Hyderabad, May 17: Tollywood Veteran actor Rallappalli Venkata Narasimha Rao, popularly known as "Rallapalli" passed away at a corporate hosptial here on Friday evening after prolonged illness.
The 73-year-old actor, who had been suffering from some health issues for the past few days, breathed his last while undergoing treatment at the hospital in the evening.
Rallapalli was born in Kambadur village in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. He is survived by his daughter. Mr Narasimha , who was an Indian film character actor known for his works in Telugu and Tamil cinema, acted in about 850 films in a variety of roles, including that of a lead actor. He played pivotal roles in films such as Bombay and Minsara Kanavu in Tamil.
Rallapalli was also a Government employee in Ministry of Information Broadcasting and had worked as a staff artist in Song and Drama division. His passion towards movies forced him to quit the job and pursue the career in movies.
Rallapalli made his debut with “Sthree” in a small role and his role in “Oorummadi Bathukulu” fetched him the Nandi Award and Bapu’s “Thoorpu Velle Railu” made him the busiest artist.
In a career spanning for over 5 decades, Rallapalli has donned a variety of roles ranging from comedian to character artist to the villain. Some of Rallapalli’s memorable films include Abhilasha, Sitaara, Anveshana, Maharaju, Apri 1 Vidudala and Simhadri.
He received three state awards, including the Nandi Award for Best Actor in 1976 for the National Award winning film Oorummadi Brathukulu, the Nandi Award fr Best Male Comedian in 1986, and the Nandi Award for Best Supporting actor – Television for Ganapathi.
The Nani starrer Bale Bale Magadivoy was his last movie in Telugu.
His last rites will be performed once his daughter reaches Hyderabad from the US.UNI