Movie Mogul D Rama Naidu Passes Away

Telugu producer Daggubati Ramanaidu passed away this Wednesday afternoon in Hyderabad losing battle to cancer. Reports surfaced in January 2014 that the multilingual film producer was sick with prostrate cancer and was being treated at a Hyderabad’s private hospital. D Rama Naidu was 78 and is survived by his sons – Venkatesh, Suresh Babu and his grandchild Rana. The sudden demise has left the whole tollywood celebs and fans in shock. Born on 6th June 1936 in Andhra Pradesh in the district of Karamchedu, Rama Naidu did many odd jobs for living such as bus transport business and rice mill business before he finally got in to the movie industry. The launch of a production agency called Shambu Films in his area was what that attracted him towards films.

Ramanaidu Receiving Padmabhushan Award from President of India Pranab Mukherjee
He became friends with late actor Akkineni Nageshwara Rao when he was taking care of the shoot arrangements. After being acquainted with some other actors, he launched his own productions agency by the name of Suresh Productions in collaboration with his old friends Subba Rao and G Rajendra Prasad. The first movie that came out was in 1964 – “Raamudu Bheemudu”. The movie was a great hit then. Since then, Rama Naidu never looked back. Later on he directed and produced a number of movies in Telugu most of which were blockbuster hits. Other languages in which he produced movies are Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Punjabi, English, Oriya and Malyalam. Probably, there is only one film producer who has worked in multiple languages. D Rama Naidu got his name in the Guinness Book of World records for most number of movies produced by an individual. He produced a total of 150 movies in 13 different languages.

His outstanding work won him the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for lifetime achievement. For his enormous contribution to the Telugu industry he received Padma Bhushan in 2012. Rama Naidu also got to serve as Member of Parliament at Guntur district for the Bapatala constituency during 13th lok sabha elections in 1994. He served till 2004. He devoted a great part of his earnings to generous purposes including the trust he founded in 1991 – “Ramanaidu Charitable Trust”. His death came as a shock to his fans across the globe and a number of fans took to social media to express their condolences to his family and offer prayers.

His death has shocked many across the globe. Soon after the news of his sudden demise broke out, many of his fans took to their Twitter pages and offered prayers to his departed soul and expressed condolences to his family.

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