Allu Ramalingiah (October 1, 1922 -July 30, 2004) was the most popular comedian of Telugu cinema. A Homeopathy Doctor by profession, Allu Ramalingiah was a freedom fighter and has been put in jail for the protests during the Quick India Movement.
Allu Ramalingiah began his movie career with Puttillu (1953) and rose to prominence as the lead comedian in Telugu and has appeared in over 1000 films in a career that spanned over 50 years. Though most of his contemporaries faded into oblivion by the 80s and 90s, Allu Ramalingiah was still a strong force to reckon with. During this phase, Allu Ramalingiah’s role of a soft and unhated villain with the likes of Raogopal Rao has become the most popular combination.
The veteran actor has been bestowed with the prestigious Padma Shri award by the Government of India for his contribution towards the cinema. Some of Allu Ramalingiah’s most popular movies include Muthyala Muggu, Shankarabharanam, Bobbili Puli, Rowdy Alludu, Gang Leader, Raja Vikramarka, Peddarikam and Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari.
Allu Ramalingiah’s son Allu Aravind is a noted film producer, his son-in-laws Chiranjeevi, Nagendra Babu and Pawan Kalyan are leading heroes in Tollywood. His grandsons Allu Aravind, Allu Sirish, Ram Charan Tej too are leading heroes of the current generation.