Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is an Indian Film Editor and Producer who has worked extensively in Telugu Cinema. In the Film Industry many call him Chanti Garu.
He is the younger brother of Kotagiri Gopala Rao, who died on November 6, 2012, a known film Editor and Producer, who holds the banner of Kotagiri Films, with which he produced several Telugu films, including Ooranta Sankranti.
Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is born in Nazvid which is located in Krishna district at Andhra Pradesh, India. He has three elder brothers and two elder sisters.He has become an editor under the eminent director Adurthi Subba Rao and others.
Venkateswara Rao did not want to continue his studies after completing matriculation. He joined his brother in Madras and trained as an editor. K. Raghavendra Rao gave him the first chance to edit two songs in his film Adavi Ramudu in 1977.
He has worked for many films of legends, like N. T. Rama Rao, B. Gopal, Bharatirajaa and many more. Before becoming an eminent director, S. S. Rajamouli has trained under his custody in film editings for a year.
He was elected unanimously as the President of the Andhra Pradesh Film Federation and served the members for 6 years..
his recent movies include Premam, Janatha Garage, Brahmotsavam, A Aa, Sarainodu