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Age: 75 Years
Wife: Rukmani Rao
Hometown: Hyderabad

Kota Srinivasa Rao

Bio/Wiki
Profession(s)Politician, Actor
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourSalt and Pepper
Politics
Political PartyBharatiya Janata Party
BJP flag
Political JourneyContested and won the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections from the Vijayawada East constituency on BJP's ticket (1999)
Film
Debut (as an actor)Telugu Film: Pranam Khareedu (1978)
Pranam Khareedu's poster
Tamil Film: Saamy (2003); as Perumal Pichai
A poster of Saamy
Awards• Nandi Special Jury Award from the Andhra Pradesh government for the film Pratighatana (1986)
• Nandi Award for Best Villain for Gaayam from the Government of Andhra Pradesh (1993)
• Nandi Award from the Andhra Pradesh government for Best Villain for the film Teerpu (1994)
• Nandi Award from the Andhra Pradesh government for the film Little Soldiers under the Best Character Actor category (1996)
• Nandi Award from the state government of Andhra Pradesh for the film Ganesh under the Best Villain category (1998)
• Nandi award under the Best Villain category for the film Chinna (2000)
• Nandi Award from the Andhra Pradesh government in 2002 for Best Supporting Actor for Prudhvi Narayana (2002)
• Nandi Award for the film Aa Naluguru under the Best Character Actor category (2004)
Kota Srinivasa Rao's awards
• Nandi Award for the film Pellaina Kothalo for Best Character Actor (2006)
• South Indian International Movie Award (SIIMA) for Best Supporting Actor for the film Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum (2012)
• Hyderabad Times Film Awards under the Best Actor in a Negative Role Male category for the film Dookudu (2012)
• Allu Ramalingaiah Kalapeetam Award (2013)
• India’s fourth-highest civilian award, the Padma Shri, from the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema (2015)
Srinivasa Rao's photo taken while he was receiving Padma Sri
Personal Life
Date of Birth10 July 1947 (Thursday)
Age (as of 2022)75 Years
BirthplaceKankipadu, Madras Presidency, British India (now Andhra Pradesh, India)
Zodiac signCancer
Nationality• British Indian (10 July 1947 - 15 August 1947)
• Indian (1947-present)
HometownHyderabad. Telangana, India
Educational QualificationBSc
ReligionHinduism [1]The Hans India
CasteBrahmin
AddressHouse number 10-D, Road No. 8, Film Nagar, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana – 500096
ControversiesMaking negative remarks about a show's host: In October 2021, while giving an interview, Kota Srinivasa Rao attracted controversy while giving a remark about the types of dresses worn by the actress Anasuya Bharadwaj. Kota expressed his distaste for the types of dresses worn by her when he was asked to give his opinion about the Telugu comedy show Jabardasth. He further added that the fans of the show would still watch her perform if she wore a saree. While talking about it, he said,
"What is there in it? Anasuya garu is there, she is a good actor, a good dancer with a good personality and good expression and everything. But look at her in that programme, the way she dresses, I don’t like the way she is dressing. She is beautiful, the audience would look at her even otherwise. She can be normal, the audience will watch even if she wears a saree. Roja (judge) is also in the same programme, are they [the audience] not watching her in saree?"
Later, Anasuya retaliated to his remarks through Twitter and called him a shabbily dressed person and an alcoholic in her tweet. [2]The News Minute
A snippet of Anasuya's tweet
Giving remarks about Chiranjeevi and his son: Kota has often attracted controversies for making bizarre remarks about South Indian actors. While giving an interview in May 2022, Kota talked about the acting of Ram Charan, Chiranjeevi's son, and said that he was not impressed by his acting skills. He further added that Charan is getting offers to act in films because of his father. [3]India Herald While talking about it, he said,
"Charan comes only after Jr NTR, Mahesh Babu, and Allu Arjun. Because he is megastar Chiranjeevi’s son, he has risen to this level."
While giving an interview, Kota raised questions over Chiranjeevi's promise of constructing a hospital for the needy and remarked that Chiranjeevi was doing so to improve his stature among the public. Kota further added that Chiranjeevi has never donated a single penny to support the struggling artists. [4]The Times of India Talking about it, he said,
"Who would go to that hospital? He should first help the poor artists get some work, then he can go to the hospital by himself. There are several budding and senior actors who are spoiling their careers without proper employment and are getting addicted to bad habits due to the lack of income. He had never given a penny to any film worker in his entire life. and how all of a sudden Chiranjeevi wants to be in the good books by constructing the hospital?"
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Family
Wife/SpouseRukmani Rao
ChildrenSon- 1
• Kota Venkata Anjaneya Prasad (deceased; actor)
A picture of Kota Venkata Anjaneya Prasad
Daughter(s)- 2
• Pavani Srinivasa Rao
Pavani's photo
• Pallavi Srinivasa Rao
ParentsFather- Seetha Rama Anjaneyulu (deceased; doctor)
SiblingsBrother(s)- 2
• Kota Sankara Rao (younger; actor, SBI employee)
A photo of Kota with his brother
• Kota Narasimha Rao (artist)
Kota Narsimha Rao's photo
Sister(s)- 4
• Annapurna
Kota Srinivasa Rao's photo with his siblings

Kota Srinivasa Rao

Some Lesser Known Facts About Kota Srinivasa Rao

  • Kota Srinivasa Rao is an Indian actor known for acting in several Bollywood, Kollywood, Tollywood, Mollywood, and Sandalwood films. He is also a former politician, who served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Andhra Pradesh.
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  • While pursuing a bachelor of science degree in Andhra Pradesh, Kota Srinivasa participated in many plays and represented his college on numerous occasions.
  • Upon completing his graduation, he appeared for the all-India banking services examination and joined the State Bank of India.
  • After serving as a banker for a few years, Kota Srinivasa Rao quit his job to pursue a career in acting.
  • For playing the role of a politician named Yadagiri in the 1985 Telugu film Pratighatana, Kota received the Nandi Award.
  • In 1987, he appeared in Pratighaat, a Hindi film.
  • In 1993, he appeared in a Telugu film titled Gaayam as a villain named Guru Narayan.

