N. T. Rama Rao completed his school level education from Munciopal School and intermediate from the SRR & CVR College, Vijaywada. For graduation, he enrolled at the Andhra Christian College, Guntur and obtained his arts degree from there. While his school and college days, he was engaged with theatres. He was referred as NTR.
During British India in Madras Presidency, he qualified for the civil services and started his professional career as a sub-registrar in the place called Mangalagiri. Soon, he quit his job to chase his dreams of becoming an actor. He finally made his acting debut with the Telugu film called Mana Desam in 1949. From 1949 to 1982, he acted in excess of 300 films and besides acting, he also directed more than a dozen films. He for his achievement received a cult figure status. He was best known for his portrayal of Hindu Gods on screen. He mostly portrayed the role of Lord Krishna.
Since, he became a well-known public figure, he decided to quit acting and work in the interest of Telugu speaking people in India. He therefore founded a political front named TDP (Telugu Desham Party) in b1982. His party won the 1983 state elections in Andhra Pradesh and he was made the Chief Minister of the State. It was for the first since 1956 that Andhra had a Chief Minister from a non-congress party.
During his term as Chief Minister, he took various populist steps such as giving food, clothes and house subsidies to the poor section of the society. He also prohibited the sale of liquor in Andhra and introduced the mid-day meal program. Though management of his party was not up to the mark and in the 1989 state election, TDP lost.
Though, he lost in 1989 but never gave up and finally in 1994 state election, he made sure that his party comes into power and he became the Chief Minister for the third time in his illustrious political career.