Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and the Chief Ministers of both Telugu states on Tuesday condoled the death of veteran film director and former Union Minister Dasari Narayana Rao.
“I am deeply shocked at the sudden demise of Dasari Narayana Rao. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family,” Narasimhan said in a statement.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, in his condolence message, said Narayana Rao did a lot of service to the Telugu film industry and also played a key role in politics.
“He left an indelible impression in the fields of politics and industry. Sri Dasari Narayana Rao was one of the film personalities who helped in shifting Telugu film industry from Chennai to Hyderabad,” he said.
He recalled that Rao helped many actors, directors and technicians to make their entry into the film industry.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu also condoled the demise of Rao.
“Deeply shocked by the sudden demise of Dr Dasari Narayana Rao. The Telugu community & film industry have lost a pillar today,” Naidu tweeted.
Union Ministers Bandaru Dattatreya and Y.S. Chowdary, former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, YSR Congress party chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and leaders from different political parties have condoled the filmmaker’s death.