If you list out the legendary directors of Telugu cinema, Dasari Narayana Rao will definitely get a spot on the list. Such is the impact created by him on the Telugu cinema. In a career spanning over four decades, Dasari has directed many memorable films. Today is the 73rd birth anniversary of Dasari. On this occasion, here is a look back into his career.
Dasari has made more than 150 films in his career. He made his directorial debut with the 1972 Telugu film Tatha Manavadu. This movie won the Nandi Award for the Best Feature Film in this year. It was a major blockbuster and ran for more than 25 weeks in the theaters. It was later remade into Kannada and Hindi as well. This film brought wide fame to Dasari. Later, he went on to many blockbusters like Bandrothu Bharya, Swargam Narakam, Megha Sandesham, Shiva Ranjani, and Bobbili Puli.
Dasari won two Filmfare awards for the Best Director, for films Gorintaku and Premabhishekam. He won Best Film Filmfare for Meghasandesham. He received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
Dasari was also a good actor and has acted in more than 60 films. His performance in the film Mamagaru brought him Nandi Award for Best Actor in 1991. He won it again in 2009 for the film Mestri. Dasari's last directorial movie was the 2014 film Erra Bus. He passed away on 30th May 2017, due to an illness. Dasari also served as a Rajya Sabha member in 2006. He served as a Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal.