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Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (28 May 1923 - 18 January 1996), more commonly known as N.T. Rama Rao or just NTR, was an Indian film actor, director, and producer, considered very important in the Telugu film industry, who went on to a career in politics in later life.

He was born into a kamma family ("kamma" being the designation of one of the castes) in Krishna District[?], and studied for a bachelors at the Andhra-Christian College[?] of Guntur.

He made a debut as a police constable[?] with the movie Mana Desam in 1947. He continued to do many movies with a mass appeal. He gained more prominence in the role of Lord Krishna in Maya Bazar[?]. He was the de facto Krishna for Andhra Pradesh. NTR went on to play a host of other mythological characters.

NTR directed and produced the movie Daana Veera Soora Karna[?], in addition to portraying three important characters in it.

Despite his success, some consider his later career to have been an anticlimax, claiming that he was more interested in media attention than in artistic creations.

He established a political party, TDP[?], and went on to become the Chief Minister[?] of Andhra Pradesh within nine months of its establishment. However, some consdiered him to be just another murky Indian politician amassing a lot of wealth and trying all sort of political tricks such as subsidising rice, power, and so on.

He married Lakshmi Parvathi at 70+, but not long afterwards succumbed to a heart attack. This has been blamed on a political hijack of his party, power, and political post by his son-in-law, N Chandrababu Naidu[?].

See also: List of Telugu films

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