MUMBAI: Filmmaker T Rama Rao is no more.
The veteran director-producer, who had helmed around 70 films in Telugu and Hindi besides bankrolling blockbusters in Tamil, died in Chennai in the early hours of Wednesday. He was 83.
According to a statement, he died due to age-related illness. His last rites will be performed at 4 pm on Wednesday.
Anupam Kher remembered the veteran filmmaker as a compassionate man with a good sense of humour. Taking to his Twitter handle, he wrote, “Deeply saddened to know about the demise of veteran filmmaker and a dear friend Shri #TRamaRao ji. I had the privilege of working with him in #AakhriRaasta and #Sansaar. He was compassionate, commanding & had a great sense of humour. My condolences to his family! Om Shanti! (sic).”
On the work front, Rama Rao had worked with many big names like NTR, ANR, Shoban Babu, Krishna, Balakrishna, Sridevi, Jayapradha, and Jayasudha to name a few. He directed films like Navarathri, Jeevana Tarangalu, Bramachari, Aalumagalu, Yamagola, Illalu, Pandani Jeevitham, and Pachani Kapuram among others in Telugu.
Rama Rao entered the Hindi film industry in 1979 and worked with all from Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra, Dharmendra, Mithun Chakraborty to Anil Kapoor and Govinda. He has the distinction of introducing Rajinikanth in Hindi cinema with the movie Andhaa Kanoon. His successful Hindi films include Judai, Jeevan Dhara, Ek Hi Book, Andhaa Kanoon, Inquilaab, Insaf Ki Pukar, Watan Ke Rakhwale, Dosti Dushmani, and Nache Mayuri to name a few.
May his soul rest in peace!
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CREDIT: HINDUSTAN TIMES