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Jaya Prakash Reddy dies at 74: Telugu film industry mourns demise of versatile actor

Actor Jaya Prakash Reddy's demise has left the Telugu film industry saddened and shocked.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 8, 2020 4:30:47 pm
jp reddy dead, jaya prakash reddy diesJP Reddy was 74. (Photo: N Chandrababu Naidu/Twitter)

Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy passed away on Tuesday. The 74-year-old actor suffered a cardiac arrest at his residence in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.

Reddy was popular for his role in films like Samarasimha Reddy, Preminchukundam Raa, Narasimha Naidu, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Julayi, Ready, Kick, Jayam Manadera, Jamba Lakidi Pamba, Avunu Valliddaru Istapaddaru, Kabaddi Kabbadi, Evadi Gola Vadidi and Kithakithalu. Initially, the actor gained popularity for villainous roles, and later in his career, he appeared in several comic roles. He was last seen in Mahesh Babu starrer Sarileru Neekevvaru (2020).

Jaya Prakash Reddy’s death has left the Telugu film industry saddened and shocked. Director-screenwriter Anil Ravipudi shared on Twitter how Reddy is “irreplaceable as an artiste and person”. He wrote, “My travel with JP garu has always been special. He’s been a part of almost all my films. He treated me like one of his own and used to talk with lots of love. I will surely miss him dearly. Rest in peace sir. You are irreplaceable as an artiste and person.”

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Celebrities pay tribute to Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy.

16:30 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Samantha Akkineni on Jaya Prakash Reddy

"Our great loss #RIPJayaprakashReddyGaru. May God help his family get through this difficult time," Samantha Akkineni said via Twitter.

16:20 (IST)08 Sep 2020
'Telugu cinema lost a versatile actor'

Director Koratala Siva wrote, "Shocked and saddened to hear that #Jayaprakashreddy garu passed away. Telugu cinema lost a versatile actor. Sincere condolences to the family and loved ones."

16:10 (IST)08 Sep 2020
'He brought smiles not just on-screen but off-screen too'

Raashi Khanna posted on Twitter, "Saddened to hear about the passing of one of the most versatile actors we had, #JayaPrakashReddy garu.. He brought smiles not just on screen but offscreen too.. You will be missed sir.. Rest in peace"

16:00 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Sunil on Jaya Prakash Reddy

Sunil tweeted, "Saddened to hear the sudden demise of #JayaPrakashReddy Garu. May his soul rest in peace and my condolences for his dear ones. You will be remembered forever sir."

15:50 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Ravi Kishan: Telugu cinema and theatre has lost a gem today

Ravi Kishan shared on Twitter, "Telugu cinema and theatre has lost a gem today with the demise of Jayaprakash Reddy Sir. His versatile performances over several decades have given us many memorable cinematic moments. My heart goes out to his family and friends in this time of grief."

15:40 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Sreenu Vaitla: Shared such a positive bond with him

In a video, director Sreenu Vaitla spoke about Jaya Prakash Reddy and his love for cinema.

15:24 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Sai Kumar: Deeply pained

Sai Kumar expressed via Twitter that he is "deeply pained by sudden demise of #JayaPrakashReddy garu." He wrote, "My condolences to family and fans."

15:05 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Mohan Babu: He was always there to help

Mohan Babu, who shared screen space with Jaya Prakash Reddy in several films, spoke about how the actor was always ready to help people and eager to promote theatre.

14:51 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Ali pays tribute to Jaya Prakash Reddy

In a video, Ali spoke about how Jaya Prakash Reddy was keen to revive theater.

14:41 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Sai Dharam Tej: He played all his roles with so much respect

Sai Dharam Tej said the sudden death of Jaya Prakash Reddy is a big loss for the industry.

14:34 (IST)08 Sep 2020
'He always talked about the importance of theatre'

Allari Naresh shared a still on Twitter featuring him with late actor Jaya Prakash Reddy. He wrote, "The loss of #JayaPrakashReddy garu to the industry is irreplaceable. We worked together in so many movies and he always talked about the importance of theatre - his true passion. The thought of not being able to work with him in my movies henceforth is devastating. RIP sir."

14:11 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Mehreen Pirzada on Jaya Prakash Reddy

"Saddened about the untimely demise of #JayaPrakashReddy Garu. Huge loss to the industry. Rest in Peace sir," Mehreen Pirzada said via Twitter.

14:02 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Hansika Motwane pays tribute to Jaya Prakash Reddy

Hansika Motwane paid tribute to actor Jaya Prakash Reddy via Twitter. She mentioned, "Thank you for all the entertainment #Jayaprakashreddy garu..Will always cherish the moments that we shared on sets .deepest condolences, prayers & strength to the family and the loved ones."

13:55 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Srikanth Meka on Jaya Prakash Reddy

Srikanth Meka wrote on Twitter, "Saddened to hear about the sudden demise of #JayaprakashReddy garu..! May your soul rest in peace."

13:44 (IST)08 Sep 2020
'It's a shock'

Lakshmi Manchu feels Jaya Prakash Reddy's demise is a loss to Telugu film industry. In a tweet, she wrote, "It's a shock to know the Sudden demise of my fvt. Sr. Artist #JayaprakashReddy garu. He gave his all on set and on stage. A great loss to our industry. Deepest condolences to his family members. May his soul rest in peace."

13:30 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Radikaa Sarathkumar is shocked

Radikaa Sarathkumar is shocked to hear about Jaya Prakash Reddy's death. "JayaprakashReddy shocking to hear of his demise. May he rest in peace," she mentioned in a tweet.

13:00 (IST)08 Sep 2020
'He had a terrific memory and a unique voice'

Allu Arjun paid his condolences to Jaya Prakash Reddy's "near and dear ones." He also posted a note remembering the actor.

12:50 (IST)08 Sep 2020
'He created a trend for himself'

Chiranjeevi, who shared screen space with Jaya Prakash Reddy in Khaidi No 150, wrote a moving post mentioning how Reddy was always fond of theatre and cinema.

12:40 (IST)08 Sep 2020
Nandamuri Balakrishna on Jaya Prakash Reddy

Nandamuri Balakrishna took to Facebook and wrote, "The death of Jaya Prakash Reddy is a great loss. He entertained the audience with so many great characters. I pay my condolences to his family. I wish his soul rests in peace."

12:34 (IST)08 Sep 2020
'You are irreplaceable'

Satya Dev shared via Twitter, "Saddened by the demise of our own Legendary actor #JayaPrakashReddy garu. You are irreplaceable sir, will miss you. Rest in peace Sir."

Jaya Prakash Reddy was also a theatre artiste. Before the lockdown, he was busy with the play Alexander.