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(20 October 1937 – 7 February 1983)

Raja Babu, the name itself is sufficient enough to tickle your ribs. He was the best and highest paid comedian during his times and used to compete with reigning heroes in terms of remunerations. It’s his mischievous smile and funny expressions that made him unique and earned countless fans.

Rajababu was born to Punyamurthula Umamaheswara Rao and Ramanamma as Appala Raju in Rajamundry of East Godavari District of AP. He passed out Intermediate and completed Teacher Training course and worked as teacher for a while. Though, he is professionally a teacher, he always had the passion for acting and acted in few dramas like “Kukka Pilla Dorikindi”, “Naalugilla Chavidi” and “Alluri Sitaramaraju”. It’s his spontaneity that attracted Garikapati Raja Rao invited him to Madras and he initially lived on tuitions till got a break. At last, Addala narayana Rao gave him the first break with “Samajam” in 1960. He became popular for his slapstick comedy and his pairing with Rama Prabha and Allu Ramalingaih had sensational hits.

Rajababu acted as hero in few movies like Tata Manavadu, Pichodi Pelli, Thirupathi, Evariki Vare Yamuna Teere, Manishi Rodduna Paddad and interestingly his first film as a hero is the debut film as director for the legendary director Dasari Narayana Rao which was released in 1972. In his career span of nearly 20 years he acted in over 589 films.

Rajababu had ruled the industry till the very last movie but, with fame and name, he got addicted to alcohol and was unable to come out of the habit. At last, the same alcohol took his breath at the mid-age.

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