There are many directors in the Telugu film industry. But only a few of them are iconic filmmakers. Dasari Narayana Rao falls in the second category. Often called as 'Darshaka Ratna,' Dasari gave many memorable films in his career. Today is the death anniversary of that legendary director. On this occasion, let us revisit his career.
Dasari made his directorial debut with the 1972 film Tata Manavadu. This film was a huge hit at the box office. Eventually, he became one of the top directors of the industry by making films like Bandrotu Bharya, Swargam Narakam, Balipeetam, Thoorupu Padamara, Shivaranjani, Gorintaku and Rangoon Rowdy. The decades of the 1980s and 90s made Dasari a legendary director. During this time, he came up with many successful films like Meghasandesham, Bangaru Kutumbam, Kante Koothrune Kanu and Osey Ramulamma. In a career spanning over four decades, Dasari won many Nandi and Filmfare Awards. His films Meghasandesham and Kante Koothurne Kanu won National Awards as well. Dasari's last directorial film was the 2014 release Erra Bus. This film featured Manchu Vishnu and Catherine Tresa in the lead roles.
Dasari was also a well-known politician. He used to work for the Indian National Congress party. He got elected as the Rajya Sabha member in 2006. He also served as the Minister of State in the Union Ministry of Coal. He passed away on 30th May 2017, due to a prolonged illness. Even though he is not amongst us, his films will carry forward his legacy in the years to come.