Telugu producer Daggubati Ramanaidu passes away at 79.
Telugu producer Daggubati Ramanaidu, who holds the record of producing films in the maximum number of Indian languages, took his last breath in Hyderabad on Wednesday, 18th February at the age of 79. Ramanaidu was also honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke and Padma Bhushan awards.
There are news that the producer was struggling with cancer. As per reports, “Ramanaidu, who was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, passed away at a private hospital. His body is being shifted to his studio for public to pay their last respects.”
Rama Naidu was born in Karamchedu in Andhra Pradesh on 6th June 1936. He took up several odd jobs such as rice mill business and bus transport business in Karamchedu before getting into film industry. His interests shifted to films when someone from his area started Shambu Films, a production agency. He got acquainted with late legendary actor Akkineni Nageshwara Rao as he started looking after on-set shoot arrangements.
After becoming close to few other actors, Rama Naidu started Suresh Productions with his childhood friends G Rajendra Prasad and Subba Rao and produced the film, ‘Raamudu Bheemudu’ in 1964. It was a big hit at the box office.
Later, Rama Naidu produced and directed many movies in Telugu and he churned out several blockbuster films. He also produced and directed movies in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi and English. Probably, he is the only filmmaker in Indian cinema to work in so many languages.
The filmmaker, who produced 150 films in 13 Indian languages, held the Guinness Book of World Records for the most films produced by an individual. In 2012, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in recognition for his contribution to Telugu cinema. In 2009, he received the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement in the film industry for his outstanding contribution.
Rama Naidu also served as a member of parliament for the Bapatala constituency of Guntur District in the 13th Lok Sabha from 1999–2004. He had contributed a substantial part of his earnings to numerous philanthropic purposes including the Ramanaidu Charitable Trust that was founded in 1991.
Soon after the news of his sudden demise broke out, many of his fans took to their Twitter pages and offered condolences to his family.
Mohan Babu M: RIP one of the greatest producer Dr.RamaNaidu Garu, an inspiration to many producers and I have learnt a lot from him. Disheartening news
Hansika Motwani: Truly a legend! Dr. D.Ramanaidu garu RIP . Deepest condolence to the family.
Riteish Deshmukh: Legendary filmmaker Daggubati Ramanaidu passes away-his contribution in building Indian Cinema is immense. thank you sir. RIP Deepest condolences to the Daggubati family- Suresh sir, Venky sir @RanaDaggubati
Madhur Bhandarkar: Sad to know Dadasaheb Phalke awardee, veteran producer of South & Hindi films, D Rama Naidu is no more. Heart goes out to d family. RIP,Sir.
Priyamani: Oh no!!!!i cannot believe this….one of my most favourite people in the industry DR Rama Naidu sir is no more!!huge loss for the industry. One of the most positive persons I hv met in my life!!!!its a huge loss to the industry!!!strength and love to the family:( Sad day:(
Taapsee Pannu: A legend left us today. Privileged to have met him in person a few times. RIP Ramanaidu garu. Strength to the family @RanaDaggubati