Raghumudri Srihari better known as ‘Real star’ Srihari was a Telugu actor, who also worked in Tamil, Kannada, and Hindi movies. He was born on 15th August in Gudivada, Andra Pradesh. Srihari, a trained gymnast started his career as a stunt master.
Srihari has become an actor with the legendary director Dasari Narayana Rao‘s “Brahmanaidu,” though his role got good appreciation, Srihari had to struggle really hard to get a good break in the film industry. But once there, there has been no looking back for this versatile and talented actor.
Subsequently, he donned the roles of stunt performer and villain before making his debut as a hero like “Kunti Putrudu,” “Dharma Kshetram,” “Allari Priyudu,” “Premante Idera,” “Bavagaru Bagunnara.” Srihari has acted in 97 movies and he played a hero in 28 of them. The movies which brought him immense fame as a character actor are “Preminchukundam Raa,” “Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana,” “King,” “Brindavanam” and who can forget the immortal ‘Sher Khan‘ in Rajamouli‘s “Magadheera.”
After over a decade-long struggle as a villain, comedian, and character artist, Srihari rose to stardom as a hero with “Police” in 1999 and enjoyed a good success rate as a hero too. The unwavering commitment and undeterred determination have made Srihari, a ‘Real star.’
Srihari has won the prestigious Film Fare Award as well as Nandi Award for the movie ”Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana” for the Best Supporting Actor in 2005. He also won several other awards and was honored with a Doctorate by the Open International in Sri Lanka on 30th November 2004 for his social service.
Srihari was married to South Indian actress Shanti, popularly known as Disco Shanti. He had established a foundation in the name of his late daughter Akshara. The foundation adopted some villages for development activities.
The supremely talented actor who could single handedly salvage the most unimaginatively written characters and lends more than just a semblance of respect to the final product is once in a generation actor who has no replacement.
Today is Srihari’s birth anniversary, thetelugufilmnagar.com would like to pay rich tributes to his memory.