Superstar Krishna passes away |

Superstar Krishna passes away

Veteran Tollywood actor Krishna passed away in the early hours of Tuesday at a hospital in Hyderabad while undergoing treatment after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 79 years old.

Superstar Krishna, one of the last legends of the Telugu film industry, breathed his last at the Continental Hospital where he was admitted late on Sunday night after suffering a cardiac arrest.

According to doctors, he was taken to hospitals in an unconscious state but was revived after 20 minutes of CPR. They put him on a ventilator and his condition was critical.

Krishna’s son and popular actor Mahesh Babu and other family members were present at the hospital.

Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna Murthy or Krishna as he was popularly known acted in more than 350 films in a career spanning five decades. He has also produced and directed a few films.

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Born on 31 May 1942 in Burripalem, Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, Krishna entered the film industry in the early 1960s with small roles. He made his debut as a lead actor with the 1965 film Thene Manasulu’, which became a hit.

‘Gudacchari 116’ (1966), a spy film, turned out to be a super hit, making Krishna one of the most in-demand actors. With this success, he got offers for 20 films. He subsequently acted in at least six James Bond films.

‘Sakshi’ (1967) won critical acclaim at the Tashkent Film Festival. His 1972 film “Pandanti Kapuram” won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu that year.

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Krishna is known for many landmark films like ‘Alluri Seetharama Raju’ (19767), which was the first feature film in Tollywood, ‘Eenadu’ (1982), Eastman’s first color film and ‘Simhasanam’ (1986), the first 70mm film. .

The superstar founded Padmalaya Studio in 1970 and produced some blockbuster films.

Krishna married Indira Devi in ​​1965. They had two sons including Mahesh Babu and three daughters. In 1969, he married actor Vijaya Nirmala and had a son with her. She died in 2019.

The superstar was depressed since the death of his wife Indira Devi in ​​September. Earlier this year, she lost her eldest son Ramesh Babu.

Krishna was considered close to former Prime Minister Rahiv Gandhi. He joined the Congress party in 1984 and was a critic of legendary actor NT Rama Rao and his Telugu Desam Party. Krishna had made few films criticizing NTR and his government.

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Krishna was elected to Lok sabha from Eluru in 1989 but lost the election in 1991 from the same constituency. After the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, Krishna distanced himself from politics

He has received several awards, including the NTR National Award in 2003. In 2009, he was honored with the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to Indian cinema.


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