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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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