Veteran director-producer T Rama Rao, who had helmed round 70 movies in Telugu and Hindi apart from bankrolling blockbusters in Tamil, died in Chennai in early hours of Wednesday. He was 83. As per a press release, he died on account of age associated sickness. His final rites will likely be carried out at 4 pm on Wednesday.
Rama Rao had labored with many large names like NTR, ANR, Shoban Babu, Krishna, Balakrishna, Sridevi, Jayapradha, Jayasudha and so on and directed movies like Navarathri, Jeevana Tarangalu, Bramachari, Aalumagalu, Yamagola, Presidenti Gari Abbayi, Illalu, Pandani Jeevitham and Pachani Kapuram amongst others in Telugu.
Actor Anupam Kher remembered Rama Rao as a compassionate, commanding man with sense of humour. He tweeted: “Deeply saddened to know about the demise of veteran filmmaker and a dear friend Shri #TRamaRao ji. I had the privilege of working with him in #AakhriRaasta and #Sansaar. He was compassionate, commanding & had a great sense of humour. My condolences to his family! Om Shanti! (sic).”
Rama Rao entered the Hindi movie trade in 1979 and labored with all from Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra, Dharmendra, Sanjay Dutt, Mithun Chakraborty to Anil Kapoor and Govinda. He has the excellence of introducing Rajinikanth in Hindi cinema with the film Andhaa Kanoon.
His succesful Hindi movies embrace Judai, Jeevan Dhara, Ek Hi Book, Andhaa Kanoon, Inquilaab, Insaf Ki Pukar, Watan Ke Rakhwale, Dosti Dushmani, Nache Mayuri, John Jani Janardhan, Raavan Raj, Muqabla, Hathkadi and Jung.
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Rama Rao was “the person who established the ‘Madras film’, or Hindi movies funded primarily by southern capital, as a viable industrial possibility within the all-India market. He made Tamil movies beneath the banner Sri Lakshmi Productions and produced films with Vikram, Vijay, Jayam Ravi and Vishal. He made hit films like Dhil, Youth, Arul, Something Something Unakum Enakum and Malaikotai.