Rao Ramesh gets his due with ‘Kottha Bangaru Lokam’
Rao Ramesh has become a big hit with college students after the release of Kottha Bangaru Lokam. They all want someone like him to be their lecturer, someone who can bring life into the classroom with his easy-going manners and a cool attitude. Being 30 plus has suddenly become happening. But where was the tall, charming Rao Ramesh all these years? All along he was known as the son of the illustrous actor Rao Gopal Rao. Did it help? Certainly yes, people in the industry recognised him and were courteous, but it ended there. Ramesh had struggled shuttling between Chennai to Hyderabad, from the telly to the Telugu industry in search of roles.
The Hari in Kalavari Kodalu would spend all the money he’d made from television serials on flight tickets and would often feel frustrated reciting dialogues that ran into pages. The late Omkar did give him moral support but after sometime Ramesh was on his own. He read out the prelude in Okadunnadu and attended a muhurat of a film which never took off. But finally, he impressed director Krish at a coffee shop when he reeled out poems written by C. Narayan Reddy and Gamyam materialised. Ramesh says, “TV gave me fatigue, I was yearning to do something more. For years I learnt photography but never set out on a career; neither did my parents counsel me. Now I am sure about what I want from life. I want challenging roles.”
Ramesh’s mother is a Harikatha artiste, holding a record of giving 16,000 performances. She goaded Ramesh to take up acting. After Gamyam’s success Ramesh was offered quite a few films, among which was Kottha Bangaru Lokam. Ramesh adds, “I met the director in Vizag when was at Annavaram temple, writing dialogues for the movie. I was still unsure and was content that I could get God’s darshan. Later in Hyderabad the director acted out the scene for me and told me to do it without imitating him. When I performed the scene, I was flooded with compliments.”
Next, Ramesh is doing Rajamouli’s socio-fantasy movie with Ram Charan Tej. “I’m doing a sage’s role.” In Avakai Biryani he is donning the role of a 55-year-old and has a negative character in Fighting Master and a cameo in Dongala Bandi and Adugu. There is Gamyam’s tamil version too.
About his father, Rao Ramesh reminisces, “We hardly exchanged any conversation. His forefathers being zamindaars, the feudal atmosphere continued at home..”Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY