Bollywood actor Rana Daggubatti's grand father and renowned Telugu producer D. Ramanaidu, who holds the record of producing films in the maximum number of Indian languages, breathed his last today.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner and Padma Bhushan awardee was 79.
"Ramanaidu, who was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, passed away at a private hospital. His body is being shifted to his studio for public to pay their last respects," the veteran's publicist told.In 1989, he launched Ramanaidu Studios, followed by Ramanaidu Colour Lab and Cine Village.
In a career lasting over five decades, he produced over 130 films in over 20 Indian languages. In Hindi, he produced films such as Prem Nagar, Dildaar, Maqsad, Insaaf, Tohfa, Anari and Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain.
He had also produced films in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi and English. Ramanaidu is survived by his sons Suresh Babu, Venkatesh Daggubati and grandsons Rana Daggubatti and Naga Chaitanya.
Bollwood actor Riteish Deshmukh and trade anaylst Taran Adarsh tweeted and shared their condolences.