Veteran South producer Daggubati Ramanaidu passed away in a Hyderabad hospital yesterday afternoon at the age of 78. He had been battling cancer.
According to reports, his body will be placed in Ramanaidu Studios this morning for those who wish to say a final farewell. The last rites will be held at the studio this afternoon.
A stream of politicians and actors arrived to pay respect, including superstars Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna with their families and YSR Congress party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Other members of the film fraternity included, actors Ravi Teja, Nandamuri Kalyan Ram, Harikrishna and Jr NTR, directors Puri Jagannath, Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao and Rajendra Prasad, producer and distributor Allu Aravind.
Daggubati Ramanaidu holds the Guinness World Record for producing the highest number of films - over 150 films in several languages. These include Telugu films Gopala Gopala and Drushyam , and Hindi films Prem Qaidi and Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain.
Mr Ramanaidu's films starred many of India's biggest stars, among them Rajinikanth, A Nageswara Rao, NTR, Rajesh Khanna, Chiranjeevi, Kamal Haasan, Sivaji Ganesan, Hema Malini, Rekha and Jeetendra.
Mr Ramanaidu is survived by two son’s producer Suresh Babu and actor Venkatesh. His grandson is actor Rana Daggubati.