Gollapudi Maruti Rao Biography

Gollapudi Maruti Rao (14 April 1939 – 12 December 2019) was an Indian film actor, screenwriter, dramatist, playwright, and dialogue writer known for his works in Telugu cinema, Telugu theater and Telugu Literature. Rao acted in over 250 Telugu films in a variety of roles. His noted literary works and plays, like Rendu Rellu Aaru, Patita, Karuninchani Devatalu, Mahanatudu, Kaalam Venakku Tirigindi, Aasayaalaku Sankellu, won numerous State Awards.

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He was a member of the Script Scrutiny Committee of National Film Development Corporation and served as a Jury Member at International Film Festival of India for Indian Panorama section in 1996. He was known for scripting landmark films like Doctor Chakravarthy, Tharangini, Samsaram Chadharangam, Kallu etc. He garnered six Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Awards. In 1997, he established the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Foundation, which presents the Gollapudi National Award, for the best first film of a director in Indian cinema.

Gollapudi Maruti Rao Death

He died on 12 December 2019 in Chennai. The loss of Gollapudi Maruti Rao is being mourned by several noted writers and members of the Telugu film fraternity.

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Death Reason

Telugu actor, screenwriter and writer Gollapudi Maruthi Rao passed away on December 12 at around 11 AM at a private hospital in T Nagar, Chennai. Reportedly, he was getting treated at the hospital for age-related ailments at the hospital where his condition worsened and breathed his last.

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His mortal remain in the hospital till Saturday as his family members are on their way from abroad. The press statement read, “From Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, his body will be kept at his home for fans to pay tributes. His second son Ramakrishna will perform the last rites on Sunday afternoon in Chennai.”


  • Nandi Award for Best Story – Atma Gowravam(1965)
  • Nandi Award for Best Comedian – Tarangini(1983)
  • Nandi Award for Best Character actor – Ramayanamlo Bhagavatham(1985)
  • Nandi Award for Best Dialogue – Mestri kapuram(1991)
  • Nandi Award for Best Screenplay – Prema Pusthkam(1994)
  • Nandi Award for Best actor (Television) (1996)
  • Best Script in the Inter-University Radio play contest conducted by All India Radio, for Anantam(1959)
  • Mahatma Gandhi Award for Creative Literature in an All India Contest, for Prasna

Literary awards and honours

  • Sangam Academy Award for Best Play Kallu(1975)
  • Sarvaraya Dharmanidhi Puraskaram for the Best Humorous writing (1983)
  • Gurazada Apparao Memorial Gold Medal by Vamsee Art Theatre (1985)
  • Telugu Velugu Award (1987)
  • Madras Telugu Academy Award for Best All-rounder (1996)
  • Paidi Lakshmayya Dharmanidhi Puraskaram (2002)
  • Pulikanti Krishna Reddy Puraskaram (2007)
  • Sarvaraya Memorial Puraskaram

Andhra Nataka Kala Parishad Award


  • Prema(1989)
  • Yamudiki Mogudu(1988)
  • Samsaram Oka Chadarangam(1987)
  • Swat(1983)
  • Gudachari No.1(1983)
  • Aalaya Sikharam(1983)
  • Abhilasha(1983)
  • Aalaya Sikharam(1983)
  • Palletoori Monagadu(1983)
  • Shivudu Shivudu Shivudu(1983)
  • Intlo Ramayya Veedilo Krishnayya(1982)
  • Aditya 369
  • Murari
  • Tarangini
  • Broker
  • Leader(2010)
  • Inkosari
  • Daruvu(2012)
  • Sukumarudu
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Gollapudi Maruti Rao Family

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Personal Info

Real Name: Gollapudi Maruti Rao
Date of Birth: 14-Apr-1939
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh
Profession: Film Actor, Screenwriter, Director
Nationality: Indian
Death Date: 12-Dec-2019
Death Place: Chennai


Gollapudi Maruti Rao Age, Height, Weight:

Age: 80 Years (At the time of Death)
Height: 5 Ft 8 in
Weight: 74 Kgs


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