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Veteran actor, producer Madala Ranga Rao passes away

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

: Noted Telugu film personality Madala Rao, also popularly known as "Red Star" for his revolutionary movies, died at a private hospital here in the early hours of today.

(69), who was suffering from heart-related ailments was admitted to the hospital on May 19 and breathed his last at around 4 a.m today, hospital sources said.

was also a member of the CPI-led Praja Natya Mandali.

He acted and produced several films with leftist ideologies including hits such as 'Yuvatharam Kadilindhi', 'Yerra Mallelu', 'Praja Shakthi', 'Swarajyam', 'Viplavashankham' and 'Mahaprasthanam'.

He received the prestigious Golden Nandi award from the then government for his film 'Yuvatharam Kadilindhi'.

YSR YS Jagan has expressed grief over the death of

In a condolence message, he said, "Rao created a niche for himself in the Telugu film industry through his films and popularised many folk numbers."

CPI central secretariat member K Narayana condoled the film personality's death.

CPI Telangana unit said Rao's last rites would be performed in tomorrow.

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First Published: Sun, May 27 2018. 15:05 IST