Cinema theatres in both Telugu States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will remain shut on Wednesday as a mark of respect to veteran director Dasari Narayana Rao, who died here on Tuesday night.
Theatre owners in both the state decided to keep the theatres closed. Shooting of film and other activity in Telugu film industry will also come to a halt on Wednesday, announced the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce.
Rao breathes his last at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) at 7 p.m. last evening. He was 75. His death plunged the industry into a gloom. Eminent film personalities were rushing to his residence in Jubliee Hills to pay their last respects.
Considered the father figure of the Telugu film industry, Dasari Narayana Rao introduced several actors and technicians to the industry. Notable among them are Mohan Babu, R Narayana Murthy, Mutyala Subbiah and Raviraja Pinisetty.
Recipient of Raghupathi Venkaiah award in 1990, some of his blockbusters include Premabhishekam, Bobbili Puli, Meghasandesam, Tandra Paparayudu, Balipeetam, Surigaadu and Osey Ramulamma and the last being Erra Bus starring Vishnu Manchu and Catherine Tresa.
He had recently announced his plans to make a biopic on the late actor and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and a film with actor Pawan Kalyan as well.