Ahuti Prasad was born as Adusumilli Janardhan Vara Prasad to A. Ranga Rao and Hymavathi. Originally from Koduru of Krishna district near Mudinepally, his family migrated to Raichur in Karnataka when he was a child. He became interested in acting during his college days and sought a career as an actor. After completing his education, he moved to Hyderabad and joined the Film Institute of veteran director V. Madhusudhan Rao. Devadas Kanakala was the principal of the institute during this time. Ramjagan and the late Achyuth were his classmates there.