Telugu Comedy was given a special dimension thanks to 'Nata Kireeti' Rajendra Prasad. With his unique histrionics and tremendous comedy timing, Rajendra Prasad’s work still continues to generate laughter through his amazing acting skills. A trained actor from Madras Film Institute, Rajendra Prasad earned gold medal for mono acting subject during his course. After some initial struggle to be recognized as an actor, Rajendra Prasad also worked as dubbing artist during early 80s. Director Vamsy’s Manchu Pallaki (1982) gave him the right break as an actor, but his comedy element was yet to be unleashed by then.
His next crucial appearance was in Chiranjeevi starrer Challenge (1984) where he plays an important role as the associate to the Hero. Vamsy took the fortunate chance to explore the comedy element from Rajendra Prasad with Ladies Tailor next! The film has Tanikella Bharani in dialogues department and the film was a laugh riot in every frame! Telugu Audience was amazed by the fresh comedy and new style of acting by Rajendra Prasad to generate laughter.
Jandhyala took the turn now to make Rajendra Prasad an undisputed choice for Comedy films. This duo began their comedy marathon with Aha Naa Pellanta and their laughter legacy continued with many more films such as Jayammu Nischayammura, Rendu Rendlu Aaru, Pelli Chesi Chudu and so on. Vamsy also chose Rajendra Prasad for his comedy genre films such as Chettu Kindha Pleader and April 1st Vidudala. It would be amazing to know that all these films mentioned above became ultimate comedy classics in Telugu Cinema!
He became like a ray of hope for upcoming film directors of late 80s such as Relangi Narasimha Rao and EVV Satyanarayana. Telugu Audience can never forget films like Edurinti Mogudu Pakkinti Pellam, Parugo Parugu, Golmaal Govindam which came from Rajendra Prasad and Relangi Narasimha Rao combination. When it comes to his association with EVV, Aa Okkati Adakku is one classic example of how well the duo could manage to generate non-stop laughter!
Artistic legend Bapu also gave some wonderful films with Rajendra Prasad in the lead such as Pelli Pusthakam and Mister Pellam. The subtle comedy and artistic timing of Rajendra Prasad was best unleashed in these films!
Rajendra Prasad did not confine himself to comedy films alone and proved that he was an amazing character actor and can excel in tragedy films through Erra Mandaram. He is one actor with different shades and is capable of giving justice to any emotion required for a scene.
Rajendra Prasad continues to amaze Telugu Audience with social awareness and thought provoking subjects such as Aa Naluguru (2004), Mee Sreyobhilashi (2009) and the recent Onamalu (2012).
P.V. Narasimha Rao, the former Prime Minister of India, was apparently very fond of Rajendra Prasad films that he always used to get the video cassettes of Nata Kireeti’s films to watch during free time, or whenever he is on tour! This itself is a great example of the legendary acting of Rajendra Prasad!
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