K Lakshmi Narasimha Rao, popularly known as Sutti Velu, passed away in Chennai. He had been unwell for some time and the end came following a heart-related problem, sources here said. He was being treated at a private hospital for some time and one of his daughters was looking after his health.
Born on August 7, 1947, in Krishna district of coastal Andhra Pradesh, he made his film debut in early 1980s and acted in over 200 films. Due to his immense interest in dramas, he took up acting as his profession at very early age. He gave his first performance at the age of 7. His father was reportedly against it.
He was introduced to films by late filmmaker Jandhyala in Mudda Mandaram in the year 1980. His combination with Sutti Veerabhandra Rao got legendary status and earned him the name Sutti Velu.
He was also honoured with a Nandi Award for the supporting role in 1985 for his performance in Vandemataram.