No one expected that Telugu veteran actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who called a press meet in Annapurna Studios to announce that he had cancer but promised to fight it out and live longer the way his mother did, quietly passed away in sleep on January 22, letting down the whole world of his decades-long admirers.
Otherwise, the year 2014 opened with the sad suicide on January 5 by Uday Kiran, 33, whose films Chitram, Nuvvu Nenu, and Manasantha Nuvve left an unforgettable impact on Telugu film audience. Uday Kiran, who missed to become Chiranjeevi’s son-in-law found it soon that he missed everything in life.
Prior to ANR’s demise, his erstwhile heroine Anjali Devi, 86, too left the film industry in sorrow. Perhaps the famous veteran love pair in the early black and white films had decided to leave more or less the same time.
Next, the month of February saw the demise of Balu Mahendra, cinematographer of Shankarabharanam, Seethakoka Chiluka and Sadma fame.
But the sudden death of actress Telangana Shakunthala left the industry and her fans all over Telangana as well as Andhra Pradesh in a shock. She was a Marathi by birth but mastered Telugu and developed a niche for herself in films the way Brahmanandam is for indispensable comedy roles.
Another major loss of the year is that of Bapu, whose films, caricatures and writings have left a deep impact on every Telugu reader, viewer and he was accredited with bringing a movement in Telugu writing style and literature. He passed away on August 31.
The whole Telugu film industry was shocked to hear on October 31 that senior actor Srihari or the “Sher Khan” of “Magadheera” passed away in Mumbai where he was shooting for a film.
Here is the list of some notable Telugu film industry deaths in 2014:
|January||05||Uday Kiran||33||Male||Actor||Chitram, Nuvvu Nenu, Manasantha Nuvve, Kalusukovalani, Sreeram, Dil Kabaddi”|
|13||Anjali Devi||86||Female||Actress||Lava Kusa, Badi Panthulu, Suvarna Sundari|
|22||Akkineni Nageswara Rao||91||Male||Actor||Dharmapatni, Devadasu, Batasari, Prem Nagar, Sri Rama Rajyam, Sri Ramadasu,Manam|
|February||13||Balu Mahendra||74||Male||Cinematographer, director||Kokila , Sankarabharanam , Moondram Pirai , Sadma , Nireekshana , Veedu ,Seethakoka Chiluka|
|June||14||Telangana Shakuntala||63||Female||Actress||Nuvvu Nenu, Rajanna, Maa Bhoomi|
|23||I N Murthy||89||Male||director, producer||Seetharama Kalyanam, Irugu Porugu, Sabash Suri, Aada Janma, Suka Dukalu|
|BAPU||80||Male||Writer, director||Saakshi, Seeta Kalyanam, Mutyala Muggu, Bhakta Kannappa, Pelli Pustakam, Mr. Pellam, Sri Rama Rajyam|
|October||31||Srihari||50||Male||Actor, Supporting Actor||Magadheera, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Bhadrachalam|