Kanuri Ranjith Kumar was an Indian Film Producer, born into a wealthy Agricultural family on 24th March, 1938 to Kanuri Ramananda Chowdary and VimalaDevi in a rural village Kowtharam in Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh. He founded “Ranjith Movies” banner with the help of his uncle K.L.N.Prasad who is a well known Industrialist & Politician. Ranjith Kumar entered the film world as a producer in 1973 with his first telugu film venture “Chikati Velugulu“ directed by K.S.Prakash Rao followed by a successful movie “Mana oori Katha” starring Krishna and Jayapradha in 1976. Ranjith Kumar has won various laurels for his films. He produced entertainers with not only commercial interests but also social concern. It would be right to say that his films reflect human values. In 1977, he went on to produce the super hit film “Maa Idhari kadha” with the Legend N.T.Ramarao who played dual role.
Ranjith Kumar also made significant contributions on the social front with films like “Naalaga Endharo” starring Narayana rao & Rupa in 1978. This film was selected for`The best film of the year’ and won the prestigious Golden “Nandi Award” by the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh. Apart from this, he produced a bi-lingual film titled “Toli Kodi Kusindi” in Telugu and “Engavuru Kannagi” in Tamil which is also directed by K.Balachander. This was named the second best feature film providing wholesome entertainment by the Andhra Pradesh govt., and presented ‘Nandi Award’ for the year 1979. In 1983, he simultaneously made two films in Telugu titled “Chattaniki Veikallu” and ”Lanke Bindelu”, both starring Krishna, Jayasudha & Madhavi. He also produced a Malayalam film “Adayam” starring Nedumudi Venu and Poornima Jayaram.
Most of his films take a stand on many burning social issues among the poor classes in our society and were received well by the crowds. As a producer, his motive was not only to make money, but also to help the society through his thought-provoking subjects, where Films have a large and deep influence on the South India.
The galaxy of artistes and technicians who worked in his films include N T. RamaRao, Krishna, Raja Babu, Kaikala Satyanarayana, Narayanarao, K.Balachander, K.S.Prakash Rao, V.S.R.Swamy, Chakravarthy,Loknath, Eeranki Sharma, Vijaya Nirmala, Jayapradha, Jayasudha, Vanisree , Madhavi, Manjula etc.
Ranjith Kumar has worked as an Executive Committee Member for Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber and also served as the First Executive Secretary for Filmnagar housing society. Being a father-figure to many in the Industry, Ranjith Kumar encouraged the growth of friendly feelings amongst the producers and technicians to achieve absolute unity. He has put his best efforts to promote and develop the Telugu film industry in Hyderabad. He worked his way to the top with his hard work and strong determination to reach his goal, come what may.
But unfortunately, on June 11th,1984 he passed away. The sudden demise of Ranjith Kumar at a young age of 47, is a tragic and tremendous loss to the Telugu Film Industry. His abilities are rare. The film community has lost an enormous and exceptional person. As a veteran producer, his name stands forever in the history of Tollywood.