Ahuti Prasad

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Ahuti Prasad
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Born
Adusumilli Janardhan Vara Prasad

(1958-01-02)2 January 1958
Died4 January 2015(2015-01-04) (aged 57)
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor
Years active1986 - 2015 (death)
Spouse(s)Vijaya Nirmala[1]
ChildrenBharani Prasad
Karthik Prasad[2]
Parent(s)Adusumilli Ranga Rao
Hymavathi

Ahuti Prasad (2 January 1958 – 4 January 2015) was an Indian character actor in the Telugu film industry.[3][4] He was renowned for the wide variety of roles he played, including father-figure, comedian, and antagonist. Prasad appeared in over 150 films in his career spanning nearly three decades.[5]

Early life and family[edit]

Ahuti Prasad was born as Adusumilli Janardhan Vara Prasad to A. Ranga Rao and Hymavathi.[6] Originally from Koduru of Krishna District near Mudinepally,[7] his family migrated to Raichur in Karnataka when he was a child. He became interested in acting during his college days and sought a career as an actor. However, his parents were firmly against him pursuing a career in acting - he therefore completed his Bachelor's degree before requesting their permission to join an film institute. After completing his education, Prasad moved to Hyderabad and joined the Film Institute of veteran director V. Madhusudhan Rao. Devadas Kanakala was the principal of the institute during this time, while Ramjagan and the late Achyuth were his classmates there.

Prasad married Vijaya Nirmala with whom he had two sons - Karthik and Bharani.[8]

Career[edit]

"I’ve worked over 20 years in the industry, seen many ups and downs but this phase is something beautiful, I’m enjoying every bit of it." - Ahuti Prasad, in a 2009 interview, reflecting on Tollywood's transition to more modern, contemporary films and characters.[9]

Prasad's career started with the film Vikram directed by V. Madhusudhan Rao which was Nagarjuna's debut film. Prasad also worked as an assistant director for V. Madhusudana Rao for the film Malle Moggalu.

Producer Shyam Prasad saw him on the sets of the film Ee Prashnaku Baduledi? where he was working and offered him a role as the antagonist in his film Ahuti. Because of the big break the film gave him, he came to be known popularly as Ahuti Prasad.[10]

Prasad expressed that Krishna Vamsi's Ninne Pelladutha was key in pushing his career as a character artist, and that his success in the film ended up flooding him with offers.[9]

In 2003, he won the Nandi Award for Best Villain for the film Nenu Ninnu Premistunnanu.[11] In 2008 he won a Nandi Award for Best Character Actor for the film Chandamama, in which he played an alcoholic landlord.[12]

Prasad was praised for his mastery of the Telugu accent specific to the East and West Godavari districts, a trait he demonstrated in many roles throughout his career. He began his career with negative antagonist roles, but gradually transitioned to other shades throughout his career. Prasad was renowned for playing the role of a character's father-figure in many films like Malliswari, Bendu Apparao RMP, Kotha Bangaru Lokam, and Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu.[13][14]

Prasad believed that "character artistes do get to do more experimental and challenging roles," citing that "character artistes survive on such [unique] characters." [9]

Actor Allari Naresh, who worked with Prasad in numerous films, remarked that Prasad "used to do a lot of homework on the background of his character in a movie" and that he "always thinks of others’ welfare along with his [own] welfare."[15]

Other works[edit]

Ahuti Prasad served as the general secretary of Movie Artistes Association (MAA).[7] Murali Mohan, then President of the MAA, commented on Prasad, expressing that Prasad's "main concern used to be the welfare of the small artists in Telugu Film Industry."[15]

Death[edit]

Prasad died 4 January 2015 while undergoing treatment for colon cancer at KIMS hospital.[2][7] His condition was widely unknown until his final days. Murali Mohan mentioned that Prasad "didn’t like to meet anyone during his last days because cancer made his condition very pitiable."[15]

His body was taken to his home in Film Nagar, where numerous film personalities paid their respects. His last rites were performed at the Erragadda cremation ground.

Prasad passed before seeing the release of his last three films.

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Telugu[edit]

