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A True Rebel Spirit: Krishnam Raju Leaves Behind A Rich Legacy Versatile Storytelling

Uppalapati Venkata Krishnam Raju, commonly known as 'Rebel Star' Krishnam Raju, breathed his last yesterday. The veteran actor and producer leaves behind an immense legacy for the film industry and fans to cherish
by Vignesh K | September 12, 2022 17:59 IST
A True Rebel Spirit: Krishnam Raju Leaves Behind A Rich Legacy Versatile Storytelling

Uppalapati Venkata Krishnam Raju, commonly known as 'Rebel Star' Krishnam Raju, died on Sunday morning owing to a heart attack at the age of 82. Raju died in the early hours of Sunday while receiving treatment for pneumonia and other diseases at a private hospital in Gachibowli. His wife, Syamala Devi, and three daughters survive him. He was Prabhas' uncle in Tollywood, with whom he had a strong relationship.

 
Krishnam Raju, who was born in Mogalturu, West Godavari, in 1940, debuted in Telugu cinema with the 1966 film Chilaka Gorinka. Raju had a great acting career spanning six decades, appearing in over 185 films before moving into producing and politics. Among his successful films are Bhakta Kanappa, Bobbili Brahmanna, Trishulam, Amara Deepam, and Bebbulu.
 
Despite beginning his career as a hero, Krishnam Raju opted to go out and take on the role of an adversary. He established the tradition of gorgeous villains in Telugu films when he co-starred with Kanchana in Nenante Nene (1967). It was the first time a villain was seen in trendy attire, with sleek hair and a feeling of swagger. Krishnam Raju was the antagonist in over 30 films starring NT Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Krishna, and Sobhan Babu, among others. He then went on to have supporting roles in a number more films. “I want good stories to define my career. The length or type of my role does not matter. At the end of the day, we are here to tell good stories and entertain audiences,” he once stated.
 
Krishnam Raju, who had previously played antagonists in several films, returned to the lead role in 1973 with Inti Dongalu. Despite the fact that it was a female-oriented picture, Krishnam Raju's performance earned a lot of praise. He was dubbed a "Rebel Star" because of his ability to play diverse characters and his rebellious acting style. He went on to have other hits as the main actor, and his performance in Bobbili Brahmanna cemented his image as a 'Rebel Star.'


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