Tatineni Rama Rao passed away today. The iconic filmmaker was 84. In this special story, we tell you some of the most exciting facts about the super-talented craftsman.
'Navarathri' in 1966 was his Telugu debut. Starring ANR and Savitri, it was a remake of Sivaji Ganesan's 100th film in Tamil.
Rama Rao was not deterred by the failure of his debut movie. He bounced back with 'Brahmachari', his second outing, which starred ANR and Jayalalitha.
The 1977 fantasy-comedy 'Yamagola', starring NTR and Jaya Prada, was a trend-setting film. It was even remade in Hindi and Tamil.
T Rama Rao produced a number of movies in Tamil and Hindi. In Telugu, he was more into directing movies.
His Bollywood stint was highly rewarding. The director remade a number of Southern films back in the day. The Bombay film industry got up and took notice.
Besides NTR and ANR, Rama Rao worked with stalwarts like Shoban Babu, Superstar Krishna, Nandamuri Balakrishna, and the legendary Sridevi.
In Hindi, he collaborated with the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra, Dharmendra, and others.
Crowning glory is that Rama Rao got to introduce Rajinikanth in Hindi with the film 'Andhaa Kanoon'. Released in 1983, it was the remake of a Tamil film directed by Thalapathy Vijay's father SAC.