Tollywood Pays final respects to Guruvu Garu
As T’wood’s doyen Dasari Narayana Rao passed away on Wednesday evening, industry bigwigs and political stalwarts came to pay their last respects to the director who was instrumental in revolutionising modern Telugu cinema.
Actor Mohan Babu’s family, producer C. Kalyan and a few others stayed by the veteran’s side throughout and also helped to clear the crowd. The celebs also broke down when some of their friends walked in.
Many others including Venkatesh, Pawan Kalyan, Allu Arjun, Jr NTR, Vijayashanti, Trivikram, Allari Naresh, Sai Dharam Tej, Suresh Babu, Sumanth, Ali, Tarun, Roja Ramani and R. Narayana Murthy amongst several others from the industry, also came to pay their last respects to the filmmaker.
Well-known personalities from the industry visited him at his house and the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce Building to pay their last tributes.
I made three action films with other producers when Dasari Narayana Rao was my assistant director. He was a very intelligent person and worked hard. So, I promised him a directorial chance if he came up with a good story. When Dasari narrated the story of Tata Manavadu to me, I liked the storyline, although people were surprised when I announced this film. Since I usually made action films and this was a family subject, that too with a new director, many cautioned me against it. The film, released in 1972, ran for 100 days and went on to become a huge hit. I told many people that he would become a top director and he did make a mark. and how. I feel proud that I had introduced him. He always came for my blessings on both our birthdays. The industry has lost a towering personality today.
I am unable to digest the fact that he is no more. He gave me life as an actor. What more can I say? May his soul rest in peace.
- Mohan Babu
It was still shock to me as I can't digest the death of Dasari Narayana Rao garu. He lives like a lion and we lost a lion today. He is a great human being and a great personality. I still can't believe that Dasari is no more. He is a great director and can't produce a director like him in the near future.
Shocked and saddened by the news of Dasari Narayana Rao Garu's passing away. May his soul rest in peace. His death leaves a void that can never be filled. Prayers and strength with the whole family,” tweeted Mahesh Babu.
- Mahesh Babu
His style of filmmaking and mastery in the 24 crafts of filmmaking is something we may not witness in anyone in the industry again. There may be many stars in this industry now, but the moon itself has bid adieu. And I wish him peace.
- K. Viswanath
He taught me discipline, being steady and the basics of the craft. He inculcated the courage to face anything and move ahead. I recall how we spent many days talking about films at right here where his body lies. I will forever journey on the path he drew for us.
- Kodi Ramakrishna
What if the heart runs no more? Dasari garu’s films will keep on running — in theatres or on TV. It’s only when the world is deprived of cinema that we can say he is no more. He wasn’t just a 74-year-old man but a force that excelled in the 24 crafts of cinema.
He was a trendsetter and a revolutionary. There was no craft in filmmaking that he didn’t touch. From a middle class family to becoming a Central Minister his hard work took him places. My family, too, shared a very close bond with him. I pray his soul rests in peace.
- Pawan Kalyan
Some of my really good films were with him. We spent so much time together shooting that he was family away from my family in Mumbai. He was a proactive director, very open to ideas, and very phurtila (agile) on the sets — always on the move. Why did he have to go so early? I will never stop missing him.
I had met Dasari garu recently when I handed over the Allu Rama Lingaiah Award to him at his house. We discussed so many things and I spoke to him at length. This sad news comes as a big shock to me. He is a doyen of the Telugu film industry and losing such an esteemed person really makes me sad. His service and his memories will live with us for very long.
- Dasari Narayana Rao is the first Telugu director to helm 100 movies in less than 20 years!
- In Telugu cinema Dasari was the only director who had a huge fan following like a big star alongside NTR and ANR.
- He directed 13 Hindi films, all remakes of Telugu films, most of which were superhits. Interestingly, most of the films starred Jeetendra as the lead actor.
- Dasari has also directed two films in Kannada and a film in Tamil.
- Dasari won two Nandi awards for his acting in the film ‘Mestri’ and ‘Mamagaru’.
- He holds Limca World Record for directing the most number of films
- The Telangana State Cinematography Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav didn’t want to face the AP CM Chandra Babu Naidu and when he came to know that the latter arrived, he exited the building from behind.
- Producers hailing from Telangana were overheard telling Andhra producers, “Hey mee Andhra CM vastunnadu, meeru vundandi, memu velathamu.” (Your Andhra CM is coming, you stay to receive him, we will leave).
- Most of the crowd seemed to have come to see stars and were ready with cameras on. When S.S. Rajamouli exited the chamber and returned to his car, a huge crowd surrounded him for pictures. He was rescued by the police who escorted him to his vehicle.