Veteran Director and Union Minister Dr. Dasari Narayana Rao, aged 75, passed away due to prolonged illness. An ailing Mr. Rao was admitted in the month of January 2017 and breathed his last in the evening on 30 May, 2017 at KIMS Hospital. A pall of gloom descended after the news broke out that the big man of Telugu Film Industry has left us for good. He was considered as a noble man. His presence was considered as a benediction in the awards functions and audio release functions. His image was that of a head honcho and was seen with high esteem by everyone.
His contribution to the cinema is ineffable. His propensity towards arts and cinema compelled him to enter into many other aspects of film-making. He was a story writer, dialogue writer, lyric writer, choreographer, producer and actor. He has directed 151 movies and produced around 53 movies. His 100th movie was Lankeshwarudu with Chiranjeevi and 150th with Nandamuri Balakrishna. He gave break to many superstars of the Telugu Film Industry like Chiranjeevi and Mohan Babu.
His movies were emphatic, bold and sensitive. His movies used to carry strong social messages like woman empowerment, gender biased, injustice, corruption, dowry and etc. He made movies not just in Telugu but also in Tamil, Kannada and Hindi languages. He won many regional and national awards. He also holds the Limca World Record for directing the highest number of movies to his credit.
A few years ago, his wife, Dasari Padma had died. She was also a producer and politician. She was the sinew for Dr. Rao. Both had a love marriage. They have 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter. Upon his wife’s death, he was broke and unnerved. Their contribution towards the arts and cinemas is indelible. They considered art as a mother – ‘Telugu Kalamathalli’. They have given break to many actors, artists and technicians in the film industry. He was considered as an undaunted director as he used movies as the platform to bring about change in the society. This urge in him made him enter into politics. He was Rajya Sabha member.
The art and craft he bequeathed to the current and future generations will be remembered for the time immemorial. He left the industry and its audiences bleary eyed. Telugu Kalamathalli lost her favorite son. We pray for his soul to rest in peace.