Bad news has come from the Tollywood film industry. Popular Telugu film actor Appalapati Krishnam Raju passed away. The actor breathed his last at the age of 83. Krishnam Raju is the uncle of ‘Baahubali’ fame actor Prabhas. Known as the ‘Baaghi Star’ of Tollywood, Krishnam Raju acted in more than 180 films in a career spanning five decades. His fans are deeply shocked by his death. People are paying tribute to him on social media.
Prabhas’ uncle and Tollywood ‘Baaghi star’ Krishnam Raju is reported to have breathed his last in Hyderabad at 3.25 am on Sunday. The sad news of Krishnam Raju’s death has shocked his fans.
Born on 20 January 1940 in Muglathar in West Godavari district, Krishnam Raju was the first actor to serve as a Union Minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s cabinet.
Such was the film journey of Krishnam Raju
Krishnam Raju has 187 films to his credit. In 1966, Krishnam Raju made his film debut in Telugu cinema with the film Chilaka Goranka. Krishnam Raju has worked in social, family, romantic, thriller films to historical and mythological films. His hit films include ‘Amara Deepam’, ‘Sita Ramulu’, ‘Kat Katla Rudriya’ and many more.
Krishnam Raju has been awarded the Nandi Award twice by the Andhra Pradesh Government. In 1986, he won the Filmfare Best Actor Award for ‘Tandra Paparayudu’. Apart from this, he was also honored with the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award of the film Fair South in 2006.
He also tried his hand in politics
Krishnam Raju made his career in politics as well as films. He contested as a Congress candidate from Narisapuram in 1991.
After 8 years in the 1999 elections, he won from the same seat as a BJP candidate. He was the first actor to serve as a Union Minister in the cabinet of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The actor expressed grief.
Karthikeya 2 fame actor Nikhil Siddharth has expressed grief over the death of Krishnam Raju. He wrote on Twitter, ‘A legend has left us…a man with a heart of gold..rest in peace sir your presence and inspiring words will always be remembered.’
At the same time, the film Bombesar fame actor Nandamuri Kalyan Ram has expressed grief over his death. Apart from this, many BJP leaders have remembered him and paid tribute to him.