The veteran film producer and movie moghul Dr. D. Ramanaidu has been felicitated with the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award for the year 2009.
The Legendary producer will be conferred the award at the National Films Awards Function scheduled to be held in October this year.
He has been selected for the award for his outstanding contribution in the field of Indian Cinema.
The Dada Saheb Phalke Award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of Rs.10 lakhs and a shawl.
Dr. D. Ramanaidu entered the film industry in 1963 and his debut film was Anuragam.
The Movie Moghul entered the the Guinness Book of Records world record for producing more than 130 films in various Indian languages.
Apart from Telugu films, he has the distinction of producing movies in Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi and Bhojpuri. Dr. Ramanaidu has won various laurels for his films. His film, “Surigadu” was selected for the Indian Panorama in 1993. “Asukh”, a Bengali film won the National Award for the Best Film in 1999. Apart from this, the films of the veteran artist have been honoured with several awards from the Andhra Pradesh Government.
The galaxy of artistes who have worked in his films include N T Rama Rao, A. Nageswara Rao, Sivaji Ganesan, Pandari Bai, Jamuna, Padmini, Sobhan Babu, Kamal Haasan, Jayaprada, Chiranjeevi, Rajnikanth, Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Rekha, Jeetendra and Sreedevi.
Dr. Ramanaidu has built an envious track record in the film world for having introduced numerous film directors as well as artistes and technicians. A few well known artistes introduced by him include Venkatesh, Harish, Vanisri, Aryan Rajesh, Tabu, Khushboo, Allari Naresh and Malasree.