Those were the days when people, audience, and critics never encouraged cheap comedy. Unless and until the comedian also serves as the lubricant for the flow of the plot, there will be no comedy character in the movie. From the initial days of the Telugu film industry, comedians are an integral part of any film. People and audience are so attached to comedy in the film that most of the films without comedians couldn't do so well at the box office. Apart from these reasons, some films got a negative response for not incorporating comedy actors as a part of the cinemas.
Punyamurthula belongs to that age of comedy where comedians have an importance on par with the hero. His siblings, Raja Babu and Anantha Babu, are also comedians who are famous in classic Telugu movies.
Chitti Babu Punyamurthula was born in the Amalapuram area of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India. His original name being, Punyamurthula Suryanarayana Murthy, he was famous with his on screen name, Chitti Babu. His parents were Umamaheswara Rao and Ramanamma. He completed his primary education at Dhavaleswaram. His schooling was at Rajahmundry, and then he went to Hyderabad for his higher studies. He also had an ITI certificate from Kakinada. His entry into the film industry is because of his timely comic sense in his personal, as well as cinematic life.
Chitti Babu Punyamurthula appeared on the screen with the 1973 movie, Palletoori Bava. He played the role of a rickshaw puller. All in all, he appeared in around five hundred roles. Not just in minor roles, he also played the major and crucial characters in some movies. His luminous performance got critically reviewed in movies like Kaliyuga Pandavulu, ‘Vijaya’, etc. Three of them, Raja Babu, Chitti Babu, and Anantha Babu, mastered the art of comedy acting. At a particular point of time, after the death of their beloved brother, Raju Babu, Chitti Babu confessed that the amount of respect the olden day industry used to give them is much more adorable than the present day industry. He also said that the character of the comedians used to go accordingly with the plot and the actors. But the current day movies have no or minor roles in the movies, which don't contribute to the plot.
Chitti Babu is one of the oldest stand-up comedians in the Telugu film and television industry. He used to be the anchor for some programmes, which dealt with comedy in Doordarshan. He gave in and around 200 on stage performances. Their family is a staunch supporters of the Congress Party.