Today (May 4) is the birthday of multifaceted personality (director, producer, screenwriter, dialogue writer, actor, lyricist, and politician) Dasari Narayana Rao. His fans and well-wishers have been paying tributes to the late veteran on his birth anniversary.
Rao, who died in 2017, had directed more than one hundred and fifty feature films in a variety of genres. His works emphasize social injustice, corruption and gender discrimination.
Rao has received two National Film Awards, nine state Nandi Awards including the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award, and four Filmfare Awards South including the lifetime Achievement. During his career he has also acted in Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada languages.
Rao gained national recognition for directing Hindi films such as, ‘Swarg Narak’, ‘Jyoti Bane Jwala’, ‘Zakhmi Sher’, ‘Sarfarosh’, ‘Wafadaar’, ‘Prem Tapasya’ etc.
Rao holds Limca World Record for directing the most number of films. He directed works such as ‘Tandra Paparayudu’ (1986), and ‘Surigaadu’ (1992) which were screened at International Film Festival of India in the panorama section, and ‘Kante Koothurne Kanu’ (1998) which received the National Film Award Special Mention Feature Film.
In 1983, he directed ‘Meghasandesam’ screened at the Indian panorama, Tashkent Film Festival, and Moscow film festival. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu.