Shobhan Babu's Vardhanti

Shobhan Babu’s Vardhanti

Today is tollywood’s one and only Romantic Handsome Hero Shobhan Babu’s Vardhanti. Shobhan was born on Jan 14th, 1937 in Chinna Nandigama Village, Krishna District to Uppu Suryanarayana Rao and Rama Tulasamma. Shobhan Babu’s real name was Uppu Shobhanachalapathi Rao. He went to Chennai, then Madras to pursue his law degree after his education in Kuntumukkala, Vijayawada and Guntur but bid good bye to studies making his debut in tollywood tinsel town. Shobhan Babu made his debut with a small role in ‘Deaivalabalam’ in 1959. Babu completed his initial schooling in Kuntamukkula, near Mylavaram. He pursued his Intermediate in Vijayawada and finished his degree at Andhra-Christian College in Guntur. He married Shanta Kumari on 15 May 1958; they had a son, Karuna Seshu and three daughters: Mrudula, Prashanti and Niveditha.He was over the moon with that small role itself because he got an opportunity to share screen with his idol Legendary NTR. Later went on to star in ‘Bhakta Sabari’. NTR encouraged Shobhan Babu from the beginning offering him roles in his own film ‘Seeta Rama Kalyanam’ as Lakshmana along with other banner films like ‘Bheeshma’,’Lavakusa’,’Punyavathi’ and others. Similarly another top Hero ANR also provided him with roles in his films like ‘Chaduvukunna Ammayilu’ on Annapurna Pictures. Shobhan played the role opposite Mahanati Savitri. He went on to star in ‘Poolarangadu’,’Iddaru Ammayilu’, and ‘Buddhimantudu’ in Annapurna Pictures. He made a name for himself with in ten years of his debut in tollywood. 1971 is the stunning year in his career as he set a record starring in 16 films in single year. His hits ‘Thahasildarugari Ammayi’,’Manushulu Marali’,’Manavudu-Danavudu’ came in this year. Handsome Hero Shobhan Babu’s successful tollywood rule continued for 37 years unchallenged in social, fantasy, mythological films. His lead role in ‘Veerabhimanyu’ is still talked about along with his ‘Narthanasala’ cameo as Abhimanyu. He put up outstanding performances as Sri Rama in Bapu’s ‘Sampoorna Ramayanam’ and Krishna in ‘Budhimantudu’. His expressions as Krishna in ‘Kurukshetra’ cast a magic spell on movie lovers. He strove for perfection in his roles and became Shiva in ‘Paramanandayya Shishyla Kadha’, Narada in ‘Pratigna Palana’, Arjuna in ‘Bheeshma’.
Early in his career he played a role of labour leader who sacrifices his life   in ‘Manushulu Marali’ and scored hits like ‘Devudu Chesina Pelli’,’Puttinillu Mettinillu’, and ‘Jeevana Tarangalu’. His film ‘Devalayam’ under T.Krishna’s direction bought him fame standing as the best social and traditional message oriented film. He transformed into youth with a broken heart in ‘Mallepoovu’,’Jeevana Poratam’, and ‘Swayamvaram’ and even earned a mass image in ‘Manavudu Danavudu’,’Khaidi Babai’,’Soggadu’,’Kode Nagu’. The moment one hears name of Sobhan Babu he was associated with two heroines. He starred with more than 35 heroines in his chequered career and Jayasudha starred in 31 films followed by Vanisri 28, Sarada 20, Jayaprada 12 along with Vijayasanthi, Suhasini and Lakshmi. Radha starred in 9 films while Sridevi, Manjula, Chandrakala in 8 and Vijayanirmala, Radhika in 5, KR.Vijaya, Kanchana, Sujatha, Geetha in 4, Latha, Jayachitra, Rathi in 3 and Jamuna in 2 films with Sobhan. Many awards found their place in Sobhan Babu’s beautiful crown. His crown was decorated with 4 film fare awards,5 Nandi awards, best classical award for ‘Bangaru Panjaram’ from Union Govt,8 awards from AP.Cine Goers association, 9 film fare awards from Madras film fans,3 Vamsi Barkili awards to name a few. Sobhan unlike many of his contemporary stars stunned everyone choosing to retire from films during his hay days without running after money. He never changed his decision though many begged him to do so. Sobhan made his heavenly journey on 20th Mar 2008 when he suffered massive heart attack at the age of 71, leaving all his fans and entire tollywood in tears. Myfirstshow.com remembers this Handsome Hero and Noble Person and pays floral tributes to ever green romantic hero of tollywood.

Shobhan Babu’s Vardhanti
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