Indian film fraternity condoles the demise of Ramoji Rao

The late media baron was 87 years old at the time of his demise
Indian film fraternity condoles the demise of Ramoji Rao

The Indian film fraternity paid their respects to Cherukuru Ramoji Rao, the legendary media baron and founder of Ramoji Film City, who passed away on Saturday morning.

Eminent personalities like Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, and SS Rajamouli, among others honoured the media mogul's memory at Ramoji Film City, where his mortal remains have been kept. Meanwhile, many members of the film industry took to social media to express their condolences.

Taking to his X page, Ram Charan posted, “Shri Ramoji Rao Garu transformed the landscape of regional media with Eenadu. The establishment of Ramoji Film City, the world’s largest film studio, has become a landmark destination for filmmakers worldwide. Shri Ramoji Rao Garu will be remembered forever for his warm personality and remarkable contribution to the Telugu people. My deepest condolences to his family and his admirers."

Veteran actor Venkatesh too offered his condolences, calling Ramoji Rao "a true visionary whose revolutionary work in Indian media has left an unforgettable legacy." He added, “He will be missed dearly. Heartfelt condolences to his loved ones. May his soul rest in peace.”

Skanda actor Ram Pothineni posted that Ramoji Rao saw "a future that nobody could even imagine. that nobody could even believe, that nobody could even understand… and yet built it all with his bare hands. The impact you’ve had on the millions of lives will keep you alive in our hearts for a long, long time.”

Popular music director S Thaman praised the late media baron for his contribution to the technological advancements in Telugu cinema, recalling how he gave the best recording and technical support from the years 2012 to 2016, where Thaman and his team did their work at RFC’s Symphony Recording Studios. He noted, “His support towards our musical journey would always be unforgettable. He was a beacon of strength and inspiration. You are an inspiration to many, sir.”

Filmmaker Rahul Ravindran, meanwhile, acknowledged Ramoji Rao's contributions towards generating employment for thousands, adding, “Countless people will keep him alive in their hearts with gratitude. RFC is the birth child of his vision, enterprise and tireless work ethic. May not have been possible for an ordinary person in one lifetime. But this was just one of the many organisations he pioneered. It’s the shrine that Indian cinema deserves.”

Nithiin noted, “His legacy will live on, and his contributions to the media industry will continue to inspire many. May his soul rest in peace… om shanti.”

Besides being the head of Ramoji Film City and Eenadu TV network, Ramoji Rao produced more than 40 films in his career. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2016 for his contributions to journalism, literature, and education.

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