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Comedian Padmanabaham is dead

Sun 21st Feb 2010 12:27 AM
Comedian Padmanabaham is dead
Comedian Padmanabaham is dead

Basavaraju Venkata Padmanabha Rao  popularly  known  as Padmanabham died due to  heart  attack here on Saturday.  He was  79.

A Tollywood comedian of yesteryears Padmanbaham  acted  in nearly 400 films apart from being  a film producer.   Born in a tiny  village of  Simhadripuram of  Pulivendula taluk Padmanabham  hails  from a ppor family. He maintained healthy professional relationships  with comedians of his era - Relangi, Balakrishna and Siva Rao. Recently he acted in Telugu movies Chakram and Tata Birla Madhyalo Laila.

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 He began his tryst with the tinsel world in 1943 when he was just 12, when the legendary director Gudavalli Ramabrahmam gave him a break in Maayalokam. Since then, Padmanabham traversed a long distance by acting in more than 400 movies.

“If Ramabrahmam gave me a break in films, K.V. Reddy gave me some major hits. Shavukaaru in 1949 was my first major hit, and it also gave me a footing as a comedian. The very next year, Paatala Bhairavi came along and it helped me find a permanent place in the world of Telugu cinema,” Padmanabham recalled during one of  his interviews  with the media .

Padmanabham is proud that he never aspired for any role but directors sometimes designed certain roles exclusively for him.