Veteran filmmaker D Ramanaidu has been chosen for the Dada Saheb Phalke award 2009, for lifetime achievement in Indian cinema. The award will be conferred on him during the International Film Festival of India, in Goa this October.
Born in Karamchedu in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh in 1936, Ramanaidu entered the film world in 1963 with his first film Anuragam followed by the superhit Ramudu-Bheemudu starring legendary actor N T Rama Rao in 1964.
Over the last 47 years, he has been a prolific producer of over 130 films in several Indian languages and finds mention in the Guinness Book of Records. Apart from Telugu films, he has the distinction of producing movies in Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi and Bhojpuri.
Some of the well-known films produced by him in various languages are Premanagar, Dildar, Bandish in Hindi, Srikrishna Tulabharam, Preminchu, Ramudu Bheemudu, Bobbili Raja, Ahana Pellanta, and Andhra Vaibhavam.