Hyderabad, Feb 18 (INN): Legendary film producer Daggubati Rama Naidu died after prolonged illness at a private hospital here on Wednesday. He was 78.
Rama Naidu is survived by wife Rajeshwari, two sons – Venkatesh and Suresh and a daughter Lakshmi.
Born on June 6, 1936 in Karamchedu (in Prakasam district) of the then Madras Presidency of British India, Rama Naidu began his career in film production at an early age. He produced his first film “Anuragam” in 1963 under Anuroopa banner. A year later, he started Suresh Productions, named after his son, with his childhood friends G. Rajendra Prasad (Madhavi Combines) and Subba Rao. He produced NTR-starrer “Raamudu Bheemudu” in the year 1964, the first film under the Suresh Productions banner.
Having produced 155 films in 13 Indian languages, Rama Naidu held the Guinness Book of World Records for the most films produced by an individual. His latest film is Gopala Gopala.
Rama Naidu won several awards during his career. He was conferred Padma Bhushan in 2005 and Dadasaheb Phalke award in 2009 for his contribution to the film industry. His son Venkatesh is one of the most popular heroes in Telugu film industry. His other son Suresh is a well-known producer.
He has also served as a Member of Parliament representing Bapatla Lok Sabha seat of Guntur district in the 13th Lok Sabha from 1999-2004.
Governor ESL Narasimhan, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chief Ministers K Chandrashekar Rao and N Chandrababu Naidu respectively, eminent political and film personalities have condoled the demise of veteran producer.