Well-known Telugu film director and former Union Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayana Rao died here on Tuesday after prolonged illness. He was 75.
Rao, who holds the Guinness Book of Records for directing 125 films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, died at a private hospital due to health complications. The National Award-winning director had produced 50 other films.
He had been in and out of hospital for quite some time and had undergone surgery for infection in the lungs and kidneys earlier this year.
Rao, who was a Minister in the Council of Ministers headed by Manmohan Singh, was also chargesheeted in the coal scam.
Some of his famous films include Premabhishekam, Megha Sandesham, Osey Ramulamma and Tata Manavadu.
Rao had planned to make a biopic on late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
Rest in Peace Dr Dasari Narayana Rao Garu. A huge loss to the Telugu Film Industry. Praying for strength to the family— Kalyanram Nandamuri (@NANDAMURIKALYAN) May 30, 2017
Our industry has lost a guiding light. RIP Dasari Narayana Rao garu. pic.twitter.com/kNIbfinrwA— Allari Naresh (@allarinaresh) May 30, 2017
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