D. Ramanaidu, Dadasahed Phalke Award winner, died in Hyderabad today. He was 78. Ramanaidu was suffering from prostate cancer and the end came this afternoon, family sources said.
Popularly known as movie mogul, producer D Ramanaidu had produced films in all Indian languages.
Celebs tweeted their shock over the death of the producer.
RIP one of the greatest producer Dr.RamaNaidu Garu, an inspiration to many producers and I have learnt a lot from him. Disheartening news
— Mohan Babu M (@themohanbabu) February 18, 2015
ramanaidu garu has left us today may his soul rest in peace his dedication n love towards films shall never be forgotten as long (2/3) — Navdeep (@pnavdeep26) February 18, 2015
Rip movie mogul 🙏🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/7RmQIQSxaJ
— Manchu Manoj (@HeroManoj1) February 18, 2015
An icon of Telugu film industry, Dr.D.Ramanaidu produced films in almost all Indian languages. End of an era. RIP sir. — Jalapathy Gudelli (@JalapathyG) February 18, 2015
Taapsee Pannu tweeted:
A legend left us today. Privileged to have met him in person a few times. RIP Ramanaidu garu. Strength to the family @RanaDaggubati
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) February 18, 2015
Surash Babu’s son and D Ramanaidu’s grandson, Rana Daggubati tweeted:
— Rana Daggubati (@RanaDaggubati) February 17, 2015
He also shared a picture of D Ramanaidu on Instagram:
Rakulpreet Singh tweeted:
Such a huge loss to the film industry. Ramanaidu garu passed away.. Shocked !! Speechless!! RIP sir.. Strength to d fAmily
— Rakul Preet (@Rakulpreet) February 18, 2015
PC Sreeram tweeted:
The legend of Indian cinema ramanaidu garu is no more.His passion for cinema made him produce films in’13’ Indian languages. RIP
— pcsreeram (@pcsreeram) February 18, 2015
N Chandrababu Naidu tweeted:
Deeply saddened over the passing of Movie Mogul D. Ramanaidu. A legendary producer whose outstanding contribution to cinema is immeasurable.
— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) February 18, 2015
Samantha Ruth Prabhu tweeted:
Another day another loss. RIP Ramanaidu garu . Strength to the family.
— Samantha Ruth Prabhu (@Samanthaprabhu2) February 18, 2015
Pragyan Ojha tweeted:
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) February 18, 2015
Riteish Deshmukh tweeted:
Legendary filmmaker Daggubati Ramanaidu passes away-his contribution in building Indian Cinema is immense. thank you sir. RIP
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) February 18, 2015
Hansika Motwane tweeted:
Truly a legend! Dr. D.Ramanaidu garu RIP . Deepest condolence to the family .
— Hansika (@ihansika) February 18, 2015
Ramanaidu received the Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 2009 and Padma Bhushan in 2012.
Ramanaidu had a brief stint in politics when he won the Lok Sabha seat in 1999 on a Telugu Desham ticket.
A prolific producer of over 130 films in different languages like Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, Rama Naidu was born in Karamchedu in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh in 1936.
He made his debut in cinema with 1963 film ‘Anuragam’ followed by the superhit ‘Ramudu-Bheemudu’ starring legendary
N T Rama Rao in 1964. (With PTI inputs)