Samarla Venkata Ranga Rao popularly known as S.V.Ranga Rao was a famous Tamilian actor, director and producer. He was known as SVR in the entire Cine Industry. He was born on 3rd july. 1918. His beloved fans called him Viswa Nata Chakravati. Nata Sekhara, Nata Simha and Nata Sarvabhouma.He has the reputation of doing acting naturally and had a huge fan base for Hindu mythological roles as Dhuryodhana, Ravana, Ghatohkacha, Keecha and Kansa from the mythology of India.
Rao has received the Best Actor Award at the Afro-Asian Film Festival held in Jakarta for his role as Keechaka in ‘Nartanasala’. He was also awarded with Rashtrapati Awards for Annai(1962), Sarada (1962), Naanum Oru Penn(1963). Karpagam (1963) and Nartanasala (1963). He has also been felicitated with Nandi award as Best feature film for Chadarangam (1967), Bandhavyalu (1968) directed and produced by him. He has also received Filmfare Special Award- South for his super hit movie Naanum Oru Penn(1963), a Tamil drama film under the direction of A.C. Tirulokchander.
Ranga Rao has played different roles in the period between 1950s and 1970s which is considered to be the golden era of Telugu cinema. He has left a mark on the Tamil cinema with his method acting. He worked with ANR, NTR, Savitri, Relangi, Suryakantham and many more best actors in the industry. With his brilliant acting and portrayal of characters , SVR took the Telugu Film industry to new heights. He breathes life into his every character.