Actor Krishnam Raju
Veteran Telugu actor Krishnam Raju hospitalised.IANS

Veteran Telugu actor Krishnam Raju, uncle of "Baahubali" star Prabhas, was admitted to a private hospital on Monday, May 16, after he complained of breathing difficulty. The 76-year-old has been kept under observation at Care Hospital.

"He complained of breathlessness and was rushed to hospital. Although nothing is serious, he has been kept under observation," a source told IANS. The doctors are expected to give an update about his health condition by Tuesday evening. Prabhas is said to have spent almost two hours at the hospital after the veteran actor was admitted.

Krishnam, also known as "Rebel Star," made his acting debut in the Telugu entertainment industry with Kotayya Pratyagatma's "Chilaka Gorinka" in 1966. He has acted in more than 100 movies with many blockbusters including "Jeevana Tarangalu" (1973), "Bhakta Kannappa" (1976), "Amaradeepam" (1977), "Sita Ramulu" (1980), "Taxi Driver" (1981), "Tandra Paprayudu" (1986), "Antima Theerpu" (1988) and "Palnati Pourusham" (1994).

Apart from acting, he was also active in politics in the late 1990s after he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The "Rangoon Rowdy" actor was elected to the 12th and 13th Lok Sabha from the Kakinada and Narasapur constituencies, and also served for Ministry of External Affairs from 1999 to 2004. However, he joined Chiranjeevi's Praja Rajyam Party in 2009.