Legendary filmmaker Daggubati Ramanaidu, 78, who passed away on Wednesday, was cremated today at Ramanaidu Cine Village in Nanakramguda of Hyderabad, as per Hindu customs, on Thursday evening. Amidst Telangana State government's honour, Producer-distributor Daggubati Suresh Babu lit the fire to his father's mortal remains and Naidu's body was consigned to flames.
Who's who of Telugu film industry and even few noted actors and producers from Bollywood participated in the final rites of Rama Naidu and paid rich tributes to the award-winning filmmaker.
Hundreds of fans and celebrities kept arriving to the studios to pay their last respects to the Legendary Telugu cinema producer, who died battling cancer. Ramanaidu's mortal was shifted from his house to the Ramanaidu Studios in the morning for the convenience of fans to pay their last respects. He has been cremated at the studios and a memorial could be built later at the site in remembrance of the legend. Rana Daggubati, who has been the most favorite of his grand father, was unable to control his emotions as the funeral proceedings progressed. Ramanaidu's grandchildren, Naga Chaitanya, Malavika, Aishwarya, Arjun and others were also present at the funeral.
While lakhs of people watched on TV teary-eyed, Ramanaidu's final rites were held with police personnel paying a gun salute into the air. Thus another doyen of Telugu Cinema passed away. Many film historians called it as an "End of an Era".
Ramanaidu had been battling illness for quite sometime now. Rama Naidu's death has left a huge vacuum in film industry. He is kown as `Movie Moghal'. Born on June 6, 1936, in Karamchedu village of Prakasam district, in Andhra Pradesh, he was was a multilingual Indian film producer. He was the founder of Suresh Productins and and holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the most films produced by an individual, having produced more than 150 films in 13 Indian languages. He also set up Ramanaidu Studios in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam.
He has also served as a member of parliament for the Bapatla constituency of Guntur district in the 13th Lok Sabha from 1999 to 2004, as TDP member. In 2012, he was conferred with the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India, the Padma Bhushan, in recognition for his contribution to Telugu cinema.
In 2009 he received the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement in the film industry for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema, Ramanaidu had contributed a substantial part of his earnings to numerous philanthropic purposes including the Ramanaidu Charitable Trust that was founded in 1991.
He began his film production career in 1964 with Ramudu Bhimudu -in Telugu with NT Ramarao in lead role. He never looked back after the film became a blockbuster hit with audience receiving it well. In 1989 he set up Ramanaidu Studios in Hyderabad. He also acted in several films in guest appearance. He forayed into Politics by joining Telugu Desam Party and elected from Bapatla Lok Sabha constituency in 1999.
Ramanaidu till now played different roles in various films on his own banner, for the first time he played a full-length role in a film named "HOPE". Hope is a movie which deals with teenage suicides, educational stress in South India. This movie also has won the National Film Award on Other social causes in the year 2007. His son D Sureh is now a popular film producer, his son Venkatesh is a popular hero in Telugu. His grand sons Naga Chaitanya and Rana also young film Heros.
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu and Chief Minister of Telangana Chandrasekhara Rao and a host of leaders from all walks of life have condoled his demise.