Uppalapati Venkata Krishnam Raju who is well known as Rebel Star Krishnam Raju is known for his rebellious acting. He is a popular actor Tollywood. He is the uncle of New generation actor Prabhas . Krishnam Raju starred in more than 183 Telugu films in his career and was a prominent actor of the 1970s and 1980s in Tollywood. After late 1990s he became active in politics. He is an all-round star action king and rebel star on the silver screen. He was born on 20 January, 1940 in Mogalthuru, West Godavari district to the couple Late Shri Uppalapati Veera VenkataSatyanarayana Raju. After completion of his graduation he entered into films. He is an all-round star action king and rebel star on the silver screen and real hero in Real life. Behind this tall, towering and fiery personality is a calm, concerned and genuine human being. Krishnam Raju is a versatile personality. Not many people may know that he was once a journalist. He worked as a reporter for the Andhra Patrika.
He entered the films in 1966 with “Chilaka Gorinka” which was produced and directed by Kotayya Pratyagatma co-starring Krishnakumari. This film bagged the prestigious Silver Nandi Award at the time of its release. Though he entered films as a villain, he metamorphosed into a full-fledged ‘hero’ within a short period. He left his mark as a powerful actor in his 34-year long film career. His character was so multi-faceted and his talent so exceptional that some roles were actually created for him. Many in the industry believe that Krishnam Raju alone can suit certain roles. He played a variety of roles in Krishnaveni, Bhaktha Kannappa, Amara Deepam, Mana Voori Pandavulu, Katakatala Rudraiah, Seetha Ramulu, Thrishoolam, Bobbili Bhahmanna, Tandra Paparayudu, etc. He could enact a pious role as elegantly as he did that of an angry young man or a historical character. Recognition for his histrionics came in the form of the President’s Award and Filmfare Award for Amaradeepam and Mana Voori Pandavulu. Later, he entered the film production field and brought out many successful films under the banner Gopikrishna. He also produced a Hindi film Dharmadhikari starring stalwarts such as Dilip Kumar. He is widely considered as a master producer. Krishnam Raju is an optimist to the core. He is untiring in his pursuits and accepts success and failure with equanimity. In his long journey from Mogalthuru village to the national capital, he always exhibited dedication, honesty and hard work in whatever work he took up. No wonder he has a huge fan following as much in politics as in the film industry. Apart from producing films, he also turned industrialist with his Gopi Krishna Granites, through which he provided employment to hundreds of people. The film industry recognised his leadership qualities by unanimously electing him thrice as president of the Cine Artistes Society
He entreated into politics in 1992, he contested in 1992 election for the Narasapuram Lok Sabha seat on a Congress ticket and he won. He shifted to Bharatiya Janata Party in 1998 and He won the 1998 Lok Sabha election from Kakinada on BJP ticket. He set a record with a thumping majority of over 165,000 votes. He was elected to 12th and 13th Lok Sabha from Kakinada and Narasapur constituencies. He was in the advisory committees of the Information & Broadcasting, and Commerce Ministries during 1998-99. He served as a minister of state for external affairs in the Third Vajpayee Ministry from 1999 to 2004. He has joined in Praja Rajyam Party founded by southern megastar Chiranjeevi on 24th March 2009. In 2009 State assembly elections he contested for M.P. seat from Rajahmundry constituency and had Murali Mohan as a major opponent who's contesting on behalf of Telugu Desam Party (TDP). While both were film actors, both of them lost election to incumbent MP, Undavalli Arun Kumar of Indian National Congress.
Awards and Honours
He has won Five Film fare Awards including Film fare Lifetime achievement Award and Two Nandi Awards.