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Inturi Venkateswara Rao

(1909 – 2002) – (Andhra Pradesh)

Inturi Venkateswara Rao (Aged 93) also known as Inturi, was born on 1 July 1909, Chandrarajupalem, Sattenapalli, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was an Indian freedom fighter, trade unionist, writer, and film journalist. After completing his primary education in Tenali, he was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and participated in the Non-cooperation movement in 1921. In 1930, he was sentenced to three and a half years of jail time for his participation in the Salt Satyagraha. Later, he joined the Socialist Party and was associated with Jayaprakash Narayan.

Inturi also worked as a correspondent with The Bombay Chronicle. In 1936, he joined the film industry and worked as an associate director with Gudavalli Ramabrahmam, Tripuraneni Gopichand, and P. Kannamba.

In 1969, he published a book titled “Kummara Molla” which is a biography of Atukuri Molla’s life, and the story was made into a movie in 1971 by B. Padmanabham titled “Kathanayika Molla.” He also published a book on Tarikonda Venkamamba. Screen magazine published his biography and described him as “A Man of Million Ideas.”

Inturi passed away in 2002. In his memory, the Dr. Inturi Memorial Trust was established and annually gives Dr. Inturi Venkateswara Rao Visishta Puraskarams to noted film journalists. He passed away by 7 May 2002, Chennai, India.