000 Nuvve Kavali Telugu Remake of Niram; remade in Hindi as Tujhe Meri Kasam and Kannada as Ninagagi
2000 Dr. Munshir Diary Bengali Feluda Telefilm
2001 Deevinchandi Telugu
2001 Ninnu Choodalani Telugu
2001 Akasa Veedhilo Telugu
2001 Chitra Kannada Remake of Chitram
2001 Anandam Telugu Remade in Tamil as Inidhu Inidhu Kadhal Inidhu
2001 Ishtam Telugu
2002 Manasuvunte Chalu Telugu [13]
2002 Priya Nestama Telugu
2002 Neetho Telugu
2002 Ninagagi Kannada Remake of Nuvve Kavali
2003 Tujhe Meri Kasam Hindi Remake of Nuvve Kavali
2003 Ananda Kannada Remake of Telugu film Anandam
2003 Oka Raju Oka Rani Telugu
2003 Toli Choopulone Telugu [14]
2003 Inidhu Inidhu Kadhal Inidhu Tamil Remake of Anandam
2003 Bombaiyer Bombete Bengali Feluda Film
2004 Anandamanandamaye Telugu
2004 Thoda Tum Badlo Thoda Hum Hindi
2006 Veedhi Telugu [15]
2007 Sixer Kannada
2008 Nachavule Telugu
2009 Ninnu Kalisaka Telugu
2009 Savaari Kannada Remake of Gamyam; co-production with Arka Media Works
2010 Betting Bangaraju Telugu
2011 Nuvvila Telugu
2015 Beeruva Telugu Co-production with Anandi Art Creations [16]
2015 Dagudumootha Dandakor Telugu Remake of Saivam; co-production with First Frame Entertainment

Awards and honours

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Vibhushan Award to Shri Ramoji Rao, at a civil investiture ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 12, 2016
Civilian honours
National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Nandi Awards[17]

References

  1. ^ "Rajinikanth gets Padma Vibhushan; Padma Shri for Priyanka, Ajay Devgn". The Indian Express. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  2. ^ Donthi, Praveen (December 2014). "How Ramoji Rao of Eenadu wrested control of power and politics in Andhra Pradesh". The Caravan. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  3. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Ramoji Film City on BBC. 9 May 2013 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Ramoji Film City on Discovery Travel & Living. 9 May 2013 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Largest film studio". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  6. ^ "ETV Ramoji group forays into garment making". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 5 March 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "About Ramoji Group". Eenaduinfo.com. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  8. ^ "Chairman Rao". The Caravan. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Padma Awards 2016".
  10. ^ "Padma Awards 2016: Full List". NDTV.com. 25 January 2016.
  11. ^ "ఈనాడు "రామోజీరావు" జన్మదిన సుభాకాంక్షలు". Namasthe Andhra (in Telugu). 16 November 2020.
  12. ^ Ramoji Rao's Son Suman Died'd – Sakshi TV on YouTube
  13. ^ "Movie Preview — Manasunte Chalu". idlebrain.com. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Movie review — Toli Choopulone". idlebrain.com. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Veedhi Press Meet". ragalahari.com. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  16. ^ "AnandiArts-UshaKiran film 'Beeruva'". supergoodmovies.com. 11 November 2014. Archived from the original on 4 July 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  17. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)