Veteran filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao passes away

Carla Harmon
May 30, 2017

Dasari died at the age of 75.

Dasari Narayana Rao also holds the Guinness record for directing the most number of films. Dasari was first admitted to KIMS - a private hospital - in Heyderabad in February this year, as he suffered from kidney and respiratory problems.

Condoling Rao's death, Union I&B Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, "I am saddened by the untimely demise of Sri Dasari Narayana Rao". Rao also had produced 50 films and who won two National Awards for direction is no more. He acted in Tamil and Kannada films also. Erra Bus was the last film he had directed. He had planned to make a biopic on late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, reports IANS.

Some of Dasari Narayana Rao's famous works inlcude, Tata Manavadu (1972), Samsaram Sagaram (1973), Bantrotu Bharya (1974), Evariki Vaare Yamuna Teere (1974), Radhamma Pelli (1974), Tirupati (1974), Swargam Narakam (1975), Balipeetam (1975), Bharatamlo Oka Ammayi (1975), Devude Digivaste (1975), Manushulanta Okkate (1976), Muddabanti Puvvu (1976) among others.

Megha Sandesam (1983), Thandra Papa Rayudu (1986), Suri Gadu (1992), Kante Kooturne Kanu (2000) were among the super hit films that earned him fame nationally and internationally. Asa Jyothi, Aaj Ka MLA, Ram Avatar were among his Hindi films. He made films with stalwart heroes NTR, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, SV Ranga Rao, Krishna, Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, Nagarjuna and Venkatesh. All shootings have been cancelled in his honour on Wednesday.

Actor Kamal Haasantweeted, "My sympathy and condolences to the family of Daasari NaryaNa rao.His loss is truly a big loss for Telugu cinema".

The director had been critically ill for a while, having been hospitalised early this year.

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