Gollapudi Maruti Rao was an Indian journalist, scriptwriter, author, playwright, actor, filmmaker, and film editor. He was born into a Telugu family in Andhra Pradesh. A physics major from Andhra University, Maruti Rao initially began his career as a journalist. He then joined the radio network AIR. He began writing scripts with the Telugu movie Doctor Chakravarthy. Over the years, he wrote many scripts (and plays) such as Kallu, Tharangini, Atma Gowravam, and Prema Pusthakam. He also acted in numerous movies, such as Intlo Ramayya Veedhilo Krishnayya, Abhilasha, Challenge, and Swathi Muthyam. Some of his popular books are Amma Kadupu Challaga, Sayankalamayindi, and Telugu Nataka Rangam. He won countless awards for his works. In 1997, he established the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Foundation, which launched the Gollapudi National Award, in memory of his youngest son, Srinivas, who had died young. He later moved to Chennai with his two sons. He died there in December 2019.