Gummadi Venkateswara Rao
|Gummadi Venkateswara Rao|
9 July 1928|
Ravikampadu, Kollur mandal, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India
26 January 2010 82) (aged|
Padma Shri |
Gummadi Venkateswara Rao (9 July 1928 – 26 January 2010), widely known as Gummadi, was an Indian film actor and producer, known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema and a few Tamil films. Known as a character actor, Gummadi starred in around five hundred feature films. He received critical reception for his works in Thodu Dongalu (1954) and Mahamantri Timmarusu (1962), for which he has received the erstwhile Rashtrapati Award. Gummadi was an official member of the Indian delegation from South India to the Tashkent Film Festival in 1978 and 1982.
Gummadi served as a jury member thrice for the 28th, 33rd, and 39th National Film Awards. He served twice on the state Nandi Awards Committee. In 1977, he was awarded India's fourth-highest civilian honor Padma Shri for his contributions to Indian cinema. He is widely known for his roles in films such as Maya Bazar (1957), Maa Inti Mahalakshmi (1959), Kula Daivam (1960), Kula Gothralu (1962), Jyothi (1977), Nelavanka (1981), Maro Malupu (1982), Ekalavya (1982), Ee Charitra Ye Siraatho? (1982), Gaaju Bommalu (1983), and Pelli Pustakam (1991). In 2008 he was starred in Jagadguru Sree Kasi Nayana Charitra which remained his last film.
Gummadi's acting career extended from 1950 onwards for almost six decades and he worked with three generations of people in the film industry. Though young, he used to play the dignified roles of relatively elderly people at the beginning. He was a versatile character actor in sociopolitical and mythological movies. He acted in nearly 500 movies. He played the role of father to many lead actors in old Telugu films.
Gummadi Venkateswara Rao first appeared as an actor in 1942, where he played the role of an old man on the stage. He began his cinema career with Adrushtadeepudu (1950) and continued on for about 500 more films portraying roles ranging from the hero, the villain, and the character artiste, to roles with a slight comedic bent, such as his guest appearance in Missamma (1955).
Characters played by him
Gummadi was married and had five daughters and two sons. He died of multiple organ failure at Care hospital, Hyderabad on 26 January 2010. His last public appearance was at the screening of Maya Bazar which had since been colorized. Here he expressed his happiness and said that "Watching this great movie in colour probably could have been the only reason for me to have stayed alive for so long."
- Gummadi has written his memoirs of Telugu cinema in Teepi Gurthulu and Chedu Gnapakalu.
- Civilian honors
- Best acting for Mahamantri Timmarusu (1963)
- Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for contribution to Telugu cinema
- Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor - Maro Malupu (1982)
- Other Honors
- 1963 - Honorary Doctorate - Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University
This is partial filmography of Gummadi. Kindly help expanding it.
|1950||Adrushta Deepudu||Debut film|
|1953||Pitchi Pullaiah||Bhopala Rao|
|1955||Kanyasulkam (film)||Sowjanya Rao Pantulu|
|Missamma||Employer (guest role)|
|Ilavelpu||Father of Sekhar|
|Ettuku Pai Ettu||Govindaiah|
|Maa Inti Mahalakshmi|
|Sahasra Siracheda Apoorva Chinthamani|
|Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam||Bhrigu Maharshi|
|1961||Bharya Bharthalu||Father of Anand|
|Iddaru Mitrulu||Bhanoji Rao|
|Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam||Viswamitra Maharshi|
|Mahamantri Timmarusu||Mahamantri Timmarusu|
|Irugu – Porugu|
|Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham||Yudhishthira|
|Pooja Phalam||Diwan Ramakrishnaiah|
|Naadi Aada Janme|
|Navarathri||Father of Radha|
|Shri Krishna Pandaviyam|
|Shri Rama Katha|
|Mosagallaku Mosagadu||Daanala Dharmayya|
|Shri Krishna Satya|
|Bala Mitrula Katha||Kotaiah|
|Tata Manavadu||Paramatma Rao|
|1973||Jeevana Tarangalu||Venugopal Rao|
|1974||Alluri Seetharama Raju|
|Anaganaga Oka Thandri|
|Manchiki Maro Peru|
|Oka Deepam Veligindhi|
|Daana Veera Soora Karna||Parasu Ramudu|
|Seeta Rama Vanavasam|
|1978||Chal Mohana Ranga|
|Akbar Saleem Anarkali|
|Devadasu Malli Puttadu|
|Naa Illu Naa Vaalu|
|Shri Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanam|
|Sardar Papa Rayudu|
|Shri Vasavi Kannika Parameshwari Mahatyam|
|Ee Charitra Ae Siratho|
|Maro Malupu||Nandi Award for Best Actor|
|Ee Pillaku Pellavuthundha|
|Shri Datta Darshanam||Jamadagni|
|1988||Kanoon Ki Hathkadee|
|1991||Pelli Pustakam||Company Boss||Nandi Award for Best Feature Film|
|1993||Govindha Govindha||Doorvasa Maharshi|
|Muta Mesthri||Chief Minister|
|Rajendrudu Gajendrudu||Elephant's Master|
|2008||Jagadguru Sri Kasinayana Charitra||Kasinayana|
- Ramachandran, T.M. (1973). Film world. 9.
- The Times of India directory and year book including who's who. Times of India Press. 1984.
- "Profile of Gummadi - Telugu film actor".
- "28th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
- "33rd National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
- "39th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
- "Actor Gummadi passes away". The Hindu.
- "Gummadi never forgot his mentor". The New Indian Express.
- "Gummadi Awards".
- Gummadi Venkateswara Rao died Breaking News Views. Retrieved on 26 January 2010.
- Gummadi on Mayabazar on YouTube
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