Renowned Telugu film maker Bapu passed away

Sattiraju Lakshminarayana, popularly known as “Bapu” who was a veteran Telugu film director, passed away in Chennai on 31st August 2014. He was 80.

Recently, Bapu was admitted in a private hospital due to cardiology-related ailment. He passed away around 4.40 pm.

According to the media, on Saturday, his eldest son Venugopal had returned to Japan after visiting him. But after hearing the news of the death of his father, he rushed back to Chennai.

Bapu’s movies have been a visual treat to the audience all these years. In over four decades of his career, he has directed 51 films out of which most of them are Telugu and few are Hindi movies.

As a director, his career began with the movie ‘Sakshi’ in 1967 which was screened in the international film festivals at that time. His last movie was released in 2011 which was ‘Sri Rama Rajyam’. Popular actors like Balakrishna, son of Late N T Rama Rao, and Nayanatara had acted in this film.

Among Hindi films he has directed films like ‘Ham Paanch’ and ‘Seeta Swayamvar’.

 Indian film director Bapu

Indian film director Bapu

Along with being a film director, Bapu was a versatile personality and was an acclaimed artist, painter, cartoonist as well as an illustrator.

For so much of contribution to the world, he also received many coveted honours like ‘Padma Shri’ which was given by the Union government in 2013 and the most prestigious Nandi Award which was given by the Andhra Pradesh government.

Many famous personalities of Tollywood including Nandamuri Balakrishna, singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, Divya Vani, Sharathbabu and BJP leader Raghuram Krishnam Raju paid homage to Bapu on Monday.

Born in 1933 in Narsapur in West Godavari, before entering into movies, Bapu worked as a political cartoonist for Andhra Patrika, a Telugu daily.

He, along with his friend and writer Mullapudi Venkata Ramana, made some critically acclaimed as well as successful movies like ‘Muthyala Muggu’, ‘Tyagayya’, ‘Bhakta Kannapa’, ‘Pelli Pustakam’ and ‘Mr Pellam’.