Adurthi Subba Rao

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Adurthi Subba Rao
ఆదుర్తి సుబ్బా రావు
Born(1912-12-16)16 December 1912
Died1 October 1975(1975-10-01) (aged 62)
Madras, India
Alma materSt. Xavier's College, Mumbai
Spouse(s)Kameswari Bala
AwardsSeven National Film Awards
Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South

Adurthi Subba Rao (16 December 1912 – 1 October 1975) was an Indian film director, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor and producer known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema, few bollywood, and Tamil films. Rao is widely regarded as the intellectual fountain head of Indian drama films.[1][2] He has garnered seven National Film Awards.[1][3]

Nammina Bantu received critical reception at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.[4][1] The courtroom drama film Sudigundalu was screened at the Tashkent and Moscow Film Festival.[5][6][7] Most of his films have been featured at various international film festivals such as Tashkent Film Festival, Moscow International Film Festival, and International Film Festival of India. Subba Rao's Biography has been published by veteran actor Krishna, who made his Telugu film debut under the direction of Subba Rao.[8][9] Veteran director K. Viswanath has worked as an associate director of Subba Rao for many years. The Telugu film chamber of commerce has instituted the Adurthi Subba Rao Award in his honor.[10]

Early life and Career[edit]

He was born to Sathanna Panthulu and Rajalakshmamma on 16 December 1912. His father was the Tehsildar of Rajahmundry. Adurthi Subbarao completed school final (Matriculation) at the age of 14. He joined Kakinada PR College to do his Pre-University Course. He joined the St. Xavier's College, Mumbai in a three-year course of Photography, and completed two years.[1]

He then worked in the processing and printing department of Bombay Film Lab. Then he joined film editor Dina Narvekar as his assistant. He started his film career as a cinematographer, editor and screenwriter. His directorial journey started as an assistant director in Bollywood, under Uday Shankar for his Hindi film Kalpana. He has also worked as an editor and assistant director for the film. His debut film as an editor was Tamil film Parijatapaharanam.[1]

Eminent Director Shri K. Viswanath worked as Assistant Director to him. He introduced so many faces to Telugu Film Industry. He & ANR produced Sudigundaalu an award film.


National Film Awards[edit]

National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Nandi Awards
Filmfare Awards South


Year Film Language Role
1954 Balanandam Telugu Assistant Director
1954 Amara Sandesham Telugu Director
1957 Todi Kodallu Telugu Editor, Screenplay and Director
1957 Engal Veettu Mahalakshmi Tamil Editor, Screenplay and Director
1958 Aada Pettanam Telugu Director
1959 Mangalya Balam Telugu Writer and Director
1959 Manjal Mahimai Tamil Writer and Director
1959 Engal Kuladevi Tamil Director
1960 Nammina Bantu Telugu Director
1960 Pattaliyin Vetri Tamil Director
1960 Kumudham Tamil Director
1961 Iddaru Mitrulu Telugu Director
1961 Krishna Prema Telugu Director
1962 Manchi Manasulu Telugu Director
1963 Chaduvukunna Ammayilu Telugu Screenplay and Director
1964 Mooga Manasulu Telugu Director
1964 Dagudumootalu Telugu Director
1964 Doctor Chakravarty Telugu Director
1961 Velugu Needalu Telugu Director
1965 Sumangali Telugu Director
1965 Tene Manasulu Telugu Writer and Director
1965 Todu Needa Telugu Director
1966 Kanne manasulu Telugu Director
1967 Milan Hindi Screenplay and Director
1967 Poola Rangadu Telugu Director
1967 Sudigundalu Telugu Screenplay and Director
1968 Man Ka Meet Hindi Director
1969 Doli Hindi Screenplay and Director
1970 Darpan Hindi Producer and Director
1970 Maro Prapancham Telugu Director
1970 Mastana Hindi Director
1971 Rakhwala Hindi Director
1972 Jeet Hindi Producer and Director
1972 Vichitra Bandham Telugu Director
1973 Insaaf Hindi Director
1973 Jwar Bhata Hindi Director
1973 Mayadari Malligaadu Telugu Producer and Director
1974 Bangaaru Kalalu Telugu Director
1975 Gajula Kishtaiah Telugu Producer and Director
1975 Gunavantudu Telugu Director
1975 Sunehra Sansar Hindi Director
1976 Mahakavi Kshetrayya Telugu Director

See also[edit]

  • List of National Film Award records


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