Proud Legacy of Dr. Daggubati Ramanaidu In The Indian Film Industry

Daggubati Ramanaidu, 79 years this Cinema Polymath lived. However, his memory will remain alive in our hearts forever. Going through Dr. Ramanaidu’s successes and impact on the Indian film industry is mandatory.

1. A Multi-lingual Indian Film Producer

Rama Naidu

Suresh Productions’ creator is famous for making films in almost twelve Indian languages. English, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Telugu, Assamese, Kannada, Oriya, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, and Telugu are a few of these languages.

  • The international film festivals in Venice and Chicago have shown his Bollywood flick, Hamari Beti. How people with disabilities may live independently and accomplish their dreams was the film’s central theme.
  • In 1993, the film Surigadu was chosen for the Indian Panorama.
  • In 1999, the Bengali film Asukh, which was self-produced, was named the best film at the National Award ceremony.

2. A Guinness World Record Holder

When it comes to most films made by one person, the honour belongs to Dr. Ramanaidu, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Over 150 films, in a variety of languages, were his creation.

3. Politics And Public Service

Dr Ramanaidu as MP

Active in both politics and public service, Dr. Ramanaidu was a genius. He became a member of the Telugu Desam Party and represented the Bapatla Constituency in Guntur District during the thirteenth term of the Lok Sabha (1999–2004).

4. The Honorary ‘Padma Bhushan’ Recipient

  • Dr. Ramanaidu received the third-highest civilian honour given to him by the Republic of India on January 26, 2013. Pranab Mukherjee presented him with the Padma Bhushan for his work in Telugu cinema.
  • In November 2012, he was nominated for the award alongside filmmaker Bapu by the Andhra Pradesh Government.

5. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Ramanaidu dad saheb phalke

In 2009, he was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement, the most esteemed honour in Indian cinema. Truly a well-deserved one, considering his immense impact on the evolution of Indian film.

This award has been given yearly since its establishment in 1969, to commemorate the birth centenary of D.G. Phalke, who is generally considered the Father of Indian Cinema. Ramanaidu was the 57th recipient of the prestigious prize. He becomes the eighth producer to get the award in that capacity. The prize package included a shawl, ten million rupees in cash, and a Swarn Kamal.

6. A Doctorate: Dr D Ramanaidu

In appreciation of his outstanding film career, Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati conferred an honorary degree on him.

7. A Philanthropist: Daggubati Ramanaidu

CM Chandrababu Naidu and Rama Naidu opening the building of Rama Naidu Trust. Also seen in Picture are then TDP Minister KCR, Kodela, Venkatesh and RaNa.
CM Chandrababu Naidu and Rama Naidu opened the building of Rama Naidu Trust.  Also seen in Picture are the TDP Minister KCR, Kodela, Venkatesh and Rana.

Charitable causes have received a significant percentage of Ramanaidu’s money. Along with it, he created the Ramanaidu Charitable Trust in 1991.

He diverted his money to develop ‘old age homes’ by donating 10 acres of prime land near Narsapur. The land has with pollution-free environment, and fertile soil, nestled amidst hills adjacent to the highway of Hyderabad/Medak with comfortable and modern amenities.
Along with that, he has designated five acres for a crippled rehabilitation centre and five acres for a home for orphans. Numerous bus shelters have been built in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Many other nonprofits and low-income individuals have benefited from donations made to Ramanaidu’s Trust as well.

CM Chandrababu Naidu and Rama NAidu openign the building of Rama Naidu Trust. Also seen in Picture are then TDP Minister KCR, Kodela, Venkatesh and RaNa.
 CM Chandrababu Naidu and Rama Naidu opened the building of Rama Naidu Trust.
Also seen in the picture are the TDP Minister KCR, Kodela, Venkatesh and Rana.

In the same manner, he has also donated Rs.45 Lakh for welfare activities under the Janmabhoomi Programme in his Bapatla constituency. Everything from an almost endless list of donated items to those that directly address people’s needs attests to his compassion.

8. A Major Contributor To An Institute For Rural Development

VNR Trust ramanaidu

In 1991, Vignana Jyothi was established by concerned non-resident Indians, academics, professionals, and entrepreneurs. The organization has been registered. Vignana Jyothi has established efficient and appropriate institutions to provide top-notch education and contribute to societal economic stability. Despite their experimentation in the educational field being quite successful, the members felt that they had not reached their goals in terms of the Farming and Agricultural community.

Thus, Dr. Ramanaidu with his generosity contributed a land of 33 acres at Tuniki Village, Kowdipally Mandal, Medak District. The Society decided to set up a Rural Development Institute and named it ‘Dr D. Rama Naidu Vignana Jyothi Institute of Rural Development’.

The VNR VJIET college is also under the same leadership of Dr. Ramanaidu.

9. Dr. Ramanaidu Was An Actor Himself


Lead actors of that time such as Adurthi Subbarao, S V Ranga Rao and Gummadi spent much time with Dr. Ramanaidu in his house building a rapport. Through these connections, he obtained his first role in Nammina Bantu.

From here, it became his hobby to play minor roles in a few of the films. For the first time, he played a full-length role in the film Hope. It’s a movie which deals with teenage suicides and it’s linked to educational stress in South India. The movie also won the National Film Award on Other Social Causes in the year 2007.

10. Built Film Studios, Theatres, Labs: The Art Of Filmmaking


Visiting Hyderabad for the filming of Secretary was his seventh trip to the city after producing seventy-four films in many languages between 1993 and 2005. And during the shoot, he thought of building a studio in Hyderabad. Back then, Hyderabad was an underdeveloped, hilly area and many criticized him for risking his fortune on building a studio there. Nevertheless, this is what happened after that –

  • 1988 – Brahma Putrudu was a huge commercial blockbuster and helped him pay off the debts for his studio.
  • 1989 – He launched Ramanaidu Studios. It was so well equipped that when someone walked in with a script, it was said that they came out with the final copy ready for release.
  • 1990 – Ramanaidu Colour Lab was launched.
  • 1994 – He launched Cine Village in Nanakramguda, which was used by the entire industry for outdoor shoots.
  • 2008 – He launched his film school to foster talent in every facet of filmmaking.

11. Introduced Film Directors, Artists, And Technicians

D Ramanaidu and NTRDuring his career as a producer, he introduced more than 24 directors and several actors and music directors, who have since become very famous and owe their success to him.

Some famous names among the galaxy of artists who made it big eventually include – N T Rama Rao, A Nageswara Rao, Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan, Jayaprada, Chiranjeevi, Rajnikanth, Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Rekha, Jeetendra, Sridevi, Venkatesh, Harish, Vanisri, Tabu, Khushboo, Allari Naresh and Malashree.

We can’t imagine the Film Industry without these Stars and Star Directors. In his entire career, this Silver Screen Stalwart has been associated with every aspect of filmmaking, thereby delivering a bouquet of entertaining films to the people.

And for this, he will always be remembered. May your soul rest in peace, Sir.

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