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Veteran film director & former union minister Dasari Narayana Rao is no more
Veteran Tollywood director and former union minister Dasari Narayana Rao passed away on Tuesday evening at KIMS hospital, where he had been admitted a week ago. He was 75.

Dasari's condition turned critical at KIMS hospital and he was put on hemodialysis. The doctors had performed a surgery on him three days ago.

Dasari had undergone gastric balloon surgery three days ago. Post this surgery, several of his internal organs were found to be infected. From Tuesday morning, heavy fluctuations were noticed in his blood pressure and sugar levels.

It may recalled that the ace director had fallen sick a month ago after he complained of difficulty in breathing. He was later discharged from the hospital after treatment. Since then, his health continued to deteriorate.

Born in Palakollu of West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh on May 4, 1942, Dasari created history by directing more than 150 films, which also earned him a place in the Guinness Books of Records. He had started his film career by directing `Thatha Manavudu', never looking back since, he later directed several hit films with prominent actors including Akkineni, NTR and many other popular Telugu stars.

He became Rajya Sabha member twice, and also served as a union minister. He had campaigned for the Congress party in 2004 elections.

He was also a friend, philosopher & guide for several directors apart from being an actor who rose to prominence in cinema by acting in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films. As a film producer, he produced 53 films in his illustrious career. Apart from this, he richly contributed to the industry by providing story and screen-play for more than 250 films. He was also in reasonable demand in Bollywood. His two super-hit Hindi films are Swarg Narak (1978) and Jyoti Bane Jwala Jwala (1980). However, his most talked about Hindi film was 'Aaj Ka MLA Ram Avtar' – a political comedy starring actor Rajesh Khanna in the protagonist's role.

His films spoke of social justice and equal rights for all. He stood for the underdog and his movies were trend setters. He gave breaks to actors like Mohan Babu, Murali Mohan and R Narayana Murthy; and directors like Kodi Ramakrishna and Relangi Narasimha Rao. He is credited for elevating Sridevi, Jayasudha and Jayaprada to the status of superstardom. He was respectfully addressed as Guruvu Garu in the industry.

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