  1. Vikram (1986)
  2. Ee Prashnaku Baduledi (1986)
  3. Ahuti (1988)
  4. Prana Snehitulu (1988)
  5. Simha Swapnam (1989)
  6. Muddula Mavayya (1989)
  7. Justice Rudramadevi (1990)
  8. Shanti Kranti (1991)
  9. Assembly Rowdy (1991)
  10. Killer (1992)
  11. Gharana Mogudu (1992)
  12. Teerpu (1994)
  13. Super Police (1994)
  14. Maatho Pettukoku (1995)
  15. Ninne Pelladatha (1996)
  16. Preminchukundam Raa (1997)
  17. Anaganaga Oka Roju (1997)
  18. Sri Sita Ramula Kalyanam Chootamu Raarandi (1998)
  19. Ganesh (1998)
  20. Shrimati Vellosta (1998)
  21. Samarasimha Reddy (1999)
  22. Seetharama Raju (1999)
  23. Swayamvaram (1999) as Raghu
  24. Sooryavansham (1999)
  25. Kalisundam Raa (2000)
  26. Devi Putrudu (2001) as Elchuri
  27. Jayam Manade Raa (2000)
  28. Chiranjeevulu (2001)
  29. Budget Padmanabham (2001)
  30. Apparaoki Oka Nela Thappindi (2001)
  31. Nuvvu Nenu (2001)
  32. Cheppalani Vundhi (2001)
  33. Ammaye Navvithe (2001)
  34. Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu (2002)
  35. Aadi (2002)
  36. Santosham (2002)
  37. Indra (2002)
  38. Gemeni (2002)
  39. Nenu Pelliki Ready (2003)
  40. Vasantham (2003)
  41. Tagore (2003)
  42. Okariki Okaru (2003)
  43. Lakshmi Narasimha (2004)
  44. Malliswari(2004)
  45. Venky (2004)
  46. Samba (2004)
  47. Gowri (2004)
  48. Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. (2004)
  49. Manasu Maata Vinadhu (2005)
  50. Pandem (2005)
  51. Bunny (2005)
  52. Chakram (2005)
  53. Sri (2005)
  54. Gowtam SSC (2005)
  55. Mister Errababu Intermediate (2005)
  56. Athanokkade (2005)
  57. Premikulu (2005)
  58. Nayakudu (2005)
  59. Allari Pidugu (2005)
  60. Danger (2005)
  61. Lakshmi (2006)
  62. Asadhyudu (2006)
  63. Chukkallo Chandrudu (2006)
  64. Pellaina Kothalo (2006)
  65. Seetaramudu (2006)
  66. Samanyudu (2006)
  67. Desamuduru (2007)
  68. Chandamama (2007)
  69. Lakshyam (2007)
  70. Viyyalavari Kayyalu (2007)
  71. Veduka (2007)
  72. Aata (2007)
  73. Yamagola Malli Modalayindi (2007)
  74. Madhumasam (2007)
  75. Nava Vasantham (2007)
  76. Baladoor (2008)
  77. Homam (2008)
  78. Gunde Jhallumandi (2008)
  79. Gajibiji (2008)
  80. Siddu From Sikakulam (2008)
  81. Bujjigadu (2008)
  82. Pourudu (2008)
  83. Naa Style Veru (2008)[16]
  84. Kotha Bangaru Lokam (2008)
  85. Ekaloveyudu (2008)
  86. Sasirekha Parinayam (2009)
  87. Adhineta (2009)
  88. Mitrudu (2009)
  89. Naa Girl Friend Baaga Rich (2009)
  90. Arundhathi (2009)
  91. Ride (2009)
  92. Boni (2009)
  93. Aa Intlo (2009)
  94. Mahatma (2009)
  95. Anjaneyulu (2009)
  96. Bendu Apparao R.M.P (2009)
  97. Rechipo (2009)
  98. Saradaga Kasepu (2010)
  99. Brindaavanam (2010)
  100. Okka Kshanam (2010)
  101. Shambo Shiva Shambo (2010)
  102. Baava (2010)
  103. Kalyanram Kathi (2010)
  104. Kathi Kantha Rao (2010)
  105. Chalaki (2010)
  106. Varudu (2010)
  107. Bindaas (2010)
  108. Leader (2010)
  109. Darling (2010)
  110. Jhummandi Naadam (2010)
  111. Em Pillo Em Pillado (2010)
  112. Police Police (2010)
  113. Wanted (2011)
  114. Aha Naa Pellanta (2011)
  115. Nenu Naa Rakshasi (2011)
  116. Nagaram Nidrapotunna Vela (2011)
  117. Daggaraga Dooramga(2011)
  118. Madatha Kaja (2011)
  119. Oosaravelli (2011)
  120. Bejawada (2011)
  121. Mr. Nookayya (2012)
  122. Naa Ishtam (2012)
  123. Lovely (2012)
  124. Dammu (2012)
  125. Dhamarukam (2012)
  126. Srimannarayana (2012)
  127. NRI (2013)[17]
  128. Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (2013)
  129. Priyathama Neevachata Kushalama (2013)
  130. Ongole Githa (2013)
  131. Mr. Pellikoduku (2013)
  132. Jaffa (2013)
  133. Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde (2013)
  134. Greeku Veerudu (2013)
  135. Om 3D (2013)
  136. Atharintiki Daaredi (2013)
  137. Doosukeltha (2013)
  138. Bhimavaram Bullodu (2014)
  139. Legend (2014)
  140. Autonagar Surya (2014)
  141. Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitam (2014)
  142. Rowdy Fellow (2014)
  143. Rudramadevi (2015)
  144. Shankara (2016)
  145. Patta Pagalu (shelved)

Tamil[edit]

  1. Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006)
  2. Nimirndhu Nil (2014)

Hindi[edit]

Assistant director[edit]

  1. Malle Moggalu (1986)

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
2002 Nandi Awards Best Villain Nenu Ninnu Premistunnanu Won
2007 Best Character Actor Chandamama Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Telugu actor Ahuti Prasad dies of cancer". sakshipost.com. 4 January 2015. Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Reputed Character Artist Ahuti Prasad dies of Cancer". telanganastateofficial.com. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Ahuti Prasad Biography, Profile, Filmography, Movies, Awards, Date of Birth & Age". cine-talkies.com. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Ahuti Prasad (Adusumalli Janardhan Vara Prasad) - Telugu Filmnagar". Telugu Filmnagar. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Ahuti Prasad". altiusdirectory.com. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
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  8. ^ "Telugu Actor Ahuti Prasad Dies - NDTV Movies". NDTVMovies.com. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  9. ^ a b c "Character wise". The Hindu. 27 February 2009. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Ahuti Prasad – Interview". telugucinema.com. 14 September 2007. Archived from the original on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Nandi Awards 2002". idlebrain.com. 8 September 2003. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Nandi awards 2007 announced". idlebrain.com. 12 January 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  13. ^ Chandrashekhar, B. (4 January 2015). "Actor 'Ahuthi' Prasad dies at 57". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Popular Telugu actor Ahuti Prasad dies of cancer at 57". The Indian Express. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  15. ^ a b c Kakarala, Ravi (4 January 2015). "Female artists break down talking about Ahuti Prasad - mirchi9.com". www.mirchi9.com. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Naa Style Veru (2008) (Telugu)". nowrunning.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  17. ^ "NRI Movie Review". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2015.

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