It was Telugu filmmaker Dharma Teja, who launched actor Uday Kiran with his debut directorial movie Chitram in 2000. A year after Chitram, the duo worked again in Nuvvu Nenu. The news of the death of the actor, who committed suicide by hanging himself at his apartment on Sunday, left the director speechless. He says that the late actor was a very passionate actor.
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Talking to IANS, Teja said, "Uday Kiran and I started our careers together with Chitram. It was a very special film for both of us and we enjoyed its success together. He was a passionate actor and I sensed it a few days after we started working on our film." He added, "When I received a call last night about his death, I was speechless for a few minutes. I didn't know how to react because I had lost someone very close in my life."
Teja made his directorial debut with Chitram, which also launched Reema Sen in Telugu. Quizzed if he knew what could have lead Uday Kiran to take this tragic step, the director said, "I still can't understand what made him to commit suicide. We didn't talk recently but when we did the last time, he didn't talk about anything that may have been bothering him."