Mallikarjuna Rao (Telugu:మల్లికార్జున రావు) (1951 – 24 June 2008) was a popular comedy actor in Tollywood. Mallikarjuna Rao, popularly known as Battala Satti for his role in the movie Ladies Tailor. He has acted in many movies in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam languages. He acted in around 375 Telugu movies over the last 25 years.
He was born in Anakapalle, Visakhapatnam district.
Mallikarjuna Rao started his career in films in 1973. He became popular with role of ‘Battala Sattigadu’ in Ladies Tailor directed by Vamsi. Ladies Tailor, Hello Brother, Tammudu and Badri are some of the films in which he excelled audience with his comedy.
His performance in the film Hello Brother was remarkable, mainly the scenes between him and Kota Srinivasa Rao. He got a very different style of comedy mainly his voice with which he used to deliver comedy scenes in a very realistic manner.
His teleserial Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu in Doordarshan channel is one of his most excellent works, which is the most humorous one. It is one of the finest comedy teleserials of the actor and Doordarshan channel.
Telugu actor, writer Tanikella Bharani treats Mallikarjuna Rao as his guru and to his credit Mallikarjuna Rao introduced L.B. Sriram, actor cum writer to director Vamsi, who gave chance to LB Sriram in his movie. Mallikarjuna Rao was the general secretary of the Movie Artists Association. He also served as the chairman of Sri Venkateswara Swami temple in Srinagar colony, Hyderabad. He is one of the senior most comedians in Tollywood.
“Mallikarjuna Rao was not only a unique actor but also a good human being. He always tried to help others whenever he can,” Chiranjeevi said.Several actors recalled the help they received from Rao, who was general secretary of Telugu Movie Artists Association (MAA).Rao was also the secretary of Telugu Desam Party’s cultural wing. Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu conveyed his condolences to Rao’s family members over phone.Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy too condoled the death of the popular comedian.Rao is survived by wife, two daughters and a son.The funeral will be held at his native Anakapalle in Visakhapatnam district tomorrow.
He died of leukaemia on 24 June 2008 in Hyderabad.
He is married and has a son and two daughters.