Veteran Tollywood star Krishna died at a hospital in Hyderabad on Tuesday while undergoing treatment for a heart attack. He was 79 years old.
Superstar Krishna, one of the last legends of the Telugu film industry, passed away at Continental Hospital, where he was admitted on Sunday night after suffering a heart attack.
According to doctors, he was brought to the hospital unconscious but was revived after 20 minutes of CPR. He was put on a ventilator and his condition was very serious.
Krishna’s son and famous actor Mahesh Babu and other family members were at the hospital.
Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna Murthy or Krishna, as he is popularly known, acted in more than 350 films in a career spanning five decades. He also produced and directed several films.
Born on May 31, 1942 in Burripalem in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, Krishna entered the film industry in the early 1960s with small roles. He made his debut as a leading actor with the 1965 movie ‘Thene Manasulu’, which became a huge hit.
‘Gudacchari 116’ (1966), a spy film, became a huge success, making Krishna one of the most sought-after actors. With this success, he received offers for 20 films. Later he acted in at least six James Bond films.
‘Sakshi’ (1967) was a hit at the Tashkent film festival. His 1972 film ‘Pandanti Kapuram’ won the national film award for the best Telugu film that year.
Krishna is known for many popular films such as ‘Alluri Seetharama Raju’ (19767), which was the first cinemascope film in Tollywood, ‘Eenadu’ (1982), the first Eastman film and ‘Simhasanam’ (1986), the first 70 mm film. . .
The winner started Padmalaya Studio in 1970 and produced some very successful films.
Krishna married Indira Devi in 1965. They had two sons including Mahesh Babu and three daughters. In 1969, he married actress Vijaya Nirmala and had one child from her. He died in 2019.
The winner is said to have been depressed ever since his wife Indira Devi died in September. Earlier this year, she lost her eldest son Ramesh Babu.
Krishna was seen sitting close to former Prime Minister Rahiv Gandhi. He joined the Congress party in 1984 and was an opponent of the famous actor NT Rama Rao and his Telugu Desam Party. Krishna had made few films criticizing NTR and his government.
Krishna was elected to the Lok sabha from Eluru in 1989 but lost the election in 1991 from the same constituency. After the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, Krishna took a break from politics
He received several awards including the NTR national award in 2003. In 2009, he was honored with the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian cinema.