2020 is turning out to be a nightmare for the Indian film industry. The movie fraternity is losing some of the legendary actors this year. In the past few months, we have come across the demises of Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and Saroj Khan. Now, a legendary Telugu writer and actor got passed away. He is the veteran actor and writer Raavi Kondala Rao who is popular for films like Ramudu Bheemudu and Andala Ramudu. Rao was 88.
According to the reports, Rao is suffering from health issues for the last few months. He breathed his last this afternoon while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Begumpet. Rao was born in Srikakulam on February 11th, 1932. He started off his career with the 1958 film Shoba. In a career spanning over six decades, he worked for more than 600 films as an actor, playwright, writer, dialogue writer, producer and director. He started off his career as a journalist and eventually, made his way into films. Even after entering into films, Rao continued his journalism career. He worked as an editor, writer and columnist for many English and Telugu news dailies like Eenadu, Jyoti, Vanita and Vijaya Charitra. He is best known for his collaboration with filmmakers Bapu-Ramana. Some of the popular works of Rao include Ramudu Bheemudu, Tene Manasulu, Andala Ramudu, Dasara Bullodu, Bhairava Dweepam, Radha Gopalam, Oye and Varudu.
Rao's wife Radhakumari was also a popular actor. She passed away in 2012.