• Veteran Tollywood writer-actor MVS Haranatha Rao passes away

    mid-day online correspondentMumbaiOct 10, 2017, 14:16 IST

    On Monday, the renowned Tollywood writer-actor MVS Haranatha Rao, aged 69, breathed his last at his residence in Ongole. Rao's death was followed by a heart attack. The prominent writer and actor is survived by his wife and three daughters. He outshone in his roles as a scriptwriter and actor in the memorable career of his, which spanned over many decades. Rao has penned dialogues for more than 150 films including 'Dharma Chakram', 'Prathighatana', 'Bharata Nari', 'Swayam Krushi', 'Anna', 'Sutradharulu' and 'Ammayi Kapuram' amongst others, for which the deceased bagged the Nandi awards.

    Veteran Tollywood writer-actor MVS Haranatha Rao passes away
    MVS Haranatha Rao. Pic/YouTube

    An innate of Andhra Pradesh's Prakasam district, Haranatha Rao was a celebrated writer and a theatre artist, and many of his plays namely Raktabali, Jagannatha Ratha, Chakralu, Redlight Area garnered him many critical acclaims. His death has been termed as a huge loss for the Telugu cinema.

    Tollywood writer Abburi Ravi told Times Of India, "Though I never had the privilege of meeting him personally, I've known him through his work, especially in cinema. In every script that he has written, there is a practicality. Cinema is basically a fantasy, a make-believe. So, assuming there are 1000 people in a theatre, his dialogues would connect with the majority of them. That was the kind of reality he injected into the film. When we think of a film from the 80s, what comes to mind is bell-bottom pants and the fashion of the time. But Haranatha Rao guru's dialogues give you a comprehensive lowdown of the political, social and economic environment of the period. His works are a testimony to the period he lived in. Writers of his kind are a rarity and his passing away is a huge loss to the art world."

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