Tributes to Dasari, A Pillar of Tollywood
Hyderabad: At the age of 75 and after a prolonged illness, veteran Director, Producer, and Actor Dasari narayana rao passed away at KIMS Hospital in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
On January 29th, Dasari experienced respiratory issues, and he was soon rushed to KIMS Hospital, where he had undergone dialysis. Again On May 17th, he was readmitted in KIMS and had his last breath on May 30th. He had two surgeries in the past five months.
Dasari is survived by two sons and a daughter. His partner and wife Padma died in 2011, at the age of 61. He had directed 151 films and created a Guinness record for directing the highest number of films.
Dasari was born in Palakollu in 1942. In a short span, he grew from a stage artist to a director and then a producer. His first debut film, “Thata Manavadu” won him Nandi Award in 1974.
He competed with Directors like Raghavender Rao in giving Silver Jubilee films, such as “Premabhishekham,” “Sardar Paparayudu,” “Meghasandesam,” “Osey Ramulamma,” and “Thatha Manavadu.”
He won Nandi award twice as an actor for his roles in “Mestri” and “Mamagaru” movies. His last flick as a director was “Yerra Bus” in 2014.
Dasari entered into print media by launching “Udayam,” a daily newspaper, which stood next only to Eenadu in 1980s. At one point, he has more fan associations than any hero in Tollywood. This shows the affection and craze he has in the hearts of the people. Dasari also stepped into politics and became Congress MP in UPA during 2006 and served as Coal minister.
Dasari was passionate about directing films till his last breath. He said he has plans of making a biopic on late Jayalalitha, after getting discharged from the hospital.
We express our deep condolences to his family members.