Veteran actor, writer, director and producer Raavi Kondal Rao died on Tuesday due to cardiac arrest at a private hospital here, hospital sources said.
Rao (88) had acted and associated with over 600 south Indian movies mainly in Telugu. He is survived by his son while wife Radha Kumari, also an actor with over 600 movies to her credit, predeceased him in 2012. The couple had co-acted in several movies.
He made his debut with Telugu movie Sobha in 1958 as an actor.
Before venturing into movies, he worked as an editor, writer and columnist for English and Telugu dailies and weeklies.
సీనియర్ నటులు, రచయిత, బహుముఖ ప్రజ్ఞాశాలి, కళాప్రపూర్ణ శ్రీ రావి కొండలరావు గారి మరణం విచారకరం. తెలుగుదనం ఉట్టిపడే పాత్రల్లో, హాస్యాన్ని జోడించి ఆయన ప్రదర్శించే నటన ఆహ్లాదకరంగా ఉండేది. ఆయన ఆత్మకు శాంతి చేకూరాలని భగవంతుని ప్రార్థిస్తున్నాను. pic.twitter.com/cofp6YWf3V— N Chandrababu Naidu #StayHomeSaveLives (@ncbn) July 28, 2020
Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and actor-turned politician Pawan Kalyan were among those who condoled the death of the veteran film personality.