Sobhan Babu Biography, Nationality, Family, Career Path, Death and Net Worth

Uppu Sobhana Chalapathi Rao was a Tollywood film actor. He was born to a middle-class family, and at first it was challenging climbing up the ladder of fame, but with time, Sobhan went on to become a romantic icon and was the top Tollywood hero for two decades.

Profile Summary

Full Name/Stage Name Uppu Sobhana Chalapathi Rao/Sobhan Babu
Gender Male
Nationality Indian
Spouse Santhakumari
Occupation Tollywood film actor
Net Worth $3million dollars

Early Life and Education of Sobhan Babu

Uppu Sobhana Chalapathi Rao was born on the 14th of January 1937 and died on the 20th of March 2008. Sobhan babu was born to Uppu Suryanarayanarao and had four siblings, three sisters, Dhanaranga, Jhansi and Nirmala, and a brother, Sambasivarao. Sobhanbabu completed his initial schooling at Kuntamukkula, Mylavaram. He pursued his Intermediate in Krishna District. He completed B.Sc degree in Physics at Andhra Christian College, Guntur. After that he opted for a Law degree in Madras to pursue his cinema career.  He was an Indian actor known for his works in Telugu cinema. He made his film debut in Bhakta Sabari (1959), but Daiva Balam (1959) released earlier.

Career Path of Sobhan Babu


Babu garnered four Filmfare Awards South for Best Actor, and Special Jury Award for Bangaru Panjaram (1969) at the 4th IFFI. He was featured in National Award-winning films such as Sita Rama Kalyanam (1961), Mahamantri Timmarusu (1962), Lava Kusa (1963), Nartanasala (1963), featured at the 3rd Afro-Asian Film Festival, and Desamante Manushuloyi (1970). He is often referred to as Nata Bushana.

In a film career as a matinee idol, spanning more than thirty five years, Sobhan Babu starred in more than 200 feature films in a variety of roles in films such as Veerabhimanyu (1965), Manushulu Marali (1969), Tara Sasankam (1969), Kalyana Mandapam (1971), Chelleli Kapuram (1971), Sampoorna Ramayanam (1972), Sarada (1973), Manchi Manushulu (1974), Jeevana Jyothi (1975), Soggadu (1976), Kurukshetram (1977), Mallepoovu (1978), Gorintaku (1979), Karthika Deepam, (1979), Mosagadu (1980), Devatha (1982), and Mundadugu (1983).

Sobhan Babu Biography Nationality Family Career Path Death And Net Worth
Sobhan Babu

Sobhan Babu’s Marital Life

Sobhan Babu got married to Santhakumari on May 15, 1958. They had three daughters, and a son Karunasesh. He never introduced his son into film industry, and he made him a successful businessman. He enjoyed a peaceful family life. Shoban Babu and kV.chalam were best friends till kV chalam death. He shared a close friendship with Chandramohan until his last breath, as he also helped his workers (driver, chefs etc) financially and settled them well. It is also rumoured that he also maintained a close relationship with actress and former Tamilnadu chief minister “Jayalalitha”. He also used to give valuable suggestions to film actors regarding buying assets and investments. Actor Murali Mohan followed his suggestions and settled well.

Sobhan Babu Net Worth

The Tollywood star has gathered quite a wealth for himself in his career and general way of life.
His net worth is estimated to be about $3 Million dollars.

How Did Sobhan Babu Die?

on the 20th of March 2008 at the age of 71, Shoban babu after completing yoga he
freshened up and sat on his favourite “rocking chair” reading newspaper and waiting for his breakfast.
Suddenly he suffered massive heart attack and fell down from his chair and injured his nose. He was
immediately rushed him to the hospital by family members, where he was pronounced dead.
Tollywood, and, Kollywood stars paid homage to him, while the whole film fraternity mourned his death.
Sobhan was cremated at his own farm in chennai.


During the initial days of Sobhan Babu, he had gone through a lot of struggles. He was offered small roles with very little remuneration, and he couldn’t meet the expenses of living. At this point, he decided to quit movies, but his career was changed when he was selected for Veerabhimanyu (1965), his first film in a lead role. On the first day of the shoot, he was nervous and couldn’t deliver his dialogue. Director V. Madhusudhana Rao decided to shoot a fight scene to reduce his nervousness. Babu’s confidence was completely low and the next day he decided to inform his director and quit movies. However, he didn’t get a chance to talk to the director that day, so he decided to try for one last time. He gave his best performance, leaving everyone in the sets spellbound. He never looked back after that and went on to act in many memorable films.


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