    A still from the Telugu film Gaayam

    A still from the Telugu film Gaayam

  • In 1994, he bagged a role in the Telugu film Teerpu for which he won an award.
  • In 1996, he appeared as an army officer named Major Harishchandra Prasad in the Telugu film Little Soldiers and won the Nandi Award for it.
  • In 1998, he essayed the role of health minister Samba Sivudu in the Telugu film Ganesh.
  • Kota Srinivasa Rao became a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before contesting the 1999 Andhra Pradesh assembly polls from the Vijayawada East constituency. In the elections, he emerged victorious by defeating an Indian National Congress (INC) candidate named Ilapuram Venkaiah by 6,076 votes.
  • Kota was not given a ticket by the BJP to contest the 2004 Andhra Pradesh assembly elections as many senior BJP leaders were unhappy with his work after getting elected as an MLA in 1999. According to a senior leader of the party, Kota used to visit his constituency occasionally; therefore, failing to connect with the people there and resolve their problems. Talking about it, the leader, in an interview, said,

    Mr. . Srinivasa Rao could not spend much of his time in the constituency during the past four years as he stayed in Hyderabad most of the time. Therefore, we want someone who is aware of local problems and will be available to people any time.”

  • He received the Nandi Award for essaying a villainous character in the 2001 Telugu film Chinna.
  • He played the role of a character named Samba Sivam a.k.a. Leakage Sambayya in the 2001 Telugu film Student No: 1.

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    Kota Srinivasa Rao in Student No: 1

  • For appearing in the 2002 Telugu film Prudhvi Narayana as Narayana, Kota Srinivasa Rao received the Nandi Award.
  • He bagged a role in the 2003 Kannada film Raktha Kanneeru.
  • In 2004, he received the Nandi Award for playing the role of a character named Kotayya in the Telugu film Aa Naluguru.

    A snapshot from the Telugu film Aa Naluguru

    A snapshot from the Telugu film Aa Naluguru

  • Kota Srinivasa Rao acted in several Tamil films like Aai, Jaisurya, and Jore in the same year.
  • In 2005, he appeared in the Kannada film Namma Basava as a character named Pampathy.
  • In 2006, he appeared as Veeraraju in the Telugu film Pellaina Kothalo.
  • Kota Srinivasa acted in Hyderabad Nawabs, a 2006 Dakhini-language comedy film.
  • He appeared in the 2009 Hindi film Ek: The Power of One.
  • In 2010, he appeared in a Tamil film titled Kanagavel Kaaka as Ayyanarappan, a law minister.
  • In the same year, he essayed the role of a character named Rajidi Nagamani Reddy in the Hindi films Rakta Charitra and Rakta Charitra 2.
  • In 2011, for playing the role of Mallesh Goud, a villain, in the Telugu film Dookudu, Kota received the Nandi Award.
  • Kota Srinivasa acted in The Train, a 2011 Malayalam film, and essayed the role of Yogesh Thivari.
  • For appearing as Subrahmanyam in the 2012 Telugu film Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum, Kota won an award.

    Kota Srinivasa Rao as Subrahmanyam in the film Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum

    Kota Srinivasa Rao as Subrahmanyam in the film Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum

  • He bagged roles in several Tamil films like Malini 22 Palayamkottai, Damaal Dumeel, and Aranmanai, which were released in 2014.
  • He essayed the role of a character named Dasanna and acted along with Tiger Shroff in the 2016 Bollywood film Baaghi.
  • He appeared in Telugu films like Balakrishnudu, Jawaan, and Gunturodu, which were released in 2017.
  • He played the cameo role of a character named Ilaiya Perumal (Perumal Pichai) in a 2018 Tamil film titled Saamy 2.

    Kota Srinivasa Rao as Perumal Pichai in Saamy 2

    Kota Srinivasa Rao as Perumal Pichai in Saamy 2

  • He essayed the role of a character named Oori Pedda in the 2019 Telugu film Oorantha Anukuntunnaru.
  • In the 2023 Kannada film, he landed a role.
  • As a voice-over artist, he has rendered his voice and dubbed Tamil films like Gentleman (1993), Oke Okkadu (1999), Priyaralu Pilichindi (2000), Majaa (2005), and Sivaji: The Boss (2007) in Telugu.
  • In an interview, Kota Srinivasa Rao said that had he not pursued a career in acting, he would have pursued a career in medicine.
  • Kota Srinivasa Rao used to consume liquor. As per many sources, he used to come to the sets for shooting while intoxicated. He, however, claimed that he never went for a shoot intoxicated without the director’s consent.
  • In March 2023, disinformation regarding his passing away in an accident in Hyderabad began circulating on social media. Later, Kota Srinivasa published a video on social media telling his fans and followers that he was alright and urged them not to believe in the fake news being peddled online. [5]Telangana Today While giving an interview, he said,

    I was busy with preparations for the Ugadi festival tomorrow when I received a series of phone calls and 10 policemen came to my residence for security.”