Renowned Telugu filmmaker Sattiraju Lakshmi Narayana aka Bapu died at his residence in Chennai on Sunday (August 31), his family said. The 80-year-old director is survived by two sons and a daughter. His last rites will be performed on Monday.
Addressing the media, Bapu's brother Sattiraju Shankar Narayana
confirmed the news about his death. He said, "He passed away
following a cardiac arrest. He was struggling with illness for the
last few months."
Born Dec 15, 1933, Bapu started his career as a cartoonist for
Telugu newspaper Andhra Patrika. His filmmaking career started with
1960 Telugu film Sakshi, whose story and dialogues were by his best
friend Mullapudi Venkata Ramana. Bapu and Ramana worked together in
several memorable Telugu films such as Mutyala Muggu, Mister
Pellam, Pelli Pusthakam and Seetha Kalyanam.
An ardent devotee of Lord Ram, Bapu's stories were mostly
inspired from the Ramayana. Some of his best films on Lord Ram
include Sampoorna Ramayanam, Ramanjeneya Yuddham and Seetha
Kalyanam. Bapu's last directorial was 2011 Telugu mythological
drama Sri Rama Rajyam.
Ramana passed away a few months after the film's release. Since
Ramana's demise, Bapu was not in his pink of health. "The death of
Ramana came as a shock to my brother. He was shaken from the inside
because it was the end of over 60 years of friendship," Bapu's
Bapu had also directed a few Hindi films such as Hum Paanch,
Seeta Swayamwar, Woh Saat Din and Mera Dharam. In his over
four-decade-long career, Bapu directed 51 films. He was honoured
with the Padma Shri in 2013. He won the national awards twice and
the Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards six times.
The sudden death of Bapu has shocked many celebrities in Telugu
film industry. Soon after they heard about his sad demise, several
stars took to their Twitter pages and shared their shock and
sadness. We bring you their comments as wells some rare
photos of Bapu. Continue to see them in the
Bapu garu will always live with us through his paintings and
beautiful movies. God bless #Bapu Remember spending wonderful times
with bapu garu on the Godavari during the making of andala ramudu.
May his soul rest in peace.
The great director who had an artistic approach towards cinema
and an inspiration to many Bapu Garu. RIP sir.
The great Bapu garu has passed away. Artist, writer, filmmaker
par excellence. Huge influence on many a generation! RIP
RIP Bapu garu. Take a bow chief for the soul and respect you
brought to Telugu cinema. Thank you. Will miss you.
Saddened by the demise of dir Bapu. Admired his work a lot &
worked in Radha Kalyanam which got me a lot of awards. A genius.
Mohan Babu M
Disheartening news about the passing away of Sri.Bapu. Truly one
of the great directors of TFI. Strength to his loves ones
Very sad to hear about #Bapu Garu. He was an inspiration for a
lot of Directors. My @Godavari dir. #Shekhar kammula considers him
Deeply saddened by the demise of Bapu Garu. A true legend. Will
be my biggest honour to have been called a Bapu Bomma.. RIP
We all miss you BAAPU garu! I am sure RAMANA garu is very happy
soul now! It's going to be BAAPU-RAMANEEYAM at heaven!
Varun Tej Konidela
RIP Bapu garu... Big loss to Tollywood.. One of the best
director we'll ever have...
Great director great human being Bapu Saheb is no more. He was a
great teacher, well wisher for me. Your movies will keep u always
alive sir. RIP.
Devi Sri Prasad
Had d greatest honour of accompanying Bapu garu to his car at
Gama Awards this year!! Greatest Legend! R.I.P. sir.
Telugu cinema loses yet another of its beloved sons. So long
Bapu garu! Rest in Peace.
Only some people leave a legacy of teaching something new in
their field! He definitely was one of them. RIP Bapu garu.
RIP Bapu garu. A legend rests. What an amazing artistic
Sad to hear about Bapu sir. Was supposed to work with him couple
years back. A genuine wonderful person he was. May his soul