Krishnam Raju Biography: Wife, Brothers, Acting career, Awards, Political Career, Death, and other details

Krishnam Raju was a well-known Telugu Actor of the sixties and the seventies and a politician who was elected to Lok Sabha. He passed away at the age of 83 on September 12, 2022. Know more about Krishnam Raju Wife, brothers, political and acting career, awards, death reason and other details.
Krishnam Raju Biography
Krishnam Raju Biography

Krishnam Raju Biography: Krishnam Raju, a well-known Telugu actor of the sixties and seventies and the former Union Minister for Defence and External Affairs passed away on September 11, 2022, while undergoing treatment after a brief illness at AIG Hospital at around 3.30 am. Krishnam Raju was 83 years old and is survived by his wife and three daughters. Apart from being a renowned name in the film industry, Krishnam Raju was elected to Lok Sabha in 1998 and again in 1999 on a BJP ticket. He was a Union Minister of State for four years during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s last term as the Prime Minister of India from 1999-2004.

Know more about Krishnam Raju wife, Death reason, brothers, acting and political career, awards, and other important details.

Krishnam Raju Biography


January 20, 1940

Place of Birth

Mogalturu, Andhra Pradesh


82 years at the time of death


September 11, 2022 (Hyderabad)

First Wife

Seeta Devi (died)

Second Wife

Syamala Devi (m. 1996)

Political Party

Bharatiya Janata Party

Other Political Affiliations

Praja Rajyam Party


Actor, Politician


Sai Praseedha, Sai Pradeepti, Sai Prakeerti


Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, Filmfare Award for Best Actor-Telugu, Nandi Award for Best Actor

Krishnam Raju Wife, family, Early Life, brothers

Uppalapati Venkata Krishnam Raju was born on January 20, 1940 to Uppalapati Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Raju. Film Producer U. Suryanarayana Raju is his younger brother and actor Prabhas is his nephew. Krishnam Raju at one time worked as a journalist for the Andhra Ratna and was also awarded with the Second Best Photographer at the State level.

Krishnam Raju was fond of cameras and had a collection of cameras. He was also the owner of Gopi Krishna Movies.

Krishnam Raju Second Wife

Krishnam Raju first married Seeta Devi who passed away and later married Syamala Devi in 1996, with whom he has three daughters- Sai Praseedha, Sai Pradeepti, Sai Prakeerti.

Krishnam Raju Acting Career

Krishnam Raju entered Tollywood in 1966 with the film Chilaka Gorinka which was directed by Kotayya Pratyagatma alongside Krishna Kumari. His debut film won Nandi Award for Best Feature Film- Silver for that year, however, it did not produce the expected result. In 1967, Krishnam Raju acted in the mythological film Sri Krishnavataram which also stars N.T. Rama Rao.

Krishnam Raju in 1968 appeared in Nenante Nene. Reportedly, he was reluctant at first to act in the film given the role is of the antagonist and that he had debuted in the film as a protagonist. Upon being advised by his peers and the co-actors to gain exposure to a diversified character, Krishnam Raju took on the role and the movie came out to be successful

Krishnam Raju acted in films with established actors including Akkineni Nageswara Rao and N.T. Rama Rao.  He also worked with established actresses- Jamuna, Kanchana, Krishna Kumari, and Rajasulochana.

Krishnam Raju Filmography




Chilaka Gorinka


Sri Krishnavataram


Malli Pelli






Raj Mahal


Gandhi Puttina Desam






Amma Nana

 Krishnam Raju Political Career

  1. In 1998, Krishnam Raju was elected to the 12th Lok Sabha
  2. In 1998-99, he was a member of the Committee on Commerce Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  3. In 1999, Krishnam Raju was re-elected to the 13th Lok Sabha, BJP Parliamentary Party in Lok Sabha.
  4. Krishnam Raju was a member of the Committee on Finance Member, Committee on the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme.
  5. In 2000, he served as a Member of the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  6. From 2000-2001, Krishnam Raju was the Union Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs.
  7. From 2001-2002, he was Union Minister of State, Ministry of Defence.
  8. In 2002, the Union Minister of State, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

Krishnam Raju Awards

Awards Year
1977 Filmfare Award South- Best Actor Award (Telugu)
1978 Filmfare Award South- Best Picture Award
1984 Filmfare Award South- Best Actor
1977 Nandi Awards (Best Actor)
1984 Nandi Awards (Best Actor)
1994 Nandi Awards (Best Character Actor)
2015 Lifetime Achievement Award (Gulf Andhra Musical Awards)

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What was Krishnam Raju's Occupation?

Krishnam Raju was a renowned name of Telugu Cinema and was also the former Union Minister for Defence and External Affairs.

When was Krishnam Raju born?

Uppalapati Venkata Krishnam Raju was born on January 20, 1940 to Uppalapati Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Raju

How did Krishnam Raju die?

Krishnam Raju died on 11 September 2022 due to post-COVID-19 complications at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology Hospitals in Hyderabad, India.

Is actor Prabhas related to Krishnam Raju?

Krishnam Raju was the paternal uncle of Baahubali fame Prabhas.
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