ETV Network and Ramoji Film City Chairman Ramoji Rao Passes Away at 87

GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 8th June. 
Ramoji Rao, the revered head of the ETV Network and Ramoji Film City, breathed his last at the age of 87 while undergoing treatment in Hyderabad today. Rao was admitted to Star Hospital in Hyderabad on June 5 after experiencing high blood pressure and breathlessness, but unfortunately succumbed to his ailments in the early hours of today.

Ramoji Rao’s mortal remains have been moved to his residence at Ramoji Film City, where several prominent political leaders and film personalities are expected to arrive today to pay their final respects to the departed soul.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences, describing Rao’s passing as “extremely saddening.” In his statement, PM Modi hailed Rao as a visionary who revolutionized Indian media and left an indelible mark on journalism and the world of films. “Ramoji Rao Garu was extremely passionate about India’s development. I am fortunate to have got several opportunities to interact with him and benefit from his wisdom. Condolences to his family, friends, and countless admirers during this difficult time. Om Shanti,” PM Modi conveyed.

Born in 1936, Ramoji Rao was the esteemed leader of the Ramoji Group, which owns the world’s largest film production facility, Ramoji Film City. He also served as the chairman of the Eenadu newspaper, one of the largest circulated Telugu-language dailies. The rise of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the 1980s was significantly influenced by support from the Eenadu newspaper group, highlighting Rao’s impactful role in regional politics.

Rao was renowned for his close associations with former Andhra Pradesh chief ministers NT Rama Rao and Chandrababu Naidu, along with several other distinguished political and film personalities. Besides leading the ETV Network, he also helmed the production company Ushakiran Movies. Under his leadership, he produced approximately 50 films and telefilms, earning accolades including the National Award and two Filmfare awards.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to journalism, literature, and education, Rao was honored with the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian honor, in 2016. His demise marks the end of an era in Indian media and entertainment, leaving behind a legacy of innovation, excellence, and unparalleled dedication to his craft.

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