Adurthi Subba Rao (16 December 1912 – 1 October 1975) was an Indian film director, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor and producer known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. Rao is widely regarded as the intellectual fountain head of Indian drama films.He has also directed Bollywood, Tamil and Kannada films.He has garnered ten National Film Awards.
Nammina Bantu received critical reception at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.Most of his films have been featured at various international film festivals like Tashkent Film Festival, Moscow International Film Festival, and International Film Festival of India. Subba Rao’s Biography has been published by veteran actor Krishna, who made his Telugu film debut under the direction of Subba Rao.Veteran director K. Viswanath has worked as an associate director of Subba Rao for many years. The Telugu film chamber of commerce has instituted the Adurthi Subba Rao Award in his honor.
His awards include:
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu – Aadarsa Kutumbam(1969),Sudigundalu(1967),Manushulu Mamathalu(1965),Doctor Chakravarthy(1964),Mooga Manasulu(1963),President’s Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Telugu – Nammina Bantu(1959),Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film in Telugu – Mangalya Balam(1958),Certificate of Merit for Second Best Feature Film in Telugu – Thodi Kodallu(1957)
Filmfare Awards South
Filmfare Award for Best Film-Sudigundalu(Telugu)
Adurti Subba Rao works also include:
Balanandam Assistant Director(1954),Amara Sandesham Director(1954),Todi Kodallu Editor, Screenplay and Director(1957)
,Aada Pettanam Director(1958),Mangalya Balam Writer and Director(1959),Iddaru Mitrulu Director(1961),Nammina Bantu Director(1959)
,Krishna Prema Director(1961),Manchi Manasulu Director(1962),Chaduvukunna Ammayilu Screenplay and Director(1963),Mooga Manasulu Director(1964),Dagudumootalu Director(1964),Doctor Chakravarty Director(1964),Velugu Needalu Director(1961)
,Sumangali Director(1965),Tene Manasulu Writer and Director(1965),Todu Needa Director(1965),Kanne Manasulu Director(1966),Poola Rangadu Director(1967),Sudigundalu Screenplay and Director(1967),Maro Prapancham Director(1970),Vichitra Bandham Director(1972),Mayadari Malligaadu Producer and Director(1973),Bangaaru Kalalu Director(1974),Gajula Kishtaiah Producer and Director(1975),Gunavantudu Director(1975),Mahakavi Kshetrayya Director(1976).