Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and several other leaders and film personalities condoled the death of veteran film producer D Rama Naidu, who passed away here today.
Film personalities like Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna and political leaders, including Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, visited Rama Naidu’s residence here to pay their last respects.
ESL Narasimhan, common Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, said, “Rama Naidu’s death created a vacuum not only in Telugu films but also in the film fraternity across India.”
Expressing deep anguish, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said Rama Naidu’s contribution to Telugu cinema has been outstanding, a state government release said.
Recalling his meetings with Rama Naidu, the chief minister said the veteran producer was a “hard-working” and also a “generous” man.
“The laurels he won made every Telugu person proud. They will be thankful to him forever for making some of the best Telugu movies,” the chief minister said.
He added that Rama Naidu’s contribution towards philanthropic activities has been tremendous.
Recalling that Rama Naidu strove hard to see that the Telugu film industry made its base in Hyderabad (from Chennai), the Telangana Chief Minister said the veteran producer provided opportunities to several actors and technicians.
Rama Naidu’s film career is marked by great creativity and sound plan of action and his death is a loss to the entire film industry, Rao said.
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Union Ministers Bandaru Dattatreya and Y S Chowdary, Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker K Sivaprasad, several ministers and leaders across the political spectrum condoled his death.
The Dadasaheb Phalke award recipient, who was battling cancer for some months, died around 2.30 PM today at the age of 78.