For the writer, see Gudipati Venkatachalam
Born Korada Simhachalam
18 May 1929
Palakollu, West Godavari District
Died 4 May 1989[1]
Occupation Actor, Producer
Years active 1950s–1980s

Ramana kumari (died 30 April 1964),

Sharada (divorced)
Children 3

Chalam was an actor from the 1950s to the 1980s. He was born on 18 May 1929. He played versatile roles in the Telugu film industry as a hero, comedian, character actor, producer, art director, and set director. He was considered an Andhra Dilip Kumar. He acted with popular actors and comedians N. T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Relangi Venkata Ramaiah, B. Padmanabham and Ramana Reddy in many movies.

He produced and acted in hit movies such as Sambarala Rambabu in 1970 and Mattilo Manikyam in 1971. Mattilo Manikyam this film won National Film Award For Best Feature Film in Telugu. He was a very close friend of fellow Telugu actors Shoban Babu and Chandra Mohan.

Personal life

Korada Surya Chalam, better known as Ramana Chalam, the later day Telugu cinema’s popular comedian-cum-hero Chalam, shot to fame with Dasi, his second movie in the role of Subbarao. Chalam debuted with the film Naa Chellelu. After marrying Ramanakumari, he changed his name to Ramana Chalam. Ramana Kumari died in 1964 in a fire accident. After Chalam married 'Urvasi' Sharada who was a co-star in her debut film Tandrulu Kodukulu. They divorced later on.



  • Naa Chellelu (1953)
  • Jatakam (1953)
  • Thodu Dongalu (1954)
  • Jataka Phalam (1954)
  • Vadinagaari Gajulu (1955)
  • Santanam (1955)
  • Bhale Ramudu (1956)
  • Sarangadhara (1957)
  • Pelli Sandadi (1959)
  • Nithya Kalyanam Paccha Thoranam [1960]
  • Kuladaivam (1960)
  • Vagdanam (1961)
  • Tandrulu Kodukulu (1961)
  • Pellikaani Pillalu (1961)
  • Siri Sampadalu (1962)
  • Paruvu Prathishta (1963)
  • Dr. Chakravarthy (1964)



National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu - Mattilo Manikyam


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