Famed filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao has died. The 75-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital just three days after he underwent gastric balloon surgery, according to the Times of India. About a month ago, Rao started not feeling well and sought treatment from a doctor. Rao was reportedly having trouble breathing, though it’s unclear what may have caused the issues.
After a couple of weeks, things didn’t improve. He went back to the hospital about a week ago and was admitted. According to the Indian Express, Rao was on dialysis and ventilator support at the time of his death. He was said to be suffering from “respiratory and kidney problems.” An exact cause of death was not available at the time of this report.
The loss is a great one in India and its surrounding countries. Many enjoyed Rao’s films, and he was respected by all. Shortly after news of his death broke, social media lit up with messages of grief and sadness. Many are shocked and saddened by the news of Rao’s passing. The areas of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have taken extra measures as a way to mourn the loss.
“All movie [theaters] and movie shoots in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have been called off on Wednesday as a sign of mourning for Dasari Narayana Rao’s death,” reports the Times of India.
Deeply shocked by the sudden demise of Dr. Dasari Narayana Rao. The Telugu community & film industry have lost a pillar today.
— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) May 30, 2017
Rip dasari Garu????!deep condolences n strength to d family! #LegendOfTELUGUCINEMA
— Saiprasuna (@prasu_arjun) May 30, 2017
— News World India (@NewsWorldIN) June 1, 2017
A big Salute to a great multi talented personality, who has given Dignity to a profession called “FILM DIRECTOR”..
R. I. P. Dasari Garu????
— jnreddy (@jnreddyyy) May 30, 2017
— Anasuya Bharadwaj (@anusuyakhasba) May 30, 2017
Rao was best known for his work in Tandra Paparayudu, Surigaadu, and Kante Koothurne Kanu. He has directed more than 150 films including a couple of Bollywood hits. He also had experience writing, producing, and acting. Many of his fans believe him to be a legendary director. Throughout his career, he received many awards and was recognized a great deal for his incredible work.
Many of his fans believe him to be a legendary director. Throughout his career, he received many awards and was recognized a great deal for his incredible work.
“Rao has won many awards and accolades for his movies. He holds the Limca World Record for directing the maximum number of films. Rao has won national awards both as an actor and director. His movies have been screened at IFFI (International Film Festival of India), Cannes Film Festival and Moscow film festivals. He has been credited for introducing many new actors and directors to the Telugu film industry,” reports the Indian Express.
He also worked as a journalist and was responsible for the popular daily called Udayam.
— Hyderabad Times (@HydTimes) June 1, 2017
In addition to being a director, Rao previously worked as a politician. He was the former Union Minister of State for Coal in the UPA-1 regime.
“Rao resumed his political career when Congress Party returned to power in 2004. The CBI booked him on June 11, 2013, in the coal block allocation scam for allegedly [receiving] Rs. 2.25 crores from industrialistst] and then Member of Parliament Naveen Jindal,” according to the Indian Express.
Rao is survived by his two sons.
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