Anonymous wrote on 11 Jun 2011
Mullapudi Venkata Ramana June 28, 1931 – February 23, 2011 was a Telugu story writer. He was especially known for his hilarious style of writing. He also created a child character called Budugu. Many other memorable characters like Radha, Gopalam, Contractor (in Muthyala Muggu), Tutti (in Mister Pellam) in Modern Telugu Literature/Cinema flown from the ink of this master writer's pen.Mullapudi was also the dialogue, story and screenplay writer for many of the movies that came as a Bapu-Ramana combination. He was versatile in penning both heart-touching and rib-tickling dialogues.
Ramana's childhood was mostly spent in Dhavaleswaram near Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh. Ramana had one elder sister and a younger brother. It was a happy family with no troubles until his father expired when Ramana was 9 years old. This turned their family status upside down and they shifted to Chennai (called Madras in those days) for better opportunities. Ramana's mother Mrs. Adilakshmi took all the pains to raise the family in such situation. Ramana's education and career happened in Madras itself. After complete SSLC in Madras, Ramana have done many petty jobs before finally taking an first official job as a reporter in Andhra Patrika in 1953 First, he was working for the "Daily" section of the news paper, and then shifted to "Weekkly" section. He was responsible for the "Cinema Page" section in the paper. That was the time when all the big names of Telugu literature like Nanduri Ramamohan Rao, Pilaka Ganapati Sastry, Surampudi Seetaram etc. were working for the same news paper. Due to the literary environment and friendship with all the poets/writers, Ramana's interest in writing was born and then he never turned back. That was the same time when he got introduced to film industry and befriended the famous stars of film fraternity. Kothi Kommachi is Ramana's Autobiography in a Book and Audio form. Just like the title, the story keep hoping different timelines and incidents. He was awarded the Raja-Lakshmi Literary Award for the year 1995 from Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai. Ramana died of old-age related illness in Chennai on February 23, 2011.