Subbaraju was born in Bhimavaram, to Penmatsa Ramakrishnam Raju and Vijayalakshmi. He has one elder Brother Pullam Raju, who is working as a Sanskrit Lecturer. Subbaraju did his education in D. N. R. College, Bhimavaram. He did his Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and after that he did some computer courses and joined with Dell Computers, Hyderabad.
Subbaraju's introduction to the cinema world was a happy accident. Renowned Tollywood director Krishna Vamsi's personal assistant asked him to fix computer issue for Krishna Vamsi's personal computer. After going to Krishna Vamsi's house, Subbaraju was offered a small role in Krishna Vamsi's Khadgam movie.
Subbaraju made his debut inTollywood in Good Night (First Night), Khadgam, and the super hit film Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, directed by Puri Jagannadh. In this movie, he played the role of a boxer, who fights with the hero in the climax and is defeated. This role brought him good opportunities to star as a fighter/small negative shade roles in subsequent films.
Subbaraju played a powerful role in the movie Arya, a henchman who will do anything for his boss. In one scene the heroine slaps him, leading him to consider killing his boss' son to exact his revenge. ......