30 May 2017
Tollywood Film Director, Lyricist, Script writer, Journalist , Dialogue writer and Former minister, Dasari Narayana Rao died after a brief illness at a private hospital in Hyderabad on Tuesday. He was 75 years old. Dasari Narayana Rao is suffering from respiratory problems and kidney failure.
He was in KIMS hospital for nearly 2 months at the start of this year but returned to home with stable health. He seems to be recovering well. He met Allu Aravind, Chiranjeevi and Mohan Babu on 4th May. He was presented with Allu Ramalingaiah award.
Born on May 4th 1942 in Palakollu of West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, Dasari Narayana Rao started his film career as a director with the film, Tata Manavadu in 1972. With 151 films as Director and 53 films as a producer, Dasari Narayana Rao has delivered numerous hits. His films mainly were focused on gender discrimination. He was regarded as a one of busiest director at his times. He used to direct 3 films on a single day. In 1970’s and 1980’s Dasari has atleast 4 film releases in a year.
Apart from being a director, he produced 53 films on his home banner, He was a lyricist and a screenplay writer too. He was also a journalist. In 1980’s , he started “Udayam” news paper. Udayam paper gained immense popularity in short period and was second largest circulated news paper in Andhra Pradesh after Eenadu.
Dasari Narayana Rao was also a politician and served as a union minister during the congress reign. CBI named Dasari in coal scam and was accused of taking bribes from stell baron Naveen Jindal.
Dasari Narayana Rao was very outspoken and used to be a father figure for Tollywood industry. He was his own share of controversies. Be it differences with Chiranjeevi family or his disagreement with state congress leaders, he was widely respected. Dasari Narayana Rao was planning to produce a film with Pawan Kalyan lately but it got delayed. As a mark of respect for legendary Dasari Narayana Rao, cinema theaters in both the telugu states will remain shut on Wednesday. Shooting of all telugu films and other related activities will also come to a halt.
Dasari Naryana Rao was survived by 2 sons and a daughter.