Daggubati Ramanaidu, 79 years this Cinema Polymath lived. But forever he will continue to live in our hearts. Lets have a look at Dr. Ramanaidu’s achievements and his contribution to Indian Film Industry.
1. A MULTI LINGUAL INDIAN FILM PRODUCER.
The founder of Suresh Productions has the distinction of producing movies in more than 12 Indian languages. These include Punjabi, English, Malayalam, Oriya, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Assamese, Bhojpuri, Marathi and Bengali.
His Bollywood film Hamari Beti has been screened at International Film Festivals in Chicago and Venice. The movie focused on how handicapped people can lead a normal life and achieve their goals. Surigadu movie was selected for the Indian Panorama in 1993. Asukh, a self-produced Bengali film, won the National Award for the Best Film in 1999.
2. A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDER.
Dr. Ramanaidu holds the Guinness Book Of World Records for the most number of films produced by an individual. He produced more than 150 films in multiple languages.
3. POLITICS AND PUBLIC SERVICE.
Dr. Ramanaidu was a polymath with his involvement in Politics and Public service. He joined the Telugu Desam Party and served as a Member Of Parliament for the Bapatla Constituency of Guntur District in the 13th Lok Sabha term from 1999–2004.
4. THE HONORARY ‘PADMA BHUSHAN’ RECIPIENT.
On 26 January 2013, Dr. Ramanaidu was conferred with the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India. He was awarded with Padma Bhushan by Pranab Mukherjee, in recognition for his contribution to Telugu Cinema. The Andhra Pradesh Government nominated him along with director Bapu for the award in November 2012.
5. OF THE SEVERAL LAURELS HE HAS RECEIVED, DADASAHEB PHALKE AWARD IS ONE.
In 2009, he received India’s most coveted award in Cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement in the film industry. Indeed a deserved one for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.
6. A DOCTORATE.
He received an honorary doctorate from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati for his outstanding contribution to the film industry.
7. A PHILANTHROPIST.
Ramanaidu had contributed a substantial part of his earnings to numerous philanthropic purposes. It includes the Ramanaidu Charitable Trust that was founded in 1991 by him.
He diverted his money to develop ‘old age homes’ by donating 10 acres of prime land near Narsapur. The land being with pollution free environment, fertile soil, nestled amidst hills adjacent to the highway of Hyderabad/Medak with comfortable and modern amenities.
In addition, he has earmarked 5 acres of land to rehabilitate the handicapped and another 5 acres of land for orphanage. A number of bus shelters have been constructed in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana. Also, many voluntary organizations and needy people have received donations and benefited from Ramanaidu’s Trust.
In the same manner, he has also donated Rs.45 Lakh for welfare activities under Janmabhoomi Programme in his Bapatla constituency. This shows his concern for the people and their needs and the list of his donations is endless.
8. A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO AN INSTITUTE FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT.
Vignana Jyothi is a registered society that was initiated in 1991 by group of like-minded Industrialists, Academicians, Professionals and Non Residential Indians. With the intention of imparting quality education and contributing towards the economic stability of the society, Vignana Jyothi has achieved academic excellence through the establishment of relevant and successful Institutions. 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.
Southie Writer: Vaishnavi Ray