Renowned Telugu film writer Mullapudi Venkata Ramana died of old-age related illness in Chennai on Thursday. He was 80.
Ramana, whose real name is Venkata Rao, died at his residence in Chennai in the early hours on Thursday, sources said.
Known for his comic yet emotional style of writing, he scored many hits in a career spanning over three decades.
Ramana, together with his close friend, famous movie director Bapu, produced several movies that won critical acclaim and went on to become box office hits.
'Vamsa Vriksham' (1980), one of the early regional films done by Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, was made by the Bapu-Ramana duo.
Andala Ramudu, Muthayala Muggu, Sakshi, Sampoorna Ramayanam, Bhakta Kannappa, Srinadha Kavi Sarva Bhowma, Pelli Pustakam and Mr Pellam were some of the Telugu films which brought him fame.
He also worked for a few Hindi films like Hum Paanch and Jeevan Jyoti.
Ramana worked with veteran Telugu actors like late N T Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, a Dadasaheb Phalke award recipient, Krishna, Sobhan Babu and also young actors such as Srikant.