Legend Kaikala Satyanarayana no more

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23 December 2022

Veteran actor Kaikala Satyanarayana, who has been part of many memorable films in a career spanning six decades, breathed his last at his residence in Hyderabad on Friday. He was 87 years old. He has been battling ill health for over a couple of years now.

Born on July 25, 1935 in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, Satyanarayana made his tinseltown debut with Sipai Koothuru in 1959. While it didn’t set the box office on fire, Satyanarayana was noticed for his similarity to NTR. He subsequently played dupe to NTR in many films before NTR offered the role of a prince for him in Apoorva Sahasra Siraccheda Chintamani (1960). There was no looking back for the actor from then on, as he went to establish himself as a formidable force in acting. Starting his career as a baddie, he went on to play a myriad of roles in social, mythological and folklore films, portraying a gamut of emotions with effortless ease. He was given the moniker Nata Sarvabhouma for his range and versatility. Blessed with a great voice, he was especially popular for playing Lord Yama in films like Yama Gola, Yamudiki Mogudu and Yamaleela.

From NT Rama Rao, Nageswara Rao, Krishna to Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, Balakrishna, and Mahesh Babu, Prabhas, Allu Arjun, he rubbed shoulders with the leading lights of multiple generations. He dabbled in production as well, establishing Rama Films production house which backed films such as Kodama Simham (1990), Bangaru Kutumbam (1994), and Muddula Mogudu (1997).

He served as an MP in the 11th Lok Sabha representing Machilipatnam constituency from Telugu Desam Party. He was the recipient of the 2011 Raghupathi Venkaiah Award, and 2017 Filmfare Award for lifetime achievement in Telugu cinema.

The who’s who of Tollywood paid their last respects to the departed soul at his residence on Friday.

Satyanarayana is survived by his wife Nageswaramma Satyanarayana, two daughters and two sons. His last rites will be performed with full state honours on Saturday at Mahaprasthanam.

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