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Noted Telugu film producer D. Ramanaidu dies; film fraternity condoles his death
Dada Saheb Phalke award winner and Padmabhushan award recipient Daggubati Ramanaidu died on Wednesday at his residence in Hyderabad due to prostate cancer. Basically a Telugu Cinema producer, Ramanaidu made films in almost all Indian languages. As many as 150 films he had produced including film in English also. It was a world record also.

He was 78 years old and left behind two sons and a daughter. The eldest son Suresh is a producer and youngest son D. Venkatesh is a matinee idol. Rana, who is an up coming actor and acted in Hindi film also is his grand son and is being the son of Suresh. 

Nagarjuna, hero of Telugu film industry and son of late Telugu film industry legend Akkineni Nageswara Rao, popularly knowns as ANR, is his son-in-law. 

He also served as Member of Parliament from Bapatla Constituency between 1999-2004. An Honorary Doctorate was conferred on him by Sri Venkateswara University of Tirupati.

Born in 1936 on June 6th in Karamchedu village of Praksam District of Andhra Pradesh, Ramanaidu entered into cine-field with a hit film Ramudu-Bheemudu under the banner of Suresh Productions with NT Ramarao in duel role.

Later this was remade into Hindi with Dilip Kumar. He shot into fame when he produced a eastman color film Premnagar with ANR and Vanisree, which was a big hit and earned bumper profits. The film was reproduced in all major languages including Hindi with Rajesh Khanna as hero.

Being a multi lingual producer his approach was very different. He produced films with suitable heroes and heroines who are suited to the film story. Ramanaidu introduced so many directors and technicians to the film industry.

A man of discipline, D Ramanaidu had become a path to the fellow producers and even to the film actors.

Tollywood stars have expressed shock and sadness over the sudden demise of Ramanaidu.



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