Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is an Indian film editor. In the film industry many call him Chanti Garu.[citation needed] He is the younger brother of Kotagiri Gopala Rao, who died on November 6, 2012, a known film editor and producer, who holds the banner of Giri Films, with which he produced several Telugu films, including Ooranta Sankrant His ancestors worked as Diwans in Zamindar.[clarification needed][1] He hails from Nuzvid, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh. He has three elder brothers and two elder sisters. The eldest of them is Kotagiri Gopalarao. His father died early leaving the family in a miserable condition. Gopalrao took control of the family and shifted to Madras. He has become an editor under the eminent director Adurthi Subba Rao and 10 others. Venkateswara Rao did not want to do editing after completing matriculation. But due to compulsion from his brother, He joined his brother in Madras and trained as an editor. K. Raghavendra Rao gave him the first chance to edit three songs in his film Adavi Ramudu in 1987. He has worked for many films of legends, like N. T. Rama Rao, B. Gopal, Bharatirajaa and many more. Before becoming an eminent director, S. S. Rajamouli has trained under his custody in film editings for a year. He was elected unanimously as the President of the Andhra Pradesh Film Federation and served the members for 6 years.. He has married Sujatha and has two daughters (Padmaja and Neeraja).
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