Adurthi Subba Rao (16 December 1912 – 1 October 1975) is undoubtedly a cult figure in Telugu cinema. A masterly film editor, Adurthi Subba Rao has blossomed as one of the finest filmmakers in India.
The son of Reveneu Department official, Adurthi Subba Rao was always drawn towards the cinema and moved against his father’s wish who was reluctant to him become a filmmaker. Despite his father opposing his decision, Adurthi Subba Rao left home and joined a three-year course in photography in Bombay, but abandoned it halfway and joined a film studio lab printing department. He later joined the well-known editor of the day, Dina Narvekar, as his assistant.
After gaining ample experience in editing, cinematography and screenwriting, Adurthi Subba Rao turned director with Amara Sandesham (1954) and has delivered some of the biggest landmark films in Telugu. Some of his best works include Thodikodallu, Doctor Chakravarty, Chaduvukunna Ammayilu, Manchi Manasulu and Mooga Manasulu.
A 10 time National Award winner Adurthi Subba Rao is the one who has introduced Superstar Krishna to the Silver Screen with Thene Manasulu.