T. Rama Rao (1938 – 2022) was an Indian filmmaker. In a career spanning five decades, he directed 75 Hindi and Telugu feature films between 1966 and 2000. He started his work in the film industry in the late 1950s as an assistant director to his cousin T. Prakash Rao and Kotayya Pratyagatma, before making his directorial debut with the Telugu film Navarathri (1966). Brahamchaari (1968), Jeevana Tarangalu (1973), Yamagola (1975), Maang Bharo Sajana (1980), Haqeeqat (1985), Watan Ke Rakhwale (1987), Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988), Mr. Azaad (1994) and Jung (1996) are a few of his directorial works.
Krishnam Raju (1940 – 2022) was an Indian actor and politician. Popular in Telugu cinema, he was widely known as ‘Rebel Star'’ for his rebellious acting style, and starred in more than 183 films. He made his acting debut with the film Chilaka Gorinka (1966) produced and directed by K. Pratyagatma. He won five Filmfare Awards South, including the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2006) and three state Nandi Awards, including the inaugural Nandi Award for Best Actor. As an active politician, he was a Member of Parliament and served as Minister of State holding various offices from 1999 to 2004.