Dr. Dasari Narayana Rao B.A. is a politician, film director, and film producer. Narayana Rao directed about 150 films, produced 53 films and worked in more than 250 films as a dialogue writer and as a lyricist. While studying for the BA degree, he used to take part in scores of drama competitions. He was soon recognised as a potential stage artiste, screenwriter and director. During his career he also acted in Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada languages. He won Andhra Pradesh State Best actor award for his acting. His Telugu movies, Thatha Manavadu, Swargam Narakam, Megha Sandesam, and Mamagaru brought him awards. He mainly took films on Anti Dowry issue and lady oriented, message oriented films.
Muralimohan and Jayasudha were regulars in his movies. He introduced many artists and directors into Tollywood notable among them being Mohan Babu, R. Narayana Murthy, Raviraja Pinisetty, Mutyala Subbaiah etc. He launched a popular daily newspaper named Udayam to counter the effect of Ramoji Rao's newspaper Eenadu and gave tough competition and pushed Eenadu to second position at one point of time.
He created a sensation by interviewing PWG founder Kondapalli Seetharamayya. Dasari was elected to the Rajya Sabha He became the Minister of state in Ministry of Coal. Said to be a confidante of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Dasari once again became active in politics after Congress Party came back to power in 2004. Dasari has received many awards and accolades in his entire career. He received Nandi Award in 1974 for the Film Thatha Manavadu and Golden Nandi award for the best Film Swargam Narakam (remade in Hindi as Swarg Narak).