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Dukkipati Madhusudana Rao Is No More

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Noted producer Dukkipati Madhusudana Rao, who was suffering from pneumonia, died here on Sunday, March 26. He was 90. He is survived by four daughters and a son. His last rites will be performed on Tuesday, the family members said. He is associated with Telugu cinema since 1940 and played a key role in the shaping of veteran film actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao's career.

He was born was born to Sitarama Swamy and Gangajalam on July 27, 1917 at Peyyeru in Gudivada Taluk of Krishna district. He was married to Susheela in 1937. Dukkipati, in association with ANR, Katragadda Srinivasa Rao, Koratala Prakash Rao and TVA Surya Rao, floated Annapoorna Pictures Private Limited on September 10, 1951. As its first venture, the production company produced 'Donga Ramudu', starring ANR and Savithri, under the direction of KV Reddi.

Thodi Kodallu, Iddaru Mitrulu, Chaduvukunna Ammayilu, Doctor Chakravarthy, Pula Rangadu and Atma Gowravam, films produced by him, were landmarks. 'Iddaru Mitrulu' is regarded as the first double role film in Telugu.

Adurthi Subba Rao directed most of his films. Their combination served Andhraiites with films like Thodi Kodallu, Mangalya Balam, Velugu Needalu, Iddaru Mitrulu, Chaduvukunna Ammayilu, Dr. Chakravarthy, Pula Rangadu and Vichitra Bandham.

He has introduced several new faces, like Korrapati Gangadhara Rao, Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani, Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, Ranganayakamma, K. Viswanath, Ashalatha Kulkarni, Ramakrishna, Jeedigunta Ramachandra Murthy and Sarada to the Telugu film industry.

"I am half-dead. He groomed me to be the actor I am today. His death is a great loss to the entire film industry," ANR told presspersons after paying last respects to the departed legend.

K. Raghavendra Rao and T. Subbirami Reddy were among the others who paid tributes.

We at express deep condolences to the family and relatives of Dukkipati Madhusudana Rao. May his sole rest in peace.

Films produced by Dukkipati Madhusudana Rao:

Film NameRelease YearDirector
Donga Ramudu 1955 KV Reddi
Thodi Kodallu 1957 Adhurti Subbarao
Mangalya Balam 1959 Adhurti Subbarao
Velugu Needalu 1961 Adhurti Subbarao
Iddaru Mitrulu 1961 Adhurti Subbarao
Chaduvukunna Ammayilu 1963 Adhurti Subbarao
Doctor Chakravarthy 1964 Adhurti Subbarao
Atma Gowravam 1966 K. Viswanath
Pula Rangadu 1967 Adhurti Subbarao
Atmeeyulu 1969 V. Madhusudhana Rao
Jai Jawan 1970 D. Yoganand
Amayakuralu 1971 V. Madhusudhana Rao
Vichitra Bandham 1972 Adhurti Subbarao
Bangaru Kalalu 1974 Adhurti Subbarao
Prema Lekhalu 1977 K. Raghavendra Rao
Radha Krishna 1978 K. Raghavendra Rao
Pellidu Pillalu 1982 Bapu
America Abbayi 1987 Singeetham Sreenivasa Rao