Telugu filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao cremated in Hyderabad
Dasari Narayana Rao, who directed super-hit movies in Telugu, died at a private hospital in Hyderabad on Tuesday at the age of 75.bollywood Updated: Jun 02, 2017 17:47 IST
The mortal remains of veteran Telugu filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao were today consigned to flames at his farm house near here as a large number of film personalities and political leaders, including Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, paid homage to him.
Rao’s son Prabhu lit the funeral pyre at the farm house located near Chevella in the afternoon. Policemen presented a gun salute as the cremation was conducted with full state honours.
The body was earlier taken there in a cavalcade from the city. It was kept at the office of Telugu film chambers to enable film personalities and fans to pay their tributes.
Naidu, veteran director and Dada Saheb Phalke award recipient K Viswanath, Telugu star Pawan Kalyan and a host of others paid tributes to Rao.
Naidu, accompanied by some of his cabinet colleagues, flew down from Vijayawada to pay tributes to Rao.
“Narayana Rao’s death is a loss not only to the film industry but also to all Telugu people,” he said.
Recalling that he had been associated with Rao since their younger days, the chief minister said the departed filmmaker and his family members treated him with affection.
Rao, who directed super-hit movies with legendary actors like N T Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao, died at a private hospital here yesterday at the age of 75.
He was suffering from health problems related to food pipe, kidney and other organs. His end came when his heart stopped functioning at 7 PM yesterday, according to doctors.
The veteran filmmaker was also a politician and served as a minister during the UPA-2 regime.
Rao, a versatile personality who directed about 150 films and worked for hundreds of others as a dialogue writer, lyricist and actor, was admitted to the hospital a couple of months ago, but was discharged.
He began his career as a theatre artiste and went on to work in films. Rao directed his first film in the early 1970s.
He won many prestigious awards, including the National Award, the Filmfare and received honours from the Andhra Pradesh government.
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First Published: May 31, 2017 19:48 IST