Mohan Babu supervises mentor’s last journey

Mohan Babu supervises mentor’s last journey
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Veteran Telugu actor Mohan Babu took charge of the funeral procession of ace director Dasari Narayan Rao and handled crowds who came to pay last respects and supported the departed filmmakers’ family members to perform his last rites with dignity and respect. From Vishnu Manchu to Manoj and Laxmi Prassanna joined their father in managing the last journey of the legendary director.

Hyderabad: Veteran Telugu actor Mohan Babu took charge of the funeral procession of ace director Dasari Narayan Rao and handled crowds who came to pay last respects and supported the departed filmmakers’ family members to perform his last rites with dignity and respect. From Vishnu Manchu to Manoj and Laxmi Prassanna joined their father in managing the last journey of the legendary director.

At around 3.30 pm, Dasari Narayana Rao was cremated with State honours at his farmhouse in Moinabad on Wednesday. The last journey moved slowly from Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce to his farmhouse which is 50 kilometres away from the city amidst chants of “DNR (Dasari Narayana Rao) amar rahe’. Leading film personalities, politicians and fans besides family members, relatives and friends bid a tearful adieu to Rao, who breathed his last on Tuesday in a private hospital after prolonged illness. He was 75.

Rao's eldest son Harihara Prabhu lit the funeral pyre as a police contingent presented gun salutes. The funeral was performed adjacent to the ‘Ssamadhi’ of Rao's wife as per the wish of the late filmmaker.

Dasari, who held Limca World Record for directing highest number of films and directed generations of film stars - from thespian NTR to ANR and Shobhan Babu to Krishnam Raju and Nagarjuna to Balakrishna, also directed new generation actor Vishnu Manchu in his last film ‘Erra Basu’.

Having directed 151 films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, Rao produced 53 films and worked in more than 250 films as dialogue writer and lyricist. Some of his famous films include ‘Premabhishekam’, ‘Megha Sandesham’, ‘Osey Ramulamma’ and ‘Thatha Manavadu’. He was planning to make a biopic on late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

By B V S Prakash

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