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Chalapathi Rao, a seasoned performer, dies at the age of 78

With almost 600 films to his credit, Chalapathi Rao was best recognised for his comedic and villainous performances in Telugu cinema. He is also Ravi Babu’s father, an actor and filmmaker.

Chalapathi Rao

His passing has caused sorrow to grip the entire industry. In his career, Chalapathi appeared in more than 600 movies and was affectionately known by his co-stars as “Babai”. Chalapathi Rao reportedly endured health issues for a considerable amount of time. His wife and two daughters have survived him.

According to family members of Chalapathi Rao, “Chalapathi Rao’s last rites would be performed after his daughter arrives from America. To allow mourners to pay their respects, his body would be kept at Ravi Babu’s residence in Banjara Hills till Sunday afternoon. On Wednesday, December 28, after 3 o’clock, his final rites will be performed.

Early Childhood and career

Chalapathi Rao began his career in the film industry with the help of Sr. NTR after being born in Andhra Pradesh in 1944. With the 1966 movie Goodachari 116, he launched his acting career. He appeared in a variety of comedic and villainous roles in movies starring NTR, Krishna, Shoban Babu, Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, and Balakrishna, among others.

Chalapathi Rao

For various movies, including Kaliyuga Krishnudu, Kadapa Reddamma, Jagannatakam, Pellante Noorella Panta, and President Gari Alludu, the seasoned performer also wore the producer’s cap. His final on-screen appearance was in the 2021 movie Bangarraju.

Rao was an Andhra Pradesh native from Baliparru. In Tollywood, his son Ravi Babu works as an actor, director, and producer. Rao has a large filmography, appearing in movies including Sakshi (1966), Driver Ramudu (1979), Vajram (1995), and even the Bollywood movie Kick (2009).

The incident details

On Sunday morning (December 25), veteran actor Chalapathi Rao passed away from a heart attack. He had 78 years on him. In Telugu cinema, Chalapathi Rao, who appeared in over 600 movies, was most recognized for his humorous and villainous performances.

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Condolences on Twitter

Following the announcement of his passing, there was a flood of condolences and expressions of grief on Twitter. Many people referred to him as one of the “finest and boldest” performers of the present. His old movie videos were posted on social media by fans. Finest and bravest actor of the past and present generation, according to one commenter. Om shanti, I miss you and your appropriate responsibilities. “We lost another wonderful actor,” said a second. A third concurred, calling the year “awful” for Tollywood.

His wife Indumaty and their three children, one of whom is the actor-director Ravi Babu, are still alive.

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