Co Kancharapalem fame Subba Rao, who rose to fame with his portrayal of Raju in the film, has been awarded in the Best Actor category at the Caleidoscope Indian Film Festival.
The film was also shown at the film festival. “CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Subba Rao garu AKA Raju
#careofkancharapalem for winning BEST ACTOR at the #caleidoscopeindianfilmfestival! Kudos @venkateshmaha25 for directing an award-winning non-actor! Other nominees were the revered Mr. Irfan Khan and our #Mohanbhagath! So proud!” tweeted the producer of C/o Kancharapalem, Praveena Paruchuri.
Co Kancharapalem, which earlier this year, fetched accolades from different corners for its heart-touching narrative. Shot entirely in the Kancharapalem area of Vizag, the film featured close to 80 debut actors, with most of them being from the city.
Subba Rao played the all-important role of Raju in Co Kancharapalem. Suggested by his friend, Kishore, Subba Rao made a strong impression on director Maha, who was on the lookout for someone to play Raju. A successful screen test and audition meant that he was all set to make his acting debut.
Settled in Kancharapalem since 1979, Rao had an inherent love for acting. “I used to act in many dramas in our locality. Being offered a film role was a big thing for me and I accepted the opportunity with glee,” the actor shared while interacting with Yo! Vizag.
“I was in disbelief when I first saw Raju on the screen. I became hugely popular among my office colleagues, who started calling me a hero”. He further added that people recognise him wherever he goes now and has even been obliging for a selfie or two. Now that he’s got an opportunity in films, Rao shared that he would do more roles and make a name for himself.