Sarathi, also known as Kadali Jaya Sarathi in Tollywood, dies at the age of 83 owing to an age-related disease. The actor was recently hospitalized in a private hospital in the city after suffering from a renal problem for over a month. He died at 2:30 a.m. on Monday, leaving admirers of vintage cinema and the Telugu film industry in sadness.
Sarathi appeared in over 372 films over her 60-year career. He began his career in 1961 with the film Sita Rama Kalyanam, in which he played Nalakubara, and there was no turning back after that. In the 1976 film Bhakta Kannappa, he played the funny Kashinatha Shastri; in the 1978 film, he played Raja's companion who hides at the sight of the titular Jaganmohini.
The actor was a founding member of the Movie Artistes Association and the founding treasurer of the Andhra Pradesh Cineworkers Association when the Telugu film industry was relocated from Madras to Hyderabad. After retiring from performing in the early 1990s, he remained close enough to Krishnam Raju to handle the technical aspects of some of his films, including Intinti Ramayanam and Zamindarugari Ammayi.
His last rites would be performed at Maha Prasthanam in the city this afternoon.