Rajababu (Appalaraju)

Raja Babu (born as Punyamurthula Appalaraju), the erstwhile star comedian is the best and finest comedians Telugu Cinema has ever produced. Raja Babu was most famous for his slapstick comedy back in the days of yore. Raja Babu was born in Rajahmundry, East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. Along with PUC (Pre University Course), Raja Babu has completed “Teacher Training Course” and worked as School teacher for a while.

While playing a drama, his dialogue delivery and body language has caught the attention of director and was invited to Chennai for film offers. After landing in Chennai, Raja Babu has to live on private tuitions for his survival before opportunity knocked with the movie Samajam in 1960. In a short while, his career reached peaks and it wasn’t a wonder that there would be no film without him being cast.

He was the highest paid comedians of his time and even his remuneration was on par with the leading heroes of his time. Raja Babu’s pairing with lady comedian Ramaprabhas was considered as the best comic-pair.

The star comedian has even appeared as the hero in films like Thata Manavadu, Pichodi Pelli, Tirupathi and Manishi Rodduna Paddadu. He holds the record for acting in 589 films in a span of fewer than 20 years. After spending glorious years as a star comedian, Raja Babu has breathed his last breath on 14th February 1983 ailing to serious health issues. The ace comedian has been bestowed with honorary Doctorate and coveted with 8 Nandi and 16 Film fare Awards. His younger brothers Chittibabu and Anant are famous comedians. Raja Babu’s few of the famous movies are Premnagar, Karthika Deepam, Pandanti Kapuram, Srimanthudu, Saakshi and Navarathri.