Veteran Telugu actor, producer and director Kaikala Satyanarayana died at the age of 87 early on Friday morning at his residence in Hyderabad due to age-related ailments. He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.
Here are five points on the actor:
Mr Satyanarayana, also known as Navarasa Natana Sarvabhouma, was born on July 25, 1935, in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.
Throughout his career, he played the roles of a hero, antagonist and character roles in family and social dramas, as well as mythological films. He acted in around 750 movies and was known for ‘Kurukshetramu’ (1977), ‘Daana Veera Soora Karna’ (1977) and ‘Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham’ (1963).
He also had a brief political career and was a Member of Parliament for the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), news agency PTI reported.
Mr Satyanarayana received several awards including the Raghupati Venkaiah Award (2011), Filmfare Lifetime Achievement award for Telugu cinema (2017) and the Andhra Pradesh government’s Nandi film awards. Telugu Viswa Vidyalyam conferred honorary doctorate to him in 2005, according to IMDb.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, actors Ram Charan, Chiranjeevi, Mahesh Babu and Ravi Teja expressed their condolences on his death.
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