He is from Burri Palem near to Tenali. He is the eldest of five children born to Sri Ghattamaneni Veeraraghavayya Chowdhary and Smt. Ghattamaneni Nagaratnamma. He married Indira in 1965 and with whom he has five children: two sons, Ramesh Babu (a film producer) & Mahesh Babu (also an actor); and three daughters; Padmavati, Priyadarshani, and Manjula (a film producer). In 1969, he married actress and director Vijaya Nirmala. He has continued to be married to both women.
Superstar’s Simhaasanam is the first movie ever to run for 100 days in 5 70mm theaters in the state
Superstar’s Alluri Seetha Rama Raju is the first Telugu movie to run for 100 days in an air-conditioned (a/c) theater in each of the three main territories-Nizam, Ceded and Andhra.
As a producer:
Superstar Krishna also holds the record for being the only star in entire India to produce more than 50 movies in several languages. While most of the movies were made in Telugu on his flagship banner-Padmalaya studios, Krishna also produced some on VijayaKrishna movies (Devadasu, Sahasamee Naa Voopiri, and Hema Heemeelu etc), MadhaviPadmalaya (Kurukshethram), Ratnamovies (Prajarajyam) and others. He is the only hero yet to have a self-produced movie that had a minimum run of 100 days in at least 16 theaters in three consecutive years- a. Pacchani Kapuram- 17 centers-1972 b. Devudu Cheesina Manushulu -28 centers-1973 c. ASR-17 centers-1974.
As a director:
Superstar also was a successful director. Between 1986 (Simhasanam) and 2002 (Pandanti Samsaram), he directed 13 movies in Telugu, which include several super hits like Simhasanam, Koduku Diddhina Kapuram (3 direct 100’s), Mugguru Kodukulu (2 direct 100’s) and several other successful ones like Kaliyuga Karnudu, Naagasthram etc.
He got a honorable doctorate by Andhra university in the year 2008. Superstar Krishna’s agrarian backdrop film Bangaaru Bhoomi (14-1-1982) entered the record books as the highest running film for the year 1982 in Kakinada. It had a 112 days run (53 days housefuls) at Sri Devi theater and a total run of 142 days in the city.
By collecting Rs 1, 60,000 in its 35days run at Urvasi 70mm, Vijayawada, Superstar’s Mosagallaki Mosagadu set a new record for Telugu films in the city.
Superstar Krishna is the only hero to have 4 movies that ran for at least 50 days at their main theaters in Guntur city in 1985—a. Agniparvatham-Krishna Picture Palace (56 days) b. Palanati Simham—Gouri Shankar (50 days) c. Vajrayudham—Bhaskar Deluxe (76 days) and d. Pacchani Kapuram—Pallavi Deluxe (56 days).
SS is the only hero to have two direct 100 days movies in 1983- 1. Mundhadugu--Madhav and Sakthi-Nartaki- in Nellore.
His off beat Sakshi is the first Telugu movie to be shown at Moscow film festival.
Pandanti Kapuram (1972), his first major success on Padmalaya, is one of the rare Telugu films to win the President’s Gold medal under the best regional film category.
ASR won the Golden Nandi Award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh in 1974.
Superstar’s Savasagallu is the only color film to run for 50 days (58 days) in Prabhath 35 mm, Hyderabad.
Mosagallaki Mosagadu is the first (and perhaps the only) Telugu movie to be shown in 56 countries.
Sithara, the largest circulated film weekly in the state, awarded him with the best actor statute for his riveting performance in Antham Kaadhidhi Aaarambham.
Superstar also has another unique record. He is the only hero who has two direct 50 days movies in Vijayawada on the same title. Krishna’s Pacchani Kapuram (old) ran for 56 days at. The other film with the same title was released in 1993 and ran for 69 days in Yuvaraj a/c.
Though 33 years have passed, his Pandanti Kapuram's 70 days run record in Paradise Theater, Secundrabad, is yet to be crossed by any other movie.