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Veteran Telugu Actor Rallapalli Dies

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Veteran Telugu actor and comedian Rallapalli Venkata Narasimha Rao died of cardiac arrest in a private hospital in Hyderabad on Friday evening. According to reports, the 74-year-old actor, who has worked on over eight hundred films, was under treatment for a liver problem.

Rallapalli was born in Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh and began his career as stage actor in 1960. Director Pratyagatma’s Stree in 1974 was his first film. In 1979, director Bapu’s Toorpu Velle Railu, the Telugu remake of Bharathiraja’s Kizhake Pogum Rail, brought him recognition. He also won the Nandi Award for Best Actor for the National Award winning Oorummadi Batukulu by BS Narayana.

He starred in several films after this, and the 80s and 90s were the best years of his career. He is most remembered for Chillara Devullu and Chali Cheemalu, and also acted in Subhalekha, Khaidi, Alaya Sikharam, Mantrigari Viyyankudu, Abhilasha, Srivariki Premalekha, Sitara, Ladies Tailor, Kanchu Kagada, and Alapana.

In Tamil, he played a supporting role in director Rajiv Menon’s Minsara Kanavu, and one of his more popular roles is that of a transgender person in Mani Ratnam’s Bombay.

Rallapalli won five Nandi Awards in his career. He regularly worked with directors Vamsy, Jandhyala and Bapu. His more recent films were Bale Bale Magadivoy and Duvvada Jagannadham. He also worked as a staff artiste in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Tributes have poured in since yesterday and many have recalled memories of working with the actor.

Chiranjeevi said in a statement, “I was spellbound seeing Rallapalli garu perform in stage plays at Vani Mahal, Chennai. We acted together in several hits and I admire him a lot for his sincerity and discipline. My deepest condolences to his family,” TNIE reports.

Actors Nani, Srikanth, film writer Gopi Mohan expressed condolences.

The YSR Congress Party also condoled his death.

Rallapalli is survived by his daughter. His last rites will be held at Mahaprasthanam on Sunday.

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