Updated: May 23, 2021 8:40:51 am
Film producer and senior journalist BA Raju passed away on Friday following a cardiac arrest. His son Shiva Kumar shared the news on Twitter, “With extreme sorrow & grief we would like to announce the untimely demise of our beloved father Shri B.A.Raju. He passed away due to sudden fluctuations of diabetes & cardiac arrest. May his Soul Rest In Peace. Dad Be A “Raju” Forever because You are a “SUPERHIT” in Our Hearts.”
BA Raju started his career as a film journalist and then become a producer and PRO in the Telugu film industry. He made his debut as a film producer with the movie Premalo Pavani Kalyan in 2002 and went on to bankroll movies like Premikulu, Chantigaduand Premalo Pavani Kalyan.
His sudden demise left the Telugu film industry shocked and saddened. Mahesh Babu, Namrata Shirodkar, Samantha Akkineni, Jr NTR and SS Rajamouli expressed their condolences on social media.
“Not able to process the sudden demise of BA Raju garu. I’ve known him since my childhood. We travelled together for many years and I worked with him very closely,” Mahesh Babu tweeted. Calling his death a huge loss to the film industry, Jr NTR wrote, “The sudden demise of BA Raju Garu has left me in shock. As one of the most senior film journalists & PRO, he has contributed greatly to the Film Industry. I’ve known him since my earliest days in TFI. It is a huge loss. Praying for strength to his family. Rest in Peace Raju Garu 🙏🏻”
Prakash Raj noted that BA Raju’s support to the film fraternity will be missed as he wrote on Twitter, “Ahh .. No… this is devastating…too sudden…Raju Garu….. your love n support to the film fraternity will be missed .. thank you for always being there for everyone.. may his family have the strength to bear this pain.. will miss you #RIP.”
Here is how other celebrities mourned the demise of BA Raju:
Truly shocked by the sudden demise of BA Raju garu. Losing a senior member like him, who has such a vast experience of working as a Film Journalist & PRO for over 1500 movies, is a void that cannot be filled.
You’ll be missed.
Rest in peace.
— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) May 22, 2021
Totally shocked to hear this :((
He spoke to me 2 days bak..Such a Lovely affectionate Human..
Always had been a great support since the beginning of my career🙏🏻🎶❤️
— DEVI SRI PRASAD (@ThisIsDSP) May 21, 2021
He has been such a positive light in my life .. right from my first film .. every film that has released since then ..hit or flop .. he has always had a kind word to say . I will miss you terribly #RipBaRajuGaru A terrible loss 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/PeoV0RPqjQ
— Samantha Akkineni (@Samanthaprabhu2) May 22, 2021
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A person who showed us how unconditional love can change a professional relationship into personal bonding! Shocked and pained to know BA Raju is no more! Deepest condolences to the family! #RipBaRajuGaru pic.twitter.com/F8R3piPHuc
— Suriya Sivakumar (@Suriya_offl) May 22, 2021
Extremely sad to hear about the untimely passing of BA Raju garu ! Always one to promote films and talent as best as he could and ever so positive in the way he does it. My condolences to the family. 😞😞 pic.twitter.com/UvIYqmIuv9
Woke up to such a terrible terrible news ! BA Raju Garu you will be missed . He has been a PRO for so many films of mine. He was an extremely warm person and always had a smile on his face. Huge loss to TFI . May your soul RIP. Strength to the family . 💔
— Rakul Singh (@Rakulpreet) May 22, 2021
— Kajal Aggarwal (@MsKajalAggarwal) May 22, 2021
BA Raju is survived by two sons. His wife, director B Jaya passed away two years ago.
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