Dasari Celebrates 73rd Birthday, Gets Allu Ramalingaiah Award
Hyderabad: Telugu film personalities who have been at loggerheads due to ego-clash for decades came together to celebrate the birthday of veteran director Dasari Narayana Rao here on Thursday. Mega star Chiranjeevi, popular hero Mohan Babu, producer and Allu Ramalingaiah’s son Allu Aravind, Varaprasad Reddy and Tammareddy Bharadwaja went to Dasari’s residence in Jubilee Hills to felicitate him with Allu Ramalingaiah Kalapeetham National Award.
Responding to the award, Dasari said he is extremely happy to receive the national award in the name of Allu Ramalingaiah.
Dasari said that some things and some persons have no alternatives. “A national award being instituted in the name of an artist and that award being presented to me makes me very happy. It strengthens the bond between me and Ramalingaiah,” said Dasari.
It happens to be Dasari’s 73rd birthday. “Speaking to the media after a gap of three months makes me happy. This is the award being given by my own people. That is why I opened my mouth. Everybody in the film industry knows the friendly and affectionate relationship I had with Ramalingaiah,” said Dasari.
Chiranjeevi expressed his happiness at Dasari regaining his health. “Even when Dasari was in hospital, he enquired about my film,” said Chiranjeevi. It may be recalled that Dasari was at KIMS hospital for treatment for lung problem. He had to be hospitalised for a number of weeks.
A number of friends and well-wishers visited Dasari’s residence throughout the day to convey their good wishes.