Telugu film industry is going through a bad patch with most of its top comedian actors passing away in the last two years, and M.S. Narayana with 750 film roles in his credit passed away at a hospital in Hyderabad on Friday. He was 63.
The principal role in ‘Manam’ was his latest memorable one. Narayana is survived by daughter Sasikiran and son Vikram.
He was hospitalized last week at a hospital in Bhimavaram for Malaria but brought to a corporate hospital in Hyderabad, where he was put on ventilator for two days and even given dialysis as his kidneys failed two days ago.He reportedly recovered slightly by Thursday evening but on Friday morning at 9.40 am, he breathed his last.
Born in Bhimavaram, on April 16, 1951, Narayana worked initially as a lecturer and entered the film industry as a writer before becoming an actor, known for his inimitable, witty and unique style. There was hardly a Telugu film in the last one decade that had been released without him in it.
He won 5 five Nandi awards for the flims including Maa Nanna ki Pelli, Sardukupodam Randi, Sivamani and Dookudu. His memorable character in ‘Dookudu’ starring Mahesh Babu got him the best of recognition and fame.He was scriptwriter for eight films.
The last rites will be held at his farm house in Vikarabad on Saturday, said family members.
It may be noted that the Telugu film industry lost three noted comedians in the last two years — Dharmavarapu Subramiam, Amanchi Venkata subrahmanyam and Telangana Shakuntala — leaving the film world in a shock and grief.