Raja Rao was born in 1915 in Rajahmundry. He directed some stage plays like 'Maa Bhoomi', 'Parivarthana', 'Pothu Gadda', 'Seetha Rama Raju' and 'Jai Bhavani'.
His first film as a producer was 'Puttillu'.
He introduced the actors like Jamuna, Allu Ramalingaiah, Perumallu, Chadalawada Kutumba Rao, Nazar (burra katha artiste); music directors like C. Mohana Das and T. Chalapathi Rao; art director Maa Gokhale; make-up artiste Kumar; choreographer D. Venu Gopal to the film world.
He acted as hero in 'Puttillu', and played a key role in 'Bobbili Yuddham'.