Veteran Telugu actor Chalapathi Rao passes away at 78
In his film career spanning more than five decades, Rao has worked in more than 600 cinemas
Bhubaneswar: Telugu actor Chalapathi Rao died today of cardiac arrest, reports said. He is 78 years old. After his debut in 1966 through Ghodachari 116, he acted in a record number of films for 600 cinemas.
According to reports, Rao suffered a cardiac arrest while at the home of his son Ravi Babu in the Banjara Hills area of AP.
“Chalapathi Rao’s family says that the final rites will be performed on December 28 after his daughter arrives from the United States. They say the body will be kept at Ravi Babu’s home until 3pm on Sunday so celebrities and Tollywood fans can pay their respects one last time. It will then be moved to the freezer at Mahaprasthanam in Jubilee Hills, where the final ceremonies will be performed on Wednesday, DNA reported.
Rao was born on 5 May 1944 in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. best known for his comedic and villainous roles. He’s shared screen space with top stars of three generations in a career spanning more than five decades. Rao is survived by 2 daughters and a son, Ravi Babu, an actor and filmmaker.