Anonymous wrote on 11 Jun 2011
Raja Babu or Punyamurthula Appalaraju (15 October 1937 - 7 February 1983) is a popular actor in Telugu film industry. He has also produced few films. He is considered as the most successful comedian in Tollywood. He played many roles with actress Rama Prabha.
He was born in Rajamundry, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh to Punyamurthula Umamaheswara Rao and Ramanamma as Appala Raju. His brother is also a noted comedian,Chitti Babu. He passed out Intermediate study and successfully completed Teacher training course. He worked sometime as Telugu teacher. He used to play in dramas during that period like Kukka Pilla Dorikindi, Naalugilla Chaavadi and Alluri Sitarama Raju.
Garikapati Raja Rao invited Babu after seeing his acting skills in dramas. Babu reached Madras in 1960 and initially lived on tuitions. Film Director Addala Narayana Rao gave him a chance to act in his film Samajam in 1960. Babu was known for his slapstick comedy roles. He acted in record 589 movies in less than 20 years.
He has acted as hero in Tata Manavadu, Pichodi Pelli, Thirupathi, Evariki Vare Yamuna Teere, Manishi Rodduna Paddadu. Leela Rani, Prasanna Rani, Gitanjali and Rama Prabha played with him as his female counterparts. But it was Ramaprabha who had a major share in his career playing opposite him and they were considered as the best comedy couple. The Comedy song Vinara Suramma Kooturu Moguda Vishayam Chebutanu featured on the duo in the film Illu Illalu went on to become the highlight of the entire film and heard everywhere.
He portrayed the lead role of Giri, grandson (Manavadu) in the film Tata Manavadu directed by Dasari Narayana Rao and teaches a lesson to his father. The cast included S. V. Ranga Rao and Anjali Devi.
He produced a few films under Bob and Bob Productions, including Evariki Vaare Yamuna Teeru and Manishi Rodduna Paddadu.
Babu was one of the greatest comedians in Telugu movies released during 1970-80.
Personal lifeRaja Babu married Lakshmi Ammalu in 1965 and they have two children Nagendra Babu and Mahesh Babu.He died of an heart attack in Srinagar colony in Hyderabad. He won a record 14 Film fare awards - 13 of which were won in succession.He was given the titles "Haasya Nata Chakravarthi" (Comedy King) and "Comedian of the Century".Recently, Rajababu's 9ft bronze statue was unveiled in his birth place of Rajahmundry, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.