Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and the chief ministers of the two states have condoled the death of well-known filmmaker Daggubati Ramanaidu.
Ramanaidu, who holds the record of producing films in the maximum number of Indian languages, died of cancer here Wednesday. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner was 79.
The governor, in his condolence, message said Ramanaidu's death created a vacuum not only in Telugu film but also in the film fraternity across India.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu expressed deep anguish over the passing away of the legendary producer.
"His demise comes as a shock to the Telugu film industry. Dr. Ramanaidu's contribution to Telugu cinema has been outstanding," Naidu said.
Recalling his meetings with the movie moghul, the chief minister said he was a generous man who worked hard to churn out several blockbusters.
Naidu said that Ramanaidu also earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most films produced by an individual, having produced nearly 150 films in 13 Indian languages.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao recalled the role played by Ramanaidu in shifting the Telugu film industry to Hyderabad.
Rao, in his condolence message, said the eminent filmmaker by producing movies in different Indian languages introduced many new artists and encouraged them.
Several ministers of the two Telugu states and leaders of various political parties have also condoled death of Ramanaidu.