Legendary Telugu Actor and former Union Minister, Krishnam Raju Garu passed away aged 83. He was known as the ‘rebel star’ of Telugu cinema Garu is also the uncle of famous Telugu actor and Bahubali star Prabhas. Raju acted in more than 180 films and was also a recipient of five Filmfare south awards as well as three Nandi awards. His most famous works include Jeevana Tarangalu, Krishnaveni, and Bhakta Kannappa among others.
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The career of Krishnam Raju Garu:
- Krishnam Raju Garu also served as the Union Minister for State in various ministries in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led BJP government in the centre between 2000 and 2002. He was elected to the Kakinada and Narasapuram constituencies in the 12th and 13th Lok Sabha for the BJP.
- He made his debut with `Chilaka Gorinka’ in 1966 but `Bhakta Kannappa’ and `Bobbili Brahmanna’ brought him fame. Raju won five Filmfare awards and three Nandi awards from the Andhra Pradesh State government.
- Raju won his first Filmfare award for `Tandra Paparayudu’ in his debut year. Krishnam Raju’s journey in films ran parallel to that of greats in the industry at that time, including N.T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Krishna.