Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao

Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is an Indian film editor. In the film industry many call him Chanti Garu. He is the younger brother of Kotagiri Gopala Rao, who died on November 6, 2012, a known film editor and producer, who holds the banner of Kotagiri Films, with which he produced several Telugu films, including Ooranta Sankranti.

Personal life

His ancestors worked as Diwans in Zamindar.[1] He hails from Nuzvid. He has three elder brothers and two elder sisters. The eldest of them is Kotagiri Gopalarao. His father died early leaving the family in a miserable condition. Gopalrao took control of the family and shifted to Madras. He has become an editor under the eminent director Adurthi Subba Rao and others.

Venkateswara Rao did not want to continue his studies after completing matriculation. He joined his brother in Madras and trained as an editor. K. Raghavendra Rao gave him the first chance to edit two songs in his film Adavi Ramudu in 1977.

He has worked for many films of legends, like N. T. Rama Rao, B. Gopal, Bharatirajaa and many more. Before becoming an eminent director, S. S. Rajamouli has trained under his custody in film editings for a year.

He was elected unanimously as the President of the Andhra Pradesh Film Federation and served the members for 6 years..

He has married Sujatha and has two daughters (Padmaja and Neeraja).


Nandi Awards

  1. 2004: Sye - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor
  2. 2005: Subhash Chandra Bose - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor
  3. 2007: Yamadonga - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor
  4. 2009: Magadheera - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor
  5. 2010: Darling - Won the Nandi Award for Best Editor.[2]
  6. 2012: Naan Ee - Won Vijay Award for Best Editor


See also


  1. Introduction of Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao, Sunday special, Eenadu, 20 November 2011.
  2. http://telugu.way2movies.com/newssingle_telugu.html?id=143058&cat=4&tit=Nandi-Awards-Winner-List--2010

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