Dasari Narayana Rao was suffering from many health issues and had recently undergone surgeries for lungs and kidney-related ailments. The 75-year-old filmmaker passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Dasari Narayana Rao began his career as a director with the movie Samsaram Sagaram in 1973. He went on to direct over 140 films in Telugu and other languages. He also acted in hundreds of movies, produced several films and worked as dialogue writer and lyricist. He was honoured with two National Film Awards, nine Nandi Awards, the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award and four Filmfare Awards South.
The news about his sudden demise came as a shock for people in the Telugu film industry. Many of them took to their Twitter handles to share their grief and offer condolences to the bereaved family. Some of them also shared photos taken with him on various occasion. Here are the celebrities' comments:
Mahesh Babu: 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.
Jr NTR: తెలుగు చిత్ర కళామ్మతల్లి కన్న ఒక దిగ్గజం ఇక లేదు . మరువదు ఈ పరిశ్రమ మీ సేవలను. RIP Dr Dasari Narayana Rao garu
SS Rajamouli: Dasari Narayana Rao garu brought respect and recognition to the clan of directors. His authority irreplaceable. "Guruvu garu" to the whole industry.. We will miss you deeply Sir...
Varun Tej: Rest in peace Dasari garu... You will always be remembered through your great work!
Allari Naresh: Our industry has lost a guiding light. RIP Dasari Narayana Rao garu.
Akhil Akkineni: RIP Dasari Narayana Rao Garu. The film fraternity loses a pillar which can't be replaced. Peace to his soul and strength to his family.
Sunil: Saddened by the demise of Darshakarathna #DasariNarayanaRao garu. The void left by him is irreplaceable. Rest in peace.
Nikhil Siddhartha: Sad feeling 2 realise this Great Man is No More. He was there 4 every1 with his Smile nd Support.We will miss u, Heaven is wher ur now sir
Nithiin: Legendary director Dasari Narayana Rao garu is no more..R.i.P sir.. my deepest condolences to the family..
Jagpathi Babu: Veteran director #DasariNarayanaRao Garu is no more. A great loss to the Telugu film industry. My Deep Condolences to his whole family.
Kalyanram Nandamuri: Rest in Peace Dr Dasari Narayana Rao Garu. A huge loss to the Telugu Film Industry. Praying for strength to the family
Nani: We lost a legend . He will continue to stay with us thru his classics #RIPDasariNarayanaRaoGaru
Allu Sirish: RIP Dasari Narayana Rao garu. One of the daring & bold voices of Telugu society. Fortunate to have have spent time with him last year.
Varun Sandesh J: Saddened to hear about the loss of Dasari Narayana Rao Garu... May his soul Rest In Peace... Strength to the family... #RIP #LegendsLiveOn
Rakul Preet: RIP #Dasarinarayanarao garu!! U shall always be remembered ! #legend
Lavanya Tripathi: Extreamly sad to hear this.. rip sir ..
Trisha Krishnan: The person who treated me just the same during my first film and my 50th Such a tremendous loss. Rip Dasari sir
Koratala siva: Shocked nd deeply saddened to hear legendary dir dasari narayana rao is no more.A life lived in heights and true glory. Rest in peace sir.
Puri Jagannadh: An era came to an end but LEGENDS will live forever #dasari
Madhura Sreedhar: మొన్ననే గుర్తు చేసుకున్నాను గురువు గారు...ఇండస్త్రీ లొ ఉన్న చాలా సమస్యలను సాల్వ్ చెసే మొనగాడు మీరేనని.. We miss u always! #RIPdasarigaru
NTR Arts: #RIPDasariNarayanaRaoGaru. A deep loss to the Industry. Team NTRArts extends it's condolences to Dr. Dasari's family
BA Raju: One of the Iconic Personalities in Telugu Cinema, Great Film maker Dasari Narayana Rao is no more. May his soul Rest In Peace. #RIPDasari
Vamshi Paidipally: R.I.P Dasari Narayana Rao Garu... The Legacy that You have left behind will Live On Forever Sir.....
Gunasekhar: As long as the words 'Lights..Camera..Action' reverberate, You live on! #DasariNarayanaRaogaru
Sreenu Vaitla: Saddened by the demise of Shri Dasari Narayan Rao Garu.The industry has lost a pillar of support .You will always live in our hearts sir .
AR Murugadoss: Deeply distressed to learn about the passing away of one of the Greatest Stalwarts of Indian Film Industry #DasariNarayanaRao Sir. #RIP
Dasari Kiran kumar: Legend director, pillar of Telugu film industry,a great hearted person - Dr.#dasarinarayanarao garu.Sudden demise of him is a huge loss 2 al
Anil Ravipudi: An irreplaceable loss to the Telugu Film Industry. Sri Dasari Narayana Rao garu is a legend in every sense. Rest in peace sir.
Sumanth: Rest in peace Sri #DasariNarayanaRao garu His association with our family & his contribution to Telugu Cinema is unforgettable!
Bandla Ganesh Babu: Rest in peace Dasari garu. You will be remembered forever n your legendary movies and dynamic character.
R Sarath Kumar: Irreplaceable loss to Telugu film industry. My deepest condolences to Daasari Garu's friends and family. RIP
Deva Katta: Remembering Sivaranjani, Premaabhishekam, Sardar Papa Rayudu, Bobble Puli, Megha Sandesam, Bahudurapu Baatasaasi, Osey Ramulamma.... just to name a few of your beautiful contribution to our soul sir...rest in Peace!!