Veteran Telugu film director and former Union minister Dasari Narayana Rao died on Tuesday at a private hospital in Hyderabad.
He was 75 and had been unwell for the past several months. Rao was admitted to the Krishna Institute of Medical Science in January and discharged two months later. He had to be readmitted recently.
Dasari had undergone gastric balloon surgery three days ago. The ace director had fallen sick a month ago after he complained of difficulty in breathing.
He was later discharged from the hospital after treatment. Since then, his health continued to deteriorate.
All movie theatres 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.
Superstar Rajinikanth said: “Shri Dasari Narayana Raoji, my dearest & closest well-wisher & friend … One of the greatest directors of india … His demise is a loss to the whole indian film industry. My heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul RIP.”
Kamal Haasan said, “My sympathy and condolences to the family of Daasari NaryaNa rao.His loss is truly a big loss for Telugu cinema. Late K.B. sir admired him.”
He added: “I remember the days spent with Narayan rao gaaru and Mr. Sanjeev kumar ji. Yaadgaar. He was a great fan of Mr.KB. I belong to a great family.”