Dr. Brahmanandam…The very thought of his name leaves smile on everyone’s face, the so named person is none other than the Guinness book awardee, Dr. Brahmanandam Brahmanandam Kanneganti born 1 February 1956 is a veteran Indian film actor and comedian known for his works in Telugu cinema. He currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most screen credits for a living actor.He was honoured with the Padma Shri, for his contribution to Indian cinema in 2009. Brahmanandam is regarded as one of the finest comic actors of India,
Considered as the greatest comedian Telugu film industry ever produced Brahamanandam is a native of Muppala village near Sattenapalli, Brahmanandam completed his M.A (Telugu) and worked as a Lecturer in Telugu before Jandhyala introduced him to the silver screen with a role in the movie ‘Chantabbayi.’
Much before that, he won the Best Supporting Actor in an Inter Collegiate Competitions in Narasaraopet in 1968 and won the fancy dress competition award for portraying the character of ‘Modabbayi.’ After a brief hiatus, he was given a role by D. Ramanaidu in ‘Ahana Pellanta’ and Brahamanandam never looked back.
Brahmanandam acted in more than 1028 films.On a visit to Hyderabad, Brahmanandam happened to accidentally meet writer Adi Vishnu who introduced him to MCV Sashidhar of DD. They started a serial called Pakapakalu. Adi Vishnu, Musicologist Raja and BV Pattabhi Ram recommended him to Jandhyala. Brahmanandam met Jandhyala and showed many of his skits. Jandhyala was very happy and appreciated Brahmanandam.
Being a middle class person, there were many financial problems which were to be taken care by him. Getitn g into industry was not so easy those days. He says “My parents interests towords art helped me to develop artistic ideas”. He is a good mimicry artist and he participated in many cultural activities during his school and college days and won many prizes and this added as an assert for his entry in mighty Telugu film industry, Though he became a lecturer, he didn’t leave his interest in the feild of art he sailed in the same way and received many compliments for his imitation of his colleagues during his days as lecturer in Allili. He got a chance to manage a program named pakapakalu in Dooradshan in 1985 which announces the name of Brahmanandam to TV and Film industry silently.
Sri Vegella satyanarayana was the person who made Dr. Brahmanandam to face the first camera in the movie Sri tatavataram as one of four friends of hero Naresh. It was on his birthday when he stands before a camera for the first time. This turned his life into other way. Though this was the first movie he started acting, the other movie sathyagrahi under jandyala’s direction was released first. He showed his rocking performance in the movie AHA NA PELLANTA directed by Jandhyala, who used Dr. Brahmanandam as a sword, remains as a one of the best movie, and a great turning point for him fetching first nandi award. The combination of Brahmanandam-Jandhyala continued in his next movies. Dr. Brahmanandam says. “Jandhyala garu is not only my favorite director, but also my Guru in film industry”.
Brahmanandam’s first film was Sri Tatavataram Katha, second film was Satyagraham and third film was Aha Naa pellanta. Since then he has featured consistently in films every year.
He has been awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award in 2009 by the Government of India, He received an honorary doctorate by Acharya Nagarjuna University and the Nandi Award by the Government of Andhra Pradesh among others.