Telugu actor Mada Venkateswara Rao, who was known for his comedy timing, passed away in Hyderabad on Wednesday afternoon. He was reportedly suffering from age-related ailments.

Born on 10, October, 1950, Venkateswara Rao started his career as an engineer in the State electricity department. Later, he entered the theatre industry as a stage artist. Impressed with his acting skills, late director Bapu offered him some good roles to make his debut and establish his career in the film industry.

But it was Dasari Narayana Rao's "Chillara Kottu Chittamma", which got Venkateswara Rao a much-needed break in the industry. The comedian played the role of Puvvula Kommaiah and the performance won him lots of laurels. There was no looking back for the talented actor since.

Venkateswara Rao featured in over 60 movies and was known for his eunuch role. In fact, he was said to be the first choice for the role for many directors of his time. Bapu's "Mutyala Muggu" was one of the important movies of his career. He had a very limited screen presence of just two minutes, but the actor made a strong impact in the film.

The comedian worked with late legendary actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) Gummadi Venkateswara Rao, Allu Rama Lingaiah and other popular Tollywood actors. He maintained cordial relationship with them and led a happy life until his last breath.

The sudden death of Mada Venkateswara Rao has shocked and saddened many in the Telugu film industry.