The late Dr. D Ramanaidu was an ardent philanthropist, he initiated the Ramanaidu Charitable Trust to support hospitals, shelters for homeless and aged, schools, colleges, polytechnic institutes, sports centers and cultural centers across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The trust also supports families of the brave men and women in the Armed Forces and Police Services.
The Guinness Book of Records has listed him as the most prolific film producer with over 150 films. Government of India conferred him with the Padmabhushan and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for a lifetime of contribution to Indian cinema. Andhra Pradesh knew him as a Member of Parliament and a philanthropist who never forgot his roots. India knew him as the man from Karamchedu, who helped bring the film industry to Hyderabad. But for every cine-goer he was simply Dr. D Ramanaidu - the filmmaker who gave Indian cinema some of its finest artists, technicians and memorable films. With a career spanning more than half a century, Padmabhushan, Dr. D. Ramanaidu fashioned a unique and distinguished production style and he was widely regarded as one of South Indian cinema's most significant and charismatic filmmakers.
From extremely humble beginnings, he went on to become one of the greatest success stories of his generation. Padmabhushan, Dr. D. Ramanaidu, a legendary filmmaker from South India, he remains an inspiration for every young filmmaker in the country. One of the most prolific film producers with over 150 films to his credit, he gave Indian cinema some of its finest actors, technicians and most memorable films.
He was born on the 6th of June 1936, into an agricultural family in Karamchedu, a village in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. He graduated from Presidency College, Chennai and started a career in the rice-mill and transport business. He then moved to Chennai in 1962 to expand his business into real estate. However, in 1963, he co-produced his first film ‘Anuragam’. The film’s critical success inspired him to produce the superhit ‘Ramudu Bheemudu’ with the legendary NT Rama Rao. Some of his most notable works include ‘Prem Nagar’, ‘Sri Krishna Tulabharam’, ‘Ahana Pellanta’, ‘Indrudu Chandrudu’, ‘Bobbili Raja’ and many more.