Suthi Veerabhadra Rao

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Suthi Veerabhadra Rao
Born Mamidipalli Veerabhadra Rao
6 June 1947
East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, India India
Died 30 June 1988 (aged 41)
Madras, India India
Other names Bhadrudu
Occupation actor, theatre artist, Radio artist
Height 5″8
Spouse(s) Sekhari

Sutti Veerabhadra Rao or Mamidipalli Veerabhadra Rao (Telugu: సుత్తి వీరభద్రరావు / మామిడిపల్లి వీరభద్రరావు) was a very popular south Indian film actor who played comedians and character artists, as well as a renowned radio and theater artist.

Early life[edit]

Veerabhadra Rao was the only son, and had two younger sisters. He hailed from the East Godavari District (born at Ayanapuram) of Andhra Pradesh, and moved to Vijayawada on his father’s job. He did his schooling in ‘AKTP school’ and graduated from Andhra University, through ‘SRR College’, Vijayawada.


Suthi Veerabhadra Rao was one half of the famous “Sutti Janta”, the other being Velu. He was a popular Radio and Theater Artist from 1970–1980. He entered the film industry in 1981, and became popular with Naalugu Sthambaalata in 1982. Until his untimely death due to heart attack, at the age of 41, he acted in 200+ films.

Radio and theatre career[edit]

Veerabhadra Rao was interested in acting right from his childhood, he used to act in stage plays at school level. During his graduation days at SRR College, Vijayawada, he teamed with Jandhyala who was his classmate, and together, they participated in many competitions at university level. This team went on to become one of the hit teams in film industry with respect to comedy.

After Graduation, with love for theatre, he went on to become an employee of All India Radio (AIR), Vijayawada. While working there, he had staged many plays in Thummalapalli Kalakshetram, and Veledandla Hanumantharaya Grandhalayam, Vijayawada. He also participated in many plays that were broadcast from AIR. During his tenure with AIR, VJA, he worked with stalwarts of Telugu Theater and literature, like CSR Anajaneyulu, Vinnakota Ramanna Panthulu, Nanduri Subba Rao, C Rama Mohan Rao, Usha Sri, Vinnakota Vijayaram, Indrakanti Sreekanth Sarma, P Pandurangarao (Panduringa), Peri Kameswara Rao, Koka Sanjeeva Rao, A B Anand etc. Sri Balatranpu RajaniKantha Rao (Rajani) is instrumental for his entry into AIR. Sri Rajani would select his staff only if they could pronounce all the 56 letters of Telugu language, in a clear tone, with correct pronunciation and enunciation.His most popular Stage play was Krishna Paksham Presented at Konteru Nataka Parishath.

Film artist[edit]

He entered the Telugu film industry in 1981, with the film Jatara. However, he got noticed in the industry in 1982, through the film Naalugu Sthambaalata by Jandhayla. He became famous in Tollywood for his lengthy dialogues. From 1982 to 1988, he acted in over 200 films. During this period, he played different kinds of roles.

He was the main character in many of the earlier films of Naresh and Rajendra Prasad. He was approached by few producers and directors for a guest role, with the belief that his presence would make the film a hit. As a result, there are many films where he is seen, sometimes, even without credits. During his short tenure, he acted with most of the heroes of his time. At the time of his death in 1988, he completed the shooting for the film Choopulu Kalisina Subhavela, but, the voice dubbing remained. Jandhyala gave his voice for the character.

Personal life[edit]

Veerabhadra Rao married Sekhari in 1970 and has two children, a son and a daughter. His daughter died in 2013 from cancer.

He was an avid reader of Literature in Telugu and English. He had his own personal library consisting of some of the books such as Veyi Padagalu and Srimad Bhagavatham. He also had a big collection of plays written in Telugu.

He used to donate huge amounts of money for the needy, and there were many beneficiaries from him. He led a simple life, helping others, and doing what he liked to do. He was religious.


While shooting for a song in the film Choopulu Kalisina Subhavela, there was a sprain on one of his legs. Being a diabetic, he could not recover immediately and was advised to take some rest, as he was working continuously for a long time.

He was admitted in a hospital for recovery. On 30 June 1988, he died of a drug-induced heart attack.


Some of his popular films are:

Year Film Director
1988 Choopulu Kalasina Subhavela Jandhyala
1988 Vivaha Bhojanambu Jandhyala
1988 O tandri teerpu Rajachandra
1988 Neeku Naku Pellanta Jandhyala
1988 Chikkadu Dorakadu Narasimha Rao Relangi
1988 Sahasam Cheyara Dhimbaka Narasimha Rao Relangi
1988 Chinni Krishnudu Jandhyala
1988 Pelli Chesi Choodu Narasimha Rao Relangi
1987 Dabbevariki Chedu Narasimha Rao Relangi
1987 Aha Naa Pellanta Jandhyala
1986 Chantabbai Jandhyala
1986 Jeevana Poratam Rajachandra
1986 Padaharella Ammayi Krishna Mohan Reddy
1986 Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mahathyam K. Vasu
1985 Chattamtho Poratam K.Bapayya
1985 Mogudu Pellalu Jandhyala
1985 Swathi Muthyam K. Viswanath
1985 Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnulu A. Kodanda Rami Reddy
1985 Rendu Rella Aaru Jandhyala
1984 Srivariki Premalekha Jandhyala
1984 Babai Abbai Jandhyala
1984 Ananda Bhairavi Jandhyala
1984 Sundari Subbarao Narasimha Rao Relangi
1984 Rustum A. Kodandarami Reddy
1983 Konte Kodallu Kommineni Seshagiri Rao
1983 Muggurammaiyala Mogudu
1983 Puththadi Bomma Jandhyala
1983 Palleturi Monagadu S. A. Chandrasekhar
1983 Moodu Mullu Jandhyala
1982 Brahmaa nee raata taarumaaru Tripuraneni Varaprasad
1982 Naalugu Sthambaalaata Jandhyala
1981 Erra Mallelu Dhavala Sathyam
1974 Dorababu Tatineni Rama Rao
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