Telugu popular actor Raavi Kondal Rao passed away on Tuesday due to a heart stroke at a private hospital in Hyderabad. He was 88 of old.
Raavi Kondal Rao born and brought up at Ichapuram. He is popular as film personality, producer, writer, had started his career as a sub-editor for a popular Telugu magazine in Chennai (then Madras). Over the years, he attained various positions as an editor and columnist for major Telugu dailies covering various topics. His acting career started with the Telugu movie Shoba in 1958.
Kondala Rao was married to the yesteryear actress Radha Kumari who passed away in 2012. Known to have worked in over 600 Telugu films right from the silent era, the versatile film personality had last appeared in Ram Gopal Varma’s movie ‘365 Days’.
Raavi Kondala Rao made his acting debut on 1964 film Dagudu Moothalu and went on to play supporting roles in memorable films like Ramudu Bheemudu, Thene Manasulu, Dasara Bullodu, Chantabbai, Pelli Pustakam and Bhairava Dweepam. For the Balakrishna starrer, he wrote the story and dialogues as well. In an illustrious career spanning for over six decades, the versatile actor featured in close to 600 films and essayed a wide variety of roles. His last film is Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘365 Days’.
Some of the movies he had acted were from the black-and-white era — Tene Manasulu, Ali Baba 40 Dongalu, Andala Ramudu, Pelli Pustakam, Brundavanam, Madam, Bhairava Dweepam, Radha Gopalam, Varudu were among other few. Senior actors from the Telugu film industry extended condolences to his family members.
Before making a foray into films, he was working as a columnist for a film magazine. He was also an RSS member, for which he was imprisoned for three months in Rajahmundry prison, when he protested against the ban of RSS following the assasination of Mahatma Gandhi.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy offering his heartfelt condolences to his family, said, “With the death of the veteran actor, the cine industry has lost an icon